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Brook Street: Thief | [Ava March]

Brook Street: Thief

One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart. Cavin Fox has done it many times - select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets. With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult.
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Publisher's Summary

London, 1822

It was only supposed to be one night. One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart.

It was only supposed to be a job. Cavin Fox has done it many times - select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets.

With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Cavin lives with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, and he knows there's no place for him in a gentleman's life. Yet Benjamin isn't about to let Cavin - and love - continue to slip away from him.

©2012 Ava March (P)2012 Audible, Inc

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    LadyT 06-23-12
    LadyT 06-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Better than expected."
    If you could sum up Brook Street: Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Good historical bromance.


    What other book might you compare Brook Street: Thief to and why?

    While none come to mind, it's a historical romance that just happens to be between two men.


    What does Charlie Belmont bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Believable accents and a good pace. Mr. Belmont's delivery of the story added to my enjoyment -- it just seemed to fit.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the book was interesting enough to have me wishing I could sit and listen to it in one sitting. On the other hand, I'm glad I was not able to because then it would have been over that much faster and since I enjoyed it, I didn't mind it taking longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm female and am an avid reader of historical romances. This is my first featuring men. I listened out of curiosity to see if it could even halfway deliver a story as enjoyable as the typical romances I read and I'm pleased to note that it did. The characters actions, for the most part, were believable. Because the novel is relatively short, the romance seemed a bit rushed but that did not detract from the enjoyment of this good book. The characters were likeable and the book delivered exactly what I like in an historical romance novel -- the meeting with sparks, the romantic pursuit, steamy interactions, and a good ending. I read romance novels because I'm interested in the pursuit and ultimate finding of true love. Whether you're straight or gay if you read romance novels for the same reason, I think you'll find this story an enjoyable one and well worth the time to read. And let's not forget the reader, he does a great job as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    carolyn PITTSBURG, CA, United States 05-08-12
    carolyn PITTSBURG, CA, United States 05-08-12

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    "Excellent!"

    The Brook Street Thief, first book of the series was an excellent choice since I usually don't do short stories. The story is well written and the narrator brought the characters to life. I really hate giving stories five stars because there is always something wrong in the story it self or with the narrative. Ava March and Charlie Belmont, both delivery five star quality.
    I would recommend, The Brook Street Thief, to anyone who is looking for something different, not the same old same old, tired, dragged out format. The characters are charming and the storyline is fantastic. I loved it. I will purchase book two in the series.
    I hope this was useful without me including the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-19-12
    Kathleen Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Sweet romance story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brook Street: Thief to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story, its colorful setting, the realistic characters, and the local language and colloquialisms.


    What about Charlie Belmont’s performance did you like?

    This narrator is worth his weight in gold. A reader can make or break a story, and this man made is seem as if I was watching a movie. His accents were marvelous, as was his tone and cadence. It was also quite sexy!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily. Sometimes you don't look forward to a story ending too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a sweet m/m romance that I would recommend to anyone who reads mainstream erotic romance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 10-18-13
    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good premise but horridly long-winded."

    I liked the premise even though I thought the execution was somewhat wanting because the main characters just weren't attractive. Or attractive enough. Lord Benjamin Parker came across as a nondescript, boring person, without even the benefit of good looks to attract me. As a romance-lover, I need at least one of two things - the MC has to be gorgeous even if he isn't powerful, smart or rich; or he has to have a great personality if not the looks to accompany it.

    The other thing that lost it another star, IMO, was that the author tended to over-write. The narrative was too long, stretching out a point as if she thought I, the reader, wouldn't get it. Much of the time I was itching for the story to get moving. Instead, one of the drawbacks of audiobooks, I was forced to listen as Cavin went on endlessly about some point or other. In the end, I had to hit the pause button and read the ebook, skimming over the lines until the storyline picked up again. As any audiobook lover knows, this is not an easy task and does pull one out of the story by the time you locate the spot you want.

    Charlie Belmont was good but even he couldn't save this work. I fell asleep in the second book, Fortune Hunter, so I can't review that beyond saying I like my heroes taller than me (superficial bitch that I am) so five feet four doesn't do it for me. I will try the last book in the series, though, and if that doesn't work either, then no more Ava March for me.

    I do hope to see more MM romances by Belmont, though. He has a lovely timbre to his voice. His execution may not be as smooth as David Morey, Jack LeFleur, Sean Crisden or Charlie Carr but he's still better than many male narrators out there. I'd like to see how he carries off a story that's set in the US with American characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 04-12-12
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "My First Gay Romance!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, only because I've never read or listened to a Gay Romance before. I thought this book was interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was a bit unbelievable, but the author TRIED to provide justification for the way it ended, so it made sense based on the justification.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think he could have done a little bit better job of keeping the different character voices straight. Sometimes I wasn't sure which character was talking.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was just okay. Nothing great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marion Washington 07-09-13
    Marion Washington 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Sweet and Simple"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The raw honesty of accepting yourself and falling in love


    What does Charlie Belmont bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love audio books because it allows me to do other things while I listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Y. Madison, MS, United States 05-24-13
    Y. Madison, MS, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thief of Heart"
    Where does Brook Street: Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I cannot really rate it on that level; this is my first time reading something of this magnitude. I was curious and the reviews seemed good. It was very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brook Street: Thief?

    I loved how Cavin took care of Sam. He did for Sam what he wished someone would have done for him when he was younger.


    What about Charlie Belmont’s performance did you like?

    Charlie Belmont's performance was great. I alway enjoy when a narrator uses distinct voice for each character; it gives it a more ture-to-life feeling when listening.


    If you could take any character from Brook Street: Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I loved the 3 main character, Lord Benjamin, Cavin and Sam. These characters brought passion, warmth and just a human touch to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    At the onset of listening to this book, I was a little taken back by the raw language, but I continued to listen not focusing on that but looking for the meat in the story. This was a very warm, passionate and caring story, narrated very well by Mr. Belmont. In today’s world, this was quite true-to-life and takes the listener to the other side. I thought it was beautifully done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    teresa a coruña, Spain 03-24-13
    teresa a coruña, Spain 03-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sexy and sweet at the same time"

    Loved both the storyline and the narrator with his sexy voice .Cavin is beautiful and strong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy United States 05-14-12
    Randy United States 05-14-12
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    "Wonderful story!!!"
    If you could sum up Brook Street: Thief in three words, what would they be?

    loved the setting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seemed like to a REAL story to me.


    Which character – as performed by Charlie Belmont – was your favorite?

    Parker


    If you could rename Brook Street: Thief, what would you call it?

    Julian!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely like book 1 in series better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Palos Park, IL, United States 04-27-12
    Rene Palos Park, IL, United States 04-27-12
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    "Story That Stole My Heart"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I like love stories where lovers join up despite insurmountable odds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cavin, who transcended his squalid background, and acted against his own interests for the welfare of his loved ones.


    Have you listened to any of Charlie Belmont’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Cavin trying to find work despite odds and refusing to seek Ben's help.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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