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Fortune Hunter

(Brook Street #2)

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  817 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


Ava March is just a master at historical romance. Even though I thought that I was going to 2 or 3 star this up until 50% of the way through the book, Ava March turned things around and made me love this one.

First of all, props to Charlie Belmont, who narrated this book LIKE A BOSS. I really adored his narration, and I'll be looking for more audiobooks from him in the future.

This book started out difficult for me because Julian was such a user-McUser-face. I wanted to bitch slap him, like for
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Ingie
Written January 27, 2015

3.7 Stars - Sweet and charming - I couldn't but once again LIKE these lovely historicals

Book #2


Fortune Hunter is the second novella in this M/M historical three part series Brook Street. Quite steamy regency historicals with new love-couples in each book. Thief, the first part, was charming sweet. Four stars from me (my review) for a shorter four hours audiobook.

...and yet again another "four'er"

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Audrey
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, man-love
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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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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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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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ 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.
Andrea
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this story! It's relatively short, but packs a whole lot of emotions!
Julian Parker has left Philadelphia for London with one goal in mind: marry a rich heiress and prove to everyone that he is nothing like his wastrel of a father who drank and gambled his fortune away. When Oscar Woodhaven, a friend of his cousin's, offers him a place to stay and offers to not only share his bed, but his wealth with him, he is delighted by how easily things are turning out to be. But only when he manages
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Chris
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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*
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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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I listened to a few of my fellow Goodreaders and picked up Ava March's work. Seriously good historical romance without the inconvenience of having to put up with any horribly crafted heroines. Hot historic dudes sexin' each other up. Good plots, good writing, likable characters, great dialogue, good romance. Win.
Sammy Goode
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Laura
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-ok, historical
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Monica Vidal
Sometimes I get in a mood and as I know my author, I look for the ones I know are going to deliver. Ava March being one of them. Even though, Nikki, Angela and Lucy sort of TRIED to ruin historical m/m for me, with their questions about hygiene and stuff, I decided to ignore those conversations and move on.

Anyways, I downloaded this audiobook thinking I had already read the book but it turned out I hadn’t só yay for the surprise. I’m gonna give it a 3 stars for the plot and maybe a 3 stars for
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Lucy
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiodick
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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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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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
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
Ryoma Gartre
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Beck
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, historical, mm
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.
Ery
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
An audiobook I didn't hate! Must be good...
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novella, historical
I liked this one, just not as much as the first in this series. I had a harder time connecting to Julian and the ending felt rushed. I loved Oscar. :) Full review to come
Catherine
This Ava March person... She sure knows how to end a book. She just shredded my heart and then put it back together again in about 10 pages.
Andrea
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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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Jen Davis
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Shannon
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

*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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Trix
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst, mm-novels, regency
I very much enjoyed the story between Oscar and Julian.

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Monique
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oscar is the kind of character that just squeezes your heart so hard in your chest. He's so lonely and such a generous person, that I just want to hug him and tell him how wonderful he is. He yearns to be loved, to be put first. I completely related to him as a character. I understand what it's like to have friends but they are the kind of friends that would put someone else above you and would choose someone else over you.

It hurt to read about the way Julian treated him, accepted Oscar's gifts
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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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Tamela
I was so angry with Julian for his attitude. Find a rich wife and that will solve all his problems. It wasn't until late in the story that his cousin helps him open his eyes to see that though he blamed his misfortunes on his father's drinking and gambling, it was actually his own laziness in always blaming others instead of doing what he needed to do to make things better that was causing him such worry.

When Julian pawned Oscar's gift I was almost as devastated as Oscar. How could he hold the g
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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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