Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Caitlin Ricci
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/13/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction
The Intergalactic Star Pilot Academy has accepted Thierry Leroux into the elite class of sky year 2231. But the academy comes with a hefty price tag, and there’s no way he, a poor Sythe orphan, has the credits the academy requires. Thierry’s brother, Corbin, a high-class companion, suggests Thierry sell his virginity for the cost of tuition. It seems like a ridiculous idea, but it may be Thierry’s only shot, so Thierry asks Corbin to arrange a meeting on the pleasure planet of Wish.
On Wish, Thierry meets Corbin’s boss, Monroe, and they agree to auction off Thierry’s virginity. Thierry is grateful to the masked buyer he knows only as “Dragonfly,” and Dragonfly is gentle, making Thierry’s first time a good memory. When Dragonfly requests to see him again, and pay for the pleasure, Thierry returns to Wish. But in this game, falling in love is dangerous for the heart, and Thierry might not like the man behind the mask.
I had high hopes for To the Highest Bidder. The selling of one’s virginity, set in space, a mysterious buyer – all a recipe for good times. However, I was disappointed with the execution and the outcome.
There were some good bits; Thierry and his brother’s interactions were sweet and I could feel the love there. The brothel on Wish, in fact the whole planet, was intriguing and I would have loved to see more of it.
I liked Thierry’s first interaction with Dragonfly; Theirry’s nervousness, Dragonfly’s mysteriousness both contributed to a sense of anticipation. However, when it came to it, I found the sex to be lackluster. For all that Thierry was supposed to be ultra-responsive due to his species; it just didn’t come through to me. Adding to that, Thierry’s “love” was unbelievable and made the rest of the book feel false, especially the ending. The author did not convince me that Thierry could have fallen in love with Dragonfly or the person Dragonfly turned out to be in the time they actually spent knowing each other. I did not buy the ending at all.
The writing was good and I found no editing mistakes, so that was a plus. I would love to see Corbin find love. I would have loved to see Thierry and Dragonfly have more time together as a couple to justify the love they claim.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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