To the Highest Bidder (A Planet Called Wish #1) by Caitlin Ricci ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

ToTheHighestBidderAUDLGTitle: To the Highest Bidder (A Planet Called Wish #1)

Author: Caitlin Ricci

Narrator: Jean Samson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Caitlin Ricci

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 03/30/2016

Length: 05 hours 11 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction

Summary:

A Planet Called Wish: Book One

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.

Story Review:

I liked this relatively cute romance. Thierry was naïve yet so likable and endearing. And Monroe for all his harsh words and actions was just as likable and actually became the character I wanted to know the most about.

The way these men initially got together was easy and adorable even if it was rushed. I got over the fact that this really was a first sex equals true love type story because it became more than that for me when I connected to both men. I mean I could totally see the ending coming a mile away, but I didn’t care because it fit well with the overall storyline and tone. It worked for me.

I was rather annoyed with the angst introduced towards the end. I didn’t like what Monroe or Thierry did because it pushed my personal pet peeve buttons. And for a while I was concerned things would not end how I wanted, but the author brought it all back to a happy place and left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Though still a bit annoyed at how short and rushed the epilogue was.

Even with the bit of annoyance, I liked this book and can’t wait for the next one. I want to know more about Corbin and his outlook on being a sex worker. His viewpoint is not the norm and I like that about him. I would also love to see more Monroe and Thierry and what their future is like.

Narration Review:

This was my first experience with Jean Samson as a narrator and I enjoyed my listening experience. He brought out the best in this story and the characters. Sometimes Corbin felt a bit too laid back but other than that the emotions were well displayed. I will gladly listen to him again.

Links

To the Highest Bidder (A Planet Called Wish #1) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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