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(Auctioned #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  854 ratings  ·  125 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
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
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 5 stars!! Not only does Troy Duran have a sexy AF voice, his performance was on point!

Story - 5+++ stars

Book 2 picks up where book 1 left off, but is told from Darius' POV. That's all I'm going to say. 😊

--------Original Review 28 Jan 2019-------
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 som
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf, arc, read-2019
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 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
Reread to prep for Book 3

"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
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 refu
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.
This book was too over the top for me. I wish the author had stopped at human trafficking... But since there will apparently be 5 books in the series, I guess she just wants to drag it out. Also, nothing really happens in the first half of the book.. So yeah.
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 blub

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
I was so engrossed in book 1 that I didn’t even stop to think it was written solely from Grey’s POV. So when I picked up this one and was automatically In Darius’ head I was blown away. Whereas Auctioned was heartbreaking and hard to read at times, this one definitely brings in the emotional side. But in Darius’ head we see how emotionally and physically exhausting his job has been. The toll it’s taken. And being in his head is exhausting, in the most intriguing way. The way he strategises, he p ...more
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
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. ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emotional, angst, dark
Well... That was emotional!
I knew it would be but damn...


It was less dark than the first one as we witnessed everything these boys had to endured.
No. Now it's the aftermath. The devastating reality of everything that happened to them...

In the first book we had only Gray PoV and in this one we only have Darius's, and let me tell you, I was not prepared.... So intense and tortured and complex and so profoundly good!
We follow them right where the first book ended.
They are free but not saved yet..
5 stars!

What a great continuation of the story!

I loved how the relationship between Darius and Gray evolved and became even stronger after everything that they have been through, especially Gray. The author added another important theme to the equation and even though the book ended with a cliffhanger, it was believable and the most logical outcome. Every other ending would have seemed superficial and unbelievable. PTSD is a serious state of mind that needs time and a lot of patience to be deal
jessica ☾
This was a bit of a let-down after the first installment. The beginning just felt very unnecessary and was super boring to me. I honestly wish the author had just taken the second half of this book and glued it to the end of the first, it wouldn’t felt a lot more cohesive in my opinion. I also think the upcoming third book is kinda pointless, but I’m probably gonna read it anyway because I’m trash.
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
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't as dark as the first one, but it still deals with the issues of going back to your life after traumatic experience. I really loved learning more about Dare and Gray, and of course seeing other boys cope with everything, but.. It really felt like a fill in book. There is so much more to the story and so many unanswered question, but I feel like this book didn't gave much. I still enjoyed it, but I guess that could have been just an addition to the first book. I didn't see a reaso ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author overestimates the reader, she expects us to remember everything that happened in the first instalment of the series like we were reading both books consecutively. She jumps right into the narrative, no transition, no set-up, starts throwing names at the reader, and by the time one figures out what’s going on then one realizes that there really is no plot. Yes, the details about the characters are interesting but they don’t make up for a lack of real storyline
Great continuation of the series. We saw more and more of Darius' internal struggles and possible mental fragility. It was great to see the boys find some semblance of freedom and happiness after the horrors of the last book, but for Darius and Gray it felt like an interim book. I look forward to reading the next one.
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Thank you Not Your Goodreads Elf but Wanted to Add to Your Shelf!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
okay, I need the next book right now, please and thank you

4 stars.
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’
Man one thing really hits home while reading this series. Money makes the world go round.
Yes I care about Gray and I'm glad he got rescued. But the only thing that makes him special is the fact that his step dad had money. Yes he went through shit. But his time on the yacht was fucking paradise compared to the other boys. The other boys went through absolute hell. And they didn't have anyone to rescue or save them from it. Not because their family loved or missed them less. But because they did
Monica Vidal
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-gap
Wow. I completely forgot I read this one. And now I’m sad that I had huge expectations about it but it’s been a month since I read it and I can barely remember it. Sad.

I know I didn’t hate it, but it sort of wasn’t what I was expecting? Maybe it’s the fact that there will be 6 books in the series, I think? So maybe this one dragged a little bit more than I was expecting.

It’s all cool tho. I plan on keep reading the series because I’m hooked now matter what.
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
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