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Brook Street: Fortune Hunter
     

Brook Street: Fortune Hunter

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by Ava March
 

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London, 1822

Impoverished Julian Parker returns to London with one goal: marry an heiress. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means denying his desire for men. After all, with a fortune comes happiness and social acceptance—which have eluded Julian his entire life.

The only things a vast fortune has brought Oscar Woodhaven are greedy

Overview

London, 1822

Impoverished Julian Parker returns to London with one goal: marry an heiress. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means denying his desire for men. After all, with a fortune comes happiness and social acceptance—which have eluded Julian his entire life.

The only things a vast fortune has brought Oscar Woodhaven are greedy relatives and loneliness. At twenty-one years of age, he has everything a man could possibly want—except someone to love him. When he meets devastatingly handsome Julian Parker, he believes his luck has turned.

Between Oscar's lavish gifts and their searing-hot nights, Julian is caught between what he thinks he needs and what his heart truly desires. But when a betrayal threatens to tear them apart, Julian discovers he'll do whatever it takes to convince Oscar the greatest fortune of all is love.

44,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426893582
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
04/09/2012
Series:
Brook St. Trilogy
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
635,948
File size:
764 KB

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April 1822
London, England

A drop of sweat dripped between his shoulder blades, tickling his skin. Julian Parker resisted the urge to roll his shoulders, and instead kept the charming smile in place. "Yes, my mother quite enjoys Philadelphia. I, however, missed England too much to stay away any longer. Philadelphia society, while pleasant, cannot hold a candle to the beauty that can be found in London."

The compliment did its duty. The haughty elegance, that air of bored condescension of one just barely tolerating another's presence, slipped away. A smile spread across Lady Whitley's plain, round face. "London is fortunate to have you back, Mr. Parker."

Julian tipped his head. "I consider myself fortunate to be back."

She glanced to his cousin, Lord Benjamin Parker, standing at his shoulder, then back to Julian, her gaze quickly raking the length of his body, from the elaborate cravat that took him a good half hour to tie, the knot secured by a gold pin with a respectably sized stone, to his freshly polished shoes. "I am at home Monday afternoons, if you would care to call."

Relief washed over him. Maybe it would not be so difficult after all. "Thank you for the invitation."

His cousin shifted his weight. "If you'll excuse us, Lady Whitley, the card room calls."

"It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance, my lady," Julian said, giving the woman a half bow.

He and Benjamin took their leave of her. Weaving around the other guests who had already arrived at the ball, they made their way toward the card room.

"She is a recent widow?" Julian asked, just loud enough to reach Benjamin's ears.

"A widow with twenty thousand pounds. Are you hoping for more, or would that do?"

Julian pretended not to notice the undercurrent of sarcasm in Benjamin's tone, though it did cause some concern. Of all his relations in England, Benjamin was the only one who had once cared to have him around, yet his cousin did not seem all that pleased with Julian's plans. Perhaps he should not have confided in Benjamin, but a man who had a fortune of his own and a secure place in Society surely could not understand being without. That bitter taste of wanting, of being close enough to touch but relegated to only admire, of never living in one place long enough to call it home. "It could possibly do," he replied.

Twenty thousand equated to about a thousand a year. Far more than he had ever had, but it still didn't feel like nearly enough. And she was a widow, a plain one at that, who looked to be a couple of years older than his five-and-twenty. Though what did that matter? It wasn't as if attraction would or could play any part in his decision. She had seemed somewhat interested in him, however, so it wouldn't do to turn his back on the possibility altogether. For all he knew, she would be the only woman who wouldn't snub her nose at him once she found out he was one of those Parkers.

Meet 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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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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