Title: Viscount’s Wager
Author: Ava March
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 10, 2015
The Breakfast Octopus’ rating: A
Thanks to Carina Press for sending this review copy!
You never forget your first love, but is a second chance worth the gamble?
Anthony, Viscount Rawling, knows exactly what he wants in life and he isn’t above having a look about London for it. When he spots recently widowed Gabriel Tilden at a ton function, he thinks he might have found love…again.
Gabriel is as gorgeous and reserved as he was when he broke Anthony’s heart seven years ago. But they were only adolescents then…surely Anthony won’t hold the incident against him. And especially not when the attraction between them is stronger than ever.
Gabriel came to London in search of distraction, and a teasing Anthony is impossible to resist. As Anthony introduces Gabriel to the pleasures that can be found in the city—and in his bedchamber—their bond deepens into something more. Yet both men are hiding secrets that could pull them apart forever…
I’m a sucker for thwarted lovers reunited, and Ava March does a splendid job of giving us Anthony and Gabriel’s story. I haven’t read the first two books in the Gambling on Love series, and while I will absolutely go back and read them, it wasn’t necessary to appreciate this story.
Gabriel and Anthony had one fateful kiss when they were 18 and 16, respectively, and March’s characterization of the romantic hopes of teenagers was so accurate that I winced while reading it. I am very grateful to have left the 16-year-old Breakfast Octopus behind, as the “this is definitely true love!” thoughts that Anthony has hit a little too close to home.