REVIEW: “TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER” by Caitlin Ricci

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TITLE: To the highest bidder
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Caitlin Ricci
GENRE: Science Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6,99 e-book on Dreamspinner Press Store
LENGHT: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 13th

 

BLURB: 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.

lorraineWhen love takes a grip, nothing matters – age, wealth, size or orientation, it’s all consuming and this book proves that beyond a doubt.
Caitlin Ricci is a new author for me and when I read the blurb, I knew I would have to read it, it fired my imagination!and the cover? beautiful and so perfect for the book. I try not to do spoilers, but it’s so hard with this book as the blurb covers the storyline so well, but I will give you a little insight –
Thierry and his older brother, Corbin, only have each other. Ever since he was small, Thierry dreams of becoming an off-world pilot, it’s only a dream because they could never afford the fees to join the Academy. Corbin works as a aspasian in a club on a pleasure planet for the notorious Monroe. They come up with the plan of selling Thierry’s virginity to the highest bidder – it’s the only way to get to the Academy. Monroe arranges the details.
The highest bidder wears a mask and Thierry has no idea of who he is, the only identifiable mark? a Dragonfly tattoo. From that night on, Thierry refers to him as the Dragonfly. Their night was supposed to be a one-off gig, however, this is a love story…
There was a lot I liked about this book and a few things I didn’t – I thought the author lost a great opportunity when Corbin didn’t talk Thierry through what was to be expected? Corbin works (and is very good at it), in the Pleasure Industry, who better to talk and prepare him? there was times when I wanted to knock Dragonfly and Thierry’s heads together – who was the so-called immature boy here? but there were other things I liked as well – the storyline, the simple way the author explained the sci-fi elements and the secrecy over Dragonfly, yes I guessed who it was, but the waiting to see if I was right… and the way she handled the ending was excellent, as I said, love is love!

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***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***

 

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