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3.5 This book is a follow up to and gives us a HEA for Arthur and Leopold.The first book ends with a HFN after Arthur finally decides to give Leopold a chance to prove that he can be a faithful partner But once Arthur and Leopold return to London from the country, Arthur gets caught up in his work as a solicitor and starts pulling away from Leopold Noticing that Arthur has become distant, Leopold uses sex as a way to bring them closer Arthur gets to the point where he dreads seeing Leopold because sometimes he just wants to relax, not be seduced Which, what Arthur seriously irritated me in this book He wouldn t talk to Leopold and kept pushing him away I felt so bad for Leopold, who s desperate to hold on to the man he loves and suffers from what we now know is depression The angst here stems from a complete lack of communication Neither man is willing to talk about his wants and feelings Only at the end, when Leopold leaves, does Arthur realize he was being a total douche, and only then does he try to convince Leopold that he won t take him for granted again Leopold should have made Arthur beg , but the book does end on a happy note Steamy action included. Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange The StoryArthur couldn t be happier with his lover, Leopold Without the threat of coming home to an empty and cold apartment, Arthur is refreshed and working even harder than usual Except that Leopold seems to be restless of late and just won t let Arthur rest at all during the night And not in a pleasant way.Leopold couldn t be happier with his lover, Arthur Without the threat of losing him again to some other respectable gentleman, Leopold is refreshed and sober as he never has been Except that Arthur s hours at the office seem to only increase and Arthur just hired a new secretary And a beautiful man, nevertheless.Will Arthur and Leopold work out their differences or prove that they weren t ever suited at all The Analysis Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader I like Convincing Leopold even better than Convincing Arthur As I mentioned on the review for book one, Leopold is one of my favorite Ava March s males He is so exotic, beautiful and adorable, ugh I wanna hug him Ahem.This book was a re read and I lost count of times that I did so since buying it, so it s another case of over analyzing something that I m deeply familiarized with Not a bad thing, just means that you ll have to bear with me for a while longer, haha This book was dramatic than the last and left me with my heart in tiny pieces on my bedroom floor I cried hard on the first read and, sometimes, I still do I just can t stand what Arthur did to Leopold But we ll get there Important thing is that this book is an excellent sequel and a five stars book The narrative in all March s books so far is third person styled with switching points of view between the couple a.k.a my favorite kind , so once again we are able to see what goes on with Arthur and Leopold And that only makes the reader s heart broken when they start to fall apart You know how much they love each other and you can t do anything to help them or assure them how perfect for each other than they are.Honestly, you have no idea how I felt when I couldn t show this line to Leopold Yet being with Thorn felt right More than right, in fact Thorn felt like home.The plot was simple and straightforward a couple having adjusting problems on their relationship thanks to lack of proper communication The innovations Arthur and Leopold are a gay couple on the Regency era, a time were you could be hanged for sodomy And just like that, a simple plot becomes something exciting, haha Oh, and of course that no matter the complexity of the plot if it isn t well executed March is my queen in plot executions 3 I have to say that Jacqueline E Smith is hard competition Maybe if Luke and Chase started a romance in Lost Souls.Now, let s talk about my sweet darling Leopold Yes, I know, there is Arthur and Jones, but they can wait, hunf I usually like top guys best in gay couples, but Leopold just caught me hard His subtle arrogance and insecurity did the trick, I guess A quick quote from Arthur for you to catch my meaning You do realize you are the very embodiment of temptation Thorn arched a knowing brow Yes, of course he knew.And Leopold is so right justsayingAlso, he has a condition that made me relate a lot with him I already experienced similar crisis and there is nothing you can do besides waiting for it to pass He said himself that two days in bed weren t that bad and he was right Last year, I had a break down and was abed for two weeks I barely looked up on internet, wouldn t personally talk to my parents or do much besides stay tucked in my bed For two weeks, I couldn t attend my college classes or get out of my bedroom at all Add this to the knowledge that Arthur was a freaking selfish bastard that couldn t bother to just be honest with Leopold and then you have all my reasons to like Leopold better, haha However, of course, I have to give Arthur credit In the moment he realized how big of a mess he had made, he chased after Leopold like a blind hellhound That was really cute And creepy.Once again, I was captured by March s beautiful way of building and portraying of a relationship trying to work Convincing Leopold is all about how communication is vital for a health commitment And all about how perfect Leopold and Arthur are for each other 3To close the characters section, I d like to acknowledge Jones, Leopold s butler His devotion and loyalty to Leopold were touching, especially on a time were employees were almost slaves on the hands of the royal and the wealth I wanted to hug him too, haha As always, I can t treat March s sex scenes as a bonus point, as they are present on ever book that she writes please never change and they are always smoking hot I will say this on every single review March knows her business I still get impressed with the overflow of feeling during her character s most intimate moments They may be mad at each other or just not care at all for each other, but when it comes to the bed, you feel that there is nothing outside in the world besides them and their play This is magical I think it s fair enough to say that all March s characters make love 3Of course, I also need to express how much I loved the new cover I have the old edition and trust me, this one is way better 