3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Anna Audiobook Audiobook Month Author Provided Book Boss/employee class difference Friends to lovers Gay Historical Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Insta Love m/m Mid level angst Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Regency Time Period Virgin

Audiobook Month: The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue Narrated by Joel Leslie

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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?


Sweet regency story about two men from opposite sides of society.

There was a lot to like about this story, and I really liked the premise of it. Both characters were likable and sympathetic and very sweet. However, I never really felt the chemistry between them or the love. They fell on each other almost instantly and I would have enjoyed that a lot more if there had been some tension building up to it. The same with the love part of the relationship, I never really saw it coming…

However, this was still an almost 4 star read most of the way. The writing flowed easily, it was engaging and kept my interest and I wanted to know what happened next… up until 90% in, where an annoying little subplot reared it’s ugly head, which was completely unnecessary and unbelievable, so it made it drop down to about 3 stars. I also had a hard time accepting Lady Harriet’s proposal, I must say… even if it was what was needed for a happy ending for our two main characters.

Joel Leslie did a very credible job narrating this, but I would still have liked a British accent for the narration, the story takes place in regency London after all and many of the characters are aristocrats.

All in all though, it was well written and easily read and I enjoyed it enough that I would probably pick up the next book in the series.

Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5 stars


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