Bought Deceit by Autumn Winchester

Dakota being a kidnapping victim in a human trafficking group has been so badly abused his only hope is of dying. He is auctioned and bought by Allister. One would hope things change for him, but nothing ever runs right for Dakota. Reedkaye read Bought Deceit.

From the blurb:

Trained to be the perfect slave while trapped in one of the largest human trafficking rings ever recorded, Dakota was broken beyond repair and the men who bought him treated him like he was nothing more than dog crap underneath their shoes.

After being brainwashed into believing he was nothing more than a worthless slave, Dakota had no reason to believe otherwise until an older gentleman named Allister, an undercover FBI agent determined to dismantle the ring, bought Dakota and showed him how to be human again.

Much to Dakota’s surprise, he began to feel things for Allister that he had never felt before as he struggled with the fact that Allister refused to use him like the slave Dakota thought he had been bought to be.

Was it truly possible that Allister wanted nothing more from Dakota than to give him the opportunity to heal from the horrors he had experienced or would Dakota wake up one day and find himself back in the nightmare he had called life?

Could Dakota’s trauma be preventing him from seeing what was right in front of his eyes? Was it possible that Allister wasn’t his master at all but a guardian angel sent from heaven above?

Reedkaye's Review:

Please pay attention to the author’s adversary for triggers. Bought Deceit is so heartbreaking I had a hard time at different parts of the book with tears.

Dakota is a victim of human trafficking. He has been badly abused in numerous ways and only has hopes of dying. He is sold at auction to Allister. Allister isn’t who he seems to be and while attending the auction, had no plans on purchasing anyone, but when seeing Dakota, he feels he has to buy him.  

Life with Allister is hard on both Dakota and Allister. Dakota doesn’t know how to behave if not being abused. Allister has no plans on getting attached to Dakota. 

The secondary characters add to the story. How Dakota deals with them and how they handle dealing with Dakota kept the story interesting. Asher is another guy kidnapped but doesn’t have the abuse Dakota does. Asher and Dakota become BFF, and Asher made me want to hug him. I hope there is a book for Asher.

This book deals with some heavy subjects. Human trafficking and the abuse of the kids kidnapped broke my heart. I don’t want to give away too much of this story, but it really made me appreciate not knowing any victims of it.

Rating: 5 Stars

Lesetiger's Review:

The story is dark and gritty, but incredibly well written. I recommend reading the trigger warning at the beginning, because the content is already intense. 

As soon as I started reading, I was very quickly captivated by the plot and the characters. I was rooting along and hoping that Dakota would get better soon. 

Dakota is a victim of human traffickers and has been through so much abuse that all he wants to do is die. Allister works undercover with the FBI and buys Dakota at an auction. It is heartbreaking to witness Dakota's behavior with Allister. Allister wants to give Dakota a semi-normal life without abuse, but Dakota has been in the hands of traffickers for too long. Living together becomes a challenge for both of them. 

The storyline is already heavy and very emotional, and I had to gulp a few times. I loved the characters Allister and Dakota. Allister who only wanted the best for Dakota and every time you thought it couldn't get any worse, the author stepped it up a notch. This was quite a roller coaster ride of emotions, and I couldn't put the book down. As I said, very well written and quite emotional. 

There is also a great secondary character, Asher, who brings some light and hope alongside Allister. My heart shattered into a thousand pieces while reading and it was halfway put back together in the end.

Bought Deceit is available to buy in ebook and paperback formats.