The Appeal of Men in Suits
-by Ava March
I love the Regency era, the element of excess coupled with the restraint of the time period. It was a time when men were gentlemen who placed great value in their word and their honor.
Back during the Regency, clothing was bespoke. Men went to tailors who crafted shirts, waistcoats, coats, trousers and gloves by hand to fit each individual client. The end result was positively yummy. Superfine wool, calfskin leather, silk and linen, immaculately starched and pressed (usually by a valet or maid, as most gentlemen didn’t do their own laundry). All those layers of clothing. All those buttons on waistcoats. The intricate knots on cravats. Everything about a Regency man’s attire spoke of containment and restriction. It was like a physical symbol of the restraint a gentleman placed on his behavior in public.
A man didn’t merely throw on a t-shirt and jeans in the morning. It took time to get properly dressed. And it took time to get undressed…unless one took no heed of all the buttons and merely ripped them off. Therein lies one of the appeals of a man in a suit – the appeal of undressing him. Each layer that went on must come off. With each layer, a piece of restraint comes off and you get closer to revealing the real man. The removal of a cravat reveals the bare skin of his neck. Slipping off a coat reveals the strength of his shoulders.
A properly dressed Regency man was like an elaborately wrapped Christmas present. And who doesn’t like unwrapping presents? It might take a bit of work, but the reward was definitely worth it. When there is nothing left but him? Definitely yum.
Title: Convincing the Secretary by Ava March
London Legal Series Book Three
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Historical, M/M, Erotic, Romance
Length: Novella/approx 119 pages
Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.
London Legal, Book 3
Lord Grayson Holloway goes after what he wants—be it in the law office on his clients’ behalf or in the bedchamber. His new position as partner puts him closer to achieving his goal of becoming the most successful solicitor in London. There’s just one problem—his new secretary. Broad of shoulder yet mild of manner, Edward tempts Gray like no other. Yet the young man barely notices him.
Edward Fenton tries to be a good secretary, but being in Lord Grayson’s hard, commanding presence rouses Edward’s most forbidden desires. Wicked, naughty desires no gentleman should consider giving in to, let alone with his new employer.
Gray is more than willing to mix business with pleasure. But convincing Edward to take a chance on a future with him? That might be the most challenging case Gray has ever taken on.
Product Warnings: Includes buttoned-up gentlemen who become undone, improper use of a desk, spankings, and a big bad lord who has a soft spot for his virgin secretary.
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Ava March is a bestselling author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers. Visit her website at www.AvaMarch.com to find out more about her books or to sign-up for her newsletter.
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