The Bound Series, from Ava March

Hi, there! I’m sorry, I seem to be talking a lot about Ava March those last weeks, but what can I do? I love this woman, haha! Anyway, the book of the day is The Bound Series, an edition from Ava that contains three books and two short stories from the homonymous series. I thought about reviewing them separately, but it felt weird, I don’t know.

from my Instagram :)
from my Instagram 🙂

I honestly don’t know how many times I’ve read this series, but the first time was back in 2012. Bound By Deception, the first in The Bound Series, was my first book by Ava and I became a hardcore fan on the spot. I remember to this day our first conversation: you see, I was 17 when I met her work and all of it is rated 18+ because of the hot sex scenes, so I asked her permission to enter her giveaway (I don’t need to tell you that she kindly denied it, right? Haha!). She was a doll and consoled me by saying that I was almost 18 and other giveaways were going to come. Boy, she was so right! But tell that to a freaked out teen, haha!

Anyway, this time I’m reviewing this book not as a fan, but as book blogger, so let’s go! (Or trying to…)

The Story

The Bound Series tells us the story of Lord Oliver Marsden and Lord Vincent Prescott, both very respectable gentlemen until the bedroom doors are closed.

In the first episode of the series, Bound By Deception, Oliver discovers that his childhood friend, Vincent, goes to a brothel once per month to request the services of a gentleman and their games are everything but usual. In love with Vincent since their school times, Oliver takes a chance and arranges to take the whore’s place in Vincent’s bed. Oliver just didn’t expect Vincent to fall for him – or, as Vincent sees, for Jake, the new guy in the brothel.

On the following episode, Bound To Him, Oliver and Vincent have established a very comfortable routine: Vincent visiting Oliver’s bachelor apartments, dinning and bed playing and Vincent leaving right after it is over. Or so thought Vincent, as Oliver is not happy at all with such arrangements. When Vincent’s father informs him that marriage is coming on his way, Oliver loses his temper and breaks up with him. Will Vincent be able to get his lover back?

The next episode is a short story, Deliberately Unbound. On the first episode, Vincent suggested a very wicked game to Oliver, but only now Vincent has everything ready for it. Is Oliver going to be able to play it until the end?

Fourth episode is another full book, Bound Forever (the title is such a spoiler that makes me laugh, haha! Sorry, going back to the serious blog mode now). Oliver and Vincent are in heaven. Now enjoying more often than not the advantages of a country home, both lovers are in complete peace with each other… Except that Oliver haven’t broke the last wall that separates him and Vincent: Vincent’s virginity. While Oliver works on accomplishing that, Vincent gets carried away after hearing the sad case of a young widow that lost her husband to an accident. What if the same thing happened to him? How Oliver would fare? Vincent couldn’t rest until he ensured Oliver would be protected and making sure Oliver wouldn’t cause trouble over that would be his worse headache until now.

The last but not least episode is a kind of epilogue to the series. In Deliberately Bound, the second short story, after a huge purchase for his bookshop, Oliver finds himself in the mood to make a game of his own with Vincent.

The Analysis

Oh dear, that was a long way to tell everything, haha! I’m sorry to spoil you a bit, but this is a general happy ending series and Ava told you so in the third book title anyway 🙂 I really liked Oliver and Vincent’s adventures, they always are a good pastime for me. However, my overall review for the series is four stars and I can say that of all the books and short stories. The Bound Series, as the name suggests, has a BDSM catch and I’m not really mad about it – sometimes is hot, other times, I just can’t understand how the people involved are feeling any pleasure at all. Also, I have some issues with Oliver to this day, but all in due time. For what I love, besides the fact that is a work from Ava (haha): Vincent, the feelings, the passion, the intensity. Have I mentioned Vincent? Because he is hot as hell. I always picture him as a mix of Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer (my favorite actors). If those two could merge, Vincent would be born #justsaying.

From left to right: Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer. Merge them and you have Vincent on my head ;)
From left to right: Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer. Merge them and you have Vincent on my head 😉

Getting over my fangirl obsessions (maybe not much, sorry), let’s go to the narrative. I love March’s style, as she mixes conscious thoughts with the events perfectly and switches third narrator’s points of view between the lovers, so we can get the picture as whole as possible – I’m putting this in such a way because there are no mysteries beyond Oliver and Vincent’s relationship problems. In other books from March such as Sharp Love (I own you this review, sorry! Maybe on January?), the lovers face a mystery beyond their relationship, so what we readers know is what both lovers know separately, you know? Honestly, I think her narrative skills are flawless. Don’t get me wrong, if you are looking for a deep historical fiction, you will be reading the wrong book. March writes in a perfectly believable England all time, on all her books (yeah, I am that kind of fangirl), but historical happenings are not important: the relationship development and its handling are. Particularly, I see nothing wrong with this, as my loved sugared historical romances do the exact same thing. Relationships are timeless and seeing their handling in other times and cultures is highly interesting for me. And, on this particular series, we can also see how BDSM plays could be made 😉

