Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.
Tristan Walsh has grown tired of being used for men's pleasure. But his latest client is different: Commanding yet generous, Max makes him feel cared for as well as wanted. Yet Tristan knows he'll never have the choice to leave the brothel and submit only to Max.
So when Max invites him to be his guest at his country estate, Tristan eagerly agrees to his terms-days to do as he pleases while Max tends to the dukedom, and nights spent together in wicked play. But when the "business arrangement" begins to deepen into something more, Tristan must face the fact that he has no true place in Max's life - or in Max's guarded heart...
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I love regency stories, and this one was well written. I liked the character build up, and the believability of it all.
It compares to most of AVA Marchs' regency books, especially her brook street series, which I also loved.
The performance was the only thing that I found a bit disappointing. the narrator was not as good as the narrators on the Brook street books-especially Fortune hunter and Thief. He supposed to be portraying British Aristocrat, and he just did not sell it, and one of the lords had a Cockney accent, which is a lower class accent. It just kept throwing me off.
The second love scene was amazing....
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
This is a m/m romance... of course.. (book cover), and it started out really good... I thought it would get better, but... it didn't... it just got boring..
Not really worth the credit... maybe a sale...
Narration was ok... nothing to rave about.. it was actually a bit hard to tell the difference between the two male voices... so just ok...
This book was my type of book....after all, who buys one of these without wanting to read them! But I mean not only is it the genre that I like, it was a book within the genre that I actually cared for. I did not find it cheesy or too light or too ....... anything. It was just a good romance that happened to be between two guys. It was about am I right for this relationship? Am I doing the right thing for myself? For the other? Am I enough or not of what they need? You know, all that self-questioning and worry we get as we delve into a relationship.
The sex scenes were explicit and well-written as part of the story not as THE story. In other words, not just gratuitous sex scenes, but rather they were moments that showed you something about a character's mind or feelings or moved the story along (for the most part).
The story was well written and thoughtful but predictable,,,,,,but who cares, it's pleasure reading not deep meaning time or literature class.
The only complaint I have is that the narrator chose unappealing voices for all characters except the Duke. He gave the love interest an accent that I thought made him sound dumb and uneducated and unattractive. He also gave a similar voice as either the Duke or his love interested to all other characters (they were all minor characters) and so sometimes it was hard to tell who was speaking. Also, the characters were 20-somethings and the narrator sounds considerably older. The narrator did a fabulous job with getting emotions, intonations and the sighs and curses spewing from all those hot and heavy moments spot-on.
Avid audible listener!
I am a great fan of Ava March (I have read / listened to most of her books). Brook Street: Thief is in my top 10 favourite M/M romances.
Having recently re-listened to Thief, I am sorry to say All In With the Duke is definitely not one of AM's better efforts.
All In With the Duke has the same plot line and even some of the same phrases used in Thief. I couldn't help making a comparison, with All In With the Duke coming in a poor second.
Timothy Holcomb is an OK narrator.
Since the two books are so similar, spend your money on Brook Street: Thief instead.
I really enjoyed this historical romance. The story was simple and sweet. A Duke falling in love with a prostitute, very Pretty Woman, but well done. The narrator was very good. Worth a credit.
3.5 stars. (rounded up because of the narrator: Mr. Holcomb)
This was a hot and sexy historical that was definitely worth the audio purchase.
I couldn't understand a word Timothy Holcomb said for the first chapter. And then his accent just clicked and he was the perfect Max. Perfect. And oh, he got Tristan's sweet voice down as well.
Tristan got entirely too naggy at the end. And strong, determined Max got a bit too needy. But, eh. Even with the imperfections in the story, it was a nice little HEA.
Achingly drawn from my life story. Agonizing Loneliness, relentless need for my soulmate to complete me. Doubts and challenges, but thankfully holding the course so that the end is worth it. Complicated by a world of prejudice and condemnation, and small odds that things could be right, wonderful, or that the precious dream could breath and live. Yet in spit of it all, against the odds, the ending is happy. The narration is rich and romantic. At first I struggled with the English accent, but in the end I agree it greatly contributed to the experience. Ave's narrative is most skillful woven into a glorious experience of passion and love. I highly recommend this book!
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