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(Auctioned #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Stranded is the second book in The Auctioned Series. Before you read further, you should read Auctioned.

“You have my word, Gray. I will get you off this island, and I will bring you home.”

It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out job. Nothing Darius Quinn hadn’t done before. But this job had something none of the others did: Gray Nolan.

Like Murphy’s Law advised, anything t
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published January 29th 2019
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

Book 2 of 5.

I didn't realize there were so many books in this series when I read Auctioned but I'm totally into this story.I actually didn't find this one quite so harrowing as book one.That's not to say it's sunshine and roses because it still has a gritty feel to it and things that happened were realistic for the story arc.

One chapter of Gray's story might be over with the demise of the kidnappers but he,the other boys,and Darius still have a long road ahead of them.Cara Dee tackled the boy
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well that was harsh. And, annoyingly for me as I really don't like to wait, the full story still isn't over.

This serial is brilliantly executed, the intense feelings and attention to detail which give the reader insight into what is going on in Gray and Darius' heads is simply stunning.

It's not an easy read, it's not really an enjoyable read either, although the same stirrings of attraction and emotions between the two are given much greater prominence in book two.

But we're still not into romanc
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-2019, top-shelf
Darius and Gray's story is becoming more and more interesting!

In Stranded, Darius and the survivors from Auctioned are trying to build a story that would ensure their safety once they get back to the real world along with as much normalcy as possible. The plan included them spending some time on a deserted island and then making their way back to civilization. Of course there were unexpected elements thrown in their way and not everyone was lucky enough to get off that island...

There were emotio
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Remember the yacht...we pretended we were somewhere else? Just you and me?"
As if Darius could forget. He pressed a kiss to Gray's forehead. "Where do you wanna be?"
"Right here."

Stranded was a difficult read, but not nearly as hard as Book 1. The torture is over, but their story is far from over. The group of boys who've been through hell, and their rescuers, are trying to make their way home.

Other enemies make themselves quickly known, in the middle of drug trafficking in the Caribbean, and
4.5 Stars

Stranded is book 2 in Cara Dee's 8392 series that began with Auctioned. A few things to be aware of are - this book is not a stand alone. There will be 5 books all told before Gray and Darius get their HEA. Also, the story deals with some difficult subjects; human and drug trafficking, surviving severe trauma, and PTSD. It's not an easy read, nor is it meant to be.

Stranded picks up right where Auctioned left off and though Darius has helped some of the boys to escape their captivity, t
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR. Full review to follow soonish...

Remember the yacht...remember...

Darius and Gray along with a dozen or so other terrified but brave young men fighting to stay escape what for them was a ship of horrors...well they made it off of that yacht to an island and they're safe or at least safer and now here in 'Stranded' the second book in a 5 book series that will see us following Darius and Gray on their journey to what I refuse
If you've read book 1 the first thing you need to know is that this one is not as dark.. Cara Dee still doesn't pull her punches in this one, but it's not as horrific as the book 1 was for me.

These must be read in order.. Book 2 picks up exactly where #1 left off. I won't describe the plot because - no spoilers from me.

The boys have so much more to go through. :-( This one is more sad.

PS. I still have the "knucklehead" issue and add "boy" to that. That dynamic doesn't work for me in a romance.
minions celebrating (2)

4.5 stars from me. Sorry readers, this is still a romance-free zone, and certainly NOT a standalone, you must read Auctioned beforehand to get the background to the story; what it is however is GAY FICTION at it's finest, although as with other series I've read recently, romance will definitely be making an appearance sooner or later I suspect [the signs are already there...]. The storyline is obviously still too harrowing at the moment for romance to even be considered [I freely admit to blubb
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The worst part of reading ARC’s for a series is waiting for the next! I really like the way Cara is drawing out this story, following the events with Darius and Gray from start to finish. After defeating the kidnappers, the fight for freedom isn’t completely over. I would have been happy with less death and violence in this volume but getting rescued isn’t any easier than the escape. Cara Dee keeps the tension high with a struggle for survival on an island, waiting to be found andhopefully by
Brown Eyed Girl ~Suzanne~
4.5 stars

Deep breaths....I didn’t read Auctioned until earlier this month so I didn’t have to wait as long for Stranded as others who read the first book last year. Still, I was damn impatient! I read this so fast I feel like I haven’t processed it all yet.

Darius is our voice in this book and I am very happy about that because I wasn’t sure what went through his mind in Auctioned. I am also frustrated (in the best way possible) because I wanted to know more!!

We are going to be getting 3 more bo
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had (not so great) hopes that this follow-up would address the very many issues that downgraded the first instalment while deepening the wholesale plot and adding more layers to the utterly formulaic Gray and Darius. Too bad Mrs Dee, no doubt comforted by the numerous, extravagantly raving reviews of Auctioned on GR and Amazon and other platforms, decided to go on plodding with as little psychological truth and dramatic realism and true grit as she demonstrated in the launching vehicle of this ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-grit, erotica, lgbtq
Wow .. this was intense ! Extremely well written, highlighting the emotions and and trauma that these poor boys / men went through. I didn’t put this down and was desperately urging the bond between Grey & Darius. I could see the conclusion coming like writing on the wall and I’m looking forward to book 3. No doubt further issues will unfold- thank god this is fictional... although sadly, a hint of reality sinks in.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I love the idea of the series and it started strong but this one had so much telling - it mitigated the feelings I had for the other boys completely. The whole thing is human trafficking yet we really never see much of anything other than consensual sorts of sex between the MC's. This had lots and lots of potential. Unlike the previous series where the focus is on the emotions and the aftermath - such that it was ok not to have too many details this one suffered for it. I'm sure some will feel t ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okay, I need the next book right now, please and thank you
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Carol (bookish_notes)
This review is also posted on my blog.

