Book Review: Bidding on Love

Updated: Jan 23


Bidding on Love is the story of Lily, an Australian woman who’s looking for adventure after a decade of raising her younger brothers, and Diego, an Argentinian-Australian who owns wine bars and is looking for someone (preferably from the same culture) to settle down with.

As you can see, what they want isn’t exactly compatible.

They met at a one-night stand a month ago and come back together when Diego sees Lily at a charity auction, offering her singing skills to the highest bidder… with no bidders at all. Naturally, he bids on her.

While there were parts of the story that I liked, there was also unfortunately some I disliked, mostly about Diego.

Lily was relatable as a character, but she was a little too self-sacrificing and self-pitying for my taste. On the other hand, I did like her determination to live her own life no matter what. She had her wishes and she was going to fulfill her dream. So it was a bit of a mixed bag.

Diego was mostly sweet but also very very thoughtless. He felt very much like the type of man who tries to be a savior figure, which is not something I particularly like.

Honestly, I was a bit put off by the way he bid on her singing at the very beginning and then promptly forgot that she’d put her talents up for auction for a reason. After that, it was all about him. He didn’t set up the showcase he’d promised, instead just taking her to meet his family… and doing it in ways that were a little too assuming of what she would allow. It very much seemed like he felt he’d rescued her even though in some ways he hadn’t.

I’d almost rather he hadn’t bid on her talents at the beginning. He redeemed himself, but I really did not like his self-absorption at that point. Same goes for his trickery to meet up with her again. I prefer honesty.

The love story was believable, especially how neither of them wanted to fall in love but neither of them could help it either. And I was glad Lily didn’t give up her dreams for Diego. Frankly, I’d have been upset if she had and this book would have automatically dropped to a one star. Luckily, she didn’t.

I will also give props for a sexy story with some very nice smut. It was super hot.

Ultimately, I’m waffling between three and four stars, and due to my growing dislike of Diego, it’s getting

Three Stars

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