Title: Stranded (8392, #2) (Auctioned #2)
Author: Cara Dee
Release Date: January 30, 2019
Page Count: 244
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 that could go wrong, would. A mission to save one hometown favorite son was turning into a quest to rescue thirteen traumatized young men against odds so steep, he’d need an oxygen mask to scale them.
Facing new dangers and an uncertain future, Darius keeps Gray close and is soon forced to accept that this has become much more than an assignment. For a man whose reputation was built on being ice-cold under pressure, Darius is beginning to discover how good it feels to burn.
“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?”
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 there is more loss to be had.
I noticed that this is Book 2 of FIVE, so I was bracing for the slow rollout after that. And while this story isn’t easy, it did progress the way I figured it would.
I loved that this installment was told entirely in Darius’s POV, as opposed to Gray’s from Book 1. I loved being inside his head. He’s a badass!
And he is growing quite attached to Gray, though he doesn’t know why.
There’s much more story to come, but I liked this book a lot. The friendship and sensuality that our MCs exude was palpable.
This one does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, though it wasn’t anything that had me throwing my Kindle.
I can’t wait for Book 3!