Book Review: Rogues by Ava March

Brook Street Rogues by Ava MarchTitle: Rogues (Amazon)
Series:
Brook Street, #3
Author:
Ava March
Genre: Regency-Set M/M Erotic Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: NetGalley
Published: May 7, 2012 by Carina Press

London, 1822

Two of London's most notorious rakehells, Linus Radcliffe and Robert Anderson, are the best of friends. They share almost everything-clothes, servants, their homes, and even each other's bed on occasion. The one thing they don't share: lovers. For while Linus prefers men, Robert prefers women...except when it comes to Linus.

As another Season nears its end, Robert can't ignore his growing jealousy. He hates watching Linus disappear from balls to dally with other men. Women are lovely, but Linus rouses feelings he's never felt with another. Unwilling to share his gorgeous friend another night, Robert has a proposition for Linus.

A proposition Linus flatly refuses-but not for the reasons Robert thinks. Still, Robert won't take no for an answer. He sets out to prove a thing or two to his best friend-yet will learn something about the heart himself.


Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Woo-wee! This is some sexy, sexy times with lots of heart and friendship. This is why I read MM romance!

The Set Up: Linus and Robert are best friends and two of London’s most notorious badboys. Linus prefers men and Robert prefers women, except when he shares Linus’ bed. But this Season is proving different because Robert can’t ignore his jealousy when Linus dallies with other men. Can Robert convince Linus they’re more than best friends with benefits?

Why I Read this Book: Historical MM romance is rare and I read it every chance I can get.

What I Liked: The friendship between Robert and Linus was emotionally satisfying for me and when combined with the eroticism, made this an excellent read. Linus’ fear of losing Robert is so poignant and this emotionally vulnerability was beautifully written and had wonderful resolution with Robert. The characters were so well developed, which is amazing given this story is only eighty pages long. I like the realistic exploration on Robert’s part about his sexual attraction to both genders. This story didn’t rush the men but allowed them both time and self-examination to be sure they wanted this new change in their relationship. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this emotionally charged erotic romance.

What I Didn’t Like: I loved this short novella and it was a perfect hour’s read: full of heart, heat and compelling characters.

IMO: This is a must read for fans of MM erotic romance. This is third in the Brook Street series (Thief and Fortune Hunter being the first and second installments) and I’m excited to go back and catch up on this great series!



J9’s Rating:
4 1/2 Frogs

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6 comments:

  1. This series is sitting on my TBR pile. I must find the time to read it. Now that all three books are out I'll probably read them back-to-back. Did you read her novella that was part of Carina Press' Holiday Antho last year? I can't remember the title but it was very good. Great review!

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  2. So funny I just saw this in a newsletter today and told myself that I needed to watch out for reviews on this series and already I'm finding so many bloggers who did read this series and really enjoyed it.

    I'm with you on wanting to read M/M stories. It is just too long to wait for Qhuinn and Blay's book in 2013 so I need some romance between guys before then.

    Glad you loved this one and if you do go back and read the first two books I can't wait to see what you think of those as well. :)

    Thanks for the awesome review!

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  3. I have since read books one and two. Book one, Thief, was one of the best MM romance I've ever read. It's unique and compelling in a way that made it impossible to put the book done. I'm a bit more conflicted about book two, Fortune Hunter, because one character was nearly unlikable but redeemed himself so intensely but that portion was too short. I think all three are a must read but one and three are the best (in that order).

    And just FYI, when I review MM romance I want more heart than heat. I think too much MM is just sex and that's fine but it's not the romance that I enjoy. I can honestly say that while this series was spicy, it also had great emotional intimacy.

    @Alexa, OH YEAH! Can't wait for Qhuinn & Blay's book--hurry up Ward and write! :)
    @Brie, no I didn't read her novella...I will have to look it up, thanks for the rec!

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  4. Sounds very cute, I'm hoping to get round to buying the first in this series soon.

    ~Ailsa

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  5. Now I'm curious to know what happens between them.

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  6. It's worth the read for sure!

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