Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Emmy's Review... The Auction by J.R. Gray


Stark is too old to be selling himself, or his services. He’s too set in his ways, too piled in grief, and well…it’s been too long. But when your best friend is a big demanding drag queen, and hosting the event, it’s impossible to say no. It’s one night, he convinces himself, and then he can get back to his reclusive life.

Scotty can handle the club for one night. It’s Christmas Eve after all, and the auction is for charity. If she saw her ex she could deal with it, she hoped and it wasn’t like she had to bid on anyone. But when she comes back from the bar she finds her best friend had other plans, and now she has a date with a mysterious dominant.  

Book: The Auction by J.R. Gray
Series: Down and Dirty
Publication Date: 12/1/16
Published By: OmniLit/All Romance eBooks LLC
Pages: 112 pages
Format:  e-book
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 stars

Many thanks go to the author, who provided a copy of The Auction in exchange for an honest review.  I have long wanted to read this genre from a male’s perspective, and I found the writing refreshingly clear, clean and unfussy.  This author will be going on my auto-buy list.

It’s Christmas, and former Dominant Anderson Stark has been strong armed into participating in a charity auction for the benefit of endangered youth.  In a similar situation, former submissive Abigail Scotty, known as Scotty, is dragged to the auction by her best friend, and soon finds that a night with Stark has been purchased with her auctioneer’s paddle.

Stark and Scotty have both been damaged by the ending of their respective relationships, and the fact that they are a dominant and a submissive is totally immaterial to the fact that they are at the base, two humans looking for acceptance. While Stark lost his partner to forces beyond his control, Scotty’s ex did everything possible to destroy any sense of self esteem and confidence that Scotty possessed.  Scotty has been left unable to return the club, and in fact demonstrated some very PTSD like symptoms revolving around certain aspects of screening, and submission in general.  On Stark’s end of things, he has simply shut down, barricading himself in his home and refusing to re enter the world.  

The two approach each other warily, and are pleasantly surprised to find that they are compatible.  The chemistry between them is electric, and made for a great read.

Stark and Scotty are two of the “realest” characters in this genre that I have read in awhile.  I loved that while you do get to see Stark as a Dom, you also get to see him unsure of himself, and so very human as well.  My only complaint about this book was that I was left wanting more, and that’s more of a compliment, in my book.

Till next time,

About the Author:
When not staying up all night writing, J.R Gray can be found at the gym where it's half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his existence even though it's been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. If Gray wasn't writing…well, that's not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave, insanity or both. The idea of haunting has always appealed to him. J.R. Gray is genderqueer and prefers he/him pronouns.

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