When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe. ~ François de la Rochefoucauld
Did you pick up these two books when Ava March was offering them for $.99 apiece at Amazon? If not, I can honestly say I wouldn’t have been at all upset if I’d paid full price for them. Of course, I’m always happy to pad my reading list with a little historical erotica, and this is most definitely both historical and erotica, so score!
Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold are companion books and should definitely be read in order. Together they tell the story of two men who’d begun a friendship ten years prior, but because of fear and inaction on Leopold Thornton’s part, that friendship ended before it’d had the opportunity to become anything more.
For ten years, Arthur Barrington found himself as one half of what he thought was a whole relationship with a man. Unfortunately, Randolph Amherst wasn’t in what he thought of as a relationship as much as it was an arrangement that included sex. When Randolph announced he was engaged to be married, with the expectation that he and Arthur would continue their forbidden liaison, Arthur finally understood the truth that not only didn’t Randolph love him, but he also didn’t care when Arthur put an end to their affair.
Ten years of carousing and sleeping with any man who was ready, willing, and able, earned Leopold a reputation, a reputation that Arthur is all too familiar with, and one that Leopold is going to have a difficult time overcoming if he’s to convince Arthur he’s waited ten long and lonely years for the chance to be faithful to him and only him. Leopold has the will; now he must find the way. But first he must also work to convince himself he’s worthy of Arthur’s attention and affection.
Convincing Arthur is the book that builds up to the relationship; Convincing Leopold is the book in which they work to hang on to the new and fragile connection they’re attempting to build. And frankly, they’re making more than their fair share of mistakes along the way. Is their connection based solely on sex, or is it something that goes much deeper than their physical compatibility? Does Arthur love Leopold even a little, or has he found himself in something much like the arrangement Randolph had once had with him?
Their sexual connection and the desire they have for each other is real. But is it enough? Or is there more? They nearly miss the answers to those questions because Arthur and Leopold are afraid of both the questions and the answers.
I haven’t been disappointed by an Ava March book yet, and that streak of good luck continues with Arthur and Leopold. I must have a thing for Regency Era sex and conflict because that’s what this author seems to do best, and it’s why I’m thoroughly convinced I’ll keep coming back for more.