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Gray Nolans biggest problem in life was the torch he carried for his closeted coach. He was just another happy-go-lucky dude, a college student and hockey player, when his ordinary existence was interrupted, and he became a human trafficking statistic.

He and seven other young men were taken aboard a luxurious yacht where they were to be auctioned off to the highest
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2018 (first published June 25th 2018)
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark, m-m, arc
4 Stars.

Strap yourself in,because you're in for one hell of a ride with this book...

I've read a lot of dark books over the years and this one is up there as one of the most disturbing(for me.)

Human trafficking is something we're all too aware of in today's society but what really happens to the victims? We really have no idea about the physical and emotional abuse they go through.Is this an accurate portrayal? I've no idea but in some ways,although it's hard to read,I hope so.What I mean by
I'm going to change my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars, because I can't stop thinking about this book. I can't even find a new book to start because I want to keep reading this one. Classic symptoms of a bookhangover. And that deserves all 5 stars.

Things you need to know before reading this book.

1. This is part 1 of a 2 book story. Update: There will be 4 more books about Gray and Darius. This makes me very happy because there is still so much story to tell.
This doesnt end in a cliffhanger, but
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2018
3.5 Stars

"You know how magicians work, right? They distract us with a show over there so we dont notice what theyre doing right here in front of us. This is our distraction, and its okay to enjoy fucking them over."

Gray was twenty-year-old when he was kidnapped and a few months later he was sold at an auction with seven other guys. But his new owner isnt like others, he has a purpose. But his quick plan became something else and like any other war, there are casualties.

"Lives had been lost,
"Kill me," Gray whispered raggedly. "I don't wanna live anymore."
Not in a universe where this sort of thing happened. The world was a horrible place.


That was...

My rose-colored bubble has burst.

Seriously. I need a dose of unicorns and rainbows and all the happy things I can think of.

This book.

It was amazing and awful, and I wanna talk about it with everyone.

But not everyone will read this. And I get that. In fact, take every trigger warning that ever existed in the romance genre, and
4.5 Stars

There are a few things to note before getting into the meat of this review. First, Auctioned is not a romance. I suspect that will happen more as the story progresses. Second, while I wouldn't call the ending particularly cliffy, the story is most definitely not wrapped up. It does stop at a good point, though. And lastly, if descriptions of torture and human trafficking trigger you, you might want to stay clear. Cara Dee doesn't pull punches here. The story is graphic and there are
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
A Cara Dee book on audio??? ABOUT DANG TIME!!!!

Audio 4.5 Stars

Alex Kydd is new to me. I liked his voice, and he was great with accents. I did, however, have to increase the speed of the audio to 1.25 to really enjoy his performance.

Story 5 Stars!!!

Cara Dee just keeps proving to me why she is a favorite author of mine.

Auctioned is dark. It deals with sex trafficking. Ive read darker, but this was dark enough for me. I appreciate that the story didnt go too much into the sadistic details of
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today...

that's a fact and while this story isn't fact it stems from reality a hard, cold cruel reality that this happens in the world that we exist's a thing people a serious, scary, horrible, violent thing and if violence isn't your thing and by that I mean if it's a trigger for you than as much as this book dug into my heart and soul I'm going to suggest you think long and hard before reading it...actually I'm going to
4 solid stars!

I've read it in one sitting. Really enjoyed the writing! The story is hard to read, and it's not for everyone. You should know before diving in that it's about human trafficking. So if it's a trigger you might want to skip it. It is really hard to stomach especially knowing it's something that is happening right now in the world.

For some reason I expected it to be darker. There were many scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat, but the main characters form a bond in the middle
I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
Just chatted with Cara [who's friggin' AWESOME] and she elaborated on a few questions I had! One of those questions was how many books there'd be in the Auctioned universe and how many would be about Gray and Darius :-D ... the answer to that is: There'll be FIVE books in total and ALL of them will centre around the same guys - i.e. ALL 5 books will be about Gray and Darius [and there WILL be a wonderful HEA at the end] :-D!!

Holy shit, I WANT THIS :-)!!
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

I liked this one more than I thought I would. I was so confused at the sneak peek of Grays book. Its definitely not what I expected. And the jurys still out on the rest of the series. Im kind of bummed its going to be 5 books.

This was a bit brutal to read at times. Not much romance yet. I *am* a bit curious to see where things go though. So for now Ill be reading the next book.
4.5 stars

Are you a fan of Cara Dee's series "Camassia Cove"? It doesn't really matter one way or another, because this book is so different from what we are used to getting from that little fictional town. While the characters are from there and we've met them in previous stories the theme of the book is nothing like we got in the past.

For me, this series of five books, yeah eventually there'll be five in total, reads more as a spin off of the original series rather than as an addition to it.

This was brutal for me to read so I say take extreme caution going into this one. If rape, torture, kidnaping and things make you trigger...then avoid this one.

Overall, Cara Dee is definitely up there as a must read author for me and I very much look forward to the second book in this series because these characters have some healing to do.
***Audio Review ***

Well...I listened to 2 chapters, and have returned it to Audible I'm afraid. IMHO, the narrator was truly awful...just imagine the worst narrator you could possibly imagine with a deep, gravelly voice who actually sounded as though he needed winding up 🤯. No more Alex Kydd for me, and what's really irritating is that I noticed book 2 is being read by a completely different I try that one or not 🤔. Decisions, decisions....oh well, I can always return that one as
I pretty much inhaled this book. I'm not sure how to review it so I'll start by restating what everyone else has said in their review. It is dark.

The plot revolves around human trafficking and the sadistic fucks who sell and buy other people.

