The Auction by Lyn Austin
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary Suspense Romance
Length: 154 pages
In order to conceive a baby Kat goes to a bachelor auction and buys back her ex-husband for a week.
Katherine Blake wants a baby. At thirty-three, she has a home and an antique business that she loves, but she is running out of time. Kat hasn’t had a man in her life that she would even consider fathering her child…except her ex-husband.
Michael Blake is for sale. In support of special-needs children, he offers himself up for one week as a prize at a New Year’s Eve local celebrity bachelor auction. The result? His ex-wife buys him to finish the restoration of the hundred-year-old home they bought shortly after their marriage. Or so he thinks. Katherine does expect the remodeling to be finished, but the rest of her plan is more devious. She doesn’t need him to rekindle the one-of-a-kind love that led to their fairy-tale wedding and he doesn’t have to atone for the mistakes that led to their divorce, but he does have to…well, delivered.
Who doesn’t like a wonderfully written romance. Lyn Austin doesn’t disappoint with her new book, The Auction.
Katherine, aka Kat to all who know her, has a case of, “I let a good thing go” syndrome. To make Kat’s unease worse was the fact that the hunk she’s bidding on is her ex-husband, good lord. I have to laugh because Kat drove me at times to close this book and move on, but I am glad I stuck by her. Kat grew into a wonderful heroine, which was fun and passionate.
Now Michael is an interesting delight, smart, sexy and available, what’s not to like about that.
I have to admit, I find myself on the fence about Michael, and he seems somewhat of a fake at first. When he truly lets you know him, his role in this story gets better. These two had their heads screwed on lopsided. *grins* of course love will do that to you. Can they come to terms before it’s too late?
The secondary characters helped give this book a strong standing. Homer, Kat’s grand dad had me laughing till my sides hurts. I will not spill his secret; you will have to read The Auction to truly see how wonderful he is. The plotline, was enjoyable, you get what you come for. I am going to have to keep an eye out for future works from, Lyn Austin
Lyn Austin surprised me with her book The Auction it read like a sexy contemporary romance but, what I did not expect is a bit of suspense thrown in. In truth I think that is what made this book a 4 rating for me. (in case you are wondering that is a good thing 😉 )
Rated 4 Stilettos by Deb!
Topic: Knowledge or Imagination?
Last night my oldest grandchild graduated from high school. She will be attending the same college I went to in a neighboring state, just far enough away from home that she can have the freedom she is so excited about. She is a beautiful young woman and I can’t believe how fast the time has slipped through my fingers. When she was a child she would come to my home all the time for sleepovers. Now, I see more about her life on Facebook and we live only forty miles away from each other.
Over the years I’ve watched her cheer and interact with her school friends. She seems to be genuinely kind to everyone. And unlike me, she was an honor role student for the last four years. Which made me wonder, if I knew what I know now what I would change in my college years. Would I take it more seriously or less? Is that degree so very important, and at what cost? My grand-daughter, wants to be a veterinarian, so in her case it is necessary, but for a writer I go back to that age old question, What is more important…knowledge or imagination?
As a writing mentor for young writers, they can be taught the fundamentals of a structured story, but what I can’t give them is the gift of imagination. My imagination has got me into plenty of trouble in my life and it’s got me through some pretty hairy situations. I think a writer has to get out there in the part of the world that interests them and live.
The more rich experiences you have when you are younger, the deeper and emotional your writing will be when you are older. How can you write honestly about love if you’re heart hasn’t been broken a few times? You wouldn’t think about writing about driving a boat if you’re never experienced what it feels like to be free, flying across a lake that’s as smooth as glass. You could not describe the sand rushing from under your feet as the tide goes out to the sea once more, or write about a great loss if you’ve never had one.
With life comes knowledge. I’ve turned every tragedy in my life, into a learning experience and that’s why I think my writing is better now than it ever has been. I’ve loved many, lost many, lived all over the world, and experienced so many cultures and diversity. I’ve tried just about everything once, (except skydiving and holding a tarantula,) which I will never do. My experiences have made me the writer I am today. So my advice to writers is get out there and do something fabulous!
When I was in my early twenties I noticed that my grandmother spent her spare time reading romance novels, I asked her why she had chosen the genre. She explained that they allowed her to fall in love with handsome men without pissing grandpa off.
I read my first romance novel that year and have been reading ever since. During my grandmother’s last illness, I read to her and in those months I decided to write romances. I thought if I can help someone escape for a couple of hours from the pain or boredom in their lives, or help them see and feel a world of love and beauty that would be a worthwhile contribution to humanity.
My message in each of my books is hope. Hope that there’s someone just right for each of us. Hope that even in our darkest hour there is light just around the corner. And hope that even if life circumstances keep you from a great relationship, you can dream and love and smile.
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Lyn Austin’s THE AUCTION Blog Tour Schedule
May 27- June 14
5/27- HEA Romances With A Little Kick (guest post & review)
5/28- United by Books (spotlight)
5/29- Riverina Romantics (guest post)
5/30- Romancing the Book (spotlight & review)
5/31- Queen of the Night Reviews (spotlight & review)
6/03- Sassy Book Lovers (spotlight)
6/04- You Gotta Read Reviews (interview)
6/05- Reading Between the Wines (guest post)
6/06- Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews (spotlight)
6/07- Flirting with Romance (interview)
6/10- 3 Partners in Shopping (interview)
6/11- Crazy Four Books (spotlight & review)
6/12- Book Lovin’ Mamas (interview & spotlight)
6/13- Feeling Fictional (spotlight)
6/14- Book Monster Reviews (guest post)