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I’m a pawn, a piece of chattel, a toy--used and forgotten.

When you’re done with me, you can walk away with no regrets. That’s how my husband sees me. I try to be the best wife possible for him. After all, he took me on when no one else would. Now--he’s in debt and owes more money to the loan shark than we can possibly repay.

But, don’t worry, he’s come up with a solutio
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published November 7th 2015
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Promising Blurb, Disappointing Story

After reading the blurb for this story, I thought it sounded right up my alley. I love dark romances/erotica with themes of captivity, coercion, etc. A wife being traded to a hardened criminal for a gambling debt, sounded like just the type of dark and twisted story that I love.

Unfortunately, this story fell flat for me. While the husband is definitely an abusive douche, the "criminal" bookie that agrees to the trade is more like a Good Samaritan. Even his nam
Nikki ღ Navareus

I'm getting so tired of finding a newly released story, reading an awesome blurb for it, seeing multiple 5 star reviews for it, then discovering for myself that I got the Punked version. The story was just not good at all. Traded looked awesome. A wife, who is badly mistreated by her asshole husband, is then traded off to some nefarious loan shark baddie, to pay off asshole husband's debts. Oh the possibilities for this story were endless. I was thinking it would be dark and gritty, maybe (hopef
Nanci **Warning**IWasASailor⚓️MyMouthisDirty
Unfortunately, I did not like this book at all. Omg it dumb, over the top and the plot was not there. Most of it had to do with the fact that I couldn't relate. By 35% I had enough and really just wanted to burn it in the fire in hopes the flames of the book would bring me some sort of dramatic release since this was a huge flop.

I think I spent the rest of the book just doing this
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Here's my rant, I'm too annoyed to keep quite:

The heroine Elena was weak. I have read weak heroines befo
This is the most stupid book I have read and that's saying something.
With the most stupid, brainless, brainwashed heroine. Maybeeeeee comprehensible in 1957. Not in 2017 unless your nickname is Sister Wife!
And the most ridiculous Insta-epiphany over spousal abuse after ONE conversation, O-N-E, with the H's aunt, his formerly abused aunt.

Okay, maybe not THE most stupid, but it's a *10* from the judges.

Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Brooke
4.5 stars

NOTE: This book deals with severe verbal abuse. If you have triggers please consider before clicking.

This is an excellent read. Although in theory the situation is not that realistic the verbal abuse and suffering a the lead female character Elena is gut wrenching and absolutely on point. Elena feels unworthy, ugly and is trying her best to be a good wife. She wants nothing more than to please her husband Dominic. His taunts and the vile things that spew from his m
Nov 27, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
stopped at 45 %...

I'm sorry...but I truly thought this was going to be a dark read. since when is a bookie more interested than saving a woman from a shitty marriage than collecting his money? this read like a prolonged counseling session and less like a dark romance novel.
Kendra Needs
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
TRADED by Rebecca Brooke was just WOW, and has left me speechless, and when the book ended I was no where near ready to say goodbye to to Elena and Ashton, they have captured a small piece of my heart. Rebecca Brooke you made this book very hard not to fall in love with, it will be shelved and put on my reread list for sure.

The story of this book touches on many areas that are hard to think about, domestic abuse and the fact that a husband has so little love for his wife that he trades her for
Eye Candy Bookstore
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a unique read for me that centered around abuse, beware if you are not a fan of reading about abuse.

