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Author Name: Victoria Sue
Book: The Innocent Auction
Release Date: December 28, 2015
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?
Page or Words: 61,000 words
Categories: Historical, M/M Romance
Tom was stunning in the candlelight. The servant’s clothes he wore were a hundred times softer than the rough shirt he had taken off him in the stables. Tom’s skin was just as soft, though, the muscles just as firm, and the reaction to Deacon’s touch just as thrilling.
He heard the small moan from Tom’s lips as he pulled the shirt from his trousers, his fingers touching the skin on his abdomen. Tom lifted his arms above his head in silent invitation, and Deacon’s cock swelled in eagerness. Tom let his arms fall as the shirt was thrown aside, and Deacon hurriedly unbuttoned his trousers, as Tom’s fingers went to work on Deacon’s.
Neither of them said a word. It wasn’t just fear that they would be heard, but more an affirmation that while ever they didn’t speak, they were equals, lovers. The sensation of Tom’s teeth as he grazed his collarbone was perfect. Something to be celebrated, not reviled. Surely something that made him feel so complete could never be a sin? For in that one moment, Deacon didn’t have to pretend anymore and he was content.
In moments, Tom had him undressed. “Stay still.”
Deacon groaned as the order went straight to his cock.
Tom’s calloused fingers swept over his shoulders and down his chest. Tom’s nails dug in around his nipples, and Deacon swayed towards him with every pull as if there were invisible strings attached. Tom bent his head, his warm lips drugging Deacon’s movements till they stilled. How could his skin vibrate as if alive, yet his body remain immovable as if cast in stone?
When Tom knelt in front of him, Deacon gasped. “You—” can’t? That was ridiculous, and Deacon bit the words off before they were uttered. His breaths came out in hurried gasps when Tom looked up, blue eyes on fire almost as they smoldered with heat.
Deacon almost couldn’t breathe as Tom wrapped his lips around his cock. His knees wobbled, inspiring Tom to bring two strong hands around to clasp his buttocks, pulling him nearer and making Tom almost seem to swallow him.
Almost immediately, Deacon felt the tingles in his spine. He had to hang on, and he threaded his fingers through Tom’s hair, desperate for some anchor before he exploded. Thrice. He’d had this done three times by whores, but never had he wished to think of something else while it was being done. Tom had his full attention.
“Oh.” Deacon pressed his lips together hard as Tom’s teeth scraped back and his tongue followed the fold on his foreskin, pushing it back slowly. He could nearly feel the come rush from his balls at the same speed as the blood pounding through his veins. Tom must have sensed this, because when Deacon’s back arched, he intensified the suction nearly to the point of pain, his fingers digging in Deacon’s buttocks to keep him close. That sinful tongue and commanding mouth wringing Deacon’s orgasm from him.
Deacon gasped. Eyes blinded by momentous pressure that rose in him and threatened to take over his body. He heard a small satisfied sound from the man on his knees and that was it, the catalyst that sent him over the edge. Deacon shot his pleasure into the warm mouth compelling it thus, and flung his head back, mouth open in a silent cry, his legs supported only by Tom’s hands.
Deacon’s cock jerked a final time just as Tom swallowed around it and let it drop from his lips. His eyes still closed, he felt the pressure from Tom’s hand pushing him backwards towards the bed. One more step, and Deacon hit the bed with the back of his knees, which folded, ably helped by the push of Tom’s hand. Deacon felt the bed dip and a cautious tongue lick at the side of his throat until he moved his head to the side to give the man better access. He vaguely heard a chuckle, and answered it with a tilt of his lips. He had neither the command of his body nor the presence of mind to do any other.
He just needed a minute. Then he would explore the gorgeous body laid beside him and return the favor. Just one minute.
Book – The Innocent Auction
Author – Victoria Sue
Star rating – ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 183
Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – Very easy to read. No mistakes
Would I read it again – Definitely
* I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW *
Let’s start with a confession: I have never read an M/M novel before (though the few short stories I’ve read have peaked my interest in the genre). This was a great start and will make me read more.
