Today is release day for Brook Street: Fortune Hunter! It's the second book in the Brook Street trilogy and features Oscar Woodhaven and Julian Parker, cousin to Benjamin Parker from the first book. I wrote the book late last summer/early fall, and it ended up being my longest Ava book to date, coming in around 44,000 words.
Back when I used to gobble up m/f historicals like they were poptarts, I'd read many a book with a main character who needed/wanted to marry for money. The idea of doing a m/m take on the theme had been swirling in my head for a good few years, and finally last year I got the chance to write the book. Julian's the fortune hunter and Oscar's the one with a fortune. A huge fortune. 800,000 pounds in the book, which equates to approximately $82million in today's US dollars. Yeah, a hell of a lot of money, but as I was writing the book, I figured, go big or go home, you know? Speaking of homes, here's the town house that I used as inspiration for Oscar's town house on Brook Street - yep, I went with the 'go big' theme. Of course, men couldn't marry back in the Regency let alone marry for money (they unfortunately still can't marry in a lot of places in the world today), so it's not smooth sailing for Julian and Oscar. But the book's a romance, so rest assured it all works out in the end.
I'll leave you with the blurb for the book:
Impoverished Julian Parker returns to London with one goal: marry an heiress. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means denying his desire for men. After all, with a fortune comes happiness and social acceptance—which have eluded Julian his entire life.
The only things a vast fortune has brought Oscar Woodhaven are greedy relatives and loneliness. At twenty-one years of age, he has everything a man could possibly want—except someone to love him. When he meets devastatingly handsome Julian Parker, he believes his luck has turned.
Between Oscar's lavish gifts and their searing-hot nights, Julian is caught between what he thinks he needs and what his heart truly desires. But when a betrayal threatens to tear them apart, Julian discovers he'll do whatever it takes to convince Oscar the greatest fortune of all is love.