I don't read a lot of dark books, but I've read a few. Some are so graphic that I can't get through them. Some are so vague that the darkness is only alluded to, usually in the past. What made this one more readable for me is that it has a combination of
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All I can say right now is just, wow. This book was dark and gritty, and Gray's emotions just about killed me. It was extremely captivating to read, even at parts that were a little uncomfortable to read about. This book was definitely not a romance but I can tell that there is something brewing between Gray and Darius that I can't wait to see more of.
Sawyer  ❤
Where can I even start reviewing this? Anyone who has spent much time on my blog knows I read in a world of unicorns and rainbows. There were no rainbows or unicorns in this book. A part of me wants to give this book one star because it dealt with characters and subjects so horrible even my worst nightmares wouldn't take me to such darkness. The other part of me feels like the author deserves every single star I can possibly give her because she not only let her mind wander to such dark places ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, dark-grit, lgbtq
4.5 stars - such intensity. This was dark and disturbing.. human trafficking is nothing less. This is not for the gentle reader, there are no hearts & flowers or sweet moments, this is just grit all the way through. In saying this, I couldnt put it down and needed to find some light. Needless to say I really want the next book to see what happens to these poor traumatized souls. ...more
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
But wait! Theres more!

Holy crap, what a story. Its often brutal and frightening, horrifying and ultimately thrilling. I could not stop reading because I got emotionally invested in Gray immediately, along with secondary characters. It took a little longer to warm up to Darius, once he was on the scene because he had to be pretty cruel in order to save Gray. I was asked about scenes of non-con; there are suggestive but mostly non-graphic passages making it understood what happens to different
OMG, what a hell of a ride this was . Human trafficking is horrendous. I loved Gray in Power Play. He was sweet and caring with Abel, a bit lost in his finding his happiness. But what he had to endure when he was plucked off the street??? How do you come back from something like that?

Theres no going back to normal...

Loved Darius. Can't imagine what it felt like having to do the things he did for cover-up. *cringes

It'll be interesting to see Darius and Gray's relationship grow in something
I think this book works in blurb theory more than in the actual story.

I was frustrated with the amount of telling in this book. While bad things happen to Gray we're told about it more than live through it with him. For instance, "Call me Bob", the bad guy that is in charge of Gray for months on his way to be auctioned....well, we never meet the guy. Never actually see anything he does to Gray. We just know that Gray was afraid of him because Gray muses about him in his head at times. The
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a story!

Put in one sentence, this is about a human trafficking operation on a huge yacht where young men are sold as slaves and the slaves turn against their owners and take revenge.

Lots and lots of violence and blood

I am a sucker for stories like this. Stories where characters go through hell before any sign of hope is on the horizon.

Sadly, what was an amazing, psychological journey in The Flesh Cartel series Capture and in Lisa Henrys The Island, fell completely flat here.

The psychology
I'm not going to give this book a rating because I feel like it falls on different ratings for different areas. At least for me. While I loved some parts, I hated other parts just as much.

I love how captured I became from the first page. It took me on one hell of a journey. But I hated the fact that human trafficking is a thing and it does exist. And how dark this book is. It's not a romance. At all. Which I'm not the biggest fan off but...I like going outside of my comfort zone at times.

~5 Stars~
Ok, so I dont even know what to say about this book or where to start to describe how great it was. But every single part of this book fascinated me. I loved every minute of it. I ended up reading the entire book straight through without setting it down because I was so pulled in and invested in what these characters were dealing with. I didnt want it to end. And I am devastated that I have to wait for book two to still be written in order to get more of Grays story with Darius, I just
From the book Power Play I had a completely different view of Grey from the one we see here. Theres no lead up to his kidnapping, its where we begin his story. Hes right there going through it. And its both sickening and painful but in this authors hands I found it was handled as tastefully as possible. This is not torture porn. This was both subtle and graphic but at no point did I feel that any moment was being exploited just for shock value. Although it was shocking. This book was riveting ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, dark
This was... Dark.
I love Cara Dee's writing. You enter the story and you can't let it go... This book is no exception!

This is NOT a romance.
This is about some of humanity's worst side. It broke my heart. It made me angry, yet I couldn't put the book down!

This is only Gray's PoV as he got kidnapped, beaten and raped and finally sold to an auction...
His buyer though is not who he seems to be...
I won't go into it more because you have to read it...

Like I said, this is no love story.
But, and this
Deep, disturbing and friggin mind blowing this book was! 🤯 Yes, not the most eloquent description of my feelings but thats what comes to mind.
What those abducted victims went through in this book was horrific! 😭
Unbelievable what sick people we have in this world that actually do that to human beings...
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark and utterly compelling

I've read plenty of dark books in my time and this one is up in the top ten for the sheer attention to detail and focused look at what it's like to be a victim of human trafficking.

There's no let up in this story, which links into the wider Camassia Cove books, Cara Dee takes the reader deep into the tortured lives of a group of young gay boys and men, stolen to order for an auction at sea.

It's horrific and absorbing and the faint echoes of hope and possible romance
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Exploitation, ladies and gentlemen. This byword aptly summarizes Auctioned, a shortish novel which, for a conspicuous serial, has the gall to play coy and disclaim most disingenuously that it does not end on a cliffhanger whereas it actually closes down for no perceptible reason on a very tentative bond between slave and 'owner' at a point in the story where nothing whatsoever is resolved. The same opportunistic lack of scruple applies to the plot and the writing. The former promises dark themes ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for the COURAGE.

Wow. Wow. Wow.
This book.
I bought this months ago. Last night I just picked a book hasardly in my kindle and started it without reading the resume. So I wasnt prepared for this story. I wasnt at all. Im still shocked.
You know, after reading the Flesh Cartel series by Rachel Haimowitz I promised myself I wouldnt read any book of this type. I cant deal with human cruelty. Human trafficking. It always hit me hard in the heart. Im always projecting myself. I have 3 sisters
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