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- Publisher: CJ Roberts (August 29, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2011
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Why can't I let this story go? Here's the thing. I hated the subject matter of this series. I'm not a fan of the genre as a whole. Sex trafficking, pedophilia, rape, abuse, and misogynism are not my thing. I finished this feeling icky, even after the pseudo-"HEA" (sidenote- If you need a more traditional love story, you need to read all three books, but I personally could have done without the flowers and butterflies. It just didn't pass the straight face test given the context of this relationship). But none of that changes the fact that it was a darn good, well told story. And that's what a book is supposed to do right? Tell a story. Not necessarily the story you want to hear.
In a perfect world, none of these issues would exist. But this is the real world and they do. And they are uncomfortable. And tragic. And part of me feels guilty that I enjoyed reading about such a messed up subject. Actually, I'm not sure if I enjoyed it, but I'll admit to being "captivated" (ha, ha) by it.
And so, I'm giving this 5 stars, not because I loved the content. Not because I think Caleb is sexy (he's an evil criminal who should reap the justice his victims deserve). Not because Olivia is a strong heroine (she is very, very sad and her thought process is very, very scary). And not because I'm having some kinky BDSM fantasy (nonconsensual = rape... even if you orgasm). But it earns kudos from me for making such an impression that FIVE YEARS LATER, I still get caught up thinking about the "how comes", the "what ifs", and the "but whhhhyyys" of this story. Not surprised if I'm still scratching my head 5 years from now...
But this one crosses a line:
There is a very graphic rape of a powerless young boy by a grown man.
It was mentioned earlier in the book that the young boy had been abused by this grown man. But it is one thing to say that a young boy was sexually abused. It's another thing entirely to write an extremely detailed, graphic, extended scene of a child being raped.
On top of that, there is a murder scene that is so incredibly vivid that I had to put the book down so I wouldn't throw up.
This book is horrific. It will disturb any reasonable person, and it will trigger readers who are survivors of abuse and trauma. I wish I had never picked it up. This book put images in my mind that I cannot get rid of.
If you're looking for books with rough sex, read the Masters of the Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair. If you need something dark with a kidnapped, powerless heroine, read the Crash trilogy by Drew Jordan.
Don't read Captive in the Dark.
This is the book that made me fall in love with Dark Romances. I will never forget the emotions that this book pulled from me.
I was so confused at the end of this because I was questioning my morals, how can I love someone like Caleb? I remember reading so many romance novels after this because I wanted to feel the same way towards character. Lol, looking back now I understand that CD was written in a way that consumes you, breaks down boundaries and crosses lines you didn’t know you had. It will make you sick but if you push through you will find something pure and whole, you will get to read one of the greatest love stories ever.
This series has been one of my all time favorites since 2012 and to this day I have never read a book like it.
This book was perfect to me, so many times I tried to think of things that I wished turned out differently but I cannot think of one thing that I would change.
My only regret is that CJ Roberts have not written anything since.
This book is not for the faint of heart but I 100 percent recommend it.
You will not be disappointed!
My broken boy Caleb will forever hold a place in my heart❤️
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This book is one of those that has been on my kindle a long time and I finally got around to reading it and I am so glad I did.
I love dark reads for their ability to shock, keep you in suspense and especially when the plot has youe you gripping your kindle and flipping your pages eagerly.
Captive in the dark was probably one of the first of its kind in dark romances, since then there has been a lot of books similar to this and I have read quit a few of them where captee falls for captor and vice versa.
This is a story of a young girl, Olivia or Livvie chosen like a pawn in a game of revenge.
A story of captor falling for captee and questions of...is this Stockholm syndrome or does the victim/hostage really fall for her captor.
"Each day I was more vulnerable than the last. Each day he stripped away more of my sense of self".
Caleb's job is to train the girl, make her compliant, a slave.
12 years of planning has gone into Caleb and the man who saved him getting their revenge and their only way in to his circle is to introduce a girl, a girl especially selected by Caleb, a virgin who will be trained as a submissive and to get her to the point where she is ready for them to offer her for auction.
A girl pretty and a virgin, an enticing temptation for a wealthy and evil man who made his money from the sex trade, their hope is that their target will take the bait and give them a way in to get nearer to the man they seek revenge from for killing their family's.
Captive Is the dark is dark and gritty has scenes of sex and desires and is not for the faint hearted like most dark reads.
It's a slow burn to any form of tender relationship and understanding between Caleb and Livvie and near the end you can almost feel Caleb wavering, will he go through with his plan? Will he chose Livvie over the man who rescued him as a boy and trained him for this purpose as repayment for saving him?