3Overall, this book made me laugh, made me cry and made me love Leopold even 3 This is one of the best sequels that I have read and I don t think I ll even stop re reading this book.That s it, thank you for reading and bearing with me This short story follows up the events from Convincing Arthur Arthur and Leopold have been together ever since Leopold managed to convince Arthur to take him serious as a potential lover and that he has been in love with him for years Now, after a couple of months, Leopold has turned his life around He stopped drinking, whoring, gambling, and generally being everything Arthur has always disliked about him But now that he has nothing to do all day, he is growing restless, desperately clinging to his relationship with Arthur, whom he feels is slipping away from him This time, it s up to Arthur to convince his lover that he is worth it.It was nice to catch up with them, but I had some issues with this story A total lack of communication Yes, I know, they re relationship is in its early stages, but basically all they have is sex Leopold is insanely jealous of Arthur s new secretary who will be the hero of the next story and instead of talking about their issues, he basically hounds Arthur all day even showing up at his office in the middle of the day once And Arthur never sees the point in telling him that he is tired, that he just wants to spend time with him, which in turn has Leopold think he is pulling away It was just much too angsty for my taste, and everything could ve been resolved with one single conversation The resolution view spoiler After a huge fight misunderstanding, Leopold takes off, leaving Arthur to worry himself sick for four days, and buys a house for them As if that would solve everything Yes, it s good that he has found something to do he intends to be a landowner , he was in dire need of an occupation But that he did so without talking things over with Arthur and just expects him to basically move in didn t seem all that healthy to me, to be honest Yes, the separation forces Arthur to acknowledge his feelings and to realize his mistake in taking Leo for granted, but, as said before, it was just too angsty for me to enjoy hide spoiler Favorite Quote Glancing over his shoulder, he winked Have at it, Mr Barrington The very first book I ever read by Ava March was Convincing Arthur, and I really enjoyed it However I thought it had a very abrupt ending So I was very happy when I heard that she was going to write a sequel, Convincing Leopold.Convincing Arthur leaves off with Arthur Barrington and Leopold Thornton, or Thorn happy They found each other after ten years of missed opportunities, and are in love Now about three months later, they are still in love but that happily ever after is a little cloudy Arthur is tired Working many hours as a solicitor, he comes home exhausted and it seems every night all Thorn wants to do is have sex Arthur doesn t want to complain, and usually Thorn can get him in the mood but sometimes all Arthur wants is an intimate embrace and his pillow Thorn feels like Arthur is pulling away from him With Arthur having a brand new handsome assistant, Thorn feels like he may not be good enough for him He becomes desperate, showing up at Arthur s office and having sex with him at a reckless pace which just pushes Arthur even farther away.As the Convincing Leopold continues, we watch as Thorn feels so unworthy of Arthur s love He struggles with depression and both of them struggle with communicating their wants and needs to each other I love that Ava March gives us this sequel To get a glimpse into the happily ever after a few months later when that immediate infatuation has calmed and real life has settled in The foundation for love has already been established, now they must work out the every day stuff Arthur considers himself boring, working long hours Thorn was brought up very wealthy and is used to indulging his every whim Bringing these two lifestyles together, and two men in this time period takes a lot of work And that is what these two face As always, Ava March gives us very erotic love scenes, which entwine such strong emotions within the scenes I suggest you start with Convincing Arthur so you can read their entire journey Both books are novella length and are sexy, fun reads.Rating B Review for the 2nd Edition Three months into their relationship after the ending in Convincing Arthur and we found Arthur and Leopold trying to find balance and working their relationship Unfortunately, this was also the case of two men who couldn t actually speak what they actually thought or felt and ended up causing problems For Arthur Barrington, who still bears the scars after his break up of a decade relationship, he wonders if Leopold is eager to return to his freedom, that he will find Arthur a bore, especially because sometimes Arthur just wants a good night sleep with his lover, rather than another adventurous sex romps While Leopold, who has been spending the last decade being a notorious rake with various lovers, thinks that Arthur will not find him good enough, and he can only think of one way to reassure Arthur of his affection, by pleasing Arthur in any way he can which mostly means sex.Argh, you two clonked both men s heads together Since this is a novella, they finally settled things out rather quickly which was fortunate, because if this was a novel length, I would be very frustrated indeed I did find myself a bit miffed with Arthur because I wasn t sure if he could actually appreciate Leopold Leopold told him that he has been loving Arthur for the past decade and still Arthur acted a bit too uptight towards Leopold Having said that, Ava March s writing was good and the steamy level was probably enticing for a lot of M M readers While for me, this might not be a strong sequel the ending lacked the punch of the first book but it was still a nice MM regency to read.I definitely look forward to the upcoming release in this series that features Fenton, Arthur s rake of a secretary The ARC is provided by the author for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is required for any ARC received.ON A PERSONAL NOTEAnd this marks my LAST read of 2015 Convincing Leopold is a decent sequel to Convincing Arthur You should really read the first book to fully appreciate the main couple and their relationship but I found that the same frustrations I had with the first book are still present in this sequel It s an easy