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(Brook Street #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,432 ratings  ·  250 reviews
London, 1822 ... 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 l
ebook, 125 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by Carina Press
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Lord Benjamin Parker is tired of well-meaning family members trying to hook him up with a nice lady, especially when he thinks his preference might be for a nice man. Not such an easy undertaking in the homophobic climate of 19th century London, but Ben does manage to find a gambling hell that caters to men of “unnatural persuasion”. It is there where he meets Cavin Fox, a handsome young man and petty thief in search of a well-heeled gentleman to l
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

I'm suuuuuuper into Thief, the first book in the Brook Street series.

I sort of messed this series up and listened to the books out of order... my bad. However, it is actually pretty easy to read each of these stories as stand-alones, so it didn't make much of a difference.

First of all, Charlie Belmont is a fantastic narrator, and I'd listen to him ANY day of the week. He did a very nice job with this narration, both MCs sounding unique and perfect for their characters, as well as great side ch
I have a few of Ava March’s books on my TBR, but this is the first time I have read something by her and trust me folks it will not be my last. I have a thing for historical romance, especially in M/M. You wonder how a homosexual romance will work in 1822. The author takes a simplistic approach, which really worked for the story.

Lord Benjamin is a man on a mission. He needs one night to figure out if he is attracted to men or he’s going to begin the search for a wife. So he finds himself in a sh
Written January 10, 2014

4 Stars - Whets the appetite for more - Simply lovely

Book #1

Thief is the first shorter novel in a three parts series, (Brook Street). Regency historicals with new love-couples in each book. I've been listening to this first one - 4:20 hrs narrated in a very nicely way (an extra star to him) by Charlie Belmont.

‘...behind the closed doors of elegant town houses along Brook Street, passion and lust reign as gentlemen dare to risk scandal by falling in love.’
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Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This one was an OK read for me. I wasn't too happy with the ending. While I liked the characters, I didn't like the ending and that they had to still hide their relationship. I wasn't convinced that it would last. That is what I like in my HEAs.
***DNF 55%***

This bores me to death. I began this book due to Ava March erotic hot scenes. But this one doesn't inspire me at all, and I don't care for the characters.
I disovered Ava March during my personal MM historical challenge back in November '13 -- and I enjoyed that one novella (+ one short) that I read. So I decided to try another one from her.

This one was wonderful -- it was a "Cinderfella with a pinch of Oliver Twist" type of story, with Cavin being a thief from the bad part of London, while Benjamin was a Lord, youngest son of a marquis. The characters were likeable, I loved the chemistry and the sex scenes was sensual.

There was the usual "I'm n
Really good characters, and even though it's not a new story I still enjoyed it. Audio by Charlie Belmont he does a nice job.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: man-love, historical
An m/m historical set in the Regency.

A weakish 4 stars, but 4 stars nonetheless. If I could bifurcate my rating, I would give the first half of the story 4.5-5 stars and the second half 3 stars. The set up of the story and the introduction of the characters and their struggles were really wonderfully done, and they engaged me right off the bat. The resolution of the story, while still a good read, didn't make as much of an impression on me as the story did out of the gate. Even so, overall, I fo
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Thank you Secret Santa**

4.5 stars
But I do believe I need to round up on this one. Just loved it!!
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: I like it
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: HOT!
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: Well written, well told
Characters: Got to love them
Plot: Two blended stories about two guys searching for the same thing.
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Cavin

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

I’m not much of a historical fiction reader despite I love history. But I took a chance on this story and I don’t regret it. The writing was wonderful and felt authentic in the time period at leas
♡Karlyn P♡
A great short m/m historical romance with some hot steamy parts, but best of all a touching and heartfelt romance.

Ben had never had a male lover before and wants to understand once and for all if he really is attracted to men. In fantasy, yes. In reality? He didn't know. Shortly after meeting at a gambling club frequented by men seeking men, they begin what should have been a one night only affair.

One night together turned into another, but Cavin's secret life as a thief keeps him from returni
Another case of I had this on my TBR shelf for awhile, finally got to it and of course I want to smack myself because I loved it.

I adore the regency romances and to have MM thrown in? Le Awesome!

Cavin and Benjamin made a great couple, the author gave it great historical realness and it was a plucky little novella where a thief made good. I will definitely continue with the rest of the series.
Heather C
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh, I REALLY liked this story! It wasn't at all what I expected. Instead, it was a sweet, sweet story about Benjamin (a wealthy lord looking for his first sexual experience with a man) and Cavin (a lowly thief who hasn't lost all of his honor).

The sex scenes were HOT!

I kinda want to read more of these guys but I see the next book is about 2 other characters that were introduced here. Staring it next!
Kaje Harper
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are different styles of historical romances - some that use the historical backdrop as a frame for a love story, and others in which the history and setting are an intense and integral part of the plot and characters.

