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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.
—Auctioned, #1 (Does not end with a cliffhanger.)—
Strap yourself in, because you’re in for one hell of a ride with this book…I’ve read a lot of dark books over the years and this one is up there as one of the most disturbing. (for me)
Human trafficking is something we’re all too aware of in today’s society but what really happens to the victims? We really have no idea about the physical and emotional abuse they go through. Is this an accurate portrayal? I’ve no idea but in some ways, although it’s hard to read, I hope so…What I mean by that is I hope some things here aren’t just included for the shock element…because shocking is most definitely what it is in certain parts.
It seems anything can be ordered/requested and that includes people. When Gray is kidnapped along with other young, gay men his life is never going to be the same again. After months on the road, it seems his final destination is on board a ship where he’s involved in an Auction…His buyer is Darius and Gray soon learns that Darius’s reason for buying him isn’t what he first thought…
I really don’t want to elaborate too much on what happens…it’s best to experience this one not knowing too much, go in with an open mind but, be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted…
It’s brutal, disturbing, and utterly captivating…Don’t expect romance…it couldn’t be, given the theme of the book. However, the Author brilliantly manages to make the connection between Gray and Darius believable as the story progresses.
”It wasn’t sex or freedom or blinding desire, but it was comfort. Gray got what he craved for a moment.”
The story doesn’t end here. I suspect these two have quite the journey ahead of them…Will I be along for the ride? Most definitely!
I recommend this book!
~About the Author~
I’m often stoically silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex. There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly. Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve. Additionally, I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect. Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing. I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and cupcakes, too. But mostly, I just love to write.