I loved this book more than Auctioned. This is the aftermath of all the horrific things that happened in the first book.

So, the first Cara Dee book I've ever read was Auctioned, and it was quite a book to start out with because it is so intense and emotionally draining. I think it definitely bordered on what would be considered a dark romance, but Darius turned out to be a decent guy. I was, frankly, rather shocked to have read other Cara Dee books since and
Joyfully Jay
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3 stars

This book didn’t turn out so well for me. I read Auctioned and liked it enough to continue on with the series. I have also read other books by Cara Dee and am familiar with her style, but this book was off for me from the start. Even having read Auctioned and with this book picking up where it left off, I still felt like I was coming into a movie that had already started and it never did seem to catch up for me.

The men are stranded on an island, as the title suggest
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m both exasperated and thrilled. I have such a love/hate relationship with this series. I feel like I’ve come to know the characters so well and it’s devastating every time there is a loss. And there are many.

But here I am, still wildly sucked in and broken hearted at having to wait for the next book in the series.

I’m getting antsy for the romance now. There was a bit more in this story now that they’ve returned to the United States, but it’s still not enough... Dammit I need it!

If you haven’
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When is five stars not enough? When Cara releases Stranded.

Auction was a tough read, but Stranded was worse on an epic scale of soul-hurting. If that is not a thing yet it damn well should be.

In the beginning of Stranded they are still on the yacht. Darius and his brother Ryan are getting ready to take the boys to one of the nearby islands and wait for rescue to reach them. But when is anything ever that easy? A surprise find in a closet below deck makes the realize that while they might have g
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
5 Stars

*You have to read Auctioned first* - this is not a standalone, and is not the last book; trust me when I say you will want them all after reading just the first book. Now that I’m two books into this series, the wait on book three is literal torture. These books are so damn good!

Darius and Gray are such complex characters. In book one we got to see the start of the story - how Gray was taken and what happened during the first few months he was held. That book came from Gray’s mind. In thi
Tina Arnold
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew...You have heard the term book hangover right? You are going to have one. This book had all the feels. This is book # 2 in this series and there will be 5 so I did not expect a HEA at the end of this book--what I will tell you is you are not left with an OMG cliffhanger moment that makes you want to throw your Kindle, phone or other device against the wall. Cara is a great writer and I trust her to guide me thru this very emotional story and see me safely thru to the end of book 5. This boo ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't prepared for this book. This book had me riding on the emotional roller coaster at high speeds. I wasn't sure if I was going to survive this book. After surviving their abduction, the terror they were subjected to as well as the trauma,abuse and all around hell, the survivors need to go back to living normal lives. which is not as easy as it seems after all they went through. Cara Dee has this way of writing characters where whatever emotion they experience, you experience it with them, ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Darius and Gray are not yet safe or out of danger as they try to get home. Their friendship is easy as Darius is intent on keeping Gray and the other guys safe. Those poor young men had been through so much and still not yet home free..

"I like you Dare. You're like that grumpy cat. You can't help but smile."

This was a well written, engrossing story that kept me immersed and eager to see what happened next. The great world building painted a picture of exactly what was happening. It was an emotio
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
holy hell lemme tell you.. this was amazing.. the first was this emotional rollercoaster and i innocently thought the 2nd couldnt possibly stomp on my heart.. i was wrong.. it was also a rollercoaster of emotions.. and so many amazing things happening in this story and it made me mad and happy. and i just couldnt figure out how i felt through most of this story haha. but one thing i did know is i was invested and it was amazing! i loved it
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my most awaited and anticipated reads of 2019. And I absolutely loved it! ♥

This is the second book out of the five in the Auctioned series, so you've definitely got to read Auctioned first.

We start off where Auctioned ended, on the ship, getting ready to get off the ship and all. I loved this book, with its angst and always felt this underlying tension, which just made my reading experience better. But, there are small sparks of humour. I loved the dynamic between Ryan and Dari
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing read, I discovered this author just a few days ago and I can't get enough! The writing is amazing, the storyline sucks you. I can't wait to read more!
Aidan Walker
Not...the best

It’s been long enough since I’ve last read one of Dee’s books that I guess I managed to forget some of the idiosyncrasies of her writing style. The names are a big thing - a lot of romance authors in particular are guilty of choosing (I assume) names they think sound cool rather than names that make sense and Dee is an extreme example. There’s hardly a normal name in the lot, and no one has half these names - Gray, Darius, Willow, Madigan?? As an Aidan myself - a special and rare A
Anna Torres
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Roller Coaster of Emotions

Auctioned broke me, I felt all and every kind of emotion there is to fell. It was an eye-opener of sorts for me too, making me aware of what kind of dangers are out here in the world right now. These kinds of atrocities have been going on for a long time, but it has not been until recently that all these details have started surfacing. Darius and Gray are two of the strongest characters I have read, what Gray went through was very difficult, it was life-threatening in
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

I just finished book 2 in the Auctioned series and let me tell you, I need book 3 like right now. How the heck am I going to be able to wait for the next leg of Darius and Gray’s journey?

What I Loved: While Stranded isn’t as dark as Auctioned it was still an intense read. I’m sure many people will feel as if it was easier to stomach since Gray and the others are no longer the possessions of the Traffickers, I, however, found this one harder because I felt more invested in each of the
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