Caleb himself has a gruesome backstory, beaten and raped as a child until he was saved by the fman who he now feels indebted to.
"He was the monster no one thought to look for in the light of day".
"There was just something about her, something he wanted to taste and touch. Something he wanted to claim".
I am looking forward to the conclusion in this story and crossing everything for a hea for both Caleb and Olivia.
Told in third person and a duet.
The reality being most people held captive and against their will are not falling in love with rapists. Without delving too much into my past I have experience of being in an abusive relationship for most of my life. Like an emotional slave. Yet despite the indoctrination I still knew deep down right from wrong. Justice and injustice. This book blurs those lines making the lack of consent appear erotic and the truth is it is not. There is not a single person who enslaves another soul who is able to truly love or care for another.
I think this book is just sad. Sad and not interesting. I’ve met people who do far worse to their victims and it’s not exciting. It’s traumatic and I hope that anyone looking for the kinky sexual stuff notes this is neither kinky nor sexual in my opinion.
It is just an opinion though. I am not vanilla. I am not submissive, I am very much open minded but it didn’t open my eyes to anything new. It didn’t challenge me. It depressed me.
Caleb is that anti~hero you love to hate. Arrogant, dominant, nasty, cruel. He is definitely the master of his craft & the master of his game.. Well almost.. Because we have Livvie, innocent, naive, beautifully innocent yet tough, focused & strong... She may be the captive, but she also yields a sensual & at times tender power over the man who stole her, broke her & forced her to go way beyond any limits she may have once had.
Seriously this book is twisted, dark, deviant & oh so addictive. The game that is played out had me hooked, with the sole desire of seeing how it ended. What was to become of the lion & his prey.. I almost didn’t want to keep reading lol. Damn the ending gut punched me though & now I just need to read part 2!
The item came in perfect condition and safely packaged. The quality of the cover is not very strong, it is thin and bent easily. The paper inside is thick and good quality. The writing size and font is easy to read and overall the item is good.
There isn't enough words to describe how much i loved and enjoyed this book ... it's not a cute love story it's really Dark and disturbing on so many levels, it was amazing, Horribly twisted and offering a good look at Stockholm Syndrome, I loved the writing, The characters too, I know he's supposed to be a heartless, Total sociopath a monster but I fell hard for him!
I love a dark book i can get my teeth into but even i found this difficult to read at times,as this story was brutal,harsh and down right vile in parts but the pure brilliance of this Auther captivates you with the sheer magnitude of what can happen to make you the person you are and keeps you gripped in this story and how it unfolds.
Oliver is a ordinary 18 year old girl going about her mundane life, she has no one special in her life untill she is plunged into a darkness that will change her forever,her life as she knew will be gone.
Caleb is her abductor a man that has no morals and all he wants is revenge and Oliver (livvie) is the end prise after he has trainer her in the art of slavery.
This story is about these two characters and how Caleb gets to kidnapp Livvie and keep her looked up to train her how to become a slave for the very people that helped him get out of slavery in his younger years.
We should hate everything he stands for but as its Livvie's telling the story you get to find out the person Caleb is and god forbid you grow to understand him even though he is dispicable,i started to warm to this character even though i wanted to hate him.
This was genius and brave of this author to take on a topic as dark and disturbed as this and getting us the reader liking the abductor at the end where i needed to find out how it all unfolded in the next book.Pure genius.
There are two points of view used in the story. The majority of the story is written in the first person from Olivia’s point of view, whilst the rest of the story is written in the third person as Caleb. The chapters, and sometimes paragraphs, are not always easily recognised as a different character and some confusion can be caused by this. There are also a couple of inconsistencies in the story that are not explained – such as Olivia being tied to the bed, and then she is at the window, and no explanation of how the rope was removed.
Overall, it is a good story although it was difficult to read at times due to the themes. However, if you do like the dark, twisted side to romance then this is definitely a must read.
The story centres around two main characters and starts with 'Caleb'who arranges the kidnap of a young adult girl 'Livvie'. Caleb's mission is to turn Livvie into a 'pleasure slave' to infiltrate the home of an adversary of himself and his mentor. The story alternates between both their viewpoints which is my favourtie style of writing, also the pace is non-stop. I had to 'rest' halfway through and get my head together because the brutality is pretty strong at some points and I had to just come back to lovely reality for a bit. Yes, I did start to understand 'Caleb's' situation but it's not until really late on in the book that I start to feel there maybe some hope...... This is not a book of romance or the conventional hero and the writer has managed to keep me wondering what is going to happen next and whether there can be any positive outcomes for either of our main characters (cue next book - will be on my immediate download order)!
