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Viscount’s Wager (Gambling on Love #3) Ava March

Viscount's WagerViscount’s Wager by Ava March

Gambling on Love book 3

Released 10 August 2015

Published by Carina Press

Blurb:

London, 1822

You never forget your first love, but is a second chance worth the gamble?

Anthony, Viscount Rawling, knows exactly what he wants in life and he isn’t above having a look about London for it. When he spots recently widowed Gabriel Tilden at a ton function, he thinks he might have found love…again.

Gabriel is as gorgeous and reserved as he was when he broke Anthony’s heart seven years ago. But they were only adolescents then…surely Anthony won’t hold the incident against him. And especially not when the attraction between them is stronger than ever.

Gabriel came to London in search of distraction, and a teasing Anthony is impossible to resist. As Anthony introduces Gabriel to the pleasures that can be found in the city—and in his bedchamber—their bond deepens into something more. Yet both men are hiding secrets that could pull them apart forever…

Excerpt: http://www.evangelinecollins.com/avamarch/viscountswager.html

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Our thoughts:

I was a big fan of Tristan and Max from All in with the Duke, book one of the Gambling on Love series, but now I’m thinking Gabriel and Anthony might share the number one spot!

The way Anthony gave with all his heart was endearing. His desire to have a relationship and true love, regardless of the fact he’s gay in 1800’s England, was admirable. He’s not naive, he’s just a man who knows what he wants and doesn’t want to believe it can never happen. He has a past history with Gabriel, one where Gabriel broke his heart and left him wanting. Years later when Gabriel returns to London, Anthony isn’t sure what he should do. Of course he takes the high road, another reason to love Anthony, and makes friends with Gabriel again.

That friendship quickly turns into more because Gabriel is finally willing to accept he always liked Anthony as more than a friend. His heart was always for Anthony and Gabriel must now right his wrong from years ago.

This task isn’t an easy one for Gabriel. He has too many past demons that threaten his chances with Anthony. His means of escape is gambling and it quickly gets out of hand. He also kind of streams Anthony along. It’s quite sad and irritating. Poor Anthony just wants anything he can get from Gabriel and unfortunately it’s not that ideal relationship he has so desired.

A problem for Anthony is hinted about as the pages turn and as a mother of a child with the same condition, I noticed it right away. Others who read this might not see it until the unveiling from Anthony. Ava March does a fantastic job of keeping it low-key until the big reveal. I found this issue of Anthony’s heartbreaking. His fear of being found out. His disappointment with himself the feeling of inadequacy, all are familiar things I’ve seen in my own child. I couldn’t help but love Anthony more. The fretful moments as he tries to delve through stacks of correspondences to grasp onto one from Gabriel was extremely profound for me. As I said, my heart just broke for Anthony.

But, it didn’t stay broken for long! Anthony and Gabriel are soul mates. They’re not going to let troubles keep them apart.  Their hearts longed to be together and there’s no way they would have endured another long time apart.

Viscount’s Wager is a true romance. Two men reunited must now navigate through mistakes, hardships, troubles and failures. Maybe distance made the heart grow fonder. One thing’s for sure, they must accept and forgive themselves before they can truly love each other.

RATING: STILETTOS!

Sharp Love (Gambling on Love #2) by Ava March

Sharp LovePublished on 9 June 2014
Published by Carina Press
Copy obtained for review from publisher.

Ava March has released the second book in the Gambling on Love series from Carina Press. This series offers the historical we know and love from Ava March but with a new twist, these are FULL LENGTH NOVELS! All the historical, Ava March love but in a bigger package, I just don’t see a down side to this!

Sharp Love is the second book in the series and it parallels the first book, All in with the Duke. In the first book, The Duke of Pelham is consumed with running his estate properly but also figuring out his love for Tristan Walsh. Jack Morgan is the Duke’s driver and go to man. Jack finds himself in London on errand for the Duke. As Max and Tristan are working out their issues, we see what was going on behind doors with Jack and Will.

Being in London is bittersweet. Jack can call on his childhood friend, William Drake but with that luxury comes worry and contempt. You see, Will chooses to gamble for his coins and he doesn’t do it honestly. He is a card counter. Jack assumes Will has no goal in life, he just cheats at cards to get by. If he loses he whores himself out for his next meal. That is far from the truth. Will’s goal is to save enough money to buy some land and farm. He lives very modestly to scrap and save every bit he can. Will is very sharp and is able to play the game smart. He just has to worry about those who would rather kill him than let Will take their money.

Jack and Will were at the same boys home when very young. They learned to survive the harshness of the streets together. Will would use any means necessary, no matter how immoral, to get by and Jack would basically be his protector. It seems they both played an equal role in their survival. As they got older, Will remained in the same game while Jack decided to take a job in the stables. It is not long after that he saves the Duke and comes to be in his employment.

Being back in London and around Will pulls out a lot of conflicting emotions in Jack. His desire for men, his need to please, his devotion to his job and employer, his fears from childhood and his need to protect Will. Jack is a gentle, silent type that is happy doing his tasks, but when angered he can be fierce. Will is very astute and is always playing the game, but this is a mask to protect himself.

Throughout the story, Jack and Will are trying to juggle the pressure of job, game, society and their desires. Is this friendship with benefit, or is it love. Neither is feeling that the other desires them for a lifetime. They both feel judged and used in their own way. Ava March gives us so much more angst and turmoil between Will and Jack with the extra length of the novel. They not only have to figure out what they want but how they can live that way in society. They are not from money, they cannot just traipse off into the sunset with their bags of gold and live happily ever after.

Sharp Love is a story about the internal conflicts of two men who have loved for a lifetime and less about their surroundings. A very unique historical novel with no royalty!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!