Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue

Author Name: Victoria Sue
Book Name: The Innocent Auction
Release Date: December 28, 2015


London 1810.

Their love was a death sentence.

Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, was aware of the slums and gin-lanes of London. Just as he was aware of the underground traffic that furnished the brothels and bath houses with human innocents. He was also aware that the so-called justice system would hang the accused without much of an attempt at a defense, unless the unfortunate had deep pockets to pay for it.

He just hadn’t expected to be directly involved in any of it.

It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman's noose.

Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London?

Or will he realize that if he doesn't, death will be a welcome end to the loneliness of the sentence he is already living?

Pages or Words: 61,000 words
Categories: Historical, M/M Romance

Mari's Review:

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, in an attempt to save his cousin Beau, finds himself in an Innocent Auction, where he saves a young boy from a fate worse than death. Five years later, the boy is all grown up and working at Deacon's country house as a stableboy and it isn't until they see each other again and he notices how Tom's eyes linger on him, that he's incapable of staying away, even if being found together is practically a death sentence.

I love historical romances and this was a good one. There were so many things happening in between the blossoming romance, things that showed us the less palatable side of that particular era, like being imprisoned and then practically stoned to death to shame someone that had pissed off the wrong person or the consequences of loving someone of your same gender.

I particularly loved the romance between Deacon and Tom. The chemistry between them was amazing, and they were both sweet and hot together. I have to admit I wasn't too sure we would get a HEA, but Victoria Sue threw in a few twists and turns in the last 30% of the book that made it possible, without going overboard and making it seem improbable.

All in all, a very good read, well-written and enjoyable!

Rating: 4 Stars!!!
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Meet the author:
Has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids' adventure stories, she would go raid her mom's. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She especially loves writing gay romance because as far as she’s concerned the only thing better than one hot guy, is two of them.

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Publisher: Victoria Sue
Cover Artist: Drawn2Designs

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