Dangerous Barter: A Novella

Rated 3.25/5 based on 8 reviews
Unhappily married for several years, Laura and Michael Brenton decide to obtain a divorce.
The couple meets to sign their divorce papers.
The Brenton's final meeting is tense, emotional and psychologically draining.
And before night's end, the affair turns deadly.

Contains harsh language, adult situations and graphic violence. More

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Words: 9,310
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458179050
About Amanda Lawrence Auverigne

Amanda Lawrence Auverigne writes horror, humor and dark fantasy fiction.

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Review by: Liza Butler on April 27, 2012 :
This short story was GREAT. It's like Romeo and Juliet...almost.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Mary Lavers on April 21, 2012 :

Dangerous Barter is the story of a soon-to-be divorced couple negotiating the signing of their divorce papers. They are in their thirties, have been married for long enough to have monogrammed iron gates on their Gothic-style mansion, bought with the success of the husband's literary career. It's a murderous exchange between characters whose ending can be guessed after only a few paragraphs.

I don't know a lot about Amanda Lawrence Auverigne. I know that she has written many novels and short fiction and that she had a Members Giveaway on LibraryThing.com for her novella Dangerous Barter (which I won). But if I had to guess what Amanda Lawrence Auverigne was like based solely on this story, I would guess that she has never been divorced, is young enough to still think that 30 is ancient, and is very optimistic about how wealthy a successful writer can become. It's not a terrible story, but neither is it terribly original nor authentic.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher/author through the LibraryThing.com Members Giveaway program. I was asked to post an honest review (though not necessarily a favourable one). The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Andrea on April 19, 2012 :
I read this short story/novella in just under an hour. Laura is having a midnight meeting with her soon to be ex-husband Michael at their mansion. She is expecting to get the signed divorce papers from him. I won't tell any more so as not to give away any spoilers.

I always like stories with a twist in them and this one had several twists in it. My only complaint is that it really needed additional editing. There were some places that seemed a little repetitive and too descriptive.

I received this ebook free through LibraryThing member giveaways. NO review was requested in exchange for the book but I still wanted to post my honest review.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Wendy Justice on April 10, 2012 :
The beautiful, but pale Laura Brenton is separated from her handsome and very wealthy husband. Michael writes romance novels, and Laura has lived lavishly on the money while having an affair with a 25-year old man (a little younger or "decades younger" than she is, depending on who is telling the story). Laura meets with Michael to collect his signed copies of their divorce papers, while plotting to have the entire estate all to herself. Michael, however, comes to the meeting with a rose, some champagne and the desire that they reconcile - though he remembers to bring along a little “insurance” just in case that doesn't happen. When any chance at reconciliation fails, both Laura and Michael are determined to come out of the relationship as the winner-takes-all.

What I liked about this book:
1) It had a nice cover;
2) It was short - it took about an hour to read, and I was happy not to have wasted any more of my time;
3) I learned how to work many of the features on my new Kindle as I made notes and highlights of all the typos, grammatical errors and editing mistakes - an impressive number given that the book was so short.

What I didn't like:
1) Sentences flowed poorly. "Laura took a few steps back and stopped in front of the looking glass. Laura turned around and she moved closer to the mirror while gazing at her reflection in the looking glass." As she examines herself, she notices a few lines around her eyes, which upsets her greatly. She then looks "at her pale nearly flawless yet pretty complexion with a smile." She "tosses back her hair" - not once but three times in two pages.

2) Commas are missing, typos abound ("No. Not not yet," Michael says at one point. Later, Laura says "It will all be mine off course.")

3) Word usage is downright strange in places. For example: "She closed her eyes and shook her head before taking a deep breath and opening her orbs" and "the young woman collapsed to the floor atop her spine."

4) Bad writing, no editing. She tells Michael "And I'm not your wife," but nine sentences later, she says "I am your real wife..." Michael is called "the handsome man" again and again through the book - we get it, ok? Michael "focused his sight on the large black door that lay embedded in the wall a few yards away from him." (aren't doors generally embedded in walls?) Michael always "snatches" the pen, usually while "gazing" at the rose. The writing style, overall, was immature and sloppy. Someone fell "with an audible crash." A "tiny vial" shatters into "thousands of tiny fragments" (must have been very tiny...)

5) Even if grammar and bad writing don't bother you, the lack of character development and any pretense of depth to the story should be enough to deter you from purchasing this book. The author gives us no reason at all to identify with either Laura or Michael, and the suspense is so poorly developed that it evokes nothing in the reader. Without writing a spoiler, I'll just say that the ending is totally unrealistic and unnecessarily gruesome.

Don't waste your time with this one.

I was given this book in exchange for writing a fair and honest review.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on April 06, 2012 :
Review:Dangerous Barter by Amanda Lawrence
Its a short story. The part of scary story is that things like it are in the news all the time now.
The characters are sad, angry & bitter.
The couple Laura and Michael are meeting at thier mansion at midnight to sign the divorce papers.
Laura is angry and plans how she will sell everything.
Michael does not want a divorce he thinks they can work it out.
you add hard drinks to the equation and its not good.
05/26/2011 pub.
I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review from librarything.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Kathy Hillamn on April 02, 2012 :
Michael and Laura are in the process of getting a divorce. The lengths the two go to get what they want is a little disturbing. This was interesting and entertaining.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Liza Butler on March 31, 2012 :
This was a great short story. It was like Romeo and Juliet...sort of.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jacquie Talento on March 31, 2012 :
What would you do for freedom and money? Laura Brenton is going to her home for the finality of a divorce from Michael. She has met Trevor a model and is ready to take the next step with him. Michael is a writer and isn’t ready to give up on his marriage. But will he have a choice? What does the thought of having money do to someone? Or better yet, what would you do to keep the one you love? This was a short story by Ms. Auverigne. It was a nice quick read and I wouldn’t mind reading more of her work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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