This book challenged me, I have got into a rut of the same genre and style of writing and this blew that out of the water - I think the author has managed to pull off a brilliant and compelling story written about a brutal subject matter in a way that I was able to read.
This book is NOT for young readers a lot of scenes are very graphic and of a brutal sexual nature.
Olivia is nothing special in life. She runs every day to catch her bus. She doesn't get on great with her mother. She has nobody special in her life.
Caleb is a man born of the pits of hell. Scarred by his own past, and driven by a vicious revenge plan, Olivia becomes the prize - the final piece in a giant jigsaw of abduction, slavery, trafficking and stolen lives. And yet .. there is something. Change. Recognition. Attachment. We see him through Olivia's eyes, and in turn, he sees life through hers.
We should hate everything he stands for, and everything he is and yet - because Olivia is the main speaking character to garner opinions of him from, we grow to understand him, and even - God forbid - take to him a little. Which feels so utterly despicable and wrong; it's an act of incredible achievement to take on a topic as dark as this and have the readers end up LIKING the abductor? Just incredible. I don't usually apply five stars but this ... if it weren't for the fact that I hate ending up liking Caleb, I could read over and over. But I got so frustrated at myself for falling for his charms... excellent writing!
Thoroughly recommend if you're brave enough to step off the edge of the unknown and open your mind...
Author: C.J. Roberts
Series: The Dark Duet #1
Genre: dark erotic romance
I'm a massive fan of dark novels and even I found this a little difficult to read. It's pure brilliance, it's disgusting and vile and yet manages to be as confusing to the reader as Caleb is to Livvie; despite the humiliation and the abuse, it is also wildly erotic: and therein shows the most sordid nature of my personality.
This is one of the most intriguing, slowly unfolding and surprisingly beautiful books I have ever read. It hurt me, it turned me on and it disgusted me, but I couldn't put it down at all, desperate to seek any solace the ending might offer.
And now I have to read the next one because it's not over. And I can't wait to do so.
It’s been two whole years since I read this the first time and it is still my point of reference for any subsequent dark-romance-erotic book that I’ve read. Caleb is the ultimate dark-anti-hero that I’ve compared other heroes to. Most are a mile away from becoming the scariest, deadliest man I’ve ever read, but some (including a recent read) have come close, but not quite there. How the author made Caleb so bad yet lovable to the reader is a true testament to her writing skills!
This first instalment was much shorter than I remembered. Either that or I devoured it even quicker than before. What I didn’t forget however was Caleb’s cruelty. He was every bit as nasty as I remember, which is no surprise considering his childhood. He is rescued from this by his mentor – Rafiq, who has his own vendetta against a Russian mob-leader. So the two have been planning their revenge over the last 12 years. A plan which involves training captive women to sell as ‘pleasure slaves’. Caleb’s current captive – Livvie or Kitten as he calls her, is very special since she will be sold to said Russian-mob-leader in order to get close to him and exact their long awaited revenge.
But even the cruel, heartless Master that is Caleb has a heart somewhere inside and he finds himself softening towards her. He is still cruel at times, but shows some care towards her, leaving her confused about her feelings as well. This doesn’t stop her from taking her chance at escape when the time presents itself. But there is no truer saying than ‘Out of the frying plan and into the fire’ when describing Livvie’s predicament when she escapes Caleb’s prison in Mexico only to find herself in even more danger.
This is where we get to see Caleb’s true colours. It turns out the way he was with Livvie was nothing to the ferocious man who systematically hunts down and destroys Livvie’s new captors. When I first read this book, I flew through these last few chapters, tripping over each scene, eager to see how this would play out, and it was no different this time round.
This is a read that will have your mind reeling, questioning your own sanity. Why do I feel this way? Should I not hate this guy? Should that really turn me on?
Yes, this is a dark, erotic and very titillating read that is a must for people who like this genre.
This was my first read by CJ Roberts and it wont be my last as i need to see where else this story takes us!
Livvie is a teenager who just wants to do well in school so she can go somewhere in life.. unknown to her she is being watched by dark brooding Caleb who wants to use her to get what he needs....revenge!
Kidnapped and held against her wishes Caleb starts her training before he can sell her on to get closer to the man he is seeking revenge on!
But what happens when feelings start to get involved??
