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London, 1822

Impoverished Julian Parker returns to London with one goal: marry an heiress. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means denying his desire for men. After all, with a fortune comes happiness and social acceptance--which have eluded Julian his entire life.

The only things a vast fortune has brought Oscar Woodhaven are greedy relatives and loneliness. At twenty-
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ebook, 139 pages
Published April 9th 2012 by Carina Press
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Audrey
4+ stars. Second story in Ava March's Brook Street m/m historical romance trilogy. I really enjoyed this story, and, unlike the first book in this trilogy (which was also good), I thought the HEA ending here was perfect and exactly what the story and characters needed.

The story, in brief.
Julian Parker, the titular fortune hunter, has returned to England from America to seek his fortune...in the form of an advantageous marriage. He may prefer men, but he also prefers to be a man of leisure with f
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Hot!
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Burn baby Burn
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: OMG! I loved it.
Characters: Really good.
Plot: Big hearted lessons to be learned.
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Julian (though choice)

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Each of the three in the trilogy have different inner workings and it’s hard to chose a favorite. But this one, pulled on my heart stings the most I think. Oscar is just the absolute best and deserved it too. Histor
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Ami
2.5 stars

Urgh, I didn't like this as much as book #1. I thought that Oscar Woodhaven was sweet and I sympathized for him -- his loneliness and how people just used him and befriended him for money. But I had more issues than my sympathy over Oscar.

My issues were four-fold:

1) I didn't particularly enjoy gold-digger stories

2) I wasn't charmed by Julian, I was pissed off on how he broke Oscar's heart, and he wasn't particularly admirable for his attitude (he thought working in trade as something "
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DaisyGirl
4.5 Stars

Ah hem, okay, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say ...

*whispers*

I liked this better than Thief.

Stop gaping at me! It was close! I loved Thief and I adored Fortune Hunter. This is especially surprising in the case of the latter because Julian was so very unappealing, shallow gold-digging bastard that he was for most of the book. Until the end that is. Oh, the end.

*swoons*

I'm in love. Was it too abrupt? Maybe. Should Julian have groveled more? Perhaps. But it worked for me nonethele
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MiʂħүJѻ
Julian's family left England when he was a teen due to his father's fall from grace in the Ton. Now, as a young adult, Julian has returned to England hoping to rejoin society. Although he, in his words, "prefers men," he hopes to marry well for the sake of financial security. He is so certain that this plan is his only hope, he fails to see that he is not only being lazy, but that he would be unfairly committing a woman to what would be, unbeknownst to her, a loveless marriage. At the same time, ...more
~~D✡ni ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~~
3.5 stars

Ava March is like a big chewy brownie, the book version of pure comfort food. I liked this story, although not as much as the first. Julian was a selfish prick, but he just barely redeemed himself. Half star off for the very abrupt ending.
Chris
4.5 stars. Very good historical m/m romance about a man who returns to England planning to marry an heiress so he won't have to work; he's not going to let anything, even friendship, stand in his way. This one really got to me. *blots eyes*
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

*happy sigh*

Oh Ava March, you have captured my heart with this series. FORTUNE HUNTER is the second book of the Brook Street series and I have to say that if you are a fan of historical M/M erotica, then Ava March is a must-read!

I was very impressed with how March was able to make the smooth transition from Benjamin and Cavin book to Julian and Oscar. It was seamless and it gave readers who have read the first book in the series a chance to remember how well Benjamin
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Ryoma Gartre
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TheFountainPenDiva
The second book in Ava March's Brook Street trilogy. Julian Parker arrives in England with one thing on his mind--marry a wealthy heiress at all costs. Unfortunately for him, he loves men, and one man in particular, comes to mean far more than any titled miss. Oscar Woodhaven isn't an heiress, but he is fabulously wealthy and surrounded by greedy relatives who want nothing more than his fortune. A shy, self-effacing sort, all he wants is someone who wants true friendship that isn't based upon hi ...more
Sammy Goode
I need to begin this review by saying that I do not normally care for historical fiction--ok, let me be perfectly clear--I do not like --well I avoid historical fiction with everything I am---unless it is written by Ava March. Then...well I practically run to get the new release. So, it is no surprise to me that once again, I was thoroughly enthralled by Fortune Hunter and have bought both the other books in this trilogy.

At its heart, this was a growing up story for both the main characters. Jul
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Sandra
ARC received from Carina Press on NetGalley

3.5 stars I enjoyed this a lot, although admittedly I liked the first book Thief a little bit better. Likely because it had more ups and downs and therefore a slightly more emotional reaction, yet I was glad with the way things went a little more smoothly for Oscar and Julian. I'm glad this story featured Ben's cousin, because I wanted to check in on our previous pair and was hoping it would be one of Ben's earlier mentioned friends that got hooked up t
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Julia ♥Duncan♥
I thought the first in this series would be my favorite, but this one was good too! I loved Oscar. He was exactly the type of character I would want to be friends with in real life. He was so adorable and I just wanted to hug him for the whole book. I really liked that he was so loving and generous but totally willing to stand up for himself.

Julian was a bit harder to warm up to, being a fortune hunter and all. I'm not a huge fan of long time jumps in books, so I wish we had gotten to see first
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Ava March continues her sexy m/m historical trilogy with this second installment, featuring the fortune-hunting Julian Parker. Julian knows he prefers his lovers to be men, but he also knows that a rich wife will be his only chance at the kind of life he wants.

