Author: Ava March
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: M/M Historical
ISBN 13: 9781426893421
Ava March really is the queen of the M/M Regency historical. Her Regencies are so what I imagine the era was like, and it’s easy to be transported to that time. Even better, her characters come across so fleshed out – whether good, bad or indifferent, they make you care about them. Thief is no exception to this, and I loved it.
Lord Benjamin Parker is a kind, generous man who just wants the question answered for once and for all – does he really prefer men? He has vague notions about it, and he never feels the pull to women that his peers do. In a bid to answer his question, he goes to Clements, a gaming establishment mentioned by his older brother as a place to avoid as it caters to the “unnatural”. Benjamin is a little disappointed to realize he isn’t finding any of the men particularly attractive. That is, until Cavin Fox sits next to him. Just the voice is enough to make his body take notice. When he leaves with Cavin, they go to a hotel, where Benjamin realizes, yes, he prefers men. He also lets Cavin know he has never done anything with a man before. This causes a twinge for Cavin, who already knows Benjamin is special. A twinge, because what Cavin is there for is to rob whatever man he has brought to the room. Hale, who runs a thief house/whore house for homeless boys, demands the money. Still, Cavin just can’t. Cavin resolves not to see Benjamin anymore, yet a mix up with their waistcoats provides him the chance to see him just once more.
Cavin is also protecting a younger boy, Sam, who is 13. When Cavin finds out Hale is planning to have Sam start whoring in addition to the thieving, drastic measures must be taken.
This story is just so sweet, so lovely. Cavin is a “bad” man because of his actions, yet his reasons, his heart, his soul are good. The story does have a bit of an unrealistic feel, since it is set in the Regency era, and acceptance seems a bit too simple, but it was a minor quibble for me. I completely embraced Cavin, Benjamin and Sam, and wanted them all to do well. Recommended for historical fans and romantics.