on August 16 2016
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From Sabrina Jeffries—New York Times bestselling author of The Study of Seduction and The Art of Sinning—comes a sumptuous tale of a woman whose affection comes at a price...
Though Isobel Lamberton, the widowed Lady Kingsley, is confounded by her dealings with the obstinate Justin Antony, Lord Warbrooke, his commanding presence sparks something deep within her. But such romantic thoughts are for naught. For Justin’s political aspirations always come first. And Isobel’s own secret past could damage both of them permanently.
So when Isobel’s friend talks her into participating in a scandalous auction of masked widows at a gentleman’s club, she reluctantly agrees...and soon begins to relish being an object of desire. But none desire her more than Justin, who recognizes the outspoken Isobel in disguise and sets out to teach her a lesson worth far more than money...
Praise for Sabrina Jeffries:
"Jeffries's talent is clear, and readers will delight in the multidimensional characters, fast-paced plot, and heaps of emotional passion and sensuality."—Publishers Weekly
"With every book, Jeffries grows into an even more accomplished writer."—RT Book Reviews
The Widow’s Auction first appeared in Fantasy
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Widow’s Auction by Sabrina Jeffries is a short story that definitely packs a punch.
It’s the story of Isobel Lamberton, Lady Kingsley. She was saved from a life in poverty by her now deceased husband. He was a very old fashioned man, and in trying for an heir with her, there was no pleasure to be had for either of them. It was purely a case of ‘wham bam, thank you mam’. Despite her sex life being so unpleasant, Isobel was a faithful wife. Though she did sometimes wonder what sex, good sex, could be like.
Her friend, Phoebe Chambers decides to help Isobel find out. Once a year there is a widow’s auction where widows don masks so they remain anonymous and rich gentlemen bid for them. Some of the proceeds go to charity, the rest go to the widow themselves. The men get one night of passion, the women hopefully enjoy that passion too, plus they end up with some money as well. Phoebe convinces Isobel to take part. Not only does Isobel want to see if it was her fault that sex was so bad with her husband, but she also needs the money she will get from it.
She is on the board of directors for her late husband’s fortune. The board has to decide on how the money should be spent. Isobel wants to set up scholarships for poor children, whereas Justin Antony, the Marquess of Warbrooke thinks that a factory should be built where the children could learn a trade plus earn money to support their families. They are at logger heads in the meeting, and Isobel just wishes she had money of her own to put towards the scholarships, that might prove the turning point in the vote from the rest of the board. She is so angry that Justin is putting a spoke in the wheels of her idea. If she makes enough money from the auction she will be hopefully have the money she needs.
You can imagine her horror then when she decides to go through with the auction, that the man who bids for and wins a night with her is none other than Justin! Surely he doesn’t know that it’s her that he has bid for. A good way for her to make sure he has no inkling is to act like a totally different woman. Not the prim and proper Isobel, but the sultry, sassy Bella. They do spend the night together, not just in bed, but also getting to know each other over a meal. They both find that they like each other a lot, but if Justin doesn’t already know who she is, what will he do when he finds out that Bella is indeed Isobel?
This book was a passionate, sexy read. Isobela had the chance to find out about a proper sexual relationship and of course finds that there was nothing wrong with her, and that sex can be out of this world. The relationship between Isobela and Justin was a pleasure to read about as they found out more and more about each other, albeit with Isobela still hiding behind her mask. Both realise that they had totally underestimated the other, and it makes a big difference to the next board meeting.
If you like your stories, short, sexy and with a fun plot line, you will love this book. I did, and I fully recommend it.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.