Weekend Spotlight: Excerpt and Giveaway – Brook Street: Thief by Ava March

Thief - Ava March


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 hell 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 most wicked fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Living with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, Cavin knows there’s no place for him in a gentleman’s life. As circumstances pull him to Benjamin’s Mayfair town house, Cavin keeps pulling away from the best man he’s ever known. Yet Benjamin isn’t about to let Cavin—and love— continue to slip away from him.


Excerpt (exclusive)

Benjamin held up a hand to stay him. “I can see to it later.” Cavin appeared more than a bit awkward. He looked distinctly rough around the edges, and it was more than just the scuffed leather shoes, the muddied hems of the black trousers, and wilted cravat. The man himself appeared tired and worn. The smudges beneath his eyes, the lack of color in his cheeks. “Are you certain all is well?”

“Quite certain.” Cavin flashed him a smile, one that was almost too easy. “Just didn’t get much sleep last night.”

“What time did you leave the room?”

Cavin shrugged. “Sometime before dawn.”

“I hope I wasn’t snoring.”

“No, you don’t snore.”

“Thank heaven for small favors.” Women had never complained, but that wasn’t something a woman was apt to complain about nor would he have asked. Not a topic of conversation a gentleman broached with a lady. “It’s getting late. If you’d like, you are welcome to stay the night.”

Cavin arched a brow. “You make it sound so respectable.”

Benjamin shook his head, warmth creeping up his neck to heat his cheeks. “That’s not the reason why I wish you to be my guest.”

“It’s not?” Cavin’s lips twisted in a knowing smirk.

When he’d extended the invitation, his only thought had been delaying until morning the long ride or walk to wherever Cavin called home. The man clearly needed some rest. But putting off sleep for an hour surely wouldn’t harm him, and if Cavin wanted to indulge in a repeat of last night… A heavy surge of anticipation rushed through him. “I’ll admit it would be a pleasant way to while away the night hours.”

“Only a pleasant way?” Cavin asked with mock affront.

“More than pleasant.”

Cavin dropped the wad of black silk onto the chair and stepped closer, so close they stood toe-to-toe. “Much better,” he murmured.

A hand cupped Benjamin’s hip. Breaching the remaining distance between them, Cavin leaned forward. Soft lips brushed across Benjamin’s mouth.

All thoughts of sleep fled his brain.

Benjamin wrapped his arms around Cavin’s waist, pulled him closer. Chest to chest, the arch of Cavin’s hardening cock pressed against his. He slanted his mouth over Cavin’s, flicked his tongue against the seam of his lips. With a groan, Cavin opened for him. A hot, thoroughly delicious tongue tangled with his.

It was as if his soul sighed in relief, in gratitude, in unending thanks. Kissing Cavin felt so right. A part of him whispered that it wasn’t only that Cavin was a man. It was Cavin himself who felt so very right.

He nipped at Cavin’s bottom lip, crushed his mouth back over Cavin’s, shoved his hands between their bodies, searching for the waistband of Cavin’s trousers.

Cavin twisted his head, breaking the kiss. “The door. Is it locked?”

“Oh. Ah…” Stilling his hands, he briefly closed his eyes, trying to focus on the question. Had he turned the lock after he’d entered the room? “No. I probably should lock it.”

“Would be a prudent idea.”

Forcing his fingers to release, he let go of the placket of Cavin’s trousers and stepped away from the heat of the man’s body. It took but a moment to see to the lock. He turned from the door to find Cavin shrugging his coat from his shoulders. Benjamin followed suit, his fingers making quick work of the buttons of his own coat.

What he wanted was Cavin naked. For the man to remove every last bit of clothing. To see every detail the darkness had concealed last night. He’d been able to touch, to trace the contours of hard muscles and feel the softness of his skin, but he wanted to know if the man himself matched the picture his hands had painted in his mind. But…

He glanced over his shoulder to the door, rational thought rearing its head above the lust rushing through his veins. The lock assured no accidental visits from a maid or a footman, but his staff had not yet left for the night. Best not to strip Cavin bare just now, and likely best not to do so in the study. However…

Brook Street: Thief by Ava March
March 19th 2012 by Carina Press
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Ava March would like to give away an epub copy of Brook Street: Thief to one lucky reader!

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Open to all. You have until end day March 30 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.

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  1. Stacy says

    I enjoyed the “Bound” series very much even though I’m usually not big on historicals! The covers for your books are always fantastic and “Thief” is no exception……wow!!!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  2. Sherry S. says

    I’ve read a couple of your books and loved them. This looks like it will be a very very good read. I love the cover and look forward to reading the book.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.

  3. Angela M says

    Sounds amazing, and the exerpt has me hooked. Can’t wait to see how they manage getting around their differences :)

  4. Marlene Howard says

    I have to admit I haven’t read very many mm romances I just haven’t been interested in them. But lately I’m starting to like them more and more. These sound really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Andrea says

    Thief has been one of my favorite books of 2012, I loved it!

    Obviously I’ve already read it so I don’t need to be entered… just wanted to share my love for this book :)

  6. Joan says

    I like historical m/m romances. All the tension coming from different social stations, the clandestine meetings, the masquerades because of stupid law…
    I would love to read Benjamin and Calvin story.

  7. Jen B. says

    I love historical romances. This is an interesting twist with it being m/m. I admit, I didn’t read the excerpt. I have put the book on my wish list so I don’t want to read the excerpt because it will drive me nuts trying to figure out what happens next. Thanks for the giveaway. jepebATverizonDOTnet

  8. Paula says

    I love historical romances. I’ve never read a M/M historical romance though.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. lisa says

    instead of the usual proper courtships,which would of been forbidden,in this time period we’re given the the lord & the thief getting down & dirty and finding love along the way! i love that and can’t wait to read their journey.

  10. Ashley E says

    Love the excerpt! I can’t wait to read more. *scribbles on TBR list* Thanks for the contest!

  11. Tanja H says

    A M/M historical? I think this is the first one I’ve heard of (it is possible that I live under a rock). This is the first one that will make my TBR list.

  12. says

    Ooohhh goodie! another release from Ava March. I’ve read quite a few of her stories and am looking forward to reading more. I don’t read that much historical / regency, but I always read hers.
    Please count me in for the drawing if I’m not too late.

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