Stormi's Review: A Gentleman's Bidding (The Scarlet Salon #1) by Jean Wilde
KINDLE UNLIMITED PUBLISHER: Jean Wilde RELEASED: October 23, 2017 GENRE: HISTORICAL ROMANCE, REGENCY LENGTH: 282 pages FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIBLE
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Miss Emily Price is in desperate need of funds. With her family estate mortgaged and her young brother not yet of age, it falls to her to save her family from financial ruin. What is a lady with no title or connections to do? Auction her virginity at one of London’s most notorious brothels.
Heir to a baronetcy, James Hughes has always been caught between two worlds. His fortune and education help him pass for a member of the ton but his career as an engineer and his family ties stop him from actually becoming one. Quiet and serious-minded, he knows he needs to marry into the peerage for his sake, as well as, his family’s. But when he finds himself by chance at an auction in London’s infamous Scarlet Salon he throws his ambitions to the wind to bed the lovely Miss Price.
It doesn’t take long for Emily to lose her heart to her dry-humoured, generous benefactor. But when their affair goes public in one of the most scandalous newspapers in town, Emily must decide if she must cast her feelings aside and leave James to pursue his societal ambitions, and James must decide if family and duty are worth giving up the chance of love.
Scandal, manipulation and ambition hinder the lovers’ path to happiness. Only they can decide if love is worth fighting for. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
After her stepfather passes and she finds herself and her family in debt, Miss Emily Price finds herself in none other than the Scarlet Salon, a high-end brothel, to barter the only thing she has left, her virginity. While setting up the auction, she learns things she never knew and after she finds herself paired with a man that she is slowly falling for. Scandals arise and soon her and her Mr. Hughes, find themselves at a crossroads. She leaves, and the only question is will they find their way back to each other or will the opinions of society keep them apart? I absolutely loved this story. It was some of the same that you find in a historical romance, but at the same time, it was so different. Emily and James had a crazy romance that just sucks you in. While they are a pair that shouldn't be together, the reader will find themselves rooting for them around every corner. I loved them and the romance they bring. Also, Annabelle and Mr. Turner will bring a smile to any reader. I loved them as well. Overall, this story was a fun and romantic read. I hated to put it down and loved it start to finish. I will say that I can't wait to read the next book in this series. It was left open for a great new story, and I hope to get my hands on it in the near future.