The Bound Series has a very simple plot, overall. Both characters lived their lifes, a problem appears, something changes, they have to handle it and their lives get their harmony back. There is no mystery to the endings, the magic relies on details, on how it was done. I like that about this series, as it is a light option with hot sex scenes (I’ll get there), real characters and a happy ending, which I value a lot. The fact that The Bound Series was constructed on “episodes” reminds me again of Frank Herbert’s quote: “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story”. The books and short stories can’t be read as standalones, as they are very connected, but March could release a new volume tomorrow with a new plot and it wouldn’t be weird to the existent books. Those stories share the routine of two male lovers in the 19th century and this construction, besides showing that there is no such thing as a perfect relationship, also deliveries a very open closed ending (did I even make sense there?). The end has no holes, but can be continued, that’s what I meant, haha!

My relationship with Ava March’s work

So, the characters. Oh, the characters. Oliver is a spoiled brat on the most peculiar things, it is amusing. I mean, Vincent is ridiculously wealthier than Oliver, but the spoiled one is Oliver. He is always complaining and suffering over stupid things, it gets on my nerves. Sometimes he is right, but I don’t like how he handles his problems with Vincent. He is too radical, too all or nothing: Oliver takes too long to realize that Vincent has his own time in accepting themselves as a couple, but not in a bad way. Vincent always suppressed his desires for other men and had a scheduled day to exercise them on the brothel, but after Oliver happened on his amorous and sex life, Vincent gets lost. He doesn’t understand how some of his actions can be rude or hurtful and Oliver never explains either, so things just blow up. But I miss my point again… Darn, it’s so hard to review a book series that you love and have been analyzing in silence for three years. Anyway, Oliver is a very strong man on his way and I admire his courage and humbleness. He knows his limits and this is so important in life; amusingly, this is a trait that Vincent doesn’t posses. He accepts nothing lower than perfection from himself and those who are under his watch (cof except Oliver cof), so of course he is a control freak. He also is very romantic and possessive, cute traits on a man on my opinion, and he would marry Oliver in the spot if Oliver only would accept to be called his wife (#truestory). Moreover, both men are real people. I have a friend that is just like Vincent with her relationships and I have another friend just like Oliver is. The capacity that March has to make her readers to connect with her heroes is astonishing and one of her strongest points.

Oliver reminds me of an Italian type, one that would rub well with my Bomerhalder image of Vincent. Hot.


Oh, and do you want to know another VERY strong point in March’s books? Sex. So much sex and hot at that. Usually, sex scenes don’t make my blood boil while I’m reading. The problem is me again, I can’t take vulgarity and people usually think that sex is vulgar. Spoiler alert for your life: sex is SO NOT vulgar! People make it so and, on the same way, they can change sex into a beautiful and magical moment. That’s what March does. Even if her characters aren’t in love, you feel in your skin that they are enjoying each other’s company, that there is not any place on Earth that they rather be at the moment and that their desire is real. With or without BDSM involved, it is steaming hot. With Oliver and Vincent, that’s not different ❤

Overall, this series is awesome, Ava is amazing and life is beautiful.


That’s it, I’m so sorry for the really long and fangirling review, but sometimes is IMPOSSIBLE to behave, haha!

what’s wrong with being fangirling? LOL

Thanks for reading!


3 days

September Wrap Up and Book Haul!

Hello, there! I know, it’s been a while, but I’m on my last semester at college and my graduation is on DECEMBER. You can imagine that my life is a mess right now, haha!

Anyway, let’s talk about September! It was a more or less book month for me, as I am on the middle of a major slump, thanks to the books that I have to read for my dissertation – I’m two chapters away from being ready! I can’t wait to finish it! – so I read in a good pace in the beginning of September and stopped in the middle of the month, reading only some mangas and a Disney Comic Book :/

My book haul was much better this month: I bought a total of 8 books: 4 paperbacks, 3 mangas and 1 comic book 😀 Check it out:

  • The Heir (The Selection #4) – Kiera Cass (review here!)
  • A Mídia nas Constituições do Brasil: Respeito e Desrespeito – Erasmo de Freitas Nuzzi (a Brazilian journalistic book, so I don’t know if I will be reviewing it or not after reading it, haha!)


  • 2 Coloring books from Frozen 😉


  •  volumes 3 and 4 of Wish, by Clamp
  • volume 23 of XXX-Holic, by Clamp

(now I have the whole Wish collection! Yay! *–*)


  • And my Halloween comic book from Disney ❤


I also like to thank (again for the thousand time) Lauren Bird Horowitz, as she sent me a paperback copy of her new novel, Shattered Blue (review here!), first book in The Light Series! ❤ Thanks forever! This was the first time an author sent me a physical copy of a book, because I life in Brazil, haha! It was so special that I cried…

from my Instagram <3
from my Instagram

Anyway, the books I read this month:

  • Sigmund Shaw, by Mark C. King: 5 stars, review here!
  • Dangerous Spirits, by Jordan L, Hawk: 5 stars, review here!
  • The Heir, by Kiera Cass: 3 stars, review here!
  • The Bond Series (Bound by Deception, Bound to Him and Deliberately Unbound), by Ava March: 4 stars, review here!
  • manga Eerie Queerie!, volumes 1 to 3. [Update: review here!]

