Brook Street: Thief

Brook Street: Thief

by Ava March

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ISBN-13: 9781426893421
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 03/19/2012
Series: Brook St. Trilogy
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 479,192
File size: 772 KB

About the Author

Ava March is a multi-published author of M/M historical romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. Her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers.

You can find her at www.AvaMarch.com.

 

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March 1822
London, England

Lord Benjamin Parker exited the hackney and reached up to hand a few coins to the driver. "That will be all."

With a tip of his head, the driver pocketed the coins. A flick of his wrists, and the long leather lines slapped against the horse's back.

The moment the carriage lurched forward, Benjamin opened his mouth, the words to call the driver back on his tongue, but then he snapped his jaw shut. It wasn't as if he were in the stews, where drivers with any common sense rarely ventured, especially this late in the evening. And while he had hailed the hackney a couple of blocks from his Mayfair town house, it had been only a couple of blocks.

Best to have let that one go. No need to ask the driver to wait when in all probability he wouldn't have need of it for many hours.

Or would he?

He glanced about. The handful of streetlamps lining Silver Street illuminated a series of nondescript buildings, none of which resembled a hotel or anyplace that would let rooms for the night. But the patrons had to go somewhere...unless the hell had rooms.

That thought didn't appeal. A shudder of revulsion gripped his spine. Too close of a resemblance to a molly house.

Uncertainty began to seep into his stomach, already knotted with nerves, but he pushed it aside. He would do this. Was determined to do this. After months upon months—nay, years—of debating and questioning himself, he had finally come to a decision. He was tired of the unknown, tired of fighting those feelings and even more tired of worrying about the ramifications if his suspicions proved correct. In a few weeks the Season would begin, and he refused to go through another one with that particular question hanging over his head. Before the not-so-subtle nudges from his brothers and sisters started anew to find a wife among the bevies of young ladies, he would know the truth about himself. And either way, he would accept it.

In any case, it wasn't as if he'd find the answer to the night's logistical options standing along the street.

With that, he gave his tan coat a tug to straighten it and set off toward the red brick building a bit farther up the street. One would not know by looking at it that it was a gambling hell, but that wasn't uncommon. What made this one unique, what made it his destination, was its clientele...if rumor proved true.

"Unless you're of an unnatural persuasion, best to avoid Clements."

Roger's drawling voice, backed with an unmistakable note of revulsion, echoed in his head. His eldest brother, the Marquis of Haverson, would never again invite Benjamin to another hunting excursion at the family seat if he discovered his comment made during a discussion about the merits of the various hells about London had not immediately put Benjamin off the place.

Rather it'd had the opposite effect.

Benjamin stopped before the plain black door. The number twelve painted on a square of wood beneath the lamp to the left of the door confirmed he had arrived at Clements. A single knock would summon the guard, gain him entrance and hopefully lead to an answer to the question that had plagued him for years.

If no one suits, I can simply leave, he reminded himself for what felt like the tenth time since he'd walked out of his town house less than an hour ago.

The nerves gripping his stomach eased a notch. Fist clenched, he raised his arm.

The sound of his knock echoed in his ears.

The door opened. The burly guard barely glanced at him before stepping aside, allowing Benjamin to enter.

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Brook Street: Fortune Hunter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
dblue More than 1 year ago
I was happy to receive this ARC from Carina Press through Netgalley. This is my second foray into m/m historical romance and my first Ava March book. Lord Benjamin Parker has always had an attraction to men. He decides to go to a gambling establishment that is rumored to cater to men seeking men to determine once and for all if his feelings are true. While there he meets a man at a gambling table, Cavin Fox, and they have an immediate attraction to one another. Ben is unaware that Cavin is a thief looking for a mark to seduce and take his money. During their encounter Ben tells Cavin he has never been with a man. This causes Cavin to pause and he makes Bens first experience special. The love scene was erotic and sweet and touching all at once . It is a lovely romance. The characters are endearing and well developed. Ben is an aristocrat but he is kind, thoughtful, generous and caring. Cavin is troubled, has had a hard life and feels he is not worthy of the kindness and affection Ben is willing to give. I really enjoyed that the story focused on the relationship of the two main characters. There are other important characters in the story but they just help develop how we see Ben and Cavin. I kept waiting for obstacles or bad guys to ruin or complicate things but it did not happen. It is one of the nicest feel good romances I have read recently. The love scenes are explicit but feel right for the story. The story is a short, 40,000 word, quick read. I was surprised at how well developed the characters were and how quickly I was able to become invested in their HEA. As I am not typically a historical romance reader I was unfamiliar with some terms used in the beginning of the book, i.e., hell for the gambling establishment, nabob for describing the person Cavin was targeting. It did give the story the flavor of the time period. Thief is the first in the Brooke Street Trilogy. The next two books in the series are titled Fortune Hunter, another 44,000 word novella and Rouges, a 28,000 word short story. There is also a prequel , My True Love Gave to Me, Brooke Street 0.5, 28,000 words. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy and reading more of Ms March’s books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of Ava March's books this is a good story of love overcoming obstacles. it was an enjoyable read with good charcters. I just wish it had been a full length novel instead of a novella! I like that it is part of a trilogy so we will see some of the characters appear again in later books.
JDease More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. The historical aspects rang true. An all around Great Read.
Vettech317 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed!
Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I honestly wasn't sure if a M/M historical romance would work for me, given the confines of the historical setting to their relationship. I was glad that they treated it realistically, but it still managed to have a perfect and sweet HEA. The epilogue was a nice touch to see a glimpse into how their daily life really was. The characters were great and multi-dimensional, including side characters like Sam. There was just the right amount of set-up with regards to Ben and Cavin's pasts and situations, without overdoing it. And I was SO glad that it remained character drive, as when novella's try to force too much plot it can fall flat for me. I'll definitely check out more from this author.
Streamer More than 1 year ago
Before I get into my thoughts on this book I have to confess that this is my first male/male romance. It was a perfect choice for my first book. In the story Cavin was easing Benjamin into the physical aspects of the relationship. That was a big help for me because my knowledge of gay sex up until this point was limited. It was my first time, it was Ben’s first time and we were learning together. I’ll just come right out and say that I loved this book! Benjamin and Cavin are two guys that never should have met. Benjamin is a rich, respected member of society. Cavin is a criminal working and living in the worst area of London. They are both surprised when a chance sexual encounter reveals a much deeper emotional connection. This book is so much more than erotica. It has the erotic aspects you would expect but it’s really about watching two wonderful guys discover a relationship like they have never known or even believed possible. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and the obstacles they had to overcome in order to make it work. It was also interesting because their happily ever after was so much different from the male/female relationships I’m used to reading. As I was reading I kept thinking that the book had a Pretty Woman vibe to it, only I liked this book more than the movie. I highly recommend this book to anyone willing to try an m/m romance. I adored everything about it and look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black hair with bangs over a green eye the other eye is blue. Brought a baby from Straightheart Orphanage/Boarding school. Funny.
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Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this a lot, although admittedly I liked the first book, Thief, a little bit better. Likely because it had more ups and downs and therefore a slightly more emotional reaction, yet I was glad with the way things went a little more smoothly for Oscar and Julian.
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