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Convincing Arthur (London Legal #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  750 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Mr. Leopold Thornton missed his chance ten years ago. He isn’t about to let this one pass him by.

Given Leopold’s reputation for vice and debauchery, Mr. Arthur Barrington has a fair idea why the sinfully beautiful man invites him to his country estate. A shooting excursion? Unlikely. Especially considering Arthur is the only guest invited to the estate. He shouldn’t consi
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Loose ID
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I’ve decided that I am going to join in Shayne’s “Let’s chain Ava March to her computer so she can write faster” bandwagon. I just read her latest book, Convincing Arthur, and I really liked it! As usual, her sexy heroes and the interesting story they told, made me lose all track of time. Before I knew it I had the book read in one sitting, and it was time for supper!

When Leopold Thornton (Thorn) and Arthur Barrington first met at the age of nineteen, both men wanted something more out of life.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

When you assume you make an ass out of you and me.

Not me! These two knuckleheads. They are woefully lacking in the communication skills department, but they make up for it in the sex department!

I'm not going to mince words I think this novella is confused about what it's supposed to be. How am I to rate a historical novella that's mostly sex with an outlandish HEA? The sex is hot and bountiful with rimming, felching, buttsex, in the woods... well, you get it. It happens often and it's pretty

Review for the second edition.

**3.25 stars**

Convincing Arthur was about....well, Convincing Arthur. It's short, light and very very steamy.

Leopold has been in love with Arthur for the past decade, but he never managed to make his feelings known. Unable to find love in any other man, he develops a rather bad reputation. He frequents brothels, he drinks too much and is totally indiscreet about his affairs. But now he gets a second chance. All he has to do is Convince Arthur.

Arthur just got out o
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I read the first editions of Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold a couple years back. Most recently, I read Convincing the Secretary (the third book in this series to be published March 2016), and I liked it so much, I reread the second editions of the first two books, which, as far as I can tell, don’t contain any significant content changes (although the new covers are hella sexy!).

Leopold has been in love with Arthur for a decade, but Arthur, ever loyal and steady, was with anothe
Erotic Horizon

Leopold Thornton has waited ten years for this moment, ten years for the man of his dreams, ten years to simmer and wait for his time – now that it was upon him he knew he cannot waste time on niceties.

The man of the moment, of this deep and long standing yearning is solicitor Mr. Arthur Barrington and he has arrived at Leopold’s country estate with alot of trepidation. From every thing rumoured and known about Leopold he was as easy as they come and he is certainly not the soul of disc
Mar 21, 2013 julio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to julio by: Kimberly
Read a bit more, but still couldn't finish.

Should be called "(Thinking About Things and Fucking) Arthur."

I am sad.
This sums it all:


Straight to the point, let's not waste time.


Just the thing I was looking for at the moment, so I enjoyed it a lot.

The MC were VERY cute in the end.


It's short, cute and hot.
Elisa Rolle
If Leopold was a woman, it would have been the classical heroine who no romance author chooses as main character. Usually a widow, or a fallen woman, in the Regency romance they are friends, mistress (usually abandoned at the beginning of the story), housekeeper. Some daring romance authors made them the main heroine, but seldom, and usually with no much success. And so that Ava March decided to write the story of a corresponding male version it's quite original, and daring as well. In the few M ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Plainbrownwrapper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
Not bad. Unfortunately, though, for me it has several flaws.

A few examples:

1. We are never given any reasons why Leopold fell in love with Arthur in the first place.

2. Although there is no insta-love on Leopold's part (as explained in the story, he's been in love with Arthur for 10 years), Arthur is swearing life-long fealty after just two days together in the country. Uh-huh.

3. The story is too short to develop anything adequately, much less give enough time to a developing love and trust.

4. Oh
Review for the 2nd Edition

3.5 stars

Ten years ago, Leopold Thornton missed his chance to tell his friend Arthur Barrington how he felt. Trying to forget Arthur, Leopold practically drowns his sorrow by building up his reputation as notorious rake, whose dalliances are not limited to the female gender. Now, after Arthur and his lover separated, Leopold plans to convince Arthur to finally give him a chance, and invites the solicitor to come to his house at Yorkshire...

I haven't read the original
Review for the 2nd edition

3.5 stars
Please, let him find something, anything, worthy in me.
I don't know why I waited long to read this story. It was the sort of heart-tugged one, the end left me in a sniffling mess. In a good way of course.

Told in alternate third person POVs, Convincing Arthur was about two estranged friends reunited. Ten years ago, a turn of event forced Leopold to walk different path, lamenting over his tardiness by imbibing in carnal pleasures and spirits. Now he had a ch
Oct 12, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my heavens! This story had me so emotionally involved that I was in tears throughout most of the last half. Ava March has created a story that I would happily, very happily, read again and again... and again. The manner in which she introduced us to the shared past between Arthur and Leopold was smoothly done and detailed enough but not so much that we would lose focus on the here and now. The cast of characters was small, but all the more telling for that.

Leopold Thornton is so much more th
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

The Story

Arthur Barrington knew exactly what awaited for him when he accepted Leopold’s invitation for a short holiday at his friend’s country house in Yorkshire: pleasure beyond anything he knew and total chances of forgetting about his shattered heart. Recently out of a 10-years-long relationship, Arthur just needs to have a good time before search for another discreet gentleman, one willing to be committed, loyal and in l
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 5 to 4.

