Review: Brook Street: Rogues by Ava March

Thursday, May 10

Title: Rogues*
Author:  Ava March
Series: Brook Street Trilogy #3
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: E-book
Date/Year:  May 7, 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

London, 1822

Two of London's most notorious rakehells, Linus Radcliffe and Robert Anderson, are the best of friends. They share almost everything-clothes, servants, their homes, and even each other's bed on occasion. The one thing they don't share: lovers. For while Linus prefers men, Robert prefers women...except when it comes to Linus.

As another Season nears its end, Robert can't ignore his growing jealousy. He hates watching Linus disappear from balls to dally with other men. Women are lovely, but Linus rouses feelings he's never felt with another. Unwilling to share his gorgeous friend another night, Robert has a proposition for Linus.

A proposition Linus flatly refuses-but not for the reasons Robert thinks. Still, Robert won't take no for an answer. He sets out to prove a thing or two to his best friend-yet will learn something about the heart himself.

My Musings:

If you have been following my reviews you already know that I love the Brook Street Trilogy.  It’s my favorite new series of the year and I highly recommend them.  Rogue is the final book in the series and I’m a little depressed by that.  I’m not ready to say goodbye yet.

Rogue is the story of Linus and Rob.  They have been best friends for 18 years and have been lovers for a decade.  They don’t have the sweet, romantic relationship the other couples in this series had.  Linus and Rob are friends and buddies more than anything, their sexual relationship has always been a sporadic and minor part of that friendship. 

I liked that this book showed a very different relationship from the previous books.  Rob is what I consider a tough guy.  He is strong and proud, he knows what he wants and he goes after it.  He has always preferred women, Linus is the only exception to that.  Rob is surprised when he realizes that it’s the pursuit of women that’s the real thrill for him, once he has them he gets bored quickly.  The only satisfying sexual relationship he has had in his adult life has been with Linus.  Rob decides that Linus is exactly what he wants and he is going to get him.

Linus accepted many years ago that he preferred men.  He has also accepted that Rob doesn’t feel the same way.  Linus has learned to be satisfied with what Rob can give him.  Linus has centered his life around the friendship with Rob and absolutely will not put their friendship in jeopardy.

The couple and their story drew me in and I couldn’t put this book down.  I read it from start to finish in one evening.   When I finished it I realized that even though I really liked the book I was still a bit disappointed.  I think my disappointment came down to two things.  
  1. The book is very short.  I never got to know the characters well and had to draw on my knowledge of them from previous books to fill in the details.  The length of the book made me feel like I was getting a glimpse into their story rather than the entire thing.  Plain and simple, I wanted more. 
  2. This is the story of two people that already have an established relationship and are considering taking it to the next level.  That type of story is never a favorite for me.  It’s interesting but it’s missing my favorite part of a romance book, the sexual tension and romantic build up. 
The Brook Street Trilogy is an amazing journey through Regency-era London.  The romances are deep and emotional.  Give this series a try, you won’t regret it.   I’m going to miss these books I’m sad to see the series come to an end.

Ratings:

Overall: 3.5
Sensuality level: 3.25 (love scenes contain anal sex but all encounters are sensual and affectionate)

For a complete understanding and definition of the ratings at Seductive Musings, click here

Other Reviews:

 


 
*Seductive Musings is an Amazon affiliate and receives a very small referral fee for purchases made via the links on the blog and through the Seductive Musings Amazon Store. Read the full disclosure here.

2 Comments:

Artemis May 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM  

I've read one of her books and like it very much. Need to get back to her writing. Great review.

Mandi May 15, 2012 at 8:43 AM  

I think her endings always feel rushed. I like her books, but I've liked her other series better I think.

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Post Archives

Labels

1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars Andrea Angels Anthology Aphrodisia Author's Angels Avon Awards Ballantine BDSM Berkley Billionaire Blaze Blog Hop Blue Book Trailers Booklover BookTrib Brava Candlelight Promotions Carina Character Interview Charity Chick Lit Christmas Cleis Press Conference Contemporary Contests Coupons Cover Reveal Cowboy DD Delacorte Demons Disappointments Disclosures DNF Domestic Violence Dorchester Dreamspinner Press ElaineReads ELF Ellora's Cave Entangled Publishing Erotic Romance Erotica Event Everything Else F/F Romance Fantasy Romance Favorites of 2009 Favorites of 2010 Favorites of 2011 Favorites of 2012 Favorites of 2014 Feature Feel the Heat Firemen Flipbook Forced Seduction Forever Romance Freebies Fun Friday Futuristic Gallery Ghosts Giveaway Goddess Fish Grand Central Guest Harlequin Hidden Gems Highland Romance Historical Fiction Historical Romance Holiday Theme HQN Humor Infidelity Intermix Interracial Romance Interview Irish Romance Julia Just Jinny Kensington Lendle Giveaway Librarian Links LitConnect Loose Id Loveswept M/M Romance Medieval Romance Melissa Meme Menage Menagerie Michele Military Romance MIRA Mira. Month in Review Movie Star Movies Muse Pictures Music Musician Mystery NAL New Adult Newsworthy Noble Romance Non-Fiction Novella Paranormal Romance Pierced Pirates Pocket Books Poem Poll Quickie Giveaway Quiz Random House Reading Challenges Reading Lists Recipes Reviews Riptide Publishing Romance Hint Fiction Romantic Suspence Royal Romances Samhain Sci-Fi Scorpio M Seductive Museums Seductive Saturday Self Published Serial Novel Shapeshifters Share the Love Siren Small Town Sneak Peek Sourcebooks Spice Sports St. Martin's Steampunk Romance Summer Reads Sunday Brunch Surveys Susannah Tattoo TBR Thursday's Thoughts Time Travel Romance Tuesday Teasers Urban Fantasy Vampires Victorian Videos Vikings Virgin Western Winners

My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy one...so in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca gift cards on this rewards site)
Invesp landing page optimization

Book Blogs

  © Blogger template Foam by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP