Title: Brook Street: Fortune Hunter by Ava March
Brook Street Trilogy Book Two
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: M/M, Historical, Erotic, Romance
Length: 44,000 words
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
Impoverished Julian Parker returns to London with one goal: marry an heiress. He’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means denying his desire for men. After all, with a fortune comes happiness and social acceptance–which have eluded Julian his entire life.
The only things a vast fortune has brought Oscar Woodhaven are greedy relatives and loneliness. At twenty-one years of age, he has everything a man could possibly want–except someone to love him. When he meets devastatingly handsome Julian Parker, he believes his luck has turned.
Between Oscar’s lavish gifts and their searing-hot nights, Julian is caught between what he thinks he needs and what his heart truly desires. But when a betrayal threatens to tear them apart, Julian discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to convince Oscar the greatest fortune of all is love.
Ava March’s Brook Street: Fortune Hunter is a beautifully detailed Regency romance that is deliciously steamy and sexy. Penniless and untitled, Julian Parker is counting on his good looks and family connections to snare a wealthy wife. His newfound friendship with the wealthy Oscar Woodhaven assures his place in society, but will their love affair derail his marriage plans?
Julian and Oscar are delightful protagonists that are well-developed and immensely appealing. Coming for two divergent backgrounds, both men are ultimately searching for the same thing. Someone to love them for who they are not their bank accounts. However, both men need the time to mature and come to terms with who they are before they can have a successful relationship.
Oscar is a sweet and very likeable young man whose generosity is well-known among his friends and acquaintances. His loneliness and social isolation add to his naiveté and innocence and he eagerly accepts Julian’s friendship. He quickly opens his home, his bed and his heart to Julian.
Julian is also a wonderfully developed character whose affable façade masks his less than desirable characteristics. While he is not a malicious man, his laziness and selfishness unintentionally deeply wound the more tenderhearted Oscar. It takes a lot of hard work on his part, but in the end, he marvelously redeems himself and saves his relationship with Oscar.
Brook Street: Fortune Hunter is a fast-paced and engrossing story. Ava March brings a great deal of depth and substance but very little angst to this second installment of her Brook Street trilogy. It is an enjoyable romance that is filled with emotion and plenty of hot man on man action that fans of male/male historical romances are sure to enjoy.