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A Gentleman's Bidding

The Scarlet Salon, Book 1
Narrated by: Nina Nato
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Jean Wilde (P)2017 Jean Wilde

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Lots of Excitement 😘

This is definitely a historical romance with flair. From beginning to end it delivered a good plot, fun characters and terrific narration. The story's unique storyline kept my attention while the suspenseful undertone added excitement. A winner for Historical Romance enthusiasts.

A Quick Note: This book is recommended for adults. It has mature content in regards to sex and language. 😉

I requested and received a copy of the audiobook at no cost and I'm voluntarily leaving this review . My thanks to the author for this opportunity. 😊

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A wonderful narration of a delightful book

When Emily Price discovers that her family is indebted to a loan shark with no hopes of being able to pay off the debt, she does the only thing she can think of to earn the money...she auctions off her virginity. Knowing that this will ruin her chance at a respectable marriage offer, Emily does what is necessary to keep her family afloat.

James Hughes, heir to a baronetcy, has no interest in attending the auction at London's infamous Scarlet Salon but he accompanies his friend anyway. Little does he know that his life is about to change. From the moment Ms. Price enters the room James knows he must have her. But how long can he keep a woman like that as his mistress without causing a scandal? And how will London society react when it becomes clear that James and Emily's relationship has become more than just an arrangement?

If you're a fan of historical type romances than you will enjoy this book.

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Mostly great

The narration was great. She was able to get multiple voices but I didn’t care much for the voice she used for the heroine. There were some nice sex scenes and the story had moved along nicely in the beginning. The second half was a little painful because of miscommunication and just not talking to each other. Overall it was a good listen.

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An engaging Regency romance with plenty of heat

Audiobook review

This romance might be set in Regency times but it’s written for a modern audience.

Emily and James cross paths at an auction where Emily is planning to give her virginity to the highest bidder in order to use the money to save her family from financial ruin. James is at the club unwillingly but something compels him to offer the highest bid to secure Emily.

Their attraction is obvious and when this once-off encounter leads to Emily becoming James’ mistress. I enjoyed them as a couple and their intimate times were steaming hot.

There are plenty of secondary characters, many of whom feel the need to butt in. I did wonder if our couple would ever make it to the other side as a couple but the book concluded in a satisfying manner

The story is well plotted and the dialogue between characters is excellent.

I enjoyed Nina Nato’s narration. Emotions were conveyed well and I was kept engaged throughout.

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The Green Lady (their's a pun there, too)

From the description you will know we are getting into erotica territory and I must say it is quite tastefully (make all the puns you like!) done, suitable to plot, and well-written. Also, since I enjoyed the AUDIO version, quite well-read by narrator Nina Nato in a light, warm, delightful British accent which also accommodated an Irish brogue and bit of Cockney as needed. But, surprise! There is also an intricate plot involving a bit of detective work and, of course, a romance or two. The only dangling teasers are what will become of the sister and the Salon friend? Oh, and there is an Earl in need of an HEA, too (not a spoiler--this is a Regency and there are plenty of Counts and Earls to go around). Guess that's why this is called "Book #1"?

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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More than meets the eye!!

This audio was way more than I expected from just reading the description. It was a quick listen that I found myself completely immersed in. The characters are well developed and the storyline was well crafted. The Author does a great job of weaving the secondary characters into the main story in such a way that makes you eager for more in the series. There’s also more than just the usual desperate woman who sells her virginity and the dominant man who takes her away usually under duress. While there is an action for Emily’s virginity, her and James build a solid foundation even while keeping their love hidden. The chemistry between the two does not go unnoticed but due to reputation and class difference it is necessary. This leads to twist and turns I didn’t see coming.
Nina Nato is a new narrative to me, she has a voice that I could imagine belonging to the time period and bringing both characters to life. She reflected the determination and strength of Emily’s character. While performing James, she was in complete control and did a great job of harnessing her voice to a lower octave which help to pull off the male character much more fluidly and easier to get lost in. Over all this was a fast, entertaining audio. A great romance with suspense, surprises, friendship, betrayal but mostly love. I would highly recommend it.

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Great historical romance

This is a very entertaining historical romance. It has quite a unique storyline that grabbed my attention from the very beginning. I look forward to more in this series. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Historical Steamy Romance With Twists

I received a copy for an voluntary and honest review.

Emily , her mother and brother are in danger of losing their home and becoming absolutely destitute if Emily doesn’t figure out how to pay off a loan shark and pay off her home. Her step father brought this to their door and has died. Emily is practical and ultimately determines the one thing she has of value is her virginity.
James is a quiet man who has made his fortune in business.,.with a father, mother and sister and brother he dedicated to his family despite his mother wanting him to marry up in society.
Seeing Emily at her auction, dragged there by his friend, he determines he must have her and their relationship blooms.
Family, friends, the norms of the time conspire against them..so are the suspense and some mystery.
Secondary characters and other stories lines keep this interesting and full of interest. There are some steamy scenes and dirty talk but it doesn’t consume the story.
Worth a credit if you like historical romance with steam.
The narrator has a wonderful voice and gives life to each character..actually cared the least for her voice for Emily..sometimes too high pitched and grading.

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Loved this!

Fantastic historical romance listen. Loved James and Emily, their story has plenty of heat and romance and is about doing what makes you happy. Loved the narrator, she did an amazing job of bringing the story to life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Great!!

I loved this story! Well written and fantastic narration. I was hooked on this story from the start and can't wait to check out more in this series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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  • Anniiiiiiiitttttaaaaaa
  • 04-10-18

Historical Romance with great narration

Great narrator choice for this audiobook, I instantly became engaged! This is my first historical romance and I can see the appeal. Normally I read/listen to contemporary Romance, but this one had me enthralled. I came to really feel for Emily and James over the 7 hours. Jean Wilde does a fantastic job of narrating this series and drawing me into the story. It's like a dirty Jane Austen.

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  • Tasha Barefield
  • 01-28-18

Wow this is a seriously hot but romantic story

What made the experience of listening to A Gentleman's Bidding the most enjoyable?

As a reader that loves Pride and Prejudice as well as new adult romances I found this book to be a beautiful blend of both genres. The storyline kept my interest throughout with some great twists and wonderful characters. I love my romance with a bit of angst and this was just the right amount to keep me reading whilst having a temporary tear in my heart for the characters. Emily, the green lady, was a wonderful heroine, strong and clever and beautiful, whilst James was perfectly deep, honourable and passionate. The side characters in this were a great added bonus being very valuable to the storyline whilst also keeping their integrity as having their own stories throughout which I loved! Overall this was an amazing story I will definitely read again and recommend to all.