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This is actually the first audiobook we have enjoyed without reading the book first, and it was a great listen! Victoria Sue weaved a heart-aching love story and Joel Leslie adds so much to the story through his poignant narration.
Deacon, viscount Carlisle, lives his life in the upper echelon of society, but knows of the hardships of those less fortune than hm. What he is surprised to find is the underground auction houses, places where humans are bought and sold, and one night when going to pull his cousin our of one such place his find himself drawn to a young man on the auction block. Against his better judgement he purchases the young man, and sets him on a life on his country estate. 5 years later when the death of his father bring Deacon back to the country estate, he find himself meeting a very different person than the young youth he saved; Tom has grown up to be a man.
This book is great – we always like a historical romance, but the idea of the story is what makes it special. How Deacon and Tom have a relationship spanning over a years, but are re-introduced as adults is wonderful. The attraction they feel jumps off the page, and even with the trauma in Tom’s past life he sees Deacon only wants the best for him, even if it isn’t a life together. Life during this period is hard as well, sodomy is against the law, and life is treated as a commodity and The Innocent Auction heart-breaking shows what happens to those accused of the crime.
Victoria Sue creates characters that we fell in love with, that we rooted for and we cried with, but the real gem is the narration by Joel Leslie. Joel brings Deacon and Tom alive, gives voice to their heart-break and lets you fall in love along with them. Sometimes in m/m romance the characters all start to sound the same, but somehow Joel finds a way to keep everyone spate, and consistent through the whole narration.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I'm not usually a fan of historic romance, but this story is a pairing of an author I enjoy immensely and a narrator who can do just about anything with dialect. Therefore, I had to check it out. I'm so glad I did!
I enjoyed the descriptions of time and place, and I feel that I understand more about the classes that existed during this part of history. I was devastated by the side story of Deacon's beloved cousin, and I will never forget that his fate was acceptable during these days - and in too many places, still happens today.
Deacon and Tom were believable characters, and I hurt with and for them as the story progressed. I had no idea how they would be able to be together in the end. Thankfully, the author is brilliant, and she found a way.
I would recommend this book, as well as others by Victoria Sue. The narrator, Joel Leslie, is always a favorite, and he did a wonderful job with the differently-classed characters of both sexes. Overall, this is a beautiful love story in both writing and performance.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
London in the 1800s. If you were gay you could have been hung for lovingly someone of the same sex
Declan was a wealthy man, happy with his life almost.
One night he rush to help his best friend. This is how Declan met Tom (at the innocent Auction) these auctions are against the law. Tom was up for sale.
Years past when Declan returns to his family home, meets up with Tom after five years. So their story begins,Victoria Sue has awesome talent at the written word to make outstanding books. Joel Leslie has a voice that is awe inspiring great with the characters voices. A must listen to book. They get their hea