Monday, August 15, 2016

ARC Review: The Widow's Auction by Sabrina Jeffries

Pub. Date:Aug. 16, 2016
Publisher:Berkley Intermix
Length:84 pages

This was a quick and fun novella from Sabrina Jeffries, so this will be a short and sweet review. Escaping to The Widow's Auction was a perfect way to spend my lunch break today, and it was just the right length to finish in under an hour.

Lady Isobel Lamberton, widow to Viscount Kingsley, was made director of the board of her late husband's charitable organizations, including Lamberton School. In this role she often finds herself facing off against Justin Antony, Lord Warbrooke, who has lofty political aspirations. Dealing with men such as Lord Warbrooke require that Isobel maintain the utmost morality and decorum. But when Isobel and her gal pal start talking about the pleasure (or lack thereof) of the marital bed, Isobel realizes she might have missed something in her marriage, and she allows herself to be talked into entering the annual Widow's Auction where masked merry widows are auctioned for a night of passion. Murphy's Law rules the auction and Isobel is not as anonymous as she would have hoped. Lord Warbrooke decides to teach her a lesson that she will never forget.

I enjoyed both Isobel and Justin's characters. I would have liked to know more about Justin, but I felt like Isobel was developed quite well for such a short story. Even though much of the book revolved around the night following the Widow's Auction, the romance still seemed more sweet than steamy. I recommend this story to anyone interested in a short and sweet jaunt to the past with a little steam thrown in for good measure.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Berkley Intermix via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars / 3 flames.