Yup, pretty disappointing. In October, I’m destined to have better numbers because I’m finishing my dissertation and I have to read about 8 books for that, more or less. So, Halloween’s month is going to rock hard!

That’s all, thanks for reading and I hope to be back soon with the reviews that I own… And stick around, because this week we have the monthly book releases list! *–*


Happy Author Birthday to Ava March!

So, as any bookworm, I have my favorite authors and if you follow me for a while, you already know that Ava March is my favorite author ever, haha! And, as it is, I follow her updates very closely – almost to the point of stalking her social media channels. I have it bad, haha!

Today is Ava’s birthday as an author – Bound by Deception, her first published book, was out of the oven exactly seven years ago. Coincidentally – or maybe not, fate is really funny sometimes – this morning I was re-reading this very same book during a free class and felt that I owned her a special post when I learned about the date – which was only an hour or two ago, haha!

from my Instagram :)
from my Instagram 🙂

As a faithtful fan, I’ve read all Ava’s available works to this date and I love them. Some more than others, but my first book from her was Bound by Deception, first read in 2012 (I was 17 then and had just found out about m/m historical romances), so today is a very special day for me too. And I’ve never stopped. I’ve read book after book, yearning for more, as I’ve never found a genre and a writer who understood my tastes so well. Each couple of Ava’s works is unique in their own ways and I fell for each one of them. I have my favorite couple and book, of couse, that would be All In With The Duke (review here!) and its couple, Max and Tristan, but I pin for every one of them and always get bubbly when they make cameo appearances on her other works – sometimes, it happens!

Moreover, I wanted to apologize to Ava, as I’ve been bothering her with tons of e-mails since I found her on Goodreads and she was always so sweet and understanding. I own her much of my profissionalism as a book reviewer now as well. When I told her I had started blogging, she was all cheers and tips and I can’t describe how happy I was and still am. I’ll never forget how hard I screamed when I learned that she was releasing a paperback version for The Bound Series (the series that contains Bond by Deception) and, again, when the book arrived at my home. I was so bold as to send her a picture of me holding the book. And again, when I purchased All In With The Duke, another paperback edition. Ava must have laughed hard at my happy-oh-so-psicotic-face in both pictures, haha! *blushes*

The nicest thing is that Ava is holding a giveaway to celebrate this birthday! You can win a copy of a book of hers of your choice, ebook or paperback editions! Of course I already signed in, haha! (You must be wondering why, since I have all her ebooks and books, right? Elementary, my dear reader. I still don’t have Sharp Love’s paperback edition, as the dollar is crazy in my country in the last few months and I’m cheering my ass off to win it on this giveaway, haha!). The giveaway is international and you can enter until septtember 30th, as the winners will be chosen on oct. 2nd ❤ For full information on how to enter, please visit Ava’s blog here.

But hold your horses, that’s not all! Ava has been working a lot and gave many good news to her readers this week!

Sharp Love, second volume in the Gambling on Love series, is now available as well in audiobook format and I will spoiler you and tell that the narrator’s voice is very sexy, haha! You can take a look and hear a piece of it here.

my digital copy of Sharp Love <3
my digital copy of Sharp Love ❤

In the coming soon department, there are tons of news!

The London Legal series is going to be re-released on January of 2016 with new covers and some minor edits and Ava has already revealed just how yummy the new covers are!

Convincing Arthur (London Legal, #1)


Convincing Leopold (London Legal, #2)


Much better, right?! I have the old versions and Ava said that the edits are minimal, so unfortunately I don’t have a good excuse to buy them again :/ I’m still hoping for a paperback edition with those hot covers, haha!

As I’m on the re-releasing news, earlier this year, Ava also re-released His Client, one of my favorite books of hers. As in the London Legal series, the edits were minimal and I also didn’t buy the new sexy cover edition… Don’t get me wrong, I like the old cover, but I loved the new one, haha!


And there’s more! Ava is working on two new books right now and they will be here in 2016ll! They are:

There’s no much info in their official pages just yet, but I can tell you that both couples seem awesome from my e-mail exchanges with Ava ❤

See? I told you Ava was working hard, haha! And, to make things even better, Ava shared in her latest newsletter a deleted scene from Viscount’s Wager (review here!), third book in the Gambling On Love series! As there’s another deleted scene coming soon to her blog in October, I’ll make one post for both when the time arrives, okay? 🙂 I assure you the waiting is worth, though! The first scene was delicious and I can’t wait to see the second one!

Wow, that was a big post, haha! Anyway, I hope you got as excited as I am with so many good news, haha!

I’m working on a decent review for Bound by Deception, with my new journalist insight of things, so be prepared to see more posts about Ava over here, haha!

That’s it for now, thanks for reading and Happy Author Birthday again, Ava! ❤