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Friday, August 14, 2009

Bound to Him by Ava March

Bound to Him by Ava March
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (103 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Spanking, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Phlox

Lord Vincent Prescot’s life couldn’t be better. Thriving investments, well-respected by his peers, and mind blowing sex with a man who submits to his every desire -- what more could he want?

Lord Oliver Marsden should be more than happy with his life. He’s been in love with Vincent for over a decade and six months ago the impossible happened and they became lovers. But since then, nothing has changed. More specifically, Vincent hasn’t changed. Oliver has tried to be patient -- it took a lot for Vincent to accept the fact he preferred men. But what felt like a tiny distance between them six months ago now feels like an ever-widening chasm. Why can’t Vincent stay the night? Is it too much to ask for Vincent to call him Oliver and not Marsden? He knows Vincent cares for him, but does Vincent love him?

Then Vincent’s father asks him for a favor -- one that involves marriage. If Vincent agrees, he’ll have the respect he’s craved from his father his entire life but he could lose Oliver. Nor does Oliver make the decision easy. To keep Oliver, he’ll have to do more than deny his father. He’ll have to give Oliver his heart.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, Domination/submission, male/male sexual practices.

Once in awhile an erotic romance comes along that is thoroughly enjoyable for its erotic tension alone- this is one of those stories. Vincent and Oliver’s relationship, rather than a complex plot, is the driver here. Oliver struggles with being a closet lover, Vincent’s dirty little secret, a situation he can no longer settle for, and Vincent struggles with family and social obligations while trying to sort through his ever-growing need for Oliver.

Ms. March’s writing shines during their sexual encounters. The level of heat between these two had me hoping fervently that my desk would not erupt in flames. Vincent is the Alpha Oliver so desperately needs, knowing how far to push him and when to be tender, while Oliver’s willing submission exudes such naked eroticism one begins to wonder at times who’s truly in control.

The simple plot, Vincent’s father tries to force him into a marriage he does not want, Oliver misunderstands the whole situation, is perhaps a bit on the thin side and too easily resolved, but in this case, the lack of complexity did not detract from the story for me, a rare find indeed. I adored the main characters far too much-their interactions and conversations rang true, their own complex natures and inner torments kept my attention. Seized it, actually. I couldn’t stop reading this one.

During a time when homosexuality was illegal and punishable with prison time or worse, when poor Oscar Wilde had to explain himself in court, the hurdles society set up in front of gay couples almost guaranteed to drive them apart. Oliver and Vincent are at times stubborn, hard-headed and twitchy but it is their courage and their love for each other that shines through. This is a book that will stay with me for some time.

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