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Brook Street: Rogues

Rogues - Ava March Because they’ve been together for so long, and because they’re so much alike, Linus and Rob have the most the volatile relationship in the Brook Street trilogy – in a good way, because their hunger for each other jumps off the page:But just the thought of never again having Rob beneath him, to never hold him close again, to never again lick the sweat from his skin, to feel his panting breaths rush across his cheek, to never again kiss him...His heart screamed in protest.However, even after a second reading, I really never liked Rob or Linus; I felt both of them were smug and shallow. Linus appears in the preceding stories as the resident smarmy dickhead who makes snide comments that cause his “friends” to doubt their lovers, and he expects his conquests to drop to their knees whenever he raises an eyebrow. Rob is a manslut who decides on a whim he’s going to give up his widows and whores for his best friend – then stalks him for weeks when the response is “thank you but no.”As a few other reviewers have pointed out, this novella needed another round of editing. There’s a bit of post-rimming squickiness, phrases like “he slanted his mouth” were used multiple times, and the “aha!” moments were pretty heavy-handed compared to the other installments.The “friends with benefits, but maybe more” plot redeemed this story a little bit, and I’m glad the heroes ended up together instead of permanently inflicting their selfish arrogance on others, but it wasn’t enough to bump this one up to a B.