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A sexy M/M historical romance in the Wicked Woodleys universe from USA Today bestselling author Jess Michaels It's been over a decade since Aaron Condit's lover, Viscount Noah Seagate died. While he has had temporary diversions, he hasn't had a real relationship since. But now he's been invited to the home of his best friend, Leticia Blackwood and he'll be faced with deepA sexy M/M historical romance in the Wicked Woodleys universe from USA Today bestselling author Jess Michaels It's been over a decade since Aaron Condit's lover, Viscount Noah Seagate died. While he has had temporary diversions, he hasn't had a real relationship since. But now he's been invited to the home of his best friend, Leticia Blackwood and he'll be faced with deep temptation in the form of her brother, Griffin Merrick. Griffin has seen Aaron at certain clubs for a long time and he cannot deny that he wants the handsome solicitor. But secrets from far in the past and a desire not to hurt someone they both love stand between them. Time spent alone leads to a passionate affair, but only time will tell if they can overcome all that keeps them apart. And if they're willing to risk losing everything in order to find love. Length: Novella This can be read as a standalone story and is part of the Wicked Woodleys series....

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  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-01-22 03:04

    ~3.5~I love Regency romance, especially when it's rough and dirty around the edges. This book didn't disappoint in that regard. Griffin and Aaron come together with unrestrained passion cultivated by years of smoldering desire. But Aaron feels guilty for wanting Griffin, who's the brother of his good friend Letty. Letty and Aaron have a history. Aaron was Letty's late husband's best friend. And his lover. Aaron is still mourning Noah's death and regrets that he couldn't give up Noah, not even after Noah married Letty. The blurb states that Fascinated "can be read as a standalone story," and for the most part that's true, but I do think readers of this series will get more out of the story. I felt like I was missing integral character development and the background on Letty and her current husband Jack (both of whom are very present in this story). Indeed, without Letty's well-meaning interference, Aaron and Griffin would have parted ways. Even though I liked Letty, I wish Aaron had found the courage to go after Griffin, who wanted something lasting and true, without feeling like he needed her permission. After all, Letty's been blissfully married to Jack for years; she long ago forgave Aaron, who couldn't forgive himself. If I read M/F romance, I would be interested in reading the Wicked Woodleys series. I enjoyed Jess Michaels' writing style, and the sexy times did not disappoint. I'm considering buying this series for my mother, who loves Regency as much as I do.Aaron and Griffin were great characters who were left with the promise of a HEA. I just wish this book had been longer so I could have gotten to know them better. I also hope Ms. Michaels writes more M/M romance in the future. If she wrote an M/M series, I'd be first in line to read it.

  • BR11
    2019-01-23 23:13

    I keep trying and missing with mm historical romance, but I think it's me. Maybe it's because I read so much fm historical romance for so long that the sub genre doesn't do it for me anymore. Objectively speaking, the writing was ok. It's a short novella, so there was not much development.Even if the MCs already knew each other, they had never talked much when their paths crossed. That's why the "I love yous" after 3 days in the same party was over the top to me and too insta-love in my opinion.The 3 sex scenes were nothing to call home about.This one, regrettably, falls into the 3 mehh stars.

  • Christelle
    2019-02-11 06:12

    **3.5 stars** – Thank you, Josy, for this gift : it was good !!!A standalone in a series of MF romance : not an issue as there is enough background to get the gist of it and this first foray of the author in MM is good.Griffin and Aaron have known each other for quite a time as Aaron is a very good friend of Griffin’s sister, Letty. And they both know about their ”proclivities” as they frequent the same establishment to satiate their needs. But that’s as far as they acknowledge their attraction, until they are invited to a country party hosted by Letty. It was a very hot historical romance, with lots of chemistry between Griffin and Aaron. My only complaint : way too short, I wouldn’t have minded much more from these 2 sexy guys.

