My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well, that’s how you wrap up a romantic suspense series in style!
Cara Dee can certainly prolong the agonies and I’m still not sure this needed to be a separate book given it follows immediately on from the events of book four Played.
However, having said that, it makes for a powerfully thrilling read, as Gray and the remaining members of the team rush to save them from a final traitorous act.
I have adored this series from the off, despite the heavy subjects and traumatic events it centres itself on.
Both Gray and Darius utterly own my heart, the former for what he goes through, the later for his unwavering convictions that he would find, and rescue, the younger man.
Their love is something both primal and precious, it crosses emotional divides and encompasses a multitude of feelings which all become wrapped up in the idea of not only a future, but of a family.
Jayden and Justin form the beating hearts but it’s Gray and Darius’ devotion to each other which is the blood that runs through all of their actions.
This series has also been brilliant at pulling in characters from Cara’s expanded Camassia Cove and associated connected worlds and I’d really encourage you to read those if you haven’t.
Auctioned focuses on a subject which is, sadly, an altogether more common one than we might like to think of in our modern, 21st century world – that of human trafficking. It’s sickening and difficult to read at times.
But the payoff is so worth it. The villains are given the ending they deserve and the victims are given hope for a new, if different, future.
More than anything, this book shows that life isn’t black and white, it’s built up of shades of grey that sometimes skirt along the edges of what society would think is right and sometimes actions which blow them right out of the water.
Not one thing which occurs in this book made me think no, that shouldn’t be the case. It’s a powerful demonstration of the old adage – live by the sword, die by the sword – and the vengeance wreaked here is 100% justifiable as far as I’m concerned.
A series I will read again, but maybe in a couple of years after the first couple of books’ traumatic effects have faded a bit.
News that there will be at least one more visit with Gray, Darius and their boys in 2022 makes me very happy.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review