What love can do to you! The love you were denied can lead you to a life of vice that can make you lose the same and only love you've ever wanted. This is what happens to the wealthy and handsome Leopold. On the night he decided to declare his love to his friend Arthur, he found out that Arthur had committed himself to another man. Not being able to forget Arthur, Leopold spends his life in endless and meaningless encou
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 18, 2009 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was recently read a review of Convincing Arthur at Erotic Horizon. The idea of a m/m in a historical setting really appealed to me. I immediately purchased it and when I added it to my Goodreads list, I noticed Barbara had also given it high marks so I told myself I would read just the first chapter to get a feel for the book. A few hours later I was done ;)

Leopold Thornton, or "Thorn" is a known playboy. He has a new male lover every other day but as the reader you learn he really only has on
Pretty bland. There isn't much to the background: no in depth image of the characters' lifestyle, other friends they interacted with, what attracted them to one another. Just a private interlude that brings our MCs together in the right ambient.

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Did I mention I love Ava March? Regency and hot men, the perfect combination. I can't wait to finish Arthur and Leopold's story in Convincing Leopold
Feb 14, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ava March knows how to write hot erotica, which is good since that is the main focus of her latest offering. Fans of the author will likely enjoy this new story, which plays on familiar themes and characters the author portrays well. The high level of angst and drama may not sit well with all readers, but the hot sex overcomes a lot of those problems. Well written with emotion and lack of much setting, this story focuses more on the sex and the men than the historical aspect. Mostly this tale is ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Erastes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-historical
Leopold thinks he’s been stood up, and he drinks and paces in his study.

This book starts promisingly Leopold is quickly introduced and we get a measure of the kind of man he is, one that will sleep with anyone, male or female. He blew his chances with the man he’s been obsessed with, Arthur Barrington, ten years ago and now Arthur has broken his his lover of ten years, he’s hoping to get him at last.

Leopold then goes on to mentally castigate his rival, Amherst: the man who has been with Arthur f
I'm a fan of fanfiction, especially the slash variety and a lover of regency romance, so I thought this little tale of a M/M regency romance might just be up my alley. And it was and it wasn't... First I wouldn't call this a pure romance, it's more erotica (which is perfectly fine, great even) but the story was so flat that is was almost boring.

Perhaps this story is part of a series (I wasn't sure) because I felt like I should know more about these characters and just jumped into a story a coup
hm ... this could have been good but the ending was really rushed. this one would have improved with more pages
Chris Einfach unverbesserlich
Nach einer zehnjährigen, natürlich geheimen Beziehung, wird der Anwalt Arthur Barrington von seinem Liebhaber verlassen. Das tut weh und die Umstände sind sehr verletzend. Da kommt die Einladung eines alten Freundes sehr recht. Also begibt Arthur sich aufs Land und besucht den verruchten Viscount Leopold Thornton. Dieser ist alles andere als dezent und zurückhaltend. Von berufswegen ist er einfach nur Sohn, finanzielle Probleme oder Arbeit kennt er nicht. Sein Ruf ist legendär, doch Arthur kennt ...more
3.5 stars. Another good m/m Regency romance! It turns out that I don't mind (and actually enjoy) historicals if they aren't overburdened with historical details. I know that some love reading elaborate details of the clothes, the furnishings, the food... but that's what turned me off of historicals in the past. Anyway! Leopold's been waiting for Arthur to be free from a long-term and unfaithful lover. Now that Arthur's free, will Leopold's own debauched reputation keep Arthur away?
May 04, 2015 Susana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leopold Thornton has only one chance to convince the love of his life, Arthur Barrington, that he is worth a chance. Arthur has just broken his ten year relationship with an undeserving man, and Leopold has invited him for a hunting weekend to try to seduce and keep him. If only Arthur would see beyond his debauched façade…
Arthur Barrington is not sure why he has let Thornton convince him to go to his countryside manor. But he is sure Thorn’s intentions do not involve hunting… Arthur is looking
Tori Thompson
Leopold, rich spoiled Leopold, has wanted Arthur for ten years. He missed his opportunity and Arthur formed an attachment with a man that doesn’t appreciate him. Now, ten years later, Leopold hears that Arthur and the asshole have split, and he makes his move. He asks Arthur to visit him in his country home for a few days.

When the book starts, Arthur is late, and Leopold is panicking. Of course Arthur does show up, and the two start a very tentative few days together. Arthur is from a much lower
Heather C
The first two London Legal books (Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold) have been on my TBR list for years, but once I saw there were plans for a rerelease, I decided to wait.

Leopold Thornton has been secretly in love with his friend Arthur Barrington for the last 10 years! Before Leopold had a chance to make his feelings known, Arthur had already involved himself in a 10 year “relationship” with another man. Now, Leopold has invited a recently heart broken Arthur to his country home…to woo
I found myself enjoying this book a lot more than I had expected to. A man who has been biding his time for the man he is in love with to be free once again. Arthur just recently ended a relationship because the man he was with for a decade wasn't as much a part of the relationship as Arthur thought. The author does explain this...even in such a short story. Meanwhile Leopold wasn't very discriminate, passing the time and trying to push Arthur out of his heart. It didn't work. So after the break ...more
Brenda (b)
I thought this story was wonderful! I loved Leopold. He was vulnerable to his feelings about Arthur and he was scared of losing the chance to change things between them.
Apr 30, 2015 Kira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dirty-fun
This short novel is at least 50% sex scenes, despite being a historical. Don't know why, but in my head the two things are mutually exclusive. Still, the sex is hot, and the rest packs a lot of story and emotion. I certainly didn't stay ambivalent neither to Thornton feelings, nor to Arthur's struggles.
Still I wish both the ending and the backstory were explored more. We get only small glimpses of their past, and the way things got resolved in the end was a bit sudden. And the whole historical-n
A very romantic caper I enjoyed wholeheartedly!
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