The writting was so good i know i'm not giving you what the book is all about but i think i need some time to wrap my mind about what happened. View all 40 comments. Oct 12, Debra rated it it was amazing Shelves: dark-angsty , alpha-male , unputdownable , favorite-series , emotional-rollercoaster , tearjerkers , all-time-favorites.
Again, it's a very intense, dark, powerful and highly captivating story that constantly kept me on the edge of my seat while reading it. To be honest, this book probably wasn't that good for my mental health The Story At the end of Captive in the Dark we learn that Caleb has informed Livvie of his plan to train her and sell her as a pleasure slave to his biggest enemy Demitri Balk aka Vladek Rostrovich.
But we also found out that Caleb and Livvie are starting to have feelings for each other The question now is, what will prevail to Caleb? His lifelong quest for revenge and his debt to Rafiq, the man who once saved his life or his newfound happiness in being with Livvie, the girl that has made him see there might be more to life than the sole purpose of revenge Therefore I would advice you to just experience it for yourself Just like in the first part of the series, there are some very twisted, mind-boggling scenes in Seduced in the Dark but in the end, it all makes perfect sense as to why everything happened the way it did Caleb A tortured soul A monster with a heart of gold Monsters aren't born the way they are, they are made into it by the circumstances they're given Caleb, Caleb, Caleb One moment I hated him, the next I loved him, after that I hated him again, then he did something that me love him again Seems very messed up, I know But that was exactly the kind of character he was.
Twisted, dark and constantly changing his mind. It was hard, trying to understand why he handled things the way he did At times he really infuriated the hell out of me; for example view spoiler [when he wanted to punish Livvie for leading him on by simply making her stand by and watch while he was having sex with Celia hide spoiler ].
That's why you think you love me. Because I've broken you down and built you back up to believe it. It wasn't an accident. Once you leave this behind But slowly he begins to realize that maybe underneath it all, he's still a person capable of having the exact same feelings everyone else has. And Livvie is the one who finally makes him see the world he's been living in, in a different perspective. Livvie "My name is Kitten and my master is gone.
What could possibly be more important? When we first meet her in Seduced in the Dark , Caleb and Livvie have been separated from each other and Livvie is being held under custody by the FBI. There, Agent Reed and Dr. Sloan two new interesting side characters are trying to put the pieces back to together of what happened to Livvie while was being held by Caleb.
Agent Reed and Dr. Sloan are constantly questioning her about every little detail she remembers from her time with Caleb and for that she has to live through all her memories. Memories of Caleb that remind her of the fact she may never see him again Since the first time we've gotten to know Livvie, she has also gotten a much more snarky attitude and I really loved that about her. Let a bitch enjoy her mental breakdown in peace.
Just like in Captive in the Dark I highly admired her strength and her power to resist and stand up for herself in so many ways. I found myself constantly hoping she would finally get the happy ending she was so desperately hoping for I love you! If you care for me at all Please don't leave me. I don't know how to live without you. Don't make me go back to trying to be someone I don't know how to be anymore.
Be all those things you'd never be with me. She makes you go through all the emotions Caleb and Livvie go through and I really became a fan of her captivating writing style. I already know I'm looking forward to reading much more of her work in the future!!!! I had spent so much time those first few weeks of my captivity, craving the sun and the light on my face. Suddenly, it seemed the opposite. In the dark, my master let down his guard and he was Caleb again.
He didn't correct me. He didn't punish me. He didn't push me away emotionally. Caleb was there to hold me until the nightmares passed. He was there to tell me I was beautiful. He was there to tell me I was going to be okay. In the dark, he seduced me. I didn't want the seduction to end. You might feel like the story is getting too much and you might want to stop reading it altogether, but thrust me: It'll be worth it And to truly understand why everyone keeps raving about this book so much, you have to read it till the very last page View all 98 comments.
Everything got dropped — the need to finish this novel, to find out how it could possibly end was just all consuming. We start with Olivia incarcerated in the present in a mental institution being interrogated by the FBI, by an agent with his own dark sexual proclivities, sometime after the events of the book and also the story is told in retrospect as we pick up Olivia and Caleb where we left them at the end of Captive.
