Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “To the Highest Bidder” as Want to Read:
To the Highest Bidder
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

To the Highest Bidder

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  554 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Ben Searcy's best friend and business partner presents him with a very unusual birthday gift. Becca has bid on and won an auction and she's handing her winnings over to Ben. The highest bidder gets the privilege of sharing lunch with Mitch DeSantis, star of wildly popular television show, Case Files.

Though he's a huge fan of the show and not above entertaining a steamy fan
ebook, 1st Edition, 106 pages
Published December 8th 2008 by Loose Id
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about To the Highest Bidder, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about To the Highest Bidder

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a fast paced and sweet M/M Romance
Kate Steele is one of those authors that I automatically buy whatever book she writes. Ironically, she is one of those authors that are either a hit or miss with me. There is usually no in between with her. Her book, To the Highest Bidder has been released for some time. It’s one of the endless books that I have been pushing aside to read others. I am glad I finally decided to give this one a shot, because I really liked it.

Ben Searcy was more than a little shocked when his best friend and busin
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is another ordinary Joe meets famous celebrity romance but it's definitely one of the better ones. What lifts this one is the chemistry between Ben, a young gay bookstore owner who has been single for 12 months after a bad break up with his cheating ex,and who is now wary of getting into a new relationship and Mitch, a gorgeous, famous TV star who is the lead ( and crush )in one of Bens favourite shows. For Ben's birthday his best friend and business partner, Becca wins him a charity auctio ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vio by: Simsala
3.5 stars
What makes this so good is the attraction that Ben and Mitch have for each other. Yes, their initial first date turns into a disaster, Mitch is a jerk and up himself, proclaiming bullshit at the time. Eventually Mitch comes around and persists in taking Ben out again, spending time together, getting a feel for each other. It made me feel good, its a lovely, sweet story and nicely written.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I first read this one in August 2011 but for some reason didn't remember or review, so I am rereading.

Ben is a bookstore owner and all around nice guy, he's still coming off a bad break-up, so his best friend gives him a lunch date with his favorite TV star as a birthday gift.
Mitch agreed to be 'auctioned' off for a lunch date and the precedes go to a great cause, but he gets news that day that upset him and cause him to be a real ass to Ben during lunch.
It's explained, even if I think he shoul
I couldn't make a connection with either one of the MCs. The first meeting is so bad that Ben walks out on Mitch. Mitch comes to apologize a few days later and they plan a dinner date that turns into a one night stand, at least that's how Ben sees it. Mitch does not feel that way, he goes looking for Ben and all of the sudden they are talking about relationships. Whuuuut?

Something that peeved me. The MCs are so distrustful of each other that they insist on condoms during oral sex, and yet the s
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it

This was my least favourite book by Kate Steele, I am a huge fan of her paranormals but this one was quite forgettable and I doubt I will read it again. It was not horrible but I had a hard time developing feelings for the characters and in the end they remained quite forgettable.

Ben owns a book store and is a fan of a crime show on tv, best friend wins auction to have lunch with lead character and gives it to Ben as a birthday present. Ben is excited and re
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this short novella while waiting for my plane to take off so it was the perfect size and pace for an easy, forgettable but fun story. The characters play on classic archetypes but inject some fresh perspectives to keep the story from being a re-tread of any number of classic themes. The decent writing and crisp prose keeps the story as a cute, entertaining read but light enough that the relationship between the men never really develops any intensity or angst.

The extended summary above g
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
This book caught my attention for two reasons. Firstly because one of the heroes is a famous person and I have a secret soft spot for a character who is famous - hence my love of the "Heaven Sent" books by Jet Mykles as well as the film "Notting Hill". Secondly, I thought the initial premise was a bit different. Our heroes meet when Ben, through a gift from a friend, wins dinner with Mitch, a famous television actor. Now personally, I can't think of a worst gift. I would hate having to meet a st ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it

This book, in a way, reminds me of "Notting Hill" -- and I love that movie so much. Here we have a famous TV star and a bookstore owner as well. I think, for a novella, this one is written wonderfully. I must admit, when Ben meets Mitch for the first time, I want to slap Mitch for being an arrogant prick. But the story flows nicely, explaining Mitch's behavior ... and well, the epilogue in the end is just lovely.
Trisha Harrington
Loved this. Sweet and short. But it had two lovely MC's and I just fell in love with it. The epilogue was even better. Highly recommend this short story. :)
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked Ben, but Mitch? He was an ass. Never really connected with Mitch.
Ben is delighted when his partner presents him with lunch with his favorite TV star for his birthday. Unfortunately, Mitch is seemingly nothing like the character he plays on TV, being such an ass that Ben can't escape their awkward meeting soon enough. When Mitch contacts him to apologize for his behavior, it seems too good to be true. Can it really work between a gay bookstore owner and a supposedly straight TV star?

