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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-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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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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Yes!!!!

Loved it!!! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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  • Ginny
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  • 01-13-18

Lovely story.

A lovely story of love mixed along with suspense! How they met will surprise you but how it ends will keep you smiling. Please note, there are sexual parts in this novel, if you are not a fan of books like this, this is not for you.

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Extremely good

This story is extremely good. It has a lot of romance, some suspense and is very descriptive. I would recommend this story if you enjoy a good historical romance.

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Superb story

I love it when I discover a new author who knows just how to tell a great story with a good balance. This author is Jean Wilde.
Nina Nato is also a new voice to me and she helped bring this book to life with her narration. I particularly liked her rendition of a French-English accent.
About the story: What is a lady to do when she feels compelled to make right the debts left by her stepfather on his death? Why, auction her virginity of course!
That was just the beginning and I sat for a while after listening to that part of the story and tried to figure out what more could possibly be written about.
We know from the promotional advertising on this book that Emily Price, the heroine will meet up with James Hughes and that they would both discover that they enjoyed each other's company, but there is more to this tale!
A growing need to please each other, another potential bride for James, some very good friends, strange acquaintances, a very unusual auction and his pushy mother and of course, all the angst and delight of a blossoming romance.
I loved and enjoyed this audiobook and am very keen to read/listen to more from this author as well as from this narrator. Both are very talented and kept me entertained.
I voluntarily listened to a free audiobook version of is story and the above is my unbiased review.

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Fast and Entertaining Read

When Emily's stepfather passes, it leaves her family in dire financial straights. Rather than lose the family estate and leave her mother and young brother destitute, Emily devises a crazy plan. Auction off her virginity at one of London's brothels, and hope that she can earn enough as a mistress to pay off the estate's massive debt.

On the night of the auction, Emily meets James, a wealthy baronet's son. One glimpse of Emily is all it takes for James to lose his head and bid for the young lady. They work out an arrangement that satisfies them both. Emily finds herself losing her heart to the man who took her virginity. But when society learns of their relationship, James must decide between abiding by society's rules and being with the woman who makes him complete.

I really enjoyed this steamy Regency romance! James and Emily were both likable characters, and there were a few side romances to cheer for too. Emily was a strong woman with limited choices, and did the best with what a woman could in that era. James was the perfect blend of gentleman and rogue. He never pressured her and gave her space when she needed it. There were some well written steamy scenes. Overall it was a fast and entertaining read!

The narration was done well, Nina Nato performed accents and different voices and had the perfect voice for Emily. I requested a copy of the audio, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.