Series Round-up: 8392 by Cara Dee

Auctioned (8392, #1)Auctioned by Cara Dee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dark and utterly compelling

I’ve read plenty of dark books in my time and this one is up in the top ten for the sheer attention to detail and focused look at what it’s like to be a victim of human trafficking.

There’s no let up in this story, which links into the wider Camassia Cove books, Cara Dee takes the reader deep into the tortured lives of a group of young gay boys and men, stolen to order for an auction at sea.

It’s horrific and absorbing and the faint echoes of hope and possible romance which lie right at the very bottom of the plot are just enough to stop it being irredeemable.

There’s no way I could say I enjoyed reading this one but I was absolutely absorbed by the narrative.

StrandedStranded by Cara Dee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brutally harsh but unmissable

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 romance territory yet by a long stretch and there were times when reading this that I wanted to either throw my Kindle at the wall or kick something incredibly hard.

There are casualties, there had to be, it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as relatable or real without any loss of life. But when they come, it doesn’t stop the visceral punch to the gut and the feeling of absolute hopelessness.

I hated what happened in this book and that’s a true testament to Cara Dee’s talent that I kept on reading regardless and will now wait with high anticipation for the next book in this series.

I really hope it isn’t a long wait!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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