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The Auction

Narrated by: Cressida Wolf
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (356 ratings)
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Naked, bound and in chains, at the mercy of the man who purchased her - body and soul - for the next 30 days. Carly Abrams, at a financial dead-end, has gathered her courage, exaggerated her experience and signed on as a submissive sex slave at an exclusive BDSM auction house.

Adam Wise is gorgeous, filthy rich, sexually dominant and used to getting exactly what he wants. He has a fully-equipped dungeon and water bondage chamber in his home, all of it waiting for the woman who will submit to his darkest sadistic fantasies. With no interest in the emotional complications of romance, bidding on a highly trained sex slave strikes him as the perfect solution.

From the moment they sign the contract, Adam subjects Carly to sexual torture and BDSM scenes that push every boundary - physical, mental and emotional - leaving her at once terrified and longing for more. Neither counts on the emotional impact and deep sense of connection such a relationship entails, even if Carly is just a sub for hire. Each day takes the pair deeper into a dark and sensual journey.

In the struggle of wills and the tangling of hearts that ensues, both Adam and Carly must find the strength to face their secret fears and the courage to seize that most elusive and dangerous of dreams - love.

©2012 Romance Unbound Publishing (P)2013 Mars Audio Books

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A cute story with some hot BDSM scenes!

A girl with nowhere else to go, she auctions herself off as a BDSM slave. However, she just doesn't know what she has gotten herself into!

A man who has sworn off any kind of relationship due to a hurtful past, bids in this auction thinking there will not be feelings involved.

Neither of them prepared for what lies ahead!

Overall, this was a sweet story but lacked the emotion that could have made it great.

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Underdeveloped story and characters

It didn't make any sense for the characters to make life altering decisions without any development of angst or internal struggle. It didn't make any sense for a full time submissive to act so out of character ( the secondary submissive in the story )and it never made sense that the lack of bdsm experience wasn't addressed. Actually the lack of experience was commented on several times briefly, each depicting frankly a different level of experience. This was just another sign of poor storyline construction. It was just a story idea that's been done a hundred times and in this case done poorly. The author has written other books that were truly exceptional, so I was really disappointed.

I tried to give the narrator the benefit of pronunciation generated from another dialect however by the end I concluded the narrator simply did not have sufficient personal vocabulary to be able to pronounce a lot of words correctly.

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Awful. simply terrible.

Couldn't even finish. Poorly written. The reader has a flat tone and sounds too femine for the male part. Don't waste your time or money.

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Keeps you not wanting to stop to sleep

Great book I only wish I would have found this book earlier great reading!!
I will search for other books from this author

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Good... very good...

Great erotic story...but the angst... come on, just have smex already. I really liked this story, but I tend to like my doms to remain doms the entire time...ya' know. Not saying the the male hero of this story did a role reversal, but he became a little too sappy for me after he did not understand wha the heroine limits where. He didn't really hurt her, but scared her a bit... Then he kicks her out of the house, or returns her back to the auction house. WTF! Because he hurt her, he sends her back... WHAT!

It was a really good story though, but to reach that 4 or 5 star rating, l do not like to notice the little dumb plot moments... and unfortunately I did notice in this. Still worth the listen for all the great smexy scenes when he finally does smex her up...

Narration could have been better, but it was decent.

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Shallow and hurried - vanilla.

I've tried a couple of these from Claire Thompson - I hate being critical, but I find there is far too little character building in the writing. These books are designed to bring out the voyeurism in the reader, but the characters, build up and overall arc are just too thin for me. I want to a glimpse inside the mind of these characters, beyond singular circumstance (needed rent money) what drives this character to make these choices? And what are the psychological consequences of these choices for all involved. I am likely not the target demographic here, I get that. But these books lack depth - and the jump so quickly into the "sex" that we don't really have time to get to know the characters before we are "seeing" them stripped. I struggle to buy the emotional connections built so quickly in these stories...guy rents/buys a woman (he's obviously done this before), and he gets emotionally connected with her? I just don't buy it. It's women's fantasy stuff, I get that. But it's not believable. Just one person's opinion.

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A story to draw one in emotionally

While BDSM may be hard to get past, Claire Thompson, created a work that ties one into the minds and emotions of the characters. Can love be bought at an auction?

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Good story, enjoyable but not amazing.

The performance by Cresida Wolf was great, she had a very interesting voice and did a very good male voice. The plot was okay, but it basically felt like Adam would just mess up, apologize, Ness up again, apologize again, etc. etc. but at the same time the female lead (can't even remember her name at the moment) talked about how much more of a Dom he was than any other man she had been with although it was clear be didn't do a very good job for most of the book. his prejudice against her from the beginning was irritating and made it unbelievable that he would even use the auction service in the first place. It kept me interested throughout and was unique in some of the BDSM play so that was interesting too.

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good story.i would have added a little more back story on the two main characters

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love it

love how the trust develop s though the story between each other them how they learn and grow together great listen

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  • lujo
  • 09-23-18

No depth, boring.<br />

Struggled to finish, it was an easy put down rather than a couldn't put it down.