much lighter read from Gray.

The Auction - J.R. Gray
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Stark is dragged to the annual charity auction by his best friend, and host, and put up for sale. Scotty is dragged by HER best friend, and finds herself the owner of Stark's services for one evening. Can't be that bad, can it?? Ive read a fair few, but not all of Gray's books and all 4/5 star reads, and they are dark, and male/male books. Here? Male/female and while there is some *history* for want of a better word its not really dark as such. And it's also a good deal lighter in its BDSM element. For me, that's what made this book, how much LIGHTER everything was. A very welcome break between two books billed as DARK, let me tell you. Stark, a Dom, has been almost hiding since HER, since his wife died. And Scotty, a submissive, has been away from the scene since HER, her Domme, who dumped Scotty right there in the club. And this book is all about both of them shedding that history and making a new one. I loved that Stark was NOT the alpha male usually portrayed in BDSM romances and he was NOT totally in control of his reactions and emotions. HE was as damaged by his life as Scotty was by hers. It was amazing watching them push each other and push themselves to get just what they each want, and more importantly, need. Thank you, Mr Gray, for an enjoyable hour or so, just when I needed it. I stayed up late, while ill, to read this and I'm glad I did