Rogues is the third book in the Brook Street series by Ava March. I was going to say it’s a friends to-lovers-story, but Linus and Rob have actually been occasional lovers since they were teens. They have enjoyed more of a friends with benefits relationship over their many years of friendship.
Linus has always preferred men, always keeping his sexual encounters brief with no emotional attachments with the exception of his life long friend Rob. They have been friends for years and even shared their first sexual experience together. While Rob generally sets his sights on widows and married women looking for a little side action, he only has eyes for one man, his good friend Linus. But lately, it’s begun to bother him thinking of Linus in the arms of other men and he decides he wants an exclusive relationship with Linus. Rob is convinced this is a brilliant idea and is surprised when Linus will have no part of it.
This novella was not as emotionally dramatic as the first two in the series. The plot is fairly simple, and Linus and Rob are not overly dramatic men. While their feelings for each other run deep, neither are overly external in the way that they express themselves. Instead of flying into a jealous rage, Rob simply proposes an exclusive relationship. lol Together Rob and Linus are more vulnerable and Linus has some deeper trust issues to work though. His fear of fully committing and losing his friend is difficult to overcome. Since Linus is the only man Rob has ever been with, Linus believes that Rob will eventually want to be with women outside of their exclusive relationship and their friendship will be lost forever.
I liked the commitment to friendship Rob and Linus shared. Their emotions and feelings were portrayed well and the depth of their relationship was obvious. What really appealed to me was the flirting between lovers that to anyone else would just look like two men teasing each other the way men do. Their secret relationship, while sad on some level because they can’t openly show affection, comes through as sexy with discreet touching, eye contact and flirtatious dialog.
Overall this novella was sweet and romantic but lacked the angst of the two previous Brook Street novellas. I enjoyed the simple love story and found the character’s to be likeable and realistic.
Please, let me be worth it.
I forgot to mention the sexy times. These boys switch it up, verra sexy.
When their positions were reversed, Rob was nothing but commanding, completely in control. Hard to the point of being obstinate. But like this? The man turned downright desperate. And noisy. Whimpers and moans mixed with his hoarse whispered pleas for more.