Title: Captive in the Dark
Author: C.J. Roberts
Series: The Dark Duet #1
Publication: August 29th 2011
Genre: Adult ~ Dark Romance/Erotica
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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.
Captive in the Dark started out as one of the best dark erotica books I had ever read. However… after the first 50% it was slowing down noticeably and I started liking it far less. I did still enjoy it but was a little frustrated by some of the actions of the characters and the way the story went.
What I liked the most about this book was the writing. Well, that and Caleb. 😉 It was extremely well-written, something you don’t see too much with this genre. I couldn’t get enough of it.
And Caleb? What can I say about him that hasn’t been said before by others? He was immensely captivating, seductive and had a very dark side about him. He has a very tragic backstory. The things that were revealed about him were simply heartbreaking. But I felt like all those things made him that more interesting and believable. I loved him. At least in the first half of the book.
Olivia on the other hand wasn’t a favorite character of mine at all. Sure, I felt sorry for the girl and the things she went through but I couldn’t like her. I wanted to, trust me, but she was a bit irritating to read about. I did like the scenes between her and Caleb most of the time but their relationship started bugging me because eventually Caleb fell too fast for her and started being too enarmored with her. I wanted the story and their relationship to be a bit darker and not all lovey dovey like it was in the end.
Captive in the Dark was partly enjoyable and partly kind of frustrating. I’m not sure what it says about me but I had expected to to be a lot darker and it may have started out like that but it sure went downhill after the first half of the book. Still, it’s a good book, in my opinion and I do want to read the second book, but I’m just not sure where it will go next with how it ended, which is causing me to be a bit uncertain about buying it…
So I loved the writing, it was perfection and Caleb was an amazing character but the rest of the book left me a bit unsure. It’s a quick story, though. I read it in less than 24 hours I think because I almost wasn’t able to put it down. Definitely recommended!
CJ Roberts sucks at referring to herself in the third person, but she will try. 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. Her favorite part of traveling is seeking out the seedy underbelly of the city.
She is married to an amazing and talented man who never stops impressing her; they have one beautiful daughter.
She also writes under the name Jennifer Roberts.