ARC Review: Convincing Leopold (Ava March)

Three months into their relationship — after the ending in Convincing Arthur — and we found Arthur and Leopold trying to find balance and working their relationship. Unfortunately, this was also the case of two men who couldn’t actually speak what they actually thought or felt and ended up causing problems.

For Arthur Barrington, who still bears the scars after his break-up of a decade relationship, he wonders if Leopold is eager to return to his freedom, that he will find Arthur a bore, especially because sometimes Arthur just wants a good night sleep with his lover, rather than another adventurous sex romps. While Leopold, who has been spending the last decade being a notorious rake with various lovers, thinks that Arthur will not find him good enough, and he can only think of one way to reassure Arthur of his affection, by pleasing Arthur in any way he can (which mostly means sex).

Argh, you two!!!! *clonked both men’s heads together*

Since this is a novella, they finally settled things out rather quickly — which was fortunate, because if this was a novel length, I would be very frustrated indeed. I did find myself a bit miffed with Arthur because I wasn’t sure if he could actually appreciate Leopold. Leopold told him that he has been loving Arthur for the past decade and still Arthur acted a bit too uptight towards Leopold.

Having said that, Ava March’s writing was good and the steamy level was probably enticing for a lot of M/M readers. While for me, this might not be a strong sequel (the ending lacked the punch of the first book) but it was still a nice MM regency to read.

I definitely look forward to the upcoming release in this series that features Fenton, Arthur’s rake of a secretary.

RATING: 3 out of 5


The ARC is provided by the author for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.



convincing-leopoldTitle: Convincing Leopold

Author: Ava March
Series: London Legal, #2
Genre: MM Historical / Regency Romance
Word Count: 33,572
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: February 16, 2016


ARC Review: Convincing Arthur (Ava March)

Review for the 2nd Edition

Ten years ago, Leopold Thornton missed his chance to tell his friend Arthur Barrington how he felt. Trying to forget Arthur, Leopold practically drowns his sorrow by building up his reputation as notorious rake, whose dalliances are not limited to the female gender. Now, after Arthur and his lover separated, Leopold plans to convince Arthur to finally give him a chance, and invites the solicitor to come to his house at Yorkshire…

I haven’t read the original edition of this short novella, so I wouldn’t know what changes that have been made. To be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the first third quarter of the book. Since the book opened immediately to the present time, as Leopold waiting for Arthur to arrive at Ramsey House, I missed the relationship built up. So Leopold has been keeping a deep feeling for Arthur for the past ten years? But I didn’t feel that, you see? I couldn’t really understand how and why Leopold falling for Arthur. I didn’t feel their friendship ten years ago.

Then I wasn’t in empathy for his plan to convince Arthur is by pleasure of the flesh. I have never been a believer of that sex would be the answer to long lasting companionship and relationship. Maybe it is because of my asexuality. Maybe it is because of the Indonesian (Asian) culture that is not very sexual society (at least in public). But could you really stay with your partner only for the sex? I think I skimmed this book after the third sex scenes. If I am a judge and jury of this relationship, Leopold will not win his case.

… until the last two chapters, where Leopold finally stripped his heart bare to win Arthur’s heart once and for all. Those two chapters were like punches to my gut, it was emotionally raw and painfully honest. I admit that I choked up a little bit at that moment *sniff*. It was the best part of this story for me, and rest assured I will be there for the follow-up.


RATING: 3.5 out of 5


The ARC is generously provided by author for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.


24587277Title: Convincing Arthur, 2nd edition
Author: Ava March
Series: London Legal, #1
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Word Count: 24,992
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2016

ARC Review: On His Watch (Katie Ruggle)

On His Watch is a prequel novella to Ruggle’s “Search and Rescue” series, whose first full-length novel will be released in Spring 2016.

For the most part, I thought it gave a good glimpse about what the series about Field County Rescue Dive Team would be like. Honestly, I have never read stories about SAR diver before — I get a number of firefighters or detectives but never divers — and this novella offered a nice change. It even had a heart-pumping scene of our hero, Derek, rescued a kid who fell through the ice into the cold water. It was quite intense! Not only that, this novella also had missing children and a mountain lion!! So on the action front, Ruggle did pretty well.

However, I wasn’t really sure about the romance… Derek and Artemis used to be a couple, until four years ago when Derek broke up with Artemis and then Artemis married another guy. The thing is, I felt that so many things happened off page, and it was pretty shoved down due to the length (this is a novella after all) and the attempt to find the missing children. I understand that the novella wants to introduce readers to the various characters, but most of the times I got this feeling that I ‘missed’ the process of building up the camaraderie or relationship. These characters knew each other, and then referring to things that I didn’t really know. You know what I mean?

For example, when the girls were missing, and then Derek asked Artemis, “Steve’s girls are missing?” … I thought, “Wait, who’s Steve??” Or when one of the firemen said that his Chief would come later and help the search team because there was “Another arson” … and my mind went directly, “What? Which arson? What was going on? There was arson happening?!?”

It was like that you know … even the cause of Derek and Artemis’ break-up didn’t mention until later on in by way of conversation, and I was a bit struggling to get the reference of them knowing one another before.

Still, it did give me curiosity to know more about these people. So I will stick around to check out the full length novel next year…

RATING: 3 out of 5


The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.



27430562Title: On His Watch

Author: Katie Ruggle
Series: Search and Rescue (# .5)
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 84 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (Amazon Link)
Release Date: January 5th, 2016