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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  835 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Gray Nolan’s 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 bidder
ebook, 207 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Cara Dee (first published June 25th 2018)
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, dark, m-m
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 tha
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, bu
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, mm-romance
3.5 Stars

"You know how magicians work, right? They distract us with a show over there so we don’t notice what they’re doing right here in front of us. This is our distraction, and it’s 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 isn’t 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 ap
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 sugg
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 in part 2, when the story concludes. 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 t
*~*~*Hyperion & Interabang*~*~*
Jun 14, 2018 marked it as 0-male-male-books-i-own-to-be-read  ·  review of another edition
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 :-)!!
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. 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.
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 Gray’s
Book. It’s definitely not what I expected. And the jury’s still out on the rest of the series. I’m kind of bummed it’s 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 I’ll be reading the next book.
Randi  ❤
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, mm-romance, to-review
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 b ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-grit, erotica, 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 couldn’t 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.
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?

There’s 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 "
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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.

I'm no
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
~5 Stars~
Ok, so I don’t 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 didn’t 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 Gray’s story with Darius, I ju
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
But wait! There’s more!

Holy crap, what a story. It’s 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 c
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 reade
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark, favorite
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 i
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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 Henry’s The Island, fell completely flat here.

The psycho
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars
A few years ago books such as Auctioned were some of my favorite to read, dark takes about abducted souls and their strength to survive. I think what I really enjoyed about them was the ability a human has to overcome and the power of the human spirit. The horrors that transpire in stories like this truly change a reader, once you really experience a story like this it never really leaves you. I haven’t read a book like this for a long time, but I still take away the same thing, life is
Life is a fickle bitch. One day Gray Nolan's biggest worry was balancing his grades and budding college hockey career, and the next day, struggling to survive after being abducted off the street.

At first thought to be a random abduction, Gray soon finds out that he, and others like him, were targeted by a sex trafficking ring to be sold at auction to buyers who have very specific deviant tastes. Tastes that require the auction's location to be so secretive that even those bidding won't know the
Joyfully Jay
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

The subject matter of this book involving sexual trafficking is a difficult one to read about, but author Cara Dee did not take this story into too many overly explicit scenes—at least not for me. You have to accept how Gray was chosen to be abducted and also how Darius came to be his savior. We get quickly caught up with Gray as he is being beaten, starved, and crated as he’s moved to the auction over the course of a few months. We also meet a few other young men
Jul 03, 2018 marked it as dnf
Much hype about nothing.

If you read the summary for this book and felt the need to put on your emotional battle armour you'll probably agree with all high starred reviews this has garnered. I read the summary, smirked and prepared for a feast of delicious darkness that unfortunately never happened. This is 100% "darkness light" that is content to splash around in the shallows and afraid to explore its own depths.

Some might say "But the book doesn't shy away from the harsh reality of the slaves
Monica Vidal
OH MY FUCKING GOD. WHAT A BOOK. WHAT A RIDE. I have read LOTS of dark and twisted books, but this one took it to another level and brought a subject that I haven’t read many books about: human trafficking. It’s BAD. It’s kinda of The Hostel with gay sex. So yeah, if sex slaves and beating, and blood is not your thing, be warned.

Gray is a hockey player/student who is kidnapped and thrown in the middle of an organization that deals with selling ppl as sexual slaves. Darius is the ex-mercenary who
Steph ☀️
***3.5 stars***

I did really enjoy this book and cannot wait for Stranded to come out! The beginning of the story sucked me in, however considering the subject matter, I expected it to be a darker than it was. Please don’t judge me; I will explain. It seemed that every little horrible thing that happened, happened to everyone else but Gray. Now Gray did bring up things that happed to him during his capture, prior to the boat, but it seem to happen all behind the scenes. Other than that, it’s grea
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an emotional storm that holds the reader captive. Cara Dee is a magician with the written word and it is the type of story that will linger long after it ends.

The character development is vivid. Whether it is Gray, Darius or any other person, even the vilest of the human traffickers, Cara Dee delivers with intense character development. The author has built what appears to be a sadly accurate representation of the human trafficking world. Every moment of this book feels sharply real

Wow! What a book! A ride to hell and back.

Can't wait for the follow up!
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