Elena is a wife, a very obedient, abused wife. She believes she is unworthy of her husband and all she wants to do is please him and make him happy. Dominic is very verbally abusive to Elena; he makes her feel like she is nothing and that she can’t do anything right (according to him). Along with being an abusive loser… he is also a gambler and owes a lot of money to the wrong people… so
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Elena married her high school sweetheart Dominic, she never realized he'd end up being such a hateful man. He is constantly saying hateful and degrading things to her and has caused Elena to think she doesn't deserve better. When Dominic ends up not having the cash he owes the loan shark he's bored money from, he trades Elena for three months. Ashton is astounded that any man would treat his wife that way and only allows the trade to happen in order to teach Elena she's worth more. During t ...more
To be honest, the blurb is quite misleading. You see, when you read the words "I've been traded", your mind immediately goes to the dark side and the potential ways this book can be a love story between a captive and captor. However, traded is quite different. Surprisingly, its main focus is on domestic abuse and it might be a bit "plain" for some readers who are used to dark books but I found this quite an enjoyable read. It was quite clear that the author withheld any information about after E ...more
Louise BookbestiesUK
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 1-star, dreadful, 2016
I have never felt so decieved by a blurb before.....

The blurb promised an exciting story with a cartel.....

What we were given was a pathetic walkover who is taken in by a loving teddy bear!!

Anna Goerlitz
This was a disappointment. Based on the blurb I was expecting a delicious dark romance with some dub-con sex and a bit of a twisted Stockholm syndrome leading to some sort of happy-ish ending. Yum!

Unfortunately, what I got was an incredibly boring fairytale with a ridiculous cinderella plot, vapid characters and a bit of sugar kink.

There’s a feminist saying that a women needs a man, like a fish needs a bicycle. While that may hold true for most women, not so for our heroine, Elena. No, sir! Elen
Aղցela W.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler Ahead This was a really good book that I liked a lot. Elena Tolley's husband Dominic treats her like crap like his own personal slave telling her he is teaching her how to be a good wife and she goes along with it. When Dominic gets in over his head with his loan shark he decides to trade her and yes she goes along with it. Ashton who is hot sexy rich alpha male can't believe someone would treat their wife like Dominic treated Elena and even worse when he told him he could sleep with he ...more
Neringa Neringiukas
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was amazing story of a second chance. Not your traditional one. About a couple after a years of separation. This story was about a second chance to live happy. That no matter what mistakes you did, what paths you choose in the past, you always can find your strength and find your happiness again.

Elena was living these past 5 years in hell. Her husband... I really can't call that place of waste 'a husband'. He treaded her like a trash. Like someone beneath him. Someone you could play with like
CLiK Books
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a dark and at times disturbing story, journeying into the psychology of abuse, but I loved it despite this darkness.
Elena is a house wife who has low self-esteem and cannot see her own worth, mainly because of her verbally abusive husband - Dominic.
Dominic is destructive and impulsive and trades Elena to his loan shark when he can't pay his gambling debt – I guess you could say he sees it as self-preservation.
The loan shark, Ashton may not have the most desirable job but being brought u
Red Cheeks Reads
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Brooke is an author I can always count on to deliver a story I can get lost in and Traded was not only no different it exceeded all her others. Traded is a tale of an abused wife and the man who would become her savior.

Elena has been so broken down by her scumbag husband Dominic that when he gives her up to a bookie he owe she doesn’t question it. This is the life she deserves right? But from the moment Ashton sees her he knows there is more there and even though he is not the kind of ma
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Traded was a unique and crazy story like no story I have read before. Poor Elena is married to her high school sweetheart and their marriage is anything but good. He is verbally and physically abusive. He takes all their money and uses it for his gambling addiction. He is a liar and a cheat, and poor Elena has been brain washed into thinking this is what a marriage is.

All that changes when her husband trades her off to his bookie to try to pay off his debt. Ashton is a blessing is disgu
Evil Mommy
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very Weird Book

Uhm, this book was odd and not in a good way. The writing was basic and at times awkward. It was as like the author Googled "verbal abuse" and copied the dialog from a 1989 psychology training video.
The sex scenes were the same. Insert tab A into slot B, sometimes with "kink".
During the climax of the story, there is no build up of tension whatsoever. It is treated as something so mundane that it is easily skipped over.
Also, nobody refers to Colorado as "off-Broadway" (and forget
Sönïa Dhillion
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
4* Are for Ashton every girl, every daughter deserves a Ashton. I loved this book because I was looking for a plot like this forever. But although it started great eventually the story started going stale.