novella to read and March is a good writer but my main annoyance is with Arthur and those issues aren t solved in the sequel If you ve read the first book and quite liked the couple, definitely continue with this one Other March fans are also likely to enjoy the familiar tropes and writing that make a smooth, albeit delightfully steamy regency read The sequel begins a few months after the last book ended with Thorn and Arthur happy together Unfortunately minor misunderstandings and the general chaos of life starts to encroach on their time together Leopold, having given up drinking and any and all other vices, is starting to get anxious about the amount of Arthur is spending at the office while Arthur is too engrossed in work to notice The two come to a turning point in their relationship and must decide how to proceed The story runs along the same format as the first book except Thorn and Arthur are already together Yet Arthur is not giving Thorn the time he promised and indeed, he spends much of the story taking Thorn for granted This is where I had the biggest problem with the story and the series in general I never really could warm up to Arthur and didn t understand why Thorn held such love and devotion for the man In the first book Arthur pretty much tries to use Thorn for sex before making demands about how Thorn spends his time when they re not together So now in the sequel Thorn has done everything Arthur s asked and still Arthur takes him for granted and treats him like an annoying pet Arthur does realize how selfish he is being towards the end but I m disappointed it took so long for him to understand He also realizes he takes Thorn for granted, another nice feature, but as a reader it s too little too late for me I simply couldn t appreciate Arthur as a romantic lead by this point he comes across as way too self centered and uptight to really understand why Thorn has been in love with him for so long and thus didn t care if he and Thorn work things out I realize not every reader will feel this way and if you didn t mind Arthur or liked him from the first book, then the repetitive behavior shouldn t really bother The writing does a commendable job in explaining the circumstances and details that lead to the problems, all of which make sense and seem very realistic This leads to the real strength of the story, which is the writing March knows how to write an easy to read and steamy regency and CL runs along very familiar lines The situations, language, and descriptions are very similar from book to book so fans are likely to find this offering in line with others from March The novella is quick with plenty of erotica and never really slows down It s easy to read in one sitting and mostly clean of mistakes This particular series is not my favorite of the author s due to my issue with the main character Arthur but it s still a fun read and one I d recommend. Once again Ava March created a masterful m m historical romance She s an all time favorite of mine in the historical sub genre and for a very good reason, she rocks In this one, Leopold Thornton has been in love with Arthur Barrington for a very long time and the man is finally his At first their relationship is blissful and the two seem to get along marvelously, but then work and the struggle of everyday life start taking their tolls on Arthur, pulling him further and further away from Leopold In desperation, Leopold tries everything he can physically to lore Arthur back to him and gain his love Unfortunately due to the fact Arthur is constantly exhausted, this strategy has the opposite effect, pushing his lover even further away.This was a novella that epitomized the necessity of good communication and how easily it can be for one person to interpret another incorrectly Lucky for Leopold and Arthur they did figure things out by the end and pulled their collective heads out of their asses. &READ KINDLE ⇲ Convincing Leopold ☠ Never get between a reformed rake and his loverLondon Legal, Book 2Three months ago, Leopold Thornton gave up his old, indulgent lifestyle to follow the man he loves to London But now that he and Arthur Barrington have settled down, doubts are creeping in.Arthur is spendingandtime at his law office with a handsome new secretary And Arthur s ex lover wants him back Desperate not to lose Arthur, Leopold resorts to the only trick he knows to convince him to stay pleasure.Arthur knew that life with Leopold would never be boring But recently their evenings and afternoons and mornings have become decidedlyvigorous Being with Leopold is amazing, but juggling demanding clients and a demanding lover leaves Arthur exhausted and worried perhaps he and Leopold aren t suited after all.As business keeps Arthur later and later at the office, Leopold s demons begin to haunt him again To heal their rift, Arthur will have to let go of his own past and pull his lover back from the brink.Warning Includes a reformed bad boy who discovers a jealous streak, a solicitor who isn t always so conservative, explicit male male scenes in a variety of locations, a complete lack of inhibitions, and a generous heaping of angst This is a previously published work This second edition has been edited with minor changes For readers who purchased the original edition, this second edition is not substantially different. 4.2 StarsEven better than the first one I loved this because it focuses on the established relationshipthe growing pains, the adjustments, the expectations and even the failures Yes, it has that oft overused lack of communication driving the dramabut I think that given the time period this is set and the typical way men especially well t0 do gentlemen of this era aren t really reared to be in touch with their feelings stiff upper lip and all that it s an appropriate plot device choice.And holy crap the sex is just as hot I don t know what it is about a buttoned up, proper English gentleman getting all debauched like that but man does it turn my crank 3 stars for the writing 2 stars for the story Not bad and I m glad for the HEA ending given to Leo and Authur s story butit s also undeveloped Not enough time is spend explaining exploring Leo s depression nor is enough time spent establishing that their relationship truly is anything but sexual I found myself skimming past sex scenes which is always a sign that the story is not hooking me in emotionally Ava March is an author I tend to really like, but this story feels rushed to me.