Book Review – Bound by Deception by Ava March

Genre: Historical Gay Erotica, BDSM
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 16, 2008)
Language: English

About the book:

“Lord Oliver Marsden has a secret. He’s been in love with his childhood friend for years, though Vincent’s never shown an interest in him beyond friendship. Ruggedly handsome, wealthy, and successful, Vincent is everything Oliver is not. And Vincent doesn’t prefer men.

Then Oliver discovers Vincent hires a man during his visits to a London brothel. Desperate to be with Vincent, Oliver orchestrates a deception, switching places with the brothel’s employee. When Oliver arrives at the bedchamber, he’s in for another surprise. Restraints and a leather bullwhip? Apparently Vincent isn’t as conservative as he appears.

Lord Vincent Prescot has a secret of his own. One kept locked away and only indulged once a month. But this month’s appointment is different. The mysterious man is so perfect, so beautiful in his submission, rousing protective instincts Vincent can’t deny. Yet he refuses to believe he might truly prefer men, for it could mean the end of his hopes of earning his father’s respect.

Will betrayal destroy them or will they be bound together by deception?”


I’m wondering right now why there are so many novellas in this genre – what is it about it that authors don’t commit to just writing out a full length novel? I really hate it when things are told to you in summary instead of showing you what happens. I mean, why can’t the novel start out showing us the friendship of the two young men, their families, etc etc and take it off from there?

Instead, when we first meet Lord Oliver Marsden, he is already in (very poor) disguise on a clandestine meeting with Lord Vincent Prescot. Oliver has always had carried a torch for Vincent, only he’d never imagined that Vincent also batted for his team. Somehow, we should believe that Vincent never recognizes his old and dear friend when they have their sexual encounter. I mean, how dumb is the reader supposed to be anyway? I have to say that the dominance/submission scenes that are described are told pretty sensitively (I’m usually very uncomfortable with BDSM, but I was okay with Ava March’s version of it), and Ava March does write good steamy erotica. The other stuff? Not so good.

Anyway, since the novella is so short, things are brought to a head almost immediately with Oliver admitting his deception and we find out pretty quickly if Vincent will be willing to have a relationship with him afterall.

I just think it’s ridiculous how so many of these books are novellas, and the author just churns out sequel after sequel (as novellas too!). What’s the problem with spending the time and effort to compile enough of a PLOT to make it all one big novel from the start?

Other reviews of Bound by Deception are found at Speak Its Name and Heidenkind.

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~ by RandomizeME on October 15, 2009.

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