Auctioned as a surrogate.
Imprisoned in the palace by The Duchess of the Lake.
Destined to carry the child of a woman she despises.
Violet is trapped in a living death, her name and body no longer her own. She fights to hold on to her identity and sanity, uncertain of the fate of her friends, isolated and at the mercy of the Duchess.
Then she meets another captive- Ash, the handsome, royal companion. Drawn together, Violet and Ash are puppets in the deadly game of court politics, each the others jeopardy- and salvation.
OMG THIS BOOK!!!!!
Okay so this book sucked me in from the beginning. Like seriously I couldn’t put it down!
Violet Lasting is spending one more day as herself. One more day of keeping a hold of her identity before she becomes Lot 197 and thrust into the auction. The auction where people bid to have her.
When Violet is brought by the Duchess of the Lake she knows her life is over. Nothing is her own. She is imprisoned by the Duchess, not allowed to do anything that she wants, not allowed to tell anyone who she is and what her real name is, and chained to the Duchess when she goes out with her. Her body and her life isn’t her own.
Then along comes Ash, brought in to be a Companion to the Duchess niece, Carnelian, who despises Violet with a passion.
When Ash and Violet start getting closer to each other, they know that danger is soon to follow them.
The surrogate isn’t to be looked at and spoke at and falling in love with one is one dangerous thing indeed.
While Violet is trying to keep her relationship with Ash a secret, Lucien, the Queen’s male Lady in Waiting, is offering to free Violet and her best friend, Raven, from the holding facility is pregnant and ultimately dying from it.
With time running out for all of them and Violet’s own attempt at getting pregnant again is looming they know they must act quick.
But things go wrong and suddenly everyone’s life is in danger….
OMG! I already said that earlier and I’m going to say it again because OMG!
This book is everything.
Violet Lasting is the type girl who will not go down without a fight. She doesn’t want to get pregnant, she doesn’t want to use the augeries to make the child grown and she certainly doesn’t want the Duchess of the Lake to get her hands on the child.
Violet is a great friend to Raven and will do anything in her power to keep her safe, even if that means jeopardising Lucien’s plans and saving Raven instead.
Violet’s relationship with Ash was always doomed from the start but that doesn’t stop her from loving him anyway. Both of them are trapped in this lifestyle, neither of which they enjoy, but with each other than can forget all that and imagine the life they should have together. Violet is brilliant and in book two she gets even better! Ash…. le sigh. Ash is a Companion who has been trained from 13 on how to pleasure woman, to seduce them and to know what they want in the bedroom. He is auctioned off to rich families to help prepare their daughters, nieces etc for their marriage day. Ash ends up at the Duchess of the Lakes help to help with her niece, Carnelian. Even though he has to act with her, Ash actually feels sorry for Carnelian and listens to her. In some ways it does look like Ash is in love with her but he convinces Violet that it’s not that. He just feels sorry for her. Ash knows the danger he’ll be in for falling in love with Violet but that doesn’t stop him, she’s worth the risk. Especially if it gives him a short time of happiness before things start changing.
Raven is Violet’s best friend and is a bit sassy at the beginning but throughout the book turns quiet and thin and confused. Something bad is happening with her over at her surrogate’s house and Violet will do anything to save her.
Lucien is the Queens male Lady in Waiting and well… his story (which you read about in book 2) is tragic. It is clear in the beginning of the book though that to be a male Lady in Waiting they do have to castrate. Lucien has a plan to get Violet out of the mansion but Violet has other ideas and it annoys him.
Carnelian is a bit of a bitch but she’s got a reason. So I suppose you could ignore that fact and focus on the why she’s like that. She is in love with Ash and concocts a plan with the Duchess to catch him and Violet together.
Garnet is the Duchess’ son who’s basically an alcoholic and is ignored by people and passed off as an idiot. But there is something there about him and he does surprise you.
All in all this book was amazing. The whole concept of being a surrogate and only having a life like that to please the rich people is different. There isn’t another book like that out there and that’s why I was drawn to it. The blurb sucked me in and I couldn’t wait to start the book. Everything about it from beginning to the end sucks you in and after you’ve finished it you literally just go OMG!
Amy Ewing knows how to write as you can imagine every detail and can imagine the lives these surrogates lead.
Read this book. You really won’t be disappointed!
5 out of 5 stars