Julian grew up as one of the poor relations in his family. His dad gambled and whored the family's money away, forcing them to leave London for America years ago. Now he wants to restore his family name in London and his is counting on his
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Trix
I very much enjoyed the story between Oscar and Julian.

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ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 2013
Narrator: Charlie Belmont


Boring. Boring. Boring. Having grown up on Heyer regencies, what comes to mind when I think of a Regency romance is sparkling wit, equally sparking chandeliers lighting up ballrooms, gorgeous gowns and sophisticated ladies and gentlemen of the ton.

Then I discovered the Brook Street series and was left frowning. I read this book some time ago and promptly decided the only regencies I could read were Heyer's. Then I decided to buy the audio
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Christy B
Book #2 in the Brook Street series. Admittingly, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book Thief, but I still enjoyed Fortune Hunter, nonetheless. I gobbled it up in only a few hours.

Julian Parker, cousin of the Benjamin Parker from the first book, has arrived back in London after living in America for the last 10 years. His father's and grandfather's scandalous reputations have ruined his side of the family. Julian arrives in London hoping to secure himself a rich wife, but what he ends up fi
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Lucy
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

This is the second in the Brook Street series, this one featuring Julian Parker, a man who will do almost anything for the social acceptance and money, and Oscar, a rich man who just wants someone to love him for himself, not his money. Julian is a relative of Benjamin (from Thief, book one of this series) and he uses Benjamin as entry to the ton he so desperately wants to be part of. To make his greediness worse, Julian is attracted to men, yet he comes to Lon
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Andrea
Full review can be seen at Seductive Musings.

Julian is devious, snobbish and lazy yet very likeable in spite of that. I think what keeps him so likeable is that he isn’t malicious at all. He’s doing the best he can with what he has, a few connections and a handsome face. The strange part is that it actually took me a while to catch on to his bad qualities because he was so likeable. They were front and center right from the beginning but I overlooked them, not something I normally do.

Oscar is pr
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Shannon

*Happy sigh* On the strength of these two books, I will read anything Ava March puts out. Hell, if she collaborated with Bill Bryson on the history of tapeworms, complete with adorably angst boys kissing each other, that would be perfect. (OK, maybe not, but… man, I'm in new author love. Don't judge me.)

Again, she brings me two men I want to snuggle and provide cookies. Both Julian (my favorite romance novel name right there… happy sigh) and Oscar (who is totally not a grouch) tugged at my heart
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Laura
3.5 stars

This is the story of Julian, the poor man looking for a rich wife, and Oscar, the wealthy but lonely bachelor. When they meet at a ball, it's lust at first site and for Oscar that lust turns quickly to love. Julian, not realizing how special what they have is, continues his search for a wealthy wife and almost loses the best thing to ever happen to him.

Overall, the story was just ok for me. I think I just wasn't in the mood for a historical.
Justin
Mar 16, 2014 Justin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Justin by: Nico Jaye
3.5 stars
Book 2 in the Brook Street Trilogy was not quite as good as the first one to me. I didn't care for Julian in the beginning and even once I started warming to him, he still wasn't the caliber of underdog that I usually enjoy rooting for. The ending was a little abrupt and felt rushed but still a very enjoyable read.
Kukko
Book 2 of the Brook Street Collection is set in London at the end of the Regency era, at a time when sodomy was considered a crime and all MM romances had to survive in the closet.

Not as good as the first book in my opinion. Another short story about the romance between Julian, an opportunistic cash-strapped nobleman and Oscar, the lonely but kind-hearted heir to a large fortune. Julian was not a sympathetic figure, he had few redeeming qualities. Oscar had the personality of a lap dog. This was
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Holly
I'm so far behind on my reviews, trying to catch up.

I think this was my second favorite of the three Brooks Street novellas. I felt for both main characters, even when one was being a bit short-sighted or stubborn.

The only issue I had with it, was what I personally refer to as "wasted time". Where Something Happens and precious relationship time is wasted. We only have so much time for happiness and it makes me sad when it's lost.

More of a "kleenex" book then the other two, but nothing I'd call
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Susana
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Danyele Johnson
All I was asking Julian throughout the book:

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I couldn't understand how he couldn't see that he and Oscar belonged together. I was so frustrated! Haha But I guess that's why I loved the book, Ava March had written a book that severely tolled on my emotions, had me committed to see their HEA. 5 stars! Encore! lol
Beck
Julian & Oscar ... a m/m twist on a common regency theme. Impoverished, dashingly handsome rake scours the season for a wealthy wife. The twist in this tale is that Oscar becomes the debutante to Julian's cynical quest for the easy buck. Julian's character is redeemed by his efforts to prove himself worthy of Oscar's love. This is another top-notch Ava March regency novel. Her characters are vivid & engaging her plot is flawlessly delivered. Well worth reading.
DayDreamer
A person could only take so much, and he'd had enough.

Nothing truly worth having comes without effort.

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I liked the book. A lot. Maybe more than Thief, but I'm not sure. What I know is, I love Oscar.
Vfields used to be Happy!
First, I adore Ava March.
Alas, this one was not one of my favorites. I thought Oscar was one of the sweetest, loneliest chereacters she has created. Whereas Julian was a cad and I never really liked him.
I loved seeing Benjamin & Cavin. Ahhhhhhh...
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Ava March is an author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical M/M romanc ...more
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