Convincing Leopold by Ava March (Convincing #2)
M/M Historical Romance
June 28, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: Glancing over his shoulder, he winked. “Have at it, Mr. Barrington.”
The very first book I ever read by Ava March was Convincing Arthur, and I really enjoyed it. However I thought it had a very abrupt ending. So I was very happy when I heard that she was going to write a sequel, Convincing Leopold.
Convincing Arthur leaves off with Arthur Barrington and Leopold Thornton, or “Thorn” happy. They found each other after ten years of missed opportunities, and are in love. Now about three months later, they are still in love but that happily ever after is a little cloudy. Arthur is tired. Working many hours as a solicitor, he comes home exhausted and it seems every night all Thorn wants to do is have sex. Arthur doesn’t want to complain, and usually Thorn can get him in the mood – but sometimes all Arthur wants is an intimate embrace and his pillow.
Thorn feels like Arthur is pulling away from him. With Arthur having a brand new handsome assistant, Thorn feels like he may not be good enough for him. He becomes desperate, showing up at Arthur’s office and having sex with him at a reckless pace – which just pushes Arthur even farther away.
As the Convincing Leopold continues, we watch as Thorn feels so unworthy of Arthur’s love. He struggles with depression and both of them struggle with communicating their wants and needs to each other. I love that Ava March gives us this sequel. To get a glimpse into the happily ever after – “a few months later” when that immediate infatuation has calmed and real life has settled in. The foundation for love has already been established, now they must work out the every day stuff. Arthur considers himself more boring, working long hours. Thorn was brought up very wealthy and is used to indulging his every whim. Bringing these two lifestyles together, and two men in this time period takes a lot of work. And that is what these two face.
As always, Ava March gives us very erotic love scenes, which entwine such strong emotions within the scenes. I suggest you start with Convincing Arthur so you can read their entire journey. Both books are novella length and are sexy, fun reads.