Ben is an affable character, likable enough that it's no struggle to enjoy his
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Considering I found this on a Cinder-fella shelf, my first comment has to be this book is not cinder-fella at all!
It was okay. There was nothing wrong with it, my two stars are because it was not even a little bit exciting or romantic.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm really going to have to start reading some longer books. I've been in a shortie phase and the stories just aren't ever "whole". I do loved the way this one started out with Mitch being a total d-bag and Ben walking out. Mitch had to work a little bit. Not much, but some. Another sweet love story, no angst, no giant blowups and some lovely sex with my biggest pet peeve. Condoms and thanks. Still a cute read.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
So it's not secret I like a Pretty Woman type story. I love when the normal average everyday person gets someone either rich, famous, or otherwise seemingly out of reach in terms of attainment. This is a shorter story but very satisfying. The relationship does have a build - and an epilogue finishes it off nicely so you don't think "OMG that was so obnoxiously insta-love"! There was def. insta lust - but hey I've had that happen. Enjoyed this one!
Cole Riann
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
The first two thirds of this book were wonderful. The characters had a great chemistry -- that is, until they fell into bed, when the story got pretty boring and their interactions became too sweet with not much substance. I ended up skimming the last short bit of the story.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
I have only given this 4 stars because it was a bit short. It could easily have had a lot more content without challenging the writer's skills too much. There were quite a few points where it could easily have gone off at a tangent for a while.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst-free, sweet
3.5 stars
Elisa Rolle
This is a very nice novella, it's a bit sexy and naughty but mostly it's romantic and sweet. Ben is a bookstore owner (and also for this chosen career I would have found him nice), but he is not the classical library mouse; he is young, 26 years old, pretty and gay. Apparently he has also no problem to find companionship when he wants, but Ben is now looking only for true love. Even if he has had a bad experience in the past, he still believe in love. Ben's lover left him since Ben wasn't willin ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyable romance, lots of fun. Ben is a book store co-owner and his partner and best friend gave him a unique birthday gift; a meal with his favourite tv actor. She is secretly hoping it will work out for him in more than one way, because Ben has been in a funk ever since his lover left him a year ago at Christmas. Ben knows that is unrealistic but hopes he can have a nice lunch with this actor, maybe discuss the show. What neither expects is that the 'date' goes horribly wrong.

Mitch is a tv st
Anna Goerlitz
3,5 stars

Ben is in his late twenties. Gay, single and owns a bookstore with his friend Becca.
Becca bids on and wins a lunch with a popular tv actor, whose show Ben likes. This lunch becomes an early birthday present for Ben.
Becca sees this as a matchmaking opportunity as she has heard rumours that the actor, Mitch, is bi.

At the lunch, however, Mitch quickly disabuses Ben of any such notion as he makes it perfectly clear, that he doesn't date guys.
And really, even if he did, Ben wouldn't be int
Sammy Goode
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Ben, part owner of a book store, is still recovering from a 3 year relationship that left him alone and hurting. His friend Becca bids on a charity auction and lands him a date with TV star Mitch DeSantis. Little does Ben know that the rather surly and rude Mr. DeSantis is hiding a secret of his own...namely the loss of the only man he ever loved after his own 5 year relationship. Now Mitch is attempting to be straight, is drawn inexorably to Ben and Ben is intent on running from the possibility ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, pdf, nook
This is a short, cute story about a guy, Ben, who gets a lunch with a TV star, Mitch, as a birthday present from his best friend and business partner. Becca has won an eBay charity auction and decides this would make an excellent gift. Unfortunately things don't go very well at the lunch and it ends up pretty much a bust from Ben's perspective.

Mitch feels bad about how things turned out and there were some extenuating circumstances that led to his bad behavior at the lunch. He and his publicist
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-contemporary
This was a really cute story and I totally enjoy it.

We have Ben, who owns a bookstore (which I considere a dream come true to every bookworm) and his best friend give him a pre-brithday gift that is a luch date with Mitch DeSantis, the star of Ben's favorite TV show. But when the luch takes place Ben is completly ignore by the snob actor, and he leaves without a last glance.

After some time, Mitch reappear and with a complete change of attitude. And after a dinner, sexy time, and a chase; Ben a
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
The characters and their interaction were very interesting, there's nothing like some good bickering to bring up the sexual tension. The realization that his idol is actually not like in the movies was a nice trait, since this is usually the reality of things. It was intriguing to see this story exploit that aspect of fame.
I really loved it but it was cut much, much too short. The story ended just when it felt like it was starting. We get some time skip as an epilogue to keep us from whining too
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: relationship-m-m, gfy
I love this premise and, after reading several stories in a row where the story didn't live up to the blurb, I was thrilled that this one worked.

The MCs are sweet, even Mitch who is an utter prick to Ben when they first meet. He comes back and apologises and heat happens! The sex is steaming in this, and the boys make a real connection, both emotionally and physically.