I’ll also admit that I really wasn’t sure about the relevance of the title for a while. The “Innocent Auction” which is the impetus of the entire plot, is really only valid for the prologue, though it inspires everything that happens later. Because of that, and how the main story takes place a few years later, I thought the title related only to the fact that without the “Innocent Auction” there would have been no story. By the time I finished the book, I understood everything. It all made sense.
There was only one problem that vaguely limited my enjoyment: due to Historical not being overly familiar to me, I had to rely on my Kindle dictionary a few times, because some of the terms were unfamiliar to me. However, this was only mainly at the beginning of the story, as some of the terms were repeated and I’d learned to understand what they meant.
As for the story, I loved everything about it. There were moments of heartbreak, a real sense of the chemistry between Deacon and Tom. I was, quite honestly, hooked by the story before the end of the Prologue. The beginning of the story intrigued me and already held my interest in Deacon, Beau and Tom’s stories. I felt an immediate connection to all three and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.
In total, reading this book took five hours at the most. Easily engrossing enough to warrant a one-sitting read.
The Historical element to the story was fantastic. There was so much attention to detail. I was a little sceptical about starting the story, as I was worried it might be the fancy, PC, kind of historical story that I would never understand or follow, without having a BA in the History of the time. I expected the whole “Behind Closed Doors” action, but got something else entirely. Thankfully, though the language and laws of the time, the atmosphere, location and proprieties of the time were all adhered to, the story wasn’t written in a way that a modern audience couldn’t follow. And the sex was hot! Not behind the scenes at all. It was sizzling, accurate for the time and still relatable, much like most of the Historical elements.
The detail of how it was to be a gay man in this time is brilliant. And, probably, it’s the most important aspect of this story and the relationship between the two MC’s. The crime of being gay at this time is what creates the push and pull, the hesitancy and the risk that they take in trying to be with one another.
All the way through the novel, I could feel the chemistry between Deacon and Tom, the push and pull of their feelings and the conflict and confusion from them both. There was so much tension between them, as they fought their feelings for each other, and every moment was a “will they, won’t they” dilemma. Through the whole story, I kept wondering how their story would end, because there were so many options, limitations and risks, due to the Historical year and the laws of the time.
I loved that the story was told from two POV’s, both Deacon and Tom. It allowed us to see the real struggle, the real affection and chemistry between them, without losing any of the story.
The characters in this story were incredible. I fell for Deacon and Tom right away, but it didn’t take long for Beau to grab my heart, despite being a secondary character. Though he had a major part in the story, form the background, he was an absolutely beautiful character. The things that he went through broke my heart.
There were secondary characters – Joe, a servant; Jackson, another servant; Red, a childhood friend; and Harriet, the girl Deacon must marry, to save his family home. I loved them all. Red and Jackson were really minor characters, who only popped up to make certain conversations possible. They were there to inspire certain events. Joe was the best character and the most important; he was the one who took care of Deacon and Tom, throughout the entire story. Harriet is the only one I never liked. She eventually grew on me when she was finally honest, at the end of the story.
This was my first Victoria Sue story, but will not by my last. I absolutely love the writing style and the amazing storytelling ability of this author.
Through this fantastic storyline, my interest in the Historical genre has caught aflame and will be explored in much more detail, just as soon as I have the time. And I have Victoria Sue to thank for that.
This story grabbed my heart halfway through the Prologue and didn’t let go until well after I’d finished the last page. The ending was brilliant and perfect. The Epilogue made it even better.
“His legs may have been firmly rooted to the study floor, but his heart had just leaped the stile and was running down the lane.”
“Their love was so forbidden that their very touch could wrap a hangman’s noose around them.”
10 things we didn’t know about you.
- I’m English – but have lived in Florida for the last five years.
- I started writing because of a dare from my husband in November 2013.
- We own an ice-cream shop!
- I used to be a nurse.
- I hate rollercoasters.
- My favorite chocolate is Cadburys.
- I used to own four horses.
- I have three kids.
My favorite singer is Sam Smith.
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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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