Book Reviews

The Auction (Scenes from the Underground 2) by Gale Stanley at Evernight Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-June-2015

Book Blurb

Lawrence, aka Lark, worked his way through college by dressing up like Madonna and voguing onstage. After graduation, Lawrence went looking for a real job, and met George. His new lover wanted a straight-acting partner, in business and in bed, so Lawrence gave up drag, and let George run the show.

The love relationship fizzles, but the event planning business thrives. HiJinks books a big job and both men hope it will rain referrals so they can part company. At the last minute, the entertainment bails, and Lark makes a comeback. The drag queen plays out a sexy scene on the dance floor with dinner guest, Oliver Ford. George is fuming, and willing to do anything to get rid of Lark—even if it means putting him up on the block at a slave auction.


Book Review

When one partner suppresses part of the personality of the other because he doesn’t like it or because it makes him uncomfortable, it can only end in disaster. This is the situation Lawrence faces; he loves dressing in drag and becoming Lark, a persona every inch a seductive lady. But George doesn’t “approve”, and Lark gives her up for their partnership’s sake. Now that they are separated and no longer lovers, but still linked to the event planning business they started together, Lawrence thinks it is safe to let Lark come to the surface again. George, however, is too controlling to be happy and the revenge he plans is awful. In a story full of tension, emotional pain for Lawrence/Lark, and a situation that could end in total catastrophe, Lawrence has to learn to trust again, or he’ll never be happy.

Lawrence is a wonderful guy, but he was too trusting when he got together with George. He also suppressed Lark, his beautiful and alluring drag persona, and that was a big mistake. When Lark comes to life again at a party George also attends, George swears revenge and tricks Lawrence into signing a contract for another big event that will net them a lot of money. But there is one problem: Lawrence will end up on the block at a slave auction. And while Lawrence is a sub, being a slave is something entirely different, even if it is only for “play”. Lawrence is scared of giving up control – and who can blame him with George having abused the privilege of being the Dom? Lawrence’s fear of what will happen was palpable, and I was glued to the pages to find out if he’d make it.

Oliver is a man Lark met at the disastrous party, and he loves both Lark and Lawrence. When he gets an invite to a slave auction that he would normally ignore, he has the feeling he needs to be there. The influential (and very corrupt) police chief from book one is running the show, and Oliver wants to keep an eye on him. Oliver is shocked when he sees Lawrence on the block, but decides to win the bid so he can punish him for being so stupid. A few machinations later Oliver has his hands much fuller than he thought, and both he and Lawrence have a few things to learn together.

If you like stories that skirt the edge of cruel BDSM and are full of fear and danger, if two men who are total strangers but need to learn how to trust each other sound interesting, and if you’re looking for a read that is as suspenseful as it is surprisingly sweet and very hot, then you might enjoy this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 46 pages/14580 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-May-2015
Price $2.99 ebook
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