The Widow's Auction: A Novella

The Widow's Auction: A Novella

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by Sabrina Jeffries
From Sabrina Jeffries—New York Times bestselling author of The Study of Seduction and The Art of Sinning—comes a sumptuous tale of a woman whose affection comes at a price...

Though Isobel Lamberton, the widowed Lady Kingsley, is confounded by her dealings with the obstinate Justin Antony, Lord Warbrooke, his commanding


From Sabrina Jeffries—New York Times bestselling author of The Study of Seduction and The Art of Sinning—comes a sumptuous tale of a woman whose affection comes at a price...

Though Isobel Lamberton, the widowed Lady Kingsley, is confounded by her dealings with the obstinate Justin Antony, Lord Warbrooke, his commanding presence sparks something deep within her. But such romantic thoughts are for naught. For Justin’s political aspirations always come first. And Isobel’s own secret past could damage both of them permanently. 

So when Isobel’s friend talks her into participating in a scandalous auction of masked widows at a gentleman’s club, she reluctantly agrees...and soon begins to relish being an object of desire. But none desire her more than Justin, who recognizes the outspoken Isobel in disguise and sets out to teach her a lesson worth far more than money...

Praise for Sabrina Jeffries:

"Jeffries's talent is clear, and readers will delight in the multidimensional characters, fast-paced plot, and heaps of emotional passion and sensuality."—Publishers Weekly

"With every book, Jeffries grows into an even more accomplished writer."—RT Book Reviews

The Widow’s Auction first appeared in Fantasy

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Meet the Author

Sabrina Jeffries (aka Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas) is the award-winning author of thirty-nine novels, six novellas, and three short stories, including the last book in her Duke's Men series, If the Viscount Falls, and the launch book in her new Sinful Suitors series, The Art of Sinning

After earning her Ph.D. in English Literature from Tulane University, she chose writing over academics, and now her sexy and humorous historical romances routinely land on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. 

With more than 8 million books in print, she never regrets that decision to leave academia to pursue the fantastic world of fiction writing. Sabrina lives in North Carolina with her husband and adult son, who has inspired her to actively champion the cause of autistic children.

