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Convincing the Secretary (London Legal #3)

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Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.

Lord Grayson Holloway goes after what he wants—be it in the law office on his clients’ behalf or in the bedchamber. His new position as partner puts him closer to achieving his goal of becoming the most successful solicitor in London. There’s just one problem—his new secretary. Broad of shoulder yet mild of mann
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ebook, 138 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Samhain Publishing
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~4.25~

Edward has wicked thoughts. He wants to be spanked, domineered, humiliated. He wants to get down on his knees and be forced to perform dirty, illicit acts.

An artist, Edward is more interested in brushstrokes than paperwork. He only works as a legal secretary to please his father, who's indifferent toward his youngest son. Edward is scattered and doesn't have a passion for law, not like the solicitor he serves: the demanding, intense Lord Grayson.

When Gray sees Edward staring at his partn
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I liked this little Ava March novella, which worked for me even though I jumped into this series at book 3.

I love that I always know what I'm going to get with an Ava March story. Her stuff is shamelessly kinky, really well written, and set in a historical time period. I love this author's consistency, and I've really come to rely on it when I pick up an Ava March book.

This book had so much going for it: we get a virgin (!!!), some spanking, and a bunch of dirty talking. I was a hap
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Ele
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
**4.25 stars**

And we have a winner!



This is undoubtedly my favorite book in the London Legal series. I liked Convincing the secretary a lot more than the first two books, and I think it's obvious that Ava March has matured a lot as a writer.

We met Edward in Convincing Leopold, as Arthur's secretary. Now he works for Arthur's partner, Lord Grayson Holloway and, sadly, his office skills haven't improved one bit. But now we kow why. Edward is an artist and his heart is in painting. The reason he w
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Dαɴιjα

3.5 stars.

Convincing the Secretary is a historical, slightly kinky M/M romance novella, which makes it a type of story I'd gladly read any day. I chose it because I have become a huge M/M historical romance fan thanks to books by K.J. Charles, and would like to find more good ones. This was also a chance to try something by Ava March, which I'd been meaning to do for a while. The fact that the main characters turned out to be a bit kinky was a very welcome bonus.

This being my first Ava March bo
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Adam
3.5 stars


I know what to expect when I read one of Ava March's books - two hot MCs, regency-era England, some family drama, a big misunderstanding between the MCs, and (usually) some hot kinky sex. 'Convincing the Secretary' followed this formula to the point. Sometimes Ava March's formula doesn't work for me, but in this case, the book hit the right notes.

I really liked the set-up of the assertive rakish employer and the quiet virgin secretary. Office romances are usually a win for me, so I was
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Chelsea
This was a sweet book. Definitely less kinky and more sweet than I thought it'd be, but still enjoyable.

The kink is light, not nearly enough humiliation for what i was expecting :-(. Edward and Gray have a bit of fun with spankings and butt plugs but Most of the story is about them overcoming their individual insecurities to be together. It was as sweet and romantic as Ava March's stories normally are.
Ivy Deluca
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this was a well done little novella. I’d never read the earlier books in this series, but this definitely can stand on its own.

The forbidden feel of this romance was strong, between the boss/secretary angle and the mild BDSM aspects, all covered in a tasty layer of danger because of the historical reality of the need to be subtle about their relationship.

I was really happy to see that Ms. March took time to develop the characters instead of focusing strictly on the hot, smutty sex and
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Ami
3.5 stars

At first, I was a bit confused because what I could remember (a little bit) about Edward in the previous book didn't match Edward that I met in this one. Somehow I thought Edward was a little more forward -- in the end of my review for Convincing Leopold, I wrote "I definitely look forward to the upcoming release in this series that features Fenton, Arthur's rake of a secretary." -- so clearly I didn't see Edward as meek or shy. Even if my memory was clouded with how jealous Leopold saw
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⚣❣☙ Cocky™ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
4.1 Stars

I liked this one better than the first, but because the story is a novella it didn't have time to delve more into the relationship than just the establishment & working through the misunderstandings. Something about Edward appealed to me, though. I loved his embarrassed, sensual sexuality, and for once I appreciated the humiliation kink. (Very slight, and tied to his wanton desire for Gray.)

Not sure if she has any more of these planned, but I'd totally read them if Ava wrote them!
Kristie
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was surprising. First, I'm not a huge fan of historical books, but I keep trying them. This story was one of the good ones. Book 3 in a series I've not read before, and thankfully, it was not necessary to have read the first two books. At 138 pages, it can be difficult to tell a story this well.

Edward is dreaming of spankings, dirty talk, being made to submit. He's also an artist working as a secretary, something he really does not want to do. The romance is quick, and the writing showed me
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Kara
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
This book was so good!

More and more I am starting to love historical romances and this one was just amazing!

Lord Grayson goes after he wants and he wants his new secretary Edward.

I loved these two men together and I loved the way this author wrote Grayson and Edwards characters. The fear they both have of being found out, but the feelings they have for each other that Grayson and Edward can not ignore anymore.

I also loved the way this author wrote this story which grabbed me from the start!
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Didi
Following closely after Convincing Leopold where Thorn had suggested Arthur took on a solicitor partner and assigned his infatuated secretary - Edward Fenton - to that partner, Lord Grayson Holloway joined the Barrington practise.