  • Ami
    2019-02-16 21:44

    3.5 starsThis is my first from Jess Michaels and I haven't read the series before. But I thought it was easy enough to follow -- although maybe, my not reading the previous books made me missing some kind of integral plot or at least character development. Because I assume that both Aaron and Griffin appeared in the other books too. It was emotional enough (due to Aaron's backstory) and well, I always like a pushy younger character, which was how Griffin came to me.I did wish that the sex scenes were reduced for character/relationship progress; unfortunately that didn't happen; too much sex to me personally than emotional building. Which is why I will settle with 3.5 stars for now.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-02-02 22:48

    I decided to read this because the author is new to me and I do like historical mm romances. I thought this was ok for a novella but for me the story lacked depth, although I do recognise I might have felt differently had I read this as part of the series.If you are not a regular mm romance reader then you might find this book interesting but people who read mostly mm will probably find this kind of basic. If I am truly honest I found it a bit boring. I think there is enough within the book to understand the back story but not enough to make the overall story gripping.I can't honestly say I really liked this. I thought the book was long on sex but short on substance. Lovely cover but definitely not a great read for me.Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-21 04:02

    Short and sweet. I am a little bit familiar with the notorious families in this series so I should not be surprised a possible scandal is brewing for Aaron and Griffin. See Aaron's ex-lover was Griffin's sister, Letty's late husband. Once I found about this I was ready for a scandalous read. I truly felt the passion and connection Aaron and Griffin have. They are living in a world where their happiness can never be publicly recognized and it in fact illegal which is so sad. Their relationship may be quite different from the "norm" but that doesn't mean they should have to hide, but unfortunately during this time they do. However, they will still be together no matter what. There may have been resistance but that is futile when it comes to love. I kept thinking that I need to go back and read through this series definitely starting with Letty's story because I'm sure it will be wicked fun. *I received this ARC via NetGalley.*

  • Al *the serial series skipper*
    2019-02-10 03:58

    ***I received this arc from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review***Enjoyable historical M/M featuring Letty's brother, Griffin and her deceased husband's Lover, Aaron. They are both invited to Letty's house party where they try to keep their attraction to each other on the low. Aaron is determined not to have anything to do with Griffin after the grief he caused Letty but Griffin manages to work past that quite easily. It basically more sex than plot but what's not to love about that.

  • Julie (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
    2019-01-31 01:57

    3.5 out of 5 stars!It's been a long time since I've read a regency style romance, so I knew I wanted to scoop this one up as soon as I saw it. Fascinated is part of Jess Michaels' The Wicked Woodley's series, but can be read as a stand alone. That being said, I really do wish that I had read the previous books in the series because I feel like it would have helped me learn more about the two MCs. There are a lot of things that happened in previous stories that I would have loved to read about in this one. When this books starts out, they already know each other and both have a "thing" for the other. That left me feeling a little left out in a way. I felt cheated that I didn't get to know their whole story.This was a short story at around 72 pages, so it was a very quick read. Letty (Griffin's sister) and Aaron are best friends and have history which makes him want to keep his distance from Griffin. I really wanted to see Aaron fight a little more for Griffin. I understand the loyalty to Letty but it left the feelings a little more one sided. I did enjoy the author's writing style, and loved the steamy scenes and chemistry between the two of them, so I may go back and read the others in the series. ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **

  • Beebs
    2019-01-24 05:00

    This one was just ok for me. Too short really to have any real depth to it. i had only read one of the previous books in the series but that didn't matter as it reads ok as a standalone. *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Sheila Melo
    2019-02-19 00:44

