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Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In a book this dark I am suppose to hate the kidnapper, torturer and slave trainer Caleb. The story line makes it confusing to understand your own feelings for him, there's no wonder Olivia ( kitten) feels as if she has stockholm syndrome.
Caleb's plan is simple, he has been planning for 12 yrs to get revenge for his past and help the man that saved him when he was young and held captive also get his revenge. Caleb needs a american girl to train and sale as a sex slave to this man that he holds responsible for what he went through as a child.
He stalks this 18 year old Olivia for weeks and realizes she is the one that he needs. Livvie is strong, feisty and has a questionable sexual urge. After she is kidnapped, beaten and held prisoner he tries to break her down every time she rebels, he never realized that his feeling for her could destroy all that he has planned. The horrible thing is that Caleb is not the only one that insist that this plan is seen through to the end.
I never once saw this as a love story, it is about two tortured souls. One that is fueled with vengeance and a appetite to inflict pain which was brought on by his past (doesn't make it right) and has never known what it is to love. The other has a need to feel loved, touched and for someone to know that she exist. The relationship of Caleb the torturer ( Master) and the prisoner Olivia is so dark and twisted with a sinister sexual draw that is unfathomable.
Captive in the Dark had me from the first page and I will be reading Seduced in the Dark (Dark Duet #2).
Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.
Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.
Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.
The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.
Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?
Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?
HOLY S***! I loved this series. I also read this series a while back and I am going to review them together as they make one continuous story. They are not stand alone.
This is by far one of the most disturbing and dark stories I have ever read, but I was captivated. I normally like happy romance novels but the fact that this story grabbed me testifies to how talented C.J. Roberts is.
This series revolves around the world of sex slavery. I was absolutely disgusted with this world. It made me so angry that people can abuse children, women, and men like that. It makes sex such a dirty and vile thing. My heart bled for Caleb and Livvie both. This book literally had me rethinking my career choice to become a FBI agent to fight sex crimes.
Then there was the whole Stockholm syndrome that Livvie suffered from. How do you fall in love with your captor??? From this book, I totally get it. I kind of fell in love with Caleb too despite the terrible things he did to Livvie (and he did some TERRIBLE things to her). The glimpses of affection were enough to bring hope that Caleb would learn to love. Totally messed up right??? Well, that is good writing for you. At a certain point I felt like I was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.
This book had me tied in knots, but the ending was worth the entire journey. My heart felt at peace with the Epilogue. I was happy to see Livvie becoming a strong person and living her life. I was glad Caleb tried to make peace with his past. I was so happy they found each other. No matter how terrible their journey was, I truly felt that Livvie and Caleb were meant to b… soul mates.
I don’t think this book is for everyone because the content is so intense and I’m not sure everyone could handle this subject matter. However, for those of you who can, this is one of the best series I have read. This story stays with me and I literally needed almost a week to get over the book. TOP FAVORITE SERIES RIGHT HERE!!
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...
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This book definitely feeds a few rough fantasies that I think a lot of people have. It was arousing and the detail was fantastic.Read more