Unlike Arthur/Leopold, Gray and Edward's romance was quite a speedy affair, blossoming weeks after they met. Though the attractions were suppressed by both parties while at the same time they made assumption of one another.

As the two previous titles, the story was also
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Joyfully Jay
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


Oh, I love Ava March’s historicals and this one is sexy and juicy and really fun. Convincing the Secretary is the latest in her London Legal series, following the rerelease of Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold. I originally reviewed those back in 2011 when they were first published by Loose Id, but they have now been rereleased as part of this series by Samhain Publishing. You could easily jump into this book without reading them as the only connection with
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Viv
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-lendable
Now this is the Ava March that I know and love. I enjoyed the previous 2 books in this series, but I loved this one. Kinky and hot. I highly recommend this one!
Alison
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-e-things, queer
This struck me as pretty classic Ava March--a well-written historical with lots of smut. This is a likeable and fairly lightweight novella.
Mirjam
Part of a series that has to be read in order:
Convincing Arthur (London Legal, #1) by Ava March Convincing Leopold (London Legal, #2) by Ava March Convincing the Secretary (London Legal, #3) by Ava March
The Novel Approach Reviews
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ava March is an auto-read author for me. She’s got the market on Regency gay romance pretty well tied up (sometimes the tying up in her books is literal, even), and I love her work for one simple reason: you always know what you’re going to get. In some cases, that wouldn’t seem a compliment, but in this one it is, because while certain themes and historical social cues prevail throughout her body of work, the one thing that makes each of the books great to sink into is the men she peoples those ...more
Heather C
Woohoo! Edward Fenton is a dirty, DIRTY boy!!

Convincing the Secretary is easily my favorite book in the London Legal series thus far. We met Edward in Convincing Leopold, distracted and mooning all over Arthur. Now, there’s a new solicitor in the office and his name is Lord Grayson Holloway…and Edward is now his secretary. Gray arouses new hungers in Edward…kinky and depraved and humiliating fantasies that has Edward shying away from Gray. Once Gray recognizes that Edward isn’t really terrified
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Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Lord Grayson is a lawyer who runs his law office with his friend Arthur Barrington. He has a male secretary named Edward that he has had a crush on since he started. The only problem is that he's pretty sure Edward is infatuated with his friend. He always catches him staring longingly at him. He's also pretty sure Edward is terrified of him. Grayson decides to have Edward work closer with him on a project to get him to relax around him and get to know him better.

I really ended up enjoying this o
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Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 Lusty Stars.

Convincing the Secretary is the 3rd in the London Legal MM historical Romance series. However, it's the first I have read in this series. Since I was offered this for review, I jumped on it, and was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't lost. Perhaps things said or done would have had more meaning if I had read the prior books, but it was enjoyable for me nonetheless.

In essence, Convincing the Secretary was meant to
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Claudia
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
this was a nice short story and in this case I did not mind too much that it was only a novella
yohtan
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sexy and cute.
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from the author as a Christmas gift, but my review is honest, haha! Let's go :D


The Story

Edward Fenton has always fantasized about a lasting relationship with someone that he truly loved and that felt the same way towards him. At first, his boss Arthur Barrington sounded like the perfect choice for his dream to come true. Except that the man is already way taken by his lover, Leopold Thornton. One can’t w
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Milly Molly
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Although I haven’t read the previous two books in the series, I was optimistic that Convincing the Secretary could be read as a stand-alone book as it featured different characters. After finishing the novella, I was relieved to learn that I was correct and pleased that I took a chance because Edward Fenton was such a delightfully naughty young man, while Lord Grayson Holloway proved to be the stern solicitor who was more th
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Izzy
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Izzy by: Received an ARC for my honest opinion.
Shelves: aar-review
Convincing the Secretary by Ava March is the third novella in her London Legal series. This story is set around a legal firm where Edward Fenton is a new lowly clerk/secretary to a partner in the firm, Lord Gray. Edward dislikes being a clerk and wishes to be an artist, but has no inkling as to how to give up his salaried occupation, and afford his rent etc.


Edward is described many times as ‘weak’, ‘cowering’, ‘blushing’, and a ‘virgin’-

'...Color stained his cheekbones, his chest rising and fall
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Tori Thompson
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yes! That’s what I wanted….

I had very mixed feelings about the first two books in this series, I didn’t like them as well as I usually like Ava March’s books, one of the issues was the lack of BDSM. This book had exactly what I wanted. A good story, good characters, her awesome Regency era details, and a bit of light BDSM.

Edward was in the other books as a very minor character, he was Arthur’s secretary, and basically moped around staring at Arthur and glaring at Leopold. In this one he is one o
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Under the Covers Book Blog

You what I hate? I hate being in a position where a book doesn't do it for me. I've been wanting to try this author for a while and I finally took the plunge. I know I'm coming in out of order, but frankly I don't think that had much to do with my feelings on this book.

Here's the thing. I found CONVINCING THE SECRETARY was not very historically accurate to begin with. No, I am the farthest thing from a historical buff nor do I comb through historical romances looking for accurate depictions of

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