ARC Review: Convincing the Secretary by Ava March

Posted March 16, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Convincing the Secretary by Ava March
Convincing the Secretary
by Ava March

2.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 8th 2016
Series: London Legal #3
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 138
Format: eARC
 

“I wanted to like CONVINCING THE SECRETARY but it left me unsatisfied.”
~ Under the Covers

You what I hate?  I hate being in a position where a book doesn’t do it for me.  I’ve been wanting to try this author for a while and I finally took the plunge.  I know I’m coming in out of order, but frankly I don’t think that had much to do with my feelings on this book.

Here’s the thing.  I found CONVINCING THE SECRETARY was not very historically accurate to begin with.  No, I am the farthest thing from a historical buff nor do I comb through historical romances looking for accurate depictions of use of pencils or types of fabrics.  What kept drawing me out of this story was stuff like… The fact that a sex shop was a common store in London that our male secretary just happened to wonder in and browse through anal plugs and the likes.

So that aside, we get to the main characters.  And as far as the romance and the connection I have to say this was mostly physical for me.  I don’t think I felt that deeper connection and the love that they professed for each other.  Edward Fenton is young and inexperienced, and not only dealing with the fact that he’s attracted to men, but also the fact he gets off on being dominated and humiliated.  Which in his mind equals to him never finding a happily ever after.  Until Lord Grayson comes into his life.  But to me, it felt as if he was grabbing that rope like his only lifeline.  Love?  I don’t think so.  Lust?  Absolutely.

And yes, I did say dominated.  This book touches on some light BDSM.  I always love to delve deeper into the emotional aspect of BDSM when I’m reading, not just the physical.  The push and pull of the play on the mind and body.  But here I felt it was superficial.  Resulting in some hot sex, yes.

I wanted to like CONVINCING THE SECRETARY but it left me unsatisfied.  With my feelings on this short sampling being a bit all over the place I’m not sure if I’ll give this series another try.

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About Ava March

I'm Ava March, an author of smoking hot M/M historical erotic romances. I love writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors.

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Don’t think I’d want to continue either…thanks for the review Francesca

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Thanks for the review, bummer you didn’t enjoy it.