In Auctioned we meet Gray, a young man who has been kidnapped and is scheduled to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, and Darius, who was hired to save him.
AUCTIONED by Cara Dee
Publication Date: June 28, 2018 Genre: Dark MM Romance Source: Author Purchase: Amazon Length: 207 pages Story Rating: 5/5 Romance Rating: 3/5
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.
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 but wrote about it as well.
I’ll start by talking about the cover. It’s amazing, it’s a perfect representation of Grey and the story. However, the number 8392 is seen twice on the cover and while I think I know what the author was getting at, it’s not mentioned in the story. It’s a small issue but focusing on that means I’m not focusing on the horrible things I just read about.
Alright, let’s talk about the book. This was an intense read that had me biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat. That might not seem like a big deal, but I have never been a nail biter and I can only hope it doesn’t become a habit.
This book takes us on a journey into the world of human trafficking. But it shows us a different side of the trade than we’re accustomed to seeing or thinking about. The victims were young, athletic, gay men and this all took place in America. I’ve always sort of assumed living in a first world country provided a sort of protection for those horrors, guess not.
I felt for Gray, no one should ever have to go through what he experienced. The author didn’t shy away from letting us see the bad things that happened to him and the other young men on the boat. While I could have gone my entire life without those images in my head, I think it is important to occasionally remind myself that bad things happen. It’s also so important to remember that men are victims of sexual crimes too. It appreciated the author taking on a subject that is so rarely addressed.
Darius was a mystery to me. I can’t wait to hopefully learn his secrets in the next book. I’m livid that I have to wait for the next book but I can only hope it will be worth it. I’m eager to get to the romantic part of this dark romance and put the darkness behind me, I can’t wait to watch Darius and Gray fall in love.
Overall, Auctioned was a thought-provoking and emotional read. As soon as I read the first page, I was hooked. I read the entire thing in one sitting and was left wanting more. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about the darker side of our society. However, I would also recommend waiting until the next book is out.
In the end, the author kept me on the edge of my seat while writing about quite a taboo subject and handled it respectfully. As much as I hate it, this book deserves 5 stars.