Friday, May 3, 2013

Review: Captive In The Dark by CJ Roberts

Book: Captive In The Dark
The Dark Duet #1
Author: CJ Roberts
Dark Erotica, BDSM


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.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

This story draws you in right away. From the first page, you just want to know more and to keep reading. You will want to understand Caleb and you will worry for Livvie. You won't be able to help yourself. It's inevitable. Don't fight it, just read it. The character development was great - you learn about both Caleb and Livvie in stages, it's like peeling an onion. Beautifully done. The backstory was rich as well, with lots of twists and turns and details. 

Caleb is a complex character. He's, obviously, not a nice guy. He does some awful things and there are times when you will just hate him. But then there are times when you're just not so sure.. Is he really evil? Is he going to do all those awful things he promised? Can he stay true to his original mission or will he ultimately help Livvie get out of this deadly situation he put her in? You just don't know. You have to read it to find out. 

Livvie's character is no less complex. She starts out as a naive 18 year old who is thrown into every woman's worst nightmare - being abducted by a sexual predator, facing possible torture, not knowing what is in store for her. Knowing only one thing for sure - that she is in danger. What I really liked about Livvie is that while she's young and naive and scared, she was never annoying about it. There was never a moment where I was like, oh shut up already! Quit whining. Never, not one moment. And she had some serious cause to lose her mind and get all whiney and annoying. But she never did that. When she felt despair, it was compelling and I felt it right along with her. She had this quiet strength that she had to dig deep to bring to the surface, but she did that. She was smart and resourceful and did what she had to do to survive. 

Captive In The Dark is the first part of the Dark Duet, you have to read Seduced In The Dark to know how the story ends. This story was powerful, it was sexy and heartbreaking. It was the kind of story that makes you questions your sanity when you start to root for the most unlikely characters. It is the kind of story that draws you in and makes your heart pound with excitement and with fear. If you're looking for a story that will make you FEEL then I highly recommend it! Definitely five burning books, five stars, five whatever! That good. 

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