I'm a hopeless romantic but I also like dark, anguished , passion, deep emotions. That's what I found lacking in this book. Although Ashton helped Elena grow stronger it was all instant-love no passion or emotional ground. Just a rainbow with unicorns flying near the end it got sappy.
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My review will be up when it is my turn on the Blog Tour!
Nov 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is not a dark read. Its a fairy tale, complete w/ a bookie in shining armor. Dnf wen i found this out. Wish the book had followed the blurb-it wouldve been a better story.
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I’m a pawn, a piece of chattel, a toy--used and forgotten.

When you’re done with me, you can walk away with no regrets. That’s how my husband sees me. I try to be the best wife possible for him. After all, he took me on when no one else would. Now--he’s in debt and owes more money to the loan shark than we can possibly repay.

But, don’t worry, he’s come up with a solution, it’s just not
Inishowen Cailín
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
The image on he cover suggests that this is a dark romance and it made me think twice about listening to it as I am not a huge fan of that genre. However, this is not dark at all. It is actually quite sweet and a feel good kind of romance. Ashton has a temper but he is a real sweetheart where Elena is concerned and he doesn't do anything to hurt her. Her husband on the other hand is a complete tosser and a nasty piece of work.
I loved Ashton's family and how they rallied round in support of Elena
J. Grayland
Jan 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
I’m a pawn, a piece of chattel, a toy--used and forgotten. I just couldn't with this one I mean I understand that she was controlled by her husband but she was over the top, and there is no way that a money collector would instantly take in a stranger then devote his time to her, it was just crazy. ...more
Diane Yoz
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really like how Ashton and Elena story came about. Not the norm but definitely a HAE
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an copy of this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Rebecca Brooke's Traded is a story about an abused wife. It's a hard subject to read about, much less write I'm sure. Plus it could possibly be a trigger for some people. I too expected this book form the synopsis to be a dark read but it's really not.

Elena and Dominic dated in high school and college. He was the football star she couldn't believe she's dating. Celebrating their college grad
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Traded is unlike any other book by Rebecca Brooke. This deals with emotional abuse, and a woman who was traded to pay off a debt. I was instantly drawn to this story from the very first pages, and was unable to put this book down. Elena's story isn't easy at times, but it is definitely a story that needs to be told.

Elena is ecstatic when her husband Dominic tells her he is taking out as she never gets to leave the apartment except to go to work. When the night doesn't go how she thought it would
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
3.25 stars to be exact

I liked this book. I did. Any time a broken woman can rise above and triumph, I applaud. However, I wasn't quite sold by this story.

Elena was verbally and emotionally abused by her husband for the entire 5 years of their marriage. How she allowed herself to be convinced by him that she was worthless is neither here nor there because this does happen. How she believed that through it all he really loved her was beside the point. What frustrated me was how fast she got pa
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I was given a copy of this book as gift from Stephanie's Book Reports in exchange for an honest review.

Elena is a woman trapped in a abusive marriage. Her husband, Dominic, is a huge douche bag! Throughout his marriage, he has withheld his affection and brainwashed Elena to the point where she feels useless and unattractive. You know you are in for a bumpy ride when you want to put your foot up Dominic's ass after only reading the first two pages of the book! Ugh! I hated Dominic so much and th
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
This is not the first story I have read about husbands trading their wives or thinking they own their wives and they can be used for whatever they want. It is sick and twisted and definitely a hard read if abuse is a trigger for you. Emotional abuse can sometimes be so much worse than physical. Once your mind is taken over by doubt and the feeling of worthlessness your life is not your own.

Elena believes she is to do everything her husband Dominic says. She is learning to be the perfect wife an
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Rebecca Brooke is the author of the Traded Series, as well as other contemporary and paranormal books. She grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she

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