    FINAL DECISION:  Michaels first m/m romance has sweet characters and enough drama to keep interest. I liked this wrap up book for the series especially because these characters are finally getting their redemption after somewhat negative histories in the series.THE STORY:  Griffin Merrick (the brother of Letty from SEDUCED) is attracted to men but keeping that information from his family. He is especially attracted to Aaron Condit, a solicitor and man of business.  Aaron is one of Letty's dearest friends despite their complicated past.  Aaron was the lover of Letty's deceased husband. He doesn't want to do anything to hurt Letty again but he is really attracted to Griffin but is determined to keep his distance.  When the two attend Letty's house party, Griffin decides to take a chance and tell Aaron his feelings.OPINION:  This was a fine conclusion to the Wicked Woodleys series.  These were characters that I liked tremendously, had great sympathy and interest in their journey and for whom I was glad to root for their happy ending.  My one complaint is that the story was very short and therefore some of the complexities were too quickly resolved...but that is always a risk with novellas.Griffin has grown and matured since the events of SEDUCED. We meet him as he knows who he is but hasn't come out to his family.  (Of course, revealing that one was gay at the time risked criminal charges). He has met Aaron while visiting places which cater to their particular interest in men.  The two have a lingering attraction to one another but haven't taken any steps to move forward.  A house party with family and friends gives Griffin the opportunity to make a move on Aaron.Aaron is still suffering from his actions in being the lover of Letty's husband.  Even though he is attracted to Griffin, he is not willing to hurt Letty again.  Because of this, he resists his fascination to Griffin -- for a while.  I really liked these two and I worried throughout the book for their safety. The book gives a dark and pretty grim (and realistic) depiction of the challenges the two face. The fact that the two of them can manage to love one another in the face of all the threats against them demonstrated their strength and commitment to one another.There is a nice twist at the end of the story (which I began to suspect) and which I really loved. Fans of the Wicked Woodleys series, especially SEDUCED get a nice update on the characters as well.WORTH MENTIONING:  This is a m/m romance and a short novella.CONNECTED BOOKS:  FASCINATED is the sixth book in the Wicked Woodleys series.  This book can be read as a standalone although reading SEDUCED will give the background of both of the main characters (but that background is summarized here).STAR RATING:  I give this book 4 stars.NOTE:  I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions contained herein are my own.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  • Veronica of V's Reads
    2019-02-18 06:14

    I haven't read any of the five preceding M/F novels in this series, and that was just fine because this M/M novella can handle being a standalone. Many of the characters are in the fifth book, so it might be enjoyable to start there, but it wasn't necessary.It's the 1820s in western England and Letty Blackwood's house party is about to get hot. Letty's fond of her younger brother Griffin Merrick. She's also great friends with, wait for it, her late husband's former lover, Aaron Condit. That's why she invites both of them to the country estate at Woodley for a large houseparty that's set to span two weeks. Griffin and Letty's mother can't wait to see Griffin settled, and continues to push him to meet the women who come to the house for balls and tea, but Griffin's desired Aaron for several years now--ever since he'd seen Aaron at risque clubs for men of their ilk--those who find other men attractive.Aaron's more than attracted to Griffin, but he'd hurt Letty once--her willingness to forgive both her late husband Noah and himself for their covert love affair is one thing. Falling for her only brother? Unthinkable. He won't hurt her again. Still Griffin's determined to spend as much time together as possible, and Aaron hasn't had a stead lover since Noah died. Griffin's sure that Aaron's the man for him, and he's got a plan to keep him close in a way that gentlemen of their station can--if only Aaron will give over his apprehensions about Letty's sensibilities. Learning of Aaron and Noah's love, and hearing how open his sister was to their relationship gives Griffin pause...and ideas.This is a short and sweet love story that has a good bit of tension and a satisfying ending. I honestly could have spent a whole novel with these two! Letty is great, and her little machinations to put Aaron and Griffin together were heartfelt and charming. I'm used to reading English historical fiction written by British English speakers, so I kind of missed the more staid and quaint grammar and syntax, but that's a small quibble.

  • Kim Vanravenswaay
    2019-01-28 03:48

    This was a nice continuation of the Woodley series. Both Aaron and Griffin are cautious of a relationship, since it could hurt Griffin's family if the world ever found out. Aaron is a little too cautious though and almost ruins a good thing. This is a quick read that flows smoothly from beginning to end.