This was a funny, sweet, sexy story. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a fun, light read.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I loved it! Beyond being funny and cute it was well written. She gives you full character details, along with well written book details. I think the fact that the MC acted like an ass only added to the story. Who wants perfect characters? The connection between the MC could have been better, I kind of felt like all the talking in the sex took away rather than added a solid connection but I still felt it. I truely loved this book :)
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 00-lgbtq-read
What a cute, quick read!!! Mitch and Ben both were very appealing as MCs...and Becca added a "strong, supportive" best friend...that I feel is a plus in any story!!! The guys had a slightly "rough" beginning...but as they say..."All's well, that end's well"!!! Just went to check, and yes this is my first book by this author!!! I am sure I will be reading more in the future!
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, m-m-romance
The characters were well written and I loved how Mitch was a very rude jerk at first and then he had some serious groveling to do. This definitely gets a happy ending that's worth it. I do wish there had been more depth to their relationship, the story was pretty rushed. A simple but lovely story.
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't think I needed to know all the furniture and fittings in the MCs houses. Discounting that it's not a bad story with enough character information to want to find out what will
happen and what did happen in the past.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Most Likely To Succeed
  • Second Sight
  • Tabloid Star (Tabloid Star, #1)
  • Got Mistletoe?
  • Hunger (Chicken Ranch, #1)
  • Love, Jamie (Love, #1)
  • Joshua's Muse
  • Object of His Desire (Somerville Park, #1)
  • Forbidden Freshman (Campus Cravings, #5)
  • Bring The Heat
  • Self Preservation
Having been an avid reader of romance for years, and being possessed of an overactive imagination, I decided to try my hand at writing. I discovered that, like reading, writing romance has become addictive. Whether writing paranormal, contemporary or science fiction about werewolves, otherworldly creatures or the average Joe, I found the perfect creative outlet.

I enjoy life in a turn-of-the-centur
More about Kate Steele

Romance Deals

  • Wild Kisses (Wildwood, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • A Dangerous Engagement (The Regency Spies of London, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Bad Boys After Dark: Carson (Bad Boys After Dark, #3; Billionaires After Dark #7; Love in Bloom #49)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Trouble in Paradise
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Staying For Good (Most Likely To, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Miss Fortune (Lear Family Trilogy #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Almost Like Love
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Party Girl
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Cross My Heart
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Her Grave Secrets (Rogue River #3)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Married by Monday (The Weekday Brides, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • If I Didn't Know Better (The Callaways #9)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Beauty Queen (Lear Family Trilogy, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Life After Wife (Three Magic Words Trilogy, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Incentive
    $3.99 $1.99
  • It Started With a Kiss (Sequoia Lake, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fiancé by Friday (The Weekday Brides, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Savage Urges (The Phoenix Pack, #5)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Color of Water in July
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Knight Avenged (Circle of Seven, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Taken by Tuesday (The Weekday Brides, #5)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • A Forever Thing (Three Magic Words Trilogy, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Dead in Her Tracks (Rogue Winter, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Flirting with Felicity
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Long, Hot Texas Summer
    $4.49 $1.99
  • You'll Think of Me
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Lily Love
    $1.99 $0.99
  • Forever is the Worst Long Time
    $4.99 $1.99
  • True to the Highlander (Loch Moigh #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit, #1)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • The Dollmaker (The Forgotten Files, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Shameless (White Lies Duet #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Burn for You (Slow Burn, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Be Mine Forever (St. Helena Vineyard, #4)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Playing It Safe
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Sweet Lake (Sweet Lake #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Barefoot Summer
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Smart Girl (The Girl's #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Falling Together
    $10.74 $1.99
  • Warrior's Revenge
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Lily's White Lace
    $4.49 $1.99
  • A Viscount's Proposal (The Regency Spies of London, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fear For Me: A Novel of the Bayou Butcher (For Me, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Hangman (The Forgotten Files #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Stone Walls (True Heroes, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Flashpoint (Troubleshooters, #7)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Break Me (Corrupted Hearts, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Shark (Forgotten Files, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Black and Green (The Ghost Bird, #11)
    $4.99 $1.49
  • The Wager
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Enrage (Eagle Elite )
    $2.99 $1.49
  • Spiral of Need (The Mercury Pack, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Treasured by Thursday (The Weekday Brides, #7)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Infraction (Players Game, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Fated (Dark Protectors, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Material Girl (The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Summer in Napa (St. Helena Vineyard, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Devil's Daughter (Hidden Sins #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fraternize (Players Game, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • P.S. from Paris
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Love, Lucas
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Rules of Regret
    $3.99 $1.99
  • In Shining Whatever (Three Magic Words Trilogy, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • By Your Side
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Follow Me (Corrupted Hearts, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sweet Girl (The Girl's Series Book 2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • The Trouble with Tomboys (Tommy Creek #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • All There Is (Juniper Hills, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Soul and Blade (Blood and Bone, #3)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation #2)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine (Chicago Stars, #3)
    $4.74 $1.99
  • Delta: Redemption (Delta, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Curiosity
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Dealing Double (Heartbreaker, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Mariana
    $16.99 $2.99
  • Spin (Spin, #1)
    $7.74 $0.99
  • On Her Father's Grave (Rogue River #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreakers Chronicles, #1)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Before Goodbye
    $1.99 $0.99
  • Blood and Bone (Blood and Bone, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Hot Shot (Hostile Operations Team, #5)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Way Life Should Be: A Novel
    $11.74 $1.99