This story keeps you gripped and fully involved in page turning and definitely wants you to get the next book straight away!
I just want to come out and say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I thought the writing was exceptional. When a writer can take on a difficult subject like human trafficking and write a lot of scenes containing just two characters and still keep things interesting, then that is a sign of true writing talent in my eyes. I'm entirely impressed with C.J. Roberts and I will be reading everything she writes from now on. For real. I'd only heard about Captive in the Dark a few days ago and already I am reading the third book. That's right, if you decide to start this series then the good news is that all three books have already been published and so you won't have the long and agonizing wait to find out what happens next.
The story is told in alternating chapters from Livvie (first person) and Caleb (third person) and I'm intrigued as to why the author chose to do it this way rather than tell Caleb's side using the first person but whatever, it works! Caleb is the ultimate definition of damaged goods and his history goes some way to explain his behaviour (although I do believe that behaviour is a CHOICE regardless of circumstances). At the crux of it all though, I believe he's semi-decent and has just gotten a bad deal out of life. He doesn't feel worthy of love or affection and it's hard for him to accept that someone might feel that he is. He is dark and twisted but also a little sexy because he's dangerous. Would I want to date him? HELL NO but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a little danger when I see it. He's the kind of guy you feel a bit wrong about finding him sexy.
Livvie is an eighteen year old girl who gets good grades and wears unflattering clothes in public to hide her beauty in a bad neighbourhood. She's inexperienced with men and seems like a good girl. Her mother has never really loved her though and so yeah, she has some issues of her own. I loved her fighting spirit and ultimately her strong will to survive. I enjoyed her sassiness even though it came with less than desirable consequences.
These are definitely two of the most interesting characters I've come across in a while and I loved exploring their history, what made them tick and watching their character arc's grow and change throughout the book. Having read the book, I can honestly say that there is no way in hell that I wish I was Livvie and I wouldn't wish what she or Caleb went through on anyone.
With regards to the subject matter, I can see how this book could be considered controversial and it's definitely not for everyone but if you take a chance on it, you might just find out why a lot of people are raving about it and why it's sold over a hundred thousand copies which is pretty amazing for a self published work. I should probably say at this point that obviously I do not condone human trafficking, sex slaves or the mistreatment of men and women in any way but it doesn't mean that bad things don't happen and shouldn't be written about. I also don't believe that the author was trying to romanticise human trafficking in any way, she was simply telling an honest, dark and twisted story that is both raw and real. This is by no means your average love story and definitely not black and white. If you decide to read it, you will see what I mean. There is conflict GALORE amongst friends, family, enemies, and within the characters themselves. What I found the most interesting conflict to explore however was Livvie's feelings for Caleb. Call it Stockholm syndrome if you want but I do find that aspect of human nature entirely fascinating.
This was an amazing book and not necessarily one that I would think to pick up and read immediately but I'm sure glad I did. Never for one second did I find the story unbelievable or outlandish. I believed Every. Single. Word. and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be thinking about this book for some time to come.
This book sucked me in from chapter one, it's one that I read in an evening and finished early morning, but I didn't have a very good night's sleep if thats anything to go by. At the 26% mark I did cry for Olivia, her ordeal by this point was heartbreaking and her emotions had me going through the emotional wringer. I felt like I was there with her - a fly on the wall, but powerless to stop it. I can only contribute this to the writing. It flows beautifully even though the subject matter is dark and contrite.
I wanted to hate Caleb with my every being, but I couldn't. He was subjected to a terrible ordeal as a young child/teenager, and you felt angry that such a beautiful child could survive such a torment.
Caleb is helping to seek revenge for a man he calls Rafiq, a Father figure who rescued him from a life of rape and torture. Olivia is the barganing chip to help close the deal. His mission is simple - Train her to become a sex slave submissive to enter the tight circle of a Russian Billionaire Businessman with a murdeous and shady past. Known for his love of Western girls, Olivia is the lifeline to seal his fate.
Along the way however we start to notice a change in his demeanour. Could this young girl be something more? Chipping at the wall of steel in his chest?
Then when you think things cannot get any worse for Olivia, things take a dramatic turn.
I will read the second book once it is published, because I NEED to know what happens to Olivia and Caleb, and how the rest of the story unfolds. If this first installment is anything to go by, it's going to be another emotional read, albeit no less brilliant, i'm sure...
If you are open-minded and want a book that really grabs you in more ways than one, then I recommend reading this. Please be warned though,it isn't for the faint hearted and is Adult literature only, 18+