To the Highest Bidder

Caitlin Ricci
To the Highest Bidder
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
July 2015
LGBTQ, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

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.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Aug 24, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
141 people found the following review helpful
TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER is a surprisingly sweet love story.

Set in 2231, Thierry has been accepted into the Intergalactic Star Pilot Academy to achieve his dream of becoming a pilot. Only problem is he and his brother can't afford to send him there.

Thierry's brother works at a high end brothel and suggests that Thierry sells his virginity in order to pay for his pricey tuition. This really didn't come off as weird as it sounds. It was woven into the plot and world building naturally and came off as a logical choice for Thierry.

The person who ends up buying Thierry's virginity asked to remain anonymous and wore a mask. During their first encounter, Thierry noticed that the buyer had a dragonfly tattoo and started to call him Dragonfly. After Thierry and Dragonfly ended their night together, they stayed in touch. They wrote to each other and continued to make arrangements at the brothel. This eventually led to them falling in love.

In the beginning of the story I loved them together. But towards the middle and end, they became somewhat exhausting. There was a lot of bickering between them and I wanted to reach in and just smack 'em. The epilogue definitely saved it for me though. It couldn't have been more perfect.

I really liked this. It was an easy read for being sci-fi. There was enough world building for me to clearly picture everything, but the story mainly focused on the romance. Thierry and Dragonfly is a couple I'd love to read more about.
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