This is one of the former, where a lush and sweet tale of two men finding each other is set in a clear, but not hard-edged, historical background. I enjoyed Cavin in particular, as the former street-kid sometimes whore, turned thief to be more respectable, who finds a man he
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Very good historical m/m romance about a peer who heads to a gambling hall of a certain repute to find out whether, as he suspects, he'd be wasting his time looking for a bride. The man he meets that night proves that, but is ever so mysterious...
I liked this! I have read this author before, this series however, is new to me. I will be continuing. Benjamin was very sweet and kind. I liked him so much. Kind of wore his heart on his sleeve, which I find adorable-he was a bit naive, of course. (view spoiler) And perhaps a bit too...idealistic, but I liked that about him too. This was kinda i ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
Lord Benjamin Parker is pretty sure he is gay, but having never been with a man, he wants to test out his suspicion. Rumor has it that Clements gambling hell caters to his sort of persuasion. So he gets up the courage and visits there one night. When he walks in — even though gambling is going on — he can see men who touch each other more intimately and knows he is in the right place. When he sits down to play cards, a very handsome fellow comes to sit next to him. They brush knees under the tab ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love historical. I don’t love how the MC’s have to keep their relationship secret but I do love how they will do anything to be together.

Cavin, what a great character. The so called bad boy thief manages to steal Ben’s heart, much to his surprise. (I should mention here he stole my heart too.)*sigh*

Ben, sweet, sweet Ben thinks he may be attracted to men rather than women so before he has to “find a wife” he goes to a gambling club to see if he really is attracted to men and there he happens
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is just something special about being transported back to a an era that is always so diverse and colorful. 1820's London is a gem of contrasting worlds. The author does a great job in showing the vast differences in the social divide of that time. From the pristine and pretentious of London's Mayfair and the Ton, to the swills and poverty of St Giles.

Benjamin is the brother of a Marquee, privileged but not pretentious. So when Lord Benjamin decides to head for one of the Hells for those of
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of sweet m/m romance
Benjamin is only looking for a sexual encounter that will help him decide if he really wants men. Cavin is only looking for someone to seduce and then rob blind. Both of them find something more.

The first thing that drew me to this Regency m/m romance was the cover: two gorgeous men in a pose that is troubled, yet tender. Happily, the rest of the short book lives up to that cover. Both Benjamin and Cavin feel an immediate connection -- but as Benjamin's sweetness and unfailing kindness awaken Ca
Trisha Harrington
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was another great installment of the Brook Street series. This was different to the first one in some ways, but not in others. I loved Benjamin and Cavin they made a great couple. I even loved the way they fell in love at first sight. The two main characters were so different, but I loved that about them.

By the time I had finished reading this I was smiling to myself. The whole plot had me very happy. Another great book in the series. :)
This was a solid 4 star read, I really enjoyed it.

Cavin was on the streets until he was 9 and a man named Hale took him in...but only because he wanted him to be a theif for him - and occasional seducer of men to get their money from them while they're distracted by lust.

Benjamin Parker is a Lord living in London who has felt attraction towards men but has always been too afraid to be with a man to see if truly preferred men or not. But he finally gets enough courage to try it at a gambling hel
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a light, sweet read. It's not the book's fault I'm currently hooked on KJ Charles's books and keep comparing everything to them. But in comparison, this was just. Fluff.
I liked both heroes, they were sweet and interesting, but I didn't really feel they had any depth. And one of them was a thief!
I liked that Benjamin had the courage to go to a gaming hell rumored to cater to "unnatural interests" to find out if he was really interested in men before starting yet another season. I liked
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
After the last few negative reviews, this was such a wonderful, exquisite breath of sweet air. It was incredibly heart warming, and one probably one of my most favoured M/M historical romances yet (I'm not quite a fan of historical romance).

This is one of the books that mainly focus on the relationship itself, and is romance in one of it's purest forms.

Thief was an absolute gem to read, the relationship between them was hesitant yet so wonderful genuine. They both took steps forward and backward
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
This was good. I'm not a huge fan of historical, but this one drew me in. I like that it was low-drama. No major angst because of their situation. It was a relief, to be honest. I tend to dislike the historicals because the need to hide the relationships. In contemporaries, I know there is hope for coming out and not suffering the repercussions that might befall those in historicals. I also find some historicals to be far too pretentious. So this was a really enjoyable read. Granted they were st ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
A lovely four star story with a five star narration. A very pleasant audiobook which I really enjoyed.
I'm not a big fan of historical romance, so I'm glad I found this sweet short story to meet the Bingo category of this week. Lord Benjamin Parker and thief Cavin Fox were great together, I really enjoyed reading it.

While Lord Benjamin lives the life of an aristocrat, Cavin leads the life of a thief. It's not what he wants to do, but it's his only chance to survive. When Cavin is finally willing to accept Ben's help, there's a chance for them to be together. Despite their different life experienc
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. Simple plot, a little bit of a cliche. Rich lord and a scoundrel with a heart of gold fall in insta love. A bit boring compared to Ava Mach's other works. But sometimes you need something simple and sweet.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully Jay

Lord Benjamin Parker has long suspected that he is gay, but he has finally worked up the nerve to settle the matter once and for all. He has decided to visit a club known for being a place for men looking for other men in hopes of finding someone to share a night with and determine his real feelings. When Benjamin meets Cavin Fox over the gaming table, he is instantly drawn to the man. The two spend a passionate night together with Benj
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Ava March is a bestselling 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 ...more

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