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|Book 2 of 3 in The Dark Duet|
|Age Level: 18 - 18|
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- File Size : 683 KB
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- Publication Date : January 23, 2013
- Publisher : Neurotica Books, LLC (January 23, 2013)
- Print Length : 513 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0094KFM9Q
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When I first started reading Seduced in the Dark, I almost thought I had missed a Novella that should have been read in between Captive and Seduced because Livvie wakes up in a hospital and she’s talking to the FBI, which is definitely not how the first book left off. But, the further I read, I started to realize that we are getting the end of the book in the beginning and Livvie is recounting everything that happened from the moment Caleb rescued her from the bikers and everything in between. I both loved and hated the story being told that way, though. I loved how it kept the suspense and the momentum of the story moving along, but I thought by adding Agent Reed into the mix and his POV was unecessary filler. He proved not to be an important character and just an officer she had to give a detailed account of her story too... same goes for Agent Sloan too. I could’ve done without hearing their stories and personal backgrounds and felt like I wouldn’t miss anything important to the plot.. it just moved the focus away from Caleb and Livvie. But that was the only thing I didn’t care for, which is the reason why I didn’t give this a full 5 stars.
I did, however, love to hate Caleb. He is so cruel, yet also so conflicted and protective over Livvie. He does care for her immensely, but he is loyal and in Rafiq’s debt and is desperately seeking revenge for his life being stolen from him when he was a boy.. so he’s conflicted on how he can save Livvie and not betray Rafiq at the same time. I didn’t understand how Livvie could even have an ounce of love for him, but...Stockholm Syndrome.. and I have to admit that in the end Caleb grew on me too. The ending was bittersweet and there were a few things that were left unresolved, but there’s the epilogue novella after this book so I’m hoping that ties up some loose ends.
The reader finds Livvie in the throes of a mental breakdown restrained in a psychiatric hospital. She is being interviewed and questioned at different times by two different FBI agents. As she is interrogated by the attractive Agent Reed, whose mannerisms remind her of Caleb, flashes of her intimate encounters with Caleb intrude into her thoughts and even alter her present reality. She feels as if she is being hollowed out by the memory of her time with Caleb. She is at war with herself trying to make sense of her heartbreak at losing Caleb…what he meant to her…if she loved him…if he ever truly loved her. She tells Agent Reed that Caleb died in her arms at the hands of Rafiq. Do we believe her?
As in the first book, Caleb’s POV is narrated to us in the third person and we hear from him the events continued from the last book which is now in the past. And so, the story unfolds in this ingenious construct.
Caleb is discovering that perhaps his decade-long quest for revenge with his mentor/partner, Rafiq, is colliding with his desire to keep his Kitten all to himself. His Kitten, his Livvie, is making him feel unfamiliar emotions. Every time Livvie breaches his guarded damaged heart, like a wave rushing back to the sea, he doubles down on his Mastery over her body and attempts to prepare her for the sexual slavery that Rafiq and he have planned for her as part of their plans for revenge on the man to whom she will be sold as a virgin sex slave.
Ultimately, Caleb makes a choice. This choice is borne out of his agony from hearing the truth of why Caleb suffered the early horrors of his childhood. Caleb’s story unwinds like knots and kinks being removed from tangled threads. Tangential characters parse out the details. Some of these characters felt like “red herrings” at times. As these secondary characters contributed to the movement of the complex story and character development of our main characters…some of them were imbued with characteristics and proclivities that felt to me as if they were symbolic of a theme or an idea the author wished to convey.
The dark, frank eroticism was sizzling…electric…hair-standing -on -end breathtakingly hot!!! More than this… the sexual tension between Caleb and Livvie was almost unbearable. Finally, when they let their mutual passion for each other loose…well…it leaves the reader never the same again. Yes, it is that good.
I will always remember this devastatingly gripping saga. In some ways it grieves me that I have not read this duet until now and yet… no matter when…I feel fortunate that I did indeed have the manifest pleasure of reading it.
If you are one so inclined to delve into the dark and find some pleasure there… ahem…in your reading of course, this is a must-read for you.
“I don’t want revenge, Caleb. I don’t want to end up like you, letting some [fudging] vendetta run my life. I just want my freedom. I want to be free, Caleb. Not someone’s whore…not even yours.” – Livvie
“I’ve been doing this a long time – manipulating people to get my way. That’s why you think you love me! Because I’ve broken you down and built you back up to believe it. It wasn’t an accident! Once you leave this behind…you’ll see that.” – Caleb
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If i loved the first book this book totally blew me away as it draws you back in to what happened with Caleb and Levvie's story.You get an insight into Caleb's past and what he went through to make him the man he was,he had a brutal upbringing which nealy killed him.
I have never quite read anything like this before, it felt like it was someone's true story with these two compelling characters.It was hard to put down as it was a rollocoaster of a book as there was so many twists that i never saw coming the more i got into the story.
Caleb is such a tormented man,unpredictable as to what he is thinking and feeling most of the time,but he starts to warm towards Levvie and you see a softer side to him,you just wanted the ended to be good for her.
