Reviewed by Mandi
In a rare turn of events, this Ava March book didn’t work for me. I am usually captivated by her emotional depth and sultry love stories but I found Sharp Love to be flat and I didn’t connect with the characters.
William and Jack grew up poor together. Both orphans, they beg, stole and survived on the streets as children. As adults, their life took separate courses. Jack gains a job with a duke to work in his livery and eventually become his driver and goes out on errands for him. He is content and feels purpose with his life. Will on the other hand is still living on the edge. Having turned tricks in dark alleyways, Will has earned most of his coin at the gaming tables. He may use a trick or two to not win fair, but this doesn’t bother Will. He wants to save enough money to move out of London and buy a farm, and he is so close he can taste it .When Jack comes into London to run some errands for the duke, he runs into Will. These two are both gay and realize their friendship should move to that next level.
Even though Jack left all those years ago to work for the duke. he still feels a pull towards Will, and to be back in his bed. But he worries about Will, as Will tkaes to dangeorus gaming hells night after night, and people become suspsiocus to his most likely not legal way of playing. Will feels like he has never been good enough for Jack. He is still hurt Jack left him all those years ago, and that Jack looks down at how Will makes his money.
While I understood where both of these men are coming from, it is just a slower book. I never became super invested in their relationship. Usually in an Ava March book the emotions resonate with me, but in this one, that was missing. There was just nothing outstanding to pull me in. I’ll try again next time.