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Bound by Deception [Kindle Edition]

Ava March
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Next Book: Bound to Him
Genre: BDSM LGBT Erotic Historical

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?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content, including bondage and spanking, male/male sexual practices.

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About the Author

Ava March is an author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed 'must-haves' for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers. Visit her website at to find out more about her books or to sign-up for her newsletter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 247 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 16, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V1H2JS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 8/10

- The plot is intriguing. It took me a while to figure out what was going on at the beginning of the story, and once the story gets going, it's got a nice amount of (non-life-threatening) intrigue to it.
- Oliver's circumstances are well portrayed. The author gets across not only how little he has--for a gentleman, anyway--but also how desperately he wants Vincent.
- March also does a good job of showing Vincent's struggles against his desire for men as well as his yearning for his father's respect. The author also manages (in a fairly short story) to portray Vincent's possessiveness rather convincingly.
- The sex scenes are pretty hot, and there's a BDSM element to them, which I didn't expect. I had no idea there were sex toys back then, but the characters sure use a lot of them.

- If there's one thing I think could have been a little better developed, it's the two men's friendship (and as an extension of this, their background). I understand their sexual attraction, but the emotional connection they have was a little hard for me to buy into, given the social distance between them.
- At times, I really disliked Vincent. He's arrogant and selfish, although I do understand that in a way, he can't help it. He's a product of his economic and social surroundings.
- There are instances in which some sentences are hard to understand because the author uses "he" without telling us which character the pronoun refers to. Here's one example in which the second "he" ought to be "Oliver": "Vincent excelled at everything he did whereas he always fell short." There are also times when the wrong word is used in a sentence: "...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bound by Deception by Ava March November 6, 2009
By Elisa
Format:Kindle Edition
Bound by Deception was an unlucky book in my reading list, it slipped day by day till the day I almost forgot I had it, and now that I read it, thanks to the release of a sequel, I'd like to knock myself on the head for allowing so. I knew that I would have liked it, I loved another book by Ava March, an Erotic Regency as this one, so why I waited so much? Mystery of my strange mind...

Anyway, Ava March, in this second book, but really her first book, confirms my previous idea of her: she is a very good erotic writer, but above all she is a very good Regency romance writer. Not Traditional Regency, it's obvious, but as many writers of the genre are saying, the Traditional Regency romance genre is languishing, and so welcome to a bit of fuzzy borders, with Mystery, Erotica and even Vampires! And yippie yippie yeah, the M/M Regency Romance! And don't worry, in Bound by Deception you will not find a damsel in distress disguised by in gentleman clothes, the men in it are both men, only that one happens to like to be a bottom, and the other one is a total top... but preferably on top of a man!

Oliver and Vincent had one thing in common, both second sons of the aristocracy, they met at boarding school. They became best friends, even if Oliver really never understood what Vincent found in him: even if second son, Vincent was from a wealthy family and he had chances that Oliver never had: a superior education, a small inheritance that he made thriving and above all a fine appearance and a bearing that Oliver total lacked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant period drama with smexy kink October 6, 2012
By Beck
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Ava March makes the reading experience so enjoyable. No glaring errors in the period setting. Well developed characters. Wonderfully written sex. Romance without the irritating insta-love. This book has the added benefit of seriously kinky, smutty, sex to titillate the reader. One wonders how you research sex toys from the regency period!

This is a great start to the series & I confess that I assumed it would be good & purchased all the books in the series before starting to read this one. Even if you aren't a fan of BDSM, this regency romance is worth reading.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enoyable M/M historical. September 28, 2014
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I finished Bound by Deception not feeling like it was so much about the BDSM that is mentioned in the blurb but more about coming to terms with ones sexuality. Vincent secretly sees men in a brothel but he denies that he prefers men. He is a man that wants his fathers approval but will most likely never be able to win him over. He is successful in business but it is not enough.

Oliver is the less prosperous friend of Vincent. They have been friends for a long time and in that time Oliver has grown to love Vincent but knows he cannot let Vincent know. Then he finds out about Vincents secret,and uses this knowledge to gain an evening with the man he loves, even if it is only once.

I did not find Vincent very likeable initially. As the story progressed I forgave him mostly because I liked Oliver. I enjoyed watching how both men changed as they explored these feelings for one another.

This was an enjoyable book with a historical setting, a friends to lovers theme and some steamy encounters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent and enjoyable
A decent and enjoyable read. I found it a bit challenging to really connect with the characters and it was slightly confusing when one of them was suddenly referred to by a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable!!!!
The beginning of Vincent and Oliver's story was great - can't wait to read the next book in the series :)
Published 9 months ago by wordyjmm
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I downloaded the short story "Deliberately Unbound" for free and I liked it so much that I bought this book. I'm so glad I did. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Victoria Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I LOVED this book! I thought the love was genuine and sweet, and the sex scenes were hot. *SPOILER* It could have been a smidgen longer to draw out the suspension but at the same... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Catsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Both of these that I've read we're good. Short, yes, but good reads. I think I might look into more of her books soon.
Published 22 months ago by M. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Found it to be interesting and plot enjoyable. It's nice to read about what a man will do to fully love another.
Published 24 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book. Though I do not have 13 more words to say. If I can't just submit my stars then the rating system sucks.
Published on March 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A little historical M/M BDSM Lovin'
Vincent and Oliver have been friends since childhood. They're both second sons and so are overlooked by their fathers. Each of them harbors a secret, they both like men. Read more
Published on February 20, 2013 by Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot read :)
This is a very hot and sensual novella, peeking into the lives of Oliver Marsden and Vincent Prescot, both second sons of the aristocracy who met and became firm friends at... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Annette Gisby
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good, steamy regency read
In the London of 1822, Oliver Marden has the courage to do what something that could get him hanged, or bring him one single night of passion. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by A. Moose
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Ava March is a bestselling author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed 'must-haves' for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers. Visit her website at to find out more about her books or to sign-up for her newsletter.

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