Caleb, despite his feelings for Olivia, is still consumed by his burning desire for revenge. Caleb is a man who has been razed by pain, grief and suffering and honed into what he is by lust, rage and the need to survive. He may be a monster but monsters are made not born and he is the sum total of his lifetime of awful experiences but does the cruelty done to him justify the cruelty he deals out? This is going to be a very hard act to follow both for me as a reader and for CJ Roberts as an author and I feel a book hangover coming on already but I do look forward to whatever her deviant, twisted, brilliant mind can come up with next.
View all 34 comments. He told her he wasn't her prince charming, but what he hadn't said, was he wished he could be Many readers struggle to decide whether or not this series is one they'd recommend due to its explicit, no-holds-barred topics and darkly disturbing scenarios--and rightfully so. Upon completion of this emotionally conflicting series, I can safely say that I in fact WOULD recommend these books; although not without fair warning.
As you have probably already discovered, these books are not easy reads He told her he wasn't her prince charming, but what he hadn't said, was he wished he could be As you have probably already discovered, these books are not easy reads. Captive in The Dark took every notion I've held regarding 'dark literature' and rendered them naive. I became emotionally defeated and undone. Seduced in The Dark took this emotions miles further Seduced kicks off with a heartbreaking visual of Livvie in her declining and destructive mental state.
She has been captured yet again, this time by the law. The story begins in present time, and it methodically flows in and out of horrific flashbacks that command the majority of this story. Never before have I been so emotionally conflicted while reading a book. The author presents a hundred and one legit reasons to hate Caleb, and then, while you're least expecting it, sneaks in surprising shimmers of Caleb's 'human' side causing you to question your stance entirely.
You can actually FEEL Caleb's internal frustration as he struggles to push away the unfamiliar feelings of love creeping in; willing himself to focus on his original plan of revenge. At first, it felt wrong rooting for the twisted, demented underdog. But as I slowly began to realize that Caleb was not evil trying to overcome, but goodness —wrapped securely within a self-preserving blanket of misery, which he fought hard to maintain—I was able to see him in a whole new light.
As far as torment is concerned, Livvie faces more brutal, degrading encounters within this installment We are presented with details of Caleb's past and it is actually more heartbreaking than I could have imagined. I vowed to never love Caleb. But in the end, with my emotions running rapid, I can honestly say that my dutiful vow had long been forgotten. The Dark Duet has given me a solid pair of reading wings; I truly feel freer and more courageous in stepping outside of my comfort zone without feeling overwhelmed Deals with the residual tragedy, and offers numerous, heartbreaking flashbacks.
Jun 30, Stacia the club rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who can handle dark and disturbing books. Shelves: contemporary-romance , adult , romantica-or-erotica , dark-or-taboo , bdsm-or-person-in-control. Yes, that's right. I was seeing red. So, you ask, "why now the 4 star rating? It felt wrong to fantasize about such things - but Caleb didn't care. Fantasies were all he could have and no one could take them from him. This book would have been complete shit wit "Kitten," he said, "monsters can't love. This book would have been complete shit without Caleb's point of view.
If we had only seen Caleb through Livvie's eyes, we would have never fully understood him. Caleb could feel Livvie's tears as they slid down her face. It was as close to crying as Caleb could get and for a moment he imagined they were his tears. They were his confessions. They said all the things he couldn't The only way this book was going to work meant that Caleb's bad side had to continue to show on the outside while he was struggling internally with the idea of how to let down his guard. If he had gone soft too soon, or if he had gone completely soft, every single part of this book would have become a farce.
I am thankful that neither of the former things happened. Caleb was never romanticized. This is a crucial element of a taboo read. The second the story becomes romanticized, the credibility is gone. We as the reader can feel emotion, sympathy, even fondness for these characters, but we need to be kept in the cold, hard truth that THIS situation is NOT good. As long as we continue to see things for what they are, then we can allow ourselves to be swept away in the lives and emotions of our characters. This story was just as much of a thrill ride as it was a mind screw. I was entertained.
I was angered. I was scared. I was hesitant. I even found some grain of contentment when it was all said and done.
Yes, there was a scene before the halfway point which had me angrier at any book scene and I can easily recall at least 3 books which have had a similar sort of betrayal scene that did not anger me even half as much as this one did than I'd ever been. So much so, that I was this close to quitting out on the read. Even now, I'm still pissy when I think about what went down.
