Mar 9, 2016

ARC Review: CONVINCING THE SECRETARY (London Legal, #3) by Ava March


Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.

Lord Grayson Holloway goes after what he wants—be it in the law office on his clients’ behalf or in the bedchamber. His new position as partner puts him closer to achieving his goal of becoming the most successful solicitor in London. There’s just one problem—his new secretary. Broad of shoulder yet mild of manner, Edward tempts Gray like no other. Yet the young man barely notices him.

Edward Fenton tries to be a good secretary, but being in Lord Grayson’s hard, commanding presence rouses Edward’s most forbidden desires. Wicked, naughty desires no gentleman should consider giving in to, let alone with his new employer.

Gray is more than willing to mix business with pleasure. But convincing Edward to take a chance on a future with him? That might be the most challenging case Gray has ever taken on.

Warning: Includes buttoned-up gentlemen who become undone, improper use of a desk, spankings, and a big bad lord who has a soft spot for his virgin secretary.


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Rating: 3.5 stars.

Convincing the Secretary is a historical, slightly kinky M/M romance novella, which makes it a type of story I'd gladly read any day. I chose it because I have become a huge M/M historical romance fan thanks to books by K.J. Charles, and would like to find more good ones. This was also a chance to try something by Ava March, which I'd been meaning to do for a while. The fact that the main characters turned out to be a bit kinky was a very welcome bonus.

This being my first Ava March book ever, it goes without saying I haven't read the previous installments in the London Legal series, therefore I can't say how much, if anything, had already been said about Edward and Gray, the main characters in Convincing the Secretary. What I can say is that this story worked very well on its own, as I never felt I had missed some crucial detail about them while I was reading. Quite the opposite. Even though this is a novella, there was enough about Gray's and Edward's characteristics and their backgrounds to make me invested in their story of finding happiness.

And their story gave me all the right feels. From the anticipation of the start of their romance at the beginning, after both Gray and Edward had spent some time wanting each other and not acting on it believing the other didn't reciprocate the feeling... To them getting to know each other... To the giving into what they wished for, which for Edward meant being punished by Gray, making it all the more interesting to me... Then to the heartache that came from assumptions that came between them. That's the part where I became worried about where it would all lead, but I needn't have. It led to a satisfactory resolution, and a lovely happy ending.

All in all, an enjoyable novella, and a successful first read by this author. I look forward to reading more in the future.

***ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Until next time, happy reading!


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