- Book Title: The Innocent Auction
- Book Series: Standalone
- Author: Victoria Sue
- Publisher: Victoria Sue; 1 edition (December 27, 2015)
- Book Length: 183 pages
- Genre: Historical, Romance, Drama
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: January 13, 2016
I’m putting the last paragraph of the review in the first place spot today. This book was an easy 5 star for me, I finished the book and I sent a message to a fellow blog owner that she has to read this book, I was that confident that I was giving a good recommendation.
This is really my first foray into Regency Romance, I’ve read a couple other books set in the same time period but I think that this is the first that could truly be described as Regency, at least in my mind. The whole atmosphere had my mind travelling back in time, it was so easy to fall head first into this story, the author did such a beautiful job in laying out the story that it flowed seamlessly and it was so entertaining. The reason I stated earlier about this being a true Regency for me is the simple fact that the story felt real, it truly felt like an actual accounting of a story that could have happened 200+ years ago. The author achieved this through Sight, Sound and Smell.
It’s been a long time since I read an author that was able to bring the senses out in my mind the way that this author did. Her descriptions of location and her keen ability to bring sound and smell to the reader through words alone is truly remarkable, it gave this reader a real sense of what living in the early 1800’s was all about.
Through the authors narrative I came to the realization that this time period really was the “Black Ages” for a man who enjoyed the carnal pleasures of another man. It made me so sad to think of the horror that these men had to endure, not just physical and emotional horror if they were caught, but the emotional horror of having to live a life of lie and of hiding. So that is pretty much the dark part of the story and it’s what plays a major part of the story.
The light in all of this is the romance that developed between Deacon and Tom, their love was a thing of beauty and they worked so hard together as a couple to bring about their HEA. An HEA for them at least, in the best possible way considering the time and place of their love story.
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?
Victoria Sue 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.
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