My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.
Tristan Walsh has grown tired of being used for men's pleasure. But his latest client is different: commanding yet generous, Max makes him feel cared for as well as wanted. Yet Tristan knows he'll never have the choice to leave the brothel and submit only to Max.
So when Max invites him to be his guest at his country estate, Tristan eagerly agrees to his terms—days to do as he pleases while Max tends to the dukedom, and nights spent together in wicked play. But when the "business arrangement" begins to deepen into something more, Tristan must face the fact that he has no true place in Max's life—or in Max's guarded heart…
I've discovered that reading a book by Ava March is synonymous with utterly emotional, passionate and sexy as all hell. All in with the Duke is no exception. I fell completely in love with the characters on their journey from lust to love. Ms. March's writing style is beyond excellent and makes this a complete pleasure to read.
Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham has been hurt by an ex-lover and has vowed to never let such a thing happen again. But, he's lonely and wants the comfort of another man to warm his bed, so he takes the advice of a close friend and visits a brothel where he is introduced to Tristan Walsh.
Tristan has accumulated gambling debts and the madam of the brothel has agreed to settle his debts if in returns he continues to work for her. He doesn't enjoy this life-style, just deals with it to get by. It's better than living on the streets. But, the night he meets his new client, Max, he never imagined this incredibly giving lover could change his life for the better.
After a disagreeable incident at the brothel, Max whisks Tristan away to his country estate where he installs him in a position as his "mistress" more or less. He makes it plain to Tristan that he's not looking for love or any tender sentiments. Their relationship is to be mutually beneficial as long as they keep that relationship strictly to pleasuring each other in the bedroom.
However, as time passes Tristan's feelings toward Max grow into something more. Something he didn't expect when he agreed to this arrangement. He discovers that he's fallen in love with Max. In doing so, he's broken the contract between them. Max doesn't want love between them, but Tristan doesn't think he can continue living without it. So, Tristan has to make a decision that may end their relationship forever, unless the stubborn or rather "determined" Max can change Tristan's mind.
The tender moments between these two men were a complete pleasure to read. Each scene was written with emotion and passion, compelling me to keep turning the pages to find out if Max and Tristan would get to that forever that they both desired. I especially like that these books are set during the Regency era, which is probably one of my favorite time periods. If you're interested in m/m historical erotic romance then Ava March is for you!