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The Widow's Auction: A Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
skelley55 3 months ago
Somehow I just did not connect well with the story. The heroine was too repressed to actually "sell" herself on auction.
Snookie563 5 months ago
This is a quick short read about two people who are on the same charitable board for a boy's school. Lady Kingsley' s (Isobel) late husband started the school while Lord Warbrooke (Justin) was a board member who Isobel thinks is only there to advance some political agenda. They are attracted to each other but Isobel doesn't feel she is a good fit because of her background. Isobel' s friend Phoebe, talks her into participating in the Widow's Auction. She tells her it will let her experience the pleasures of lovemaking the right way without being found out. Lord Warbrooke wants Lord Bradford' s vote for the school project so he allows himself to get dragged to the club. This is where the Auction is taking place. When this blonde widow cones out in the Dias, Justin noticed right away that it was Lady Kingsley. Lord Bradford started to bid on the beauty but Justin out bids him. The lovely "Bella" and Lord Warbrooke spend a wonderful night together where he learns her secret. They both fall in love. Will she understand he wants a wife and not a mistress? Will it matter to him what her background is? Although this was a fast paced story as most short stories are, it was very enjoyable. I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Hfowler 5 months ago
I love Sabrina Jeffries writing and her ability to tell a story. Her characters are strong, her plot lines are delicious and enjoyable, and she has done it again with this short novella. Yes, they fell in love in 24 hours, if that, but the story was so sweet and so romantic it was just a joy to read. I loved Bella's background and Justin's attempts to shock her into revealing that she was the one behind the mask was fun to watch. The scene (promise no spoilers) where she tells him her background, while still wearing the mask thinking it gives her a chance to be her true self and stop "hiding" for once, was awesome! Loved it. Justin's scheme to win her, in the end, was also so romantic and perfect.
-Cail- 5 months ago
This is the first novella I've read in a very long time that didn't make me think the romance was rushed. Our widow, Isobel, Lady Kinsley is on the same board of a school as the handsome, but frustrating Justin, Lord Warbrooke. Her friend convinces her to test the romance waters again by participating in a Widow's Auction in disguise. It's no surprise who buys a night with her! The chemistry is fantastic, and the wrap up is totally believable. I'm impressed with what the author was able to do in such a short story. I recommend this to anyone who wants a compact story that doesn't make you feel like something was missing.
KahlanMercy 5 months ago
Standalone Story When Widow Isobel Lamberton is faced with a life without her husband, she throws herself into his charity work. The board of his children's school is deciding on a course of action for sustaining the school, when Isobel's friend Phoebe pushes Isobel to take a risk. When that risk takes shape into a widow's auction, Isobel is apprehensive. Her winning bidder turns out to be none other than her rival for the school's direction, Lord Warbrooke. Justin knows he must show Isobel the night of her life, or scare her away as fast as he can. If you're interested in a twist on the bachelor auctions so popular today, this is the story for you!
Anonymous 6 months ago
While I know this is a 'fictitious' event I found Jeffries made it work. Both the hero and heroine had believable motivations and were likable, well fleshed out characters. A really enjoyable read. **Thanks so much to the author for an e-copy of this book for review.
TammyS32 6 months ago
A fast paced, fun historical read. Lady Kingsley and Lord Warbrooke clash when it comes to the Lamberton Boys’ School. When her friend suggests she attend the Widow’s Auction she is shocked when Justin buys her company for the evening. Will they find a way to agree? Great historical read. I enjoyed the story as well as the characters. The characters had great chemistry. I really liked it.
DianeD141 6 months ago
What a delightful short quick read. It's like a sweet bit of dessert to be savored and enjoyed. Our widow, Isobel, is heavily involved in her deceased husband's charity effort. One of the board members, Lord Warbrooke, also serves on her committee. They have a difference of opinion on how to do things. Isobel's fellow committee member and best friend convinces her to take part in a Widow's Auction - where widow's are auctioned off for one night of pleasure. Since Isobel had previously a much older man who didn't make an effort to pleasure his wife she agrees to be auctioned to see if she really could enjoy being with a man. Justin shows up at the men's club to attempt to convince another board member to switch to his side - not knowing what was going to take place. When he recognizes Isoobel (hiding beneath a mask) he knows that he must bid for her to save her from the other men. He wins the auction with the idea of protecting her but not planning to make love to her - until they kiss. Then all bets are off and all the fun starts. Can one night of "anonymous sex" lead to love? Will she feel the same way about him once she knows that he knows who she is? Sabrina Jefferies has written a delightful story that is a joy to read. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
JulieD2 6 months ago
A fun short read by Ms. Jeffries. The two leads do charity work but seem has different opinions and tend to irritate each other just because they secretly find them attractive, so they always seem to be fighting against each other's suggestions, not because it's not a good suggestion but just because who said it first. Lady Kingsley is a widow, and after talking to her friend, she convinces her to go to a widows auction to find out what she had been missing in her marriage. Lord Warbrooke had been dragged to club which auctions widows for a night of fun. When he's there though it doesn't take him long to recognize one of the lady's up on the stage even if she's is wearing a mask. He bids high for her.... When she realizes he knows, what will happen? They were getting on so well. I liked this short story, the development of their relationship was very well worked out. A good, fast read.
mscountrylace 6 months ago
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a short, sweet and steamy read, but very well written. It didn't feel rushed at all and draws you in right away. I loved the back story and how unique the story was. Her best friend is very open and a bit blunt that it can shock you at first, but it also adds a bit humor in a way. I flew through it and didn't want it to end. Lady Isobel is such a lovable character. She is strong and knows how to hold her own when it comes to being the board director, but she is also innocent in some ways because of her husband. I loved that she praised her late husband and I think on some level she loved him even though the marriage was lacking in many places. Her back story really explained a lot about her husband who sounded like a very nice guy. Justin was not the kind of man you expect at first. He comes off as a guy that could ruin your reputation and wild man, but then you get to know him and he is the not like that all. He really cares about the charities he is involved in and he would never ruin someone. The whole story was very well developed for a novella. I would have liked to know a bit more about Justin, but he was still well developed. Her best friend is a woman that can shock you in the little time you know her.
zsoccerbrat 6 months ago
I very much enjoyed Ms. Jefffries' novella, The Widow's Auction. It was fast-paced, but not so much that you couldn't keep up. Lady Isobel Lamberton has an idea as to how her late husband wanted their boy's school to be run, however, Lord Justin Antony has an idea as well. Lady Lamberton's hidden past interferes with her ability to objectively look at Lord Antony's plan leaving him battling for votes by other people on the school's board. In doing so, he attends a "Widow's Auction" in time to hear a familiar voice at the auction stand. If Lady Lamberton is willing to risk her reputation with anyone, then Lord Antony plans for it to be with him. But, two can play this game and so it begins. There is something to be said for plots where the eventual lovers know each other previous to seeing each other as potential mates. It helps move the plot along and creates a backstory that cannot normally occur within the page limit allowed for a novella. I always recommend Sabrina Jeffries to people I know enjoy romance novels and this novella only increased the likelihood.
gypsyluna 6 months ago
This was a fast-moving and very-enjoyable novella. Isobel, the widowed Lady Kingley, is at odds with Lord (Justin) Warbrooke most of the time. However, after she is talked into taking part in a widow's auction by a friend, she finds out that her alter-ego, the masked "Bella" catches Justin's eye. Justin actually realizes who she is, but decides to teach her a lesson by seeing how far he can seduce her. Bella is intrigued at what is being offered, yet she struggles with enjoying the moment because of a secret in her past. If her mask is removed and her true identity comes out, she worries that her life will be destroyed. Both of them find themselves caught up in the night, but what happens when morning comes? I highly recommend this book. Fun, sexy and well-written. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved the two main characters- and a tight story line.
tsmb02 6 months ago
Lady Kingsley, Isobel Lamberton, is a young widow at the age of 27 and spends most of her time running her late husbands charities. While at a meeting for the Lamberton Boys' School where the group is trying to decide what to do with the young boys in the school, Justin Antony, the Marquess of Warbrooke is irritating her with the plans he hopes the group will adopt. The banter between these two is great! Isobel gives it as good as she takes it! Isobel's friend, Phoebe, convinces her that she is missing out on some things in her life and gets her to enter the the Widow's Auction. This is an auction where disguised widows place themselves up for a night of debauchery and they earn a portion of the money that was bid on them. Imagine Isobel's surprise when the Marquess of Warbrooke is the highest bidder! She believes he doesn't know who she really is, but of course he does. Justin just wants to "scare" Isobel and show her that signing up for the auction was a bad idea....he doesn't plan to actually do anything with her. What neither of them expected was the electricity that the two of them produced. These two had such chemistry together they sizzled. Both of them had preconceived ideas about the other that were totally wrong. Once they realize this, their happy ending became very clear! This was a fun, sexy quick read. I really enjoyed both of these characters and the story line was really fun!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Was a sweet fun story.