They are on the road to another location after 3 half weeks together,they are staying at a house owned by one of Rafiq's business partners and this is where Levvie meets Rafiq,(Caleb's mentor and boss) for the first time.Rafiq is the one that got Caleb out of slavery when he was only 14 so he feels like he owes Rafiq everything.
Levvie is a strong character but i felt for what she had to go through at this house with the monsters that lived and visited here for cruel pleasure.There is a lot of erotic sex that had me cringing for what she had to do for the pleasure of others,but the feelings that she was developing for Caleb her abductor was boarding on love.You grow to feel for Caleb and end up liking him as sick as that sounds as he comes good in the end for Levvie.He tries to right all his wrongs when he finds out how and why he got to be where he was,it was very emotional for him.
The ending was not how i visualised it to be and had me on the edge of my seat waiting for this to be the ending i wanted.
CJ Roberts has amazing imagination as this series has keep me on the edge throughout these two books.She is pure genius.
not this I can tell you.
I thought I had read this type of story a few times before, that it was just like the other books, different characters same story-line, same old... captor falls for cap-tee and vice versa but how wrong was I with my surmising of how this story would go, I was way off...
For all those who said WHAT! I can't believe you haven't read this yet? thank you.
I read book one and thought I still don't get it? what is all the fuss about? and then I read this and THIS is what all the fuss is about.
What a story!
When the beginning of this book begins with Livvie being free and interrogated I must admit I was a little confused, what happened? how has it gone from Livvie still being held captive and being prepared for an auction to this? but then each chapter changes from present to past in both Caleb and Livvie's pov and all is revealed.
Captive in the dark and Seduced in the dark is such a gripping and intense story that I would recommend, it's dark and disturbing definitely not for the flincher's among us but it's so cleverly written.
One negative would be "give me more!, one chapter of this couple finally getting a hea wasn't enough, I've just been through the ringer with these two and I get one chapter of happiness?.
I don't want to give anything away, if you love dark reads this is one you have to experience for yourself.
Start the first book free.
I like that there was a second element and an interesting understanding that people who are often happy to submit sexually can at the same time still be powerful and commanding outside the bedroom.
I found I wasn’t so interested in what sex traffickers had suffered or their history in this book. Mainly because there’s an element of narcissism lacking. Most rapists don’t care about their victims beyond what power they can take, but just because someone is abused in childhood and life doesn’t make it “okay” to abuse others even if they are messed up enough to think they like it. Elements of conditioning.
To sum up both books and I’m not gonna bother with the 3rd despite buying it.
An 18 year old is kidnapped, raped and tortured. She is conditioned into believing she likes her abuser and even “loves him”. As we know many abused women don’t leave men who eventually kill them because of “love”. Her brains still developing so she thinks this is normal and the end.
Not as exciting as I’d hoped but the character Reed was a small flicker of hope.
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!
Author: C.J. Roberts
Series: The Dark Duet #2
Genre: dark erotica, romance, suspense
Theme: kidnapped, slavery
The first thing I noticed when I started this book was that I had no clue what was going on. I read the prequel, Captive in the Dark, a while ago, so was worried I'd just forgotten what had happened - having skimmed the final chapter to work out where I was, I realised that it was totally fine and supposed to be like that. Phew.
So, structurally, this is one of the most interesting and well-crafted novels within the romance/erotica genre I've had the chance to come across. It begins, not where the prequel left off, but a little down the timelines, and the events within that timeframe are recounted by Livvie. Two new complex characters - Reed and Sloan - are also introduced, and we have a few POV chapters from Reed to add to the mix. There was a danger here that this would detract from the story I actually wanted to read, but in actual fact, it worked well. Reed's chapters and the bracketed chapters in the present day were slight respites from the abject darkness of Livvie and Caleb's story. And yes, Roberts does not shy away from the dark.
The main effect of this narrative/structural element was to provide a sense of inevitability. Similar to a Shakespearean tragedy, the plot is hurtling towards what feels like impending doom and heartbreak. It creates a momentum that is all-engrossing, and try as we might to remove ourselves from it, we are also slaves to its will. The echoes of Livvie's situation here are startling. I know I've basically written an essay about narrative and structure, but when an author in the romance/erotica genre crafts something this clever and effective, it needs to be shouted from the rooftops.
Above all, this is a story about conflict. There is no better example of this than Caleb's characterisation. He will forever remain one of the most intriguing romantic heroes to me, though not necessarily what I would consider a "book-boyfriend". He has periods of softness, alongside periods of disgusting and appalling behaviour - and interestingly, the crueler he is (particularly during the final half of the novel), the more I become obsessed by him. And he does some cruel things here; I could physically feel the pain in my heart and stomach from some of the ways he hurt Livvie, despite understanding his motives. He is flawed, complex, cruel.
Yet another example of the theme of conflict can be found within the sexual scenes. There are some which are disgusting and appalling, and some which are disgusting and erotic. Roberts manages to create that conflict in the reader, who, if they are anything like myself, may well find themselves enjoying some of the sexual acts and humiliations found within these pages, whilst feeling a little unsettled about the fact that they enjoy it. Again, this echoes Livvie's own experiences and conflicts about her situation, something allowing us further into her own mind and emotions.
Overall, a fittingly dark, gritty end to a wonderfully dark, gritty duet. Now on to the epilogue.