  • Adria (Musings and Reviews)
    2019-02-01 05:54

    Originally posted on Adria'sMusings and Reviews* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.What’s it About? Temporary flings have filled Aaron Condit’s life since his lover, Viscount Noah Seagate died ten years before but when he’s invited to his best friend Leticia Blackwood’s home for a gathering Aaron is forced to confront his growing attraction to Letty’s brother Griffin Merrick. The two men have seen each other at certain clubs throughout the years and there’s an undeniable chemistry between them but Aaron and Griffin aren’t free to be with each other and they don’t want to hurt Letty any more than she’s already been hurt.How convincing were the main characters as a couple? It took a while for me to see that there was more than just lust between Aaron and Griffin and that was a little bit of a problem because Fascinated is a novella and there wasn’t a lot of time to convince me that they were the real deal but Jess Michaels built on an already existing connection between the two men in a convincing way that had me believing in them.Is there a “Scooby Gang” worth mentioning? All the Woodleys and Blackwoods are presumably present since it is a family gathering but it’s really only Jack, Letty, War, and Claire who stand out as supporting characters. There are no new characters introduced since 1.) It’s a novella and needs to focus on Aaron and Griffin and 2.) A new character would present risks and unnecessary conflict to said couple’s growing relationship. I enjoyed the small cast though because it left more time for Aaron and Griffin.How “Lost” did you get in the story? Fascinated was a really quick read for me. Jess Michaels’ style of writing flows easily to me and before I knew it I was done with this novella. I did get caught up in Aaron and Griffin’s story and while it ends on a happy note I couldn’t help feeling a bit sad for these two characters that lived in a time where it meant certain death for them. There would be no grand public declaration for these two; no one would know aside from Letty how much Aaron and Griffin loved each other. I guess all that mattered was that they knew that they loved each other but still, the ending was a little bittersweet.Click It or Skip It? Click It. Especially if you’ve been reading Michaels’ Woodley series and want to see Aaron and Griffin get their own happy ending.

  • Didi
    2019-02-20 02:01

    This novella is a part of The Wicked Woodleys series, and I'll be honest that I dived in the middle of an ongoing series without reading the previous books. That saying, I believe this story could be read as a standalone, though having knowledge of secondary characters from previous books would be a plus. As a first timer to Jess Michaels's works, I wasn't familiar with her style and totally had no idea what to expect. The blurb tempted me though, thus the aforementioned dive. Unfortunately, the story didn't really work for me. While it present appropriate situation on that era when relation between same sex had been punishable, the picturing of both characters just didn't sit well with me. Aaron came over as flimsy and meek to me. His grief and guilt over the unhappiness he had caused Griffin's sister were good excuse for some of that disposition; but I really couldn't find any favorable factors in Aaron's character. At the same time, I thought Griffin was too bull-headed and crass to my liking. His persistence in going after Aaron was admirable, yet sometimes the way he dragoon Aaron into consent was too much. Overall this was just an okay read for me. It's rather difficult to enjoy a story when you just don't like (or love to hate) the characters enough to be swept into their story.Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher viaNetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lori Meehan
    2019-02-21 06:11

    Jess Michaels has done it again and this time with a m/m historical romance. In a time where the laws forbid love between men. They had to hid their feelings from everyone, never having a chance at real love and a sense of togetherness and a forever. Griffin Merrick has always known he was of a different thought and tried desperately to change until the day his sister Letty and soon to be brother in law almost died because of his foolish behavior. Aaron Condit hurt Letty years ago when she was married to her first husband Nolan by hiding the fact the he and Nolan were lovers. Being the loving person Letty is she forgave him and they are now the best of friends. Now Griffin and Aaron are forced to spend time together at Letty's house party. They've danced around each other for years, seeing the other at private clubs and brothals but never talking to one another. Wanting each other from afar has been one of the most painful parts of their relationship but neither will take the chance of hurting Letty again. Until the day they have a passion filled encounter and they realize what they can have together, if only there wasn't so much at stake.

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2019-01-26 05:53

    Well this was interesting. I really do Netgalley should let us know that we are reading books that part of a a series. It would be much better. Nevertheless, you can read this as a standalone. My first book my Jess Michaels, and it was an okay read. I truly do love gay romance regency/historical romance books, and this didn't let me down.It is a backstory that both characters are privy to. I guess it'll be clearer if you read the series, but I was able to follow along without knowing any history between the mc's. Griffin & Aaron have the same predilections for men. Griffin is super reserved, but has been crushing on Aaron for years now. Aaron has built an ice wall around his heart. He's grieving for his lover as well as a friendship that they both have. Well a weekend at Griffin's sister house is one they truly won't be able forget.I did like the buildup of the chemistry between the two. I didn't feel clueless at all. I think the pacing of the story was good. I enjoyed the romance between the two character. I would love to see this author write a mm series and then I can really get a feel for her work. Enjoyed it a lot.

