Brook Street: Rogues

Ava March
Brook Street: Rogues
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Carina Press
Release Date
May 2012
Book 3 of Brook Street Trilogy
Historical Romance, LGBTQ

London, 1822

Two of London's most notorious rakehells, Linus Radcliffe and Robert Anderson, are the best of friends. They share almost everything—clothes, servants, their homes, and even each other's bed on occasion. The one thing they don't share: lovers. For while Linus prefers men, Robert prefers women...except when it comes to Linus.

As another Season nears its end, Robert can't ignore his growing jealousy. He hates watching Linus disappear from balls to dally with other men. Women are lovely, but Linus rouses feelings he's never felt with another. Unwilling to share his gorgeous friend another night, Robert has a proposition for Linus.

A proposition Linus flatly refuses—but not for the reasons Robert thinks. Still, Robert won't take no for an answer. He sets out to prove a thing or two to his best friend—yet will learn something about the heart himself.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
May 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
BROOK STREET: ROGUES is full of sensuality and heat and heart.

Rob and Linus have been best friends for years, and it seemed a natural progression for them to become occasional lovers. However, when Rob wanted them to become exclusive, Linus rejected his proposal. Rob couldn't understand why, when it seemed Linus wants him just as much. Will Linus overcome his demons to open up to Rob and accept him?

The writing flows and it was easy to get caught up in Rob's and Linus's predicament. That a gay relationship was taboo in historical times was dealt with as well, lending a touch of urgency, historical accuracy and desperate need for secrecy, yet at the same time, making such a relationship, with love at its center, all the more worthwhile.

Rob was realistically drawn, his emotions most especially as he searched for what he truly wanted from life. It seemed he was merely drifting along all this time, following society's (the men, anyway) conventions of pursuing widows for a merry time. It was when jealousy rushed to the fore, of seeing Linus making plans to spend yet another night in another man's bed, that he was pushed to make several life-altering decisions.

I just ache for Linus, for the uncertainty that he's feeling (which we can relate) and wondering if Rob is worth the risk. His world has been one of transient, unhappy relationships, and he can't believe anything good would come out of entering into an exclusive arrangement with Rob. His torment was depicted with sympathy and his character displayed believable growth over the course of the story.

Series fans will be ecstatic to find Lord Benjamin Parker making a brief, cameo appearance. BROOK STREET: ROGUES is a great addition to the Brook Street Trilogy Series.
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