Ava March continues her sexy m/m historical trilogy with this second installment, featuring the fortune-hunting Julian Parker. Julian knows he prefers his lovers to be men, but he also knows that a rich wife will be his only chance at the kind of life he wants.
Julian grew up as one of the poor relations in his family. His dad gambled and whored the family's money away, forcing them to leave London for America years ago. Now he wants to restore his family name in London and his is counting on his cousin Benjamin to help introduce him back into society.
At his first ball, Julian meets Oscar. The young man is rich, generous and kind. The two become fast friends. And Oscar invites Julian to stay with him as a houseguest. It doesn't take long for the men to figure out they're both interested in an affair. And in no time, they are burning up the sheets.
The sex scenes are really hot... and they're wonderfully realistic. Oscar is impossible not to like. He is so sweet and genuine. He deserves Julian's love and respect. But of course, those pesky marriage plans don't include him.
I liked the story, though I could see Julian's big mistake coming a mile away --and it was no fun sitting there, waiting for him to make it. The HEA came in the form of an Epilogue, which made it feel a little rushed. I wish we would have had a little more time to savor their reconciliation.
I'm looking forward to the final story in the trilogy! Almost 4 stars.*ARC Provided by NetGalley