  • Dar
    2019-01-29 05:45

    This was a beautiful read, on a subject not usually touched upon as a main story. These gentlemen have to keep their attraction secret, not just for personal reasons, but the real possibility of legal persecutionThe story and attraction between the characters to true and honest, you feel with them, and they come alive their anguish and joy. In the end, the workaround they need to find their HEA is heartbreaking, as much as it is happy. My first read of an historical M/M , and it was so well done, it won't be my last

  • Rosie Chapel
    2019-02-11 00:44

    As with every Jess Michael's book I have read this one had me fascinated from the first page (see what I did there...)! I loved that Aaron and Griffin got their own story and although quite short, it was written so well and there was enough of a 'will they won't they' that it seemed like a much longer book. I think this is the last in the Wicked Woodley's novels and is a wonderful way to round out the series. This was also my first M/M romance so I wasn't sure what to expect, however, Jess wrote the scenes in such a sensitive way that all I wanted was Aaron and Griffin to realise how perfect they were for each other than. Although their attraction is obvious and they have circled each other for years, it is still a huge risk for either Griffin or Aaron to act on that attraction. They live in era where such relationships can only happen behind very tightly closed doors and, Aaron especially is still reeling from the death of his previous lover. Thrown together at a house party, they can no longer deny their feelings, but even after accepting that their attraction has blossomed into love there is one person they cannot countenance hurting. After coming so close to happiness, it seems their love is doomed. All is not lost, however, and a clever little twist at the end provides a light at the end of a long dark tunnel. No spoilers though - you should read it...it is so worth it!

  • K.
    2019-01-22 23:57

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewReading historical romances is one of my guilty pleasures. I saw the cover and description of this book and I knew I wanted to read it. So I didn't know that this book was part of a m/f series. But one thing that I noticed right away was that there was a sense of world building. Secondary characters that seemed to have a story. I am intrigued about that world and those characters. That being said I wasn't lost when I read Fascinated: The Wicked Woodleys, it's a book you can read as a standalone. I did enjoy reading this book. I loved that it had a sense of the time it was set in, without being too depressing. This is a m/m book, set in a time that m/m relationship is so very illegal. I thought it was a sweet story, with a bit angst and suprise thrown into it.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-22 03:00

    While I haven't read anything else in this series I didn't feel that I needed too. Aaron's lover died over a decade ago and in that decade he hasn't had another relationship, until he see's Griffin. Griffin has seen Aaron from afar at certain clubs, but has never approached him, even though he can admit he is attracted to Aaron. Secrets from the past have a way of taking over and inserting themselves in the present.This was a nice quick read, both Aaron and Griffin had some scars from the past that they were trying to hide, once those came out in the open, things became a bit tense but they were able to over look them pretty quickly.

  • Laura
    2019-02-04 03:59

    When read with the Woodleys series this goes beyond a novella. Jess Michaels completes the wonderful story of Aaron Condit, former lover of Viscount Noah Seagate. Noah and Aaron hid their love behind Noah's marriage to Letty Merrick. Before Noah died Letty and Aaron formed an unlikely friendship. Letty eventually found her happy ending with Jack Blackwood and this novella picks up years later at a house party that includes both Aaron and Letty' s brother, Griffin. This is where the sparks turn to flames. For a full review go to Mommy Reads at Midnight

  • Reader
    2019-01-26 03:49

    I haven't read any of the others in the series, but from the mention of past events, it appears they could be worth reading. I only read Fascinated because it was mm. It was quite short so there wasn't much detail about Aaron and Griffen being really together.

  • Melba Hard
    2019-01-22 02:53

    I have read all the previous books in this series and this one did not disappoint. I thought that this story was well told considering the the period it was set in. How they both tried to avoid their attraction for each other but in the end love conquered all!

