Review: Bound by Deception by Ava March

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Ava March. Loose Id. September 16th 2008

Lord Oliver Marsden has a secret. He’s been in love with his childhood friend for years, though Vincent’s never shown an interest in him beyond friendship. Ruggedly handsome, wealthy, and successful, Vincent is everything Oliver is not. And Vincent doesn’t prefer men.

Then Oliver discovers Vincent hires a man during his visits to a London brothel. Desperate to be with Vincent, Oliver orchestrates a deception, switching places with the brothel’s employee. When Oliver arrives at the bedchamber, he’s in for another surprise. Restraints and a leather bullwhip? Apparently Vincent isn’t as conservative as he appears.

Lord Vincent Prescot has a secret of his own. One kept locked away and only indulged once a month. But this month’s appointment is different. The mysterious man is so perfect, so beautiful in his submission, rousing protective instincts Vincent can’t deny. Yet he refuses to believe he might truly prefer men, for it could mean the end of his hopes of earning his father’s respect.

Will betrayal destroy them or will they be bound together by deception?


Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 12.48.46 PMI didn’t expect to enjoy this book, but I did 🙂 Ms. March is really good at what she does, Regency Historical! The whole word setting was nice and totally believable. Not once did I stumble upon a funny or awkward word like I usually do other regency books.

The story was short and very straightforward, Oliver especially. The blurb practically explained the whole plot. But what lacked in plot was made up in the feelings. I really liked being in Oliver’s mind. His heartache made me go ‘aww’. I wished Vincent’s internal turmoil was further explored though, as ending seemed a wee bit convenient for a HEA.




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