Thursday, 31 October 2013

Captive in the Dark, Seduced in the Dark and Epilogue (The Dark Duet) - C.J. Roberts

I will confess I was a bit apprehensive in picking up this story. I had heard so many things about it, that it wasn't for the faint hearted, that it was raw and invoked a whole pile of feelings and situations that may be difficult for some to read about (The books warning reads like this - WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence).
I'll tell you right now all these things are true.
I haven't read a story quite like it. I found myself wondering how on earth did C.J Roberts make her villain, the hero at the same time, without the story turning either wishy washy or unbelievable?

Lets get to the good stuff shall we?

Captive in the Dark

Synopsis - 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.

This story is told from duel POV's and is as I stated before sometimes difficult to read. I couldn't help but want to know what happened next. I am assuming that there are parts of this story based on truth (I'm not in the habit of googling sex slavery so I'm just gonna assume and leave it at that) with what Olivia endures and also what Caleb endures. 

With the Olivia - It is very clear she is meant to be the weak heroine in the beginning. However she isn't. She's so much more. She's brave even before she's abducted having lived with some horrible things when she was  younger. She's clearly a survior with this instinct being put to the test in this book.

Caleb - Well having read about his past and some of the thoughts that go through his head it's clear that he is the product of his upbringing. While this does not make excuses for the man he's become in this book it does make him seem more human and not some evil being. He definitely pushed the attraction to the "Bad Boy" to the limit. 

This book "captured" my attention the moment I decided I was mentally prepared to pick it up.

This lead me to devour  Seduced in the Dark

You know what I'm like with trying not to ruin a book and I think even the synopsis gives too much away. I do suggest reading Captive first before reading Seduced so you don't know what happens. This book is also told from multiple POV's. I did find it a little confusing at first but once I got into and got to know more, it made sense and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The last book in the series is

Overall a thoroughly good series which I loved. Thought provoking, this book has a lot of heart and in the end like I said before you wonder how on earth did C.J Roberts make her villain, the hero at the same time, without the story turning either wishy washy or unbelievable?

Link to Captive in the Dark on Amazon
Link to Seduced in the Dark on Amazon
Link to Epilogue on Amazon

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