  • Patricia Perez
    2019-01-25 03:03

    SweetTwo lost souls who find happily ever after is so touching. I love the was Aaron finally found his soul mate. Can't wait to read more.

  • Cherie
    2019-02-07 02:56

    4.25

  • ConM
    2019-01-28 02:49

    Nice feel good read.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-22 03:09

    ** I was given this book to review by NetGalley and the publisher Victory Editing in return for an honest review- Thank you!! ** Rating: 3.5/5Genre: Erotica/LGBTQIASummary: A small celebration calls together friends and family alike in a weekend of fun, food and festivities. Along with the family invited, there is a friend name Aaron Condit who has a long term attachment to the family that ends up being way more personal than what meets the surface. Siblings Griffin and Letty Merrick must come to terms with the past and face personal identities to acknowledge and accept each other’s happiness. **Spoilers** Characters: It is hard for me to give much input on this book due to it only being 78 pages, but I will highlight what I enjoyed. Aaron was obviously conflicted in his feelings for Griffin and his guilt and loyalty to Letty. His character is strong, for what time was given to him and I actually enjoy him more than the other characters. Griffin, although stated that he was, came off with a more juvenile voice and perspective. Letty was fantastic, loving and amazing. She was able to forgive Aaron’s indiscretions early on in her life, accept his “lifestyle” and then loving welcome his brother into his journey of coming out. Like stated above, this was a very short book, I would almost even call it a novella. It did not let me down on the hot and steamy though! It had a great balance of erotica and love but for me, I need a LOT more background. I love story and world building and wanted so much more time with all of the characters. Yes, I did get some conflict, but I wanted more. I guess that just makes me needy. I will 100% read another book by the author Jess Michaels!

  • Christina
    2019-02-15 06:09

    Such a cute story, the characters/series needed the ending that this provided

  • Brenda
    2019-02-10 23:03

    Publisher's Description:It's been over a decade since Aaron Condit's lover, Viscount Noah Seagate died. While he has had temporary diversions, he hasn't had a real relationship since. But now he's been invited to the home of his best friend, Leticia Blackwood and he'll be faced with deep temptation in the form of her brother, Griffin Merrick.Griffin has seen Aaron at certain clubs for a long time and he cannot deny that he wants the handsome solicitor. But secrets from far in the past and a desire not to hurt someone they both love stand between them. Time spent alone leads to a passionate affair, but only time will tell if they can overcome all that keeps them apart. And if they're willing to risk losing everything in order to find love.My Thoughts:I was unsure about this title due to the nature of the story but I did find it to be a compelling read.Everyone deserves to find love including those that in the time period portrayed broke laws to find it.I found it to my liking that this story was novella length. Some stories need a full length novel but this is not one of them. The main characters have been acquainted for some time therefore their story is an offshoot of the main series.I gave this title 3.75 of 5 stars for characterization and storyline and 4 of 5 flames for heat.I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title to read and review.This in no way affected my opinion of this title.

  • pauliree
    2019-02-09 01:11

    This short read is an MM Regency Coda to an existing MF Romance series the Wicked Woodleys. It can be read as a stand alone (because that's what I did) and although you are aware that there is a bit of history there that you're missing out on, it doesn't make a difference to the story. In fact, after reading the reviews of the previous book in which one of our heroes appears in not a very good light, it might make a difference in how you view the two together. Besides all that, this is a very quick read in which our two heroes Griffin and Aaron are both invited to the same house party by Griffin's sister Letty. They have been skirting around each other at various dens of sin where their unnatural tastes (ie homosexuality) is catered for, so they are very aware of each other's proclivities when they meet up.The sex in this is hot, the wavering annoying, the denouement satisfying. For a short story it fit a lot in but there is the obvious deficiencies of not enough back story, which I think it was relying on the previous books to supply, and the feeling that these two perhaps deserved a novel of their own rather than such a short piece. Still, this was an enjoyable story and well written enough that it might make me go against my preferences and check out the rest of the series. *ARC was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for review*