Book Review: A Gentleman’s bidding – Jean Widle

Title: A Gentleman’s bidding

Author: Jean Wilde

Release Date:  23.10.17

Star Rating: 4/5 🌟

Blurb:

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-humored, 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

Review:

This was the first book by Jean Wilde I have read, and the first in historical romance! Believe it or not I have a degree in history and am ashamed that I haven’t delved into this genre more!

I didn’t know what to think when I first picked up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised with Emily and James’ characters.

Emily Price is on a mission to solve her family’s financial problems. It’s just her luck that the highest bid for her virginity comes from the very charming and noble James. It isn’t something either of the characters are privy to, and with a social scandal imminent they must decide what they each mean to each other.

Is class and status more important than true love?

I really enjoyed the plot of this story, however the few twists and turns between chapters could have done with better headings as to lead the reader. The swap and change between characters could have done with a chapter sub-title to alert the reader as to whose POV we are reading from, however this wasn’t such a problem and you quickly pick up on what character you’re reading from.

The flow throughout the book works well in keeping with the time frame and historical facts are used throughout. The words that Jean has carefully chosen makes this a true historical read.

Very good read and would recommend if you love a historical romance with a hint of dirty thrown in!

Amazon (UK) Purchase Link:
A Gentleman’s Bidding (The Scarlet Salon Book 1)

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