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Monday, November 5, 2012

[18+ Review] Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1) by C.J. Roberts

Title: Captive in the Dark
Series: The Dark Duet, #1
Author: C.J. Roberts
Pages: 253 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: C.J. Roberts
Release Date: August 29, 2011

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.

Dang, what did I just read?! I mean, I know what I read, but woah. I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked up Captive in the Dark, but no matter how many reviews you read, this one will still be shocking. It's amazing to me how someone can become so attached to the one person who they shouldn't. Livvie depends on Caleb for everything after he kidnaps her, even for comfort. It's very disturbing how her feelings towards him quickly morph from fear and anger to a complete need.

I need to talk about the writing for a moment: I hated it. I absolutely hate switching between first and third person narratives. It just does not work for me and keeps me from staying in the story. I don't care if it's for some dramatic purpose, like detaching yourself from the characters, it's frustrating. I wish authors would choose a narrative and stick with it! I did have to take off a star for this reason, but I'm just glad it didn't flip-flop every other chapter. The story is a solid 4 stars for me, but it took me entirely too long to finish since I could only read a chapter or two at a time.

But back to the story. I was simultaneously disturbed and fascinated. I was disgusted with Caleb, yet I wanted to know more about him. I felt sorry for Livvie, but I wanted to see her pushed to her limits. Needless to say, this caused some very conflicting emotions. Caleb and Livvie are in a huge mess, so I'm glad I have the second part already loaded on my Kindle!

Favorite Quotes

People often believe they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night. But safety - like light - is a facade. Underneath, the whole world is drenched in darkness. (2%)

I never realized how the inability to account for time could wreak havoc on ones grasp of reality. It was easy to get lost in the endless dark and passing hours. (34%)

Each day he stripped away more of my sense of self. And now he'd taken the last of it, the last of me. But who did that make me? An extension of him? Someone new? I didn't know. Didn't want to know. (48%)

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  1. I've heard soo many great things about this book, but dang it, changing narratives to third person doesn't work for me. But I'm very interested to know more about Caleb and Livvie. I'll read it just for them . Thanks!

  2. I LOVED this one. It was intense and disturbing but awesome. Bought book #2, can't wait to read it!

  3. I've been meaning to read this one for awhile. I've heard a lot about it. It has be curious.


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