Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bound by Deception


Book Title: Bound by Deception
Author: Ava March
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.net/
ISBN: 978-1-59632-811-2
Genre: BDSM LGBT Erotic Historical
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Lord Oliver Marsden has loved Lord Vincent Prescot far longer than he can recall. The threat of hanging is nothing in comparison to losing his lifelong friend. Oliver knows that Vincent indulges his need of men at a decadent brothel and if love won’t come to Oliver, then Oliver will go to love. He plans to help Vincent scratch his itch, with a bit of deception. Oliver didn’t know what he was getting into when he stepped into the bed chamber, but it’s too late to turn back when he discovers Vincent isn’t as mild mannered as he appears to be. Vincent doesn’t just request restraints, paddles and whips as decoration. He is a man with select tastes and knows how to use every instrument at his disposal.

With the dawning of a new day, Oliver comes away from the situation with his eyes and heart fully opened, and prepared to let Vincent in on their secret encounter. Will he lose his friend or gain the lover of his dreams?

Ava March brings a touch of history wrapped up in a bullwhip and chains in Bound by Deception. I loved both of these characters. They are both second sons whose love blossomed out of an unlikely friendship. Oliver is the opposite of Vincent. Where Vincent is handsome and wealthy, Oliver is nice looking but barely surviving. Truth be told, it’s actually Oliver who gives Vincent strength and love when he needs it the most. While it’s easy to understand Vincent’s feelings of betrayal, it’s also clear why Oliver took the road of deception to gain what he ached to have with the stunning Lord Prescot. When the truth finally came out, I was happy with Vincent’s overall reaction and doing the happy dance. Ms. March has written a wonderful historical novel filled with steamy skin tingling scenes, and just enough action outside of the bedroom to create a page-turner.

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