Auctioned (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Auctioned
Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 28, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 207
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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. Gray was beaten, shattered, and almost defeated by the time his buyer stepped out of the shadows in a swirl of his own cigarette smoke.

He was Gray’s new owner.

Darius Quinn had vowed never again to find himself in a situation like this. His days as a private military contractor were over. No more missions, no more risks, no more personal attachments. Yet, here he was, after weeks of searching, face-to-face with his broken prize.

It was time to get the knucklehead back to his family.

Quick and easy was Darius’s plan.

Then everything went sideways.

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…

Things you need to know before reading this book.

1. There will be 4 more books about Gray and Darius. This makes me quite happy because there is still so much story to tell. It doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, but it does end in the middle of the story. There is (almost) no romance in this book. I expect the healing and the romance to happen in the other books.

2. This book is not for the faint-hearted. Gruesome things do not necessarily always happen to Gray, but they do to the people (boys) around him. I got nauseous several times while reading this book.

3. Even though we know Gray from Power Play, this can be read as a stand-alone. I’m not sure how big a role Abel and Madigan will play in the next book though. Just know that the atmosphere of this book is waaaaaay different than Power Play. Power Play is a pretty light book. This is not.

It’s really hard to rate this book since the story isn’t finished yet. There is no romance yet (although there is a bond formed between Gray and Darius and there is one sex scene, I would not call it a romance, I can’t even call it a friendship yet). It feels unfinished simply because it is. But it made such an impression on me that I can’t give it less than 5 stars.

Gray is a 20 year old hockey player who we met in Power Play as Abel’s best friend. When he is kidnapped one night Gray is not sure what they want with him. He is held captive for several months and moved around a lot.

When he and several other guys are escorted to a ship it is clear they are being sold to the highest bidder.

Gray tries to keep his hope to ever go home alive, but it is so hard after all these months. When he is bought by a man they call Mr. B, Gray loses all hope. That is until Mr. B. introduces himself as Darius as soon as they are alone, and tells him he is hired by his family to get him out of there. Unfortunately they are on a ship in the middle of nowhere…

I wasn’t too sure where this story was going since Gray endured so much, but there was no chance of healing in sight. When I was at 75% it became clear to me that there would be another book. Especially since there is no romance yet. Yes, Gray and Darius become close, but it was a bit of a strange relationship. Darius was a cold man at times, a man who knew what needed to be done to save most of the boys, but not all. He was aware there would be casualties while Gray wasn’t ready to accept that. It made for a bit of a weird dynamic between the two. I’m not even sure I liked Darius to be honest. I do think I can like him, but I’m postponing my opinion until I’ve read the next book.

Gray was amazing and I loved him just as much as I did in Power Play. He was such a strong person, and my heart broke for all he endured.

I loved this, but I think I will love it even more when the other 4 books are out since Gray and Darius have such a long way to go before either one is fine again.

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