#review #Dark #TriggerWarnings – Captive in the Dark, Dark Duet Book 1 by CJ Roberts

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)

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.

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Oh LAWD where do I begin?  Ok so I have had this book sitting on my kindle for years…yes plural YEARS.  Why?  Because it scared the ever-loving hell outta me, BUT I was curious.  So as the years have gone, I have dipped my toe into dark novels and finally got the balls to read Caleb. I had a whole cheering squad behind me…remember I am pathetic…..and sat down over Spring Break to be destroyed.  After reading it in a total binge session, I am glad to say Caleb isn’t AS BAD as I feared.  Don’t get me wrong he is a bad bad bad man, but he is the perfect Anti-Hero.  I mean we should not be rooting for a kidnapper and sex slaver to love you and yet I was.  I was wanting him to accept what his heart was telling him and let kitten go!!!

Caleb was sold for years in the sex slave industry.  He has no recollection of his life before the slavery started.  He has no memory of his REAL name.  All he knows is vengeance and his overwhelming need to assist his new ally, Rafiq.  The two are all for vengeance and take Livvie as their method of the perfect way in.

Livvie is just trying to get through her horrible life when help from an attractive stranger leads her to the hell she is currently in.  She is trapped in the dark unless her Master is near.  The conditioning, mental breaking of Livvie and the physical breaking of her is a fear we all have of these situations.  But like all Stockholmed survivors we look to Caleb, our Master, to provide comfort and support.

When the dynamic of the two changed, we see Caleb’s confusion.  How can he care about her feelings? Why is he calling her by her given name?  She is property and yet he cares for her?  Is that what he is feeling?  How can this happen to him, the controlled Master?  How can he think about throwing away all the years of care and training with his friend Rafiq for her???

Livvie is afraid of Caleb yet craves his attention.  She knows what his ultimate plan is, yet she chooses to become the seductress to thwart his plans.  Livvie is choosing to live and will do whatever it takes to survive this hell.

CJ Roberts is an independent writer. She favors dark and erotic stories with taboo twists. Her work has been called sexy and disturbing in the same sentence.

Her debut novel, CAPTIVE IN THE DARK, has sold over 150,000 copies and is the first of three books in her bestselling and award winning series DARK DUET.

She was born and raised in Southern California. Following high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1998, served ten years and traveled the world.

 

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