But at least I got some satisfaction in this: "I guess you do want revenge," Ruthless me whispered. You bet your sweet ass, I do. I'm grateful that this author was able to turn things around for me. I didn't have much faith, to be honest. In the end, the story was quite the entertaining journey. The Dark Duet may not be an easy read, but it's definitely an interesting one. I hope to read more from C. Roberts in the future. Not to be too much of a fly in the ointment but There were a few minor complaints : 1. This book needed more editing.
Aside from the obvious swapping of you're and your , as well as a few typos, there were several instances where sentences probably should have been rearranged for easier readability. Given that I'm a huge comma abuser I stick them everywhere in a haphazard fashion , I won't try to argue where the commas should go, but even I had a few moments of wondering if there was a better way to get a point across other than slapping in a bunch of commas to break up sentences : "So, according to Caleb and Muhammad Rafiq, Demitri Balk, also referred to as, Vladek Rostrovich, is supposed to be there?
There were too many "styles" of writing going on : There were past scenes and there were present scenes - sometimes switching when you didn't know it was going to happen. The first couple of chapters took some getting used to. Aside from the regular past and present scenes, there were also memories, dreams and flashbacks in italics. As well, there were also first person points of view mixed with third person points of view.
If just a couple of methods had been used instead of all of the above, the read would have felt more cohesive than it did. End note This part's my fault. Even though I warn against romanticizing this story, I can't help but imagine Paul Walker as Caleb ever since someone else brought him up as a casting choice. And hot damn, it's a strange war in my head not to drool over the rapist, slave-holding asshole when he's this hot. Apparently, I'm warped View all 56 comments. Sep 22, xrysa rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , contemporary. Is he a monster? She has to tell Reed what happened , in order to find the auction and stop these awful people.
She also has to tell Dr Sloan ,so she can help her recover and the story starts. Then Caleb took her at Felipe's estate and there he showed Rafiq their slave's progress. Rafiq was not satisfied with Livvie but Caleb tried to reassure him that she would be improved. From the moment that he saved her from the bikers Caleb was treating her more gently than he should and they came closer to each other. I was relieved that Caleb didnt hurt her anymore but the book started becoming darker at Felipe's party.
Felipe's slave , Celia , entertained them a lot by torturing Kid. Caleb's emotions were changing all the time. During the day he liked to be called Master , he liked to treat her like a slave but only when the others were around. During the night he was comforting and kind. This whole situation led them to develop what they had.
And then that bastard ,Felipe , ruined everything. Caleb was being manipulated so he did things that frustrated me a lot. Her plan to seduce him worked but she fell for him as well. Caleb admited only that he cared for her because monsters cant love. They would sell her but Felipe thanks god! I couldnt believe what I was reading. Omg I wanted to kill Rafiq but thankfully Caleb did it. He is haunting her thoughts and that's driving her crazy. She needs help because according to everyone that isnt healthy. She is still in love with Caleb but that's not happening because she is suffering from Stockholm sydrom.
Caleb was the only one who cared about her in his unique and twisted way. Livvie grew up without love and yet she managed to be loved by him. Livvie :I really admire her. Maybe she is crying all the time but try to put yourself in her shoes. What she'd been through wasnt easy. The way that he loved her wasnt fair. Despite all the difficulties she managed to stay on her feet and move on. Caleb :He is not prince charming , he never was but he wished he could be for her.
He wished he could be her hero. He saved her life once but he keeps putting her in danger again and he hates himself for doing it. According to him monsters cant love and Livvie gave him a present he didnt deserve. He kissed me, refusing. He is awful and sometimes I wanted to kill him but he was fucked up. Still that doesnt justify his awful actions but reading the epilogue I understood many things about him. The last chapter and the epilogue. I never thought that I would cry so much with this book.
I was a sobbing mess and hate it when it's happening.
All started when Caleb said: "I love you Livvie. Forgive me. It's time for you to go, Kitten.
Time for us both, to go. Many people are judging this book and I totally understand them. On the other hand I love this book because it delievers with its own way a few messages. All of us should be gratefull that we have our freedom and no matter what happens we should stay strong and never break. View all 62 comments. I was totally blown away by Seduced in the Dark!! It's a dark read and I felt irritation,disgust and shock.. But in the same time it hooked me completely! It was intense in a total mind fuck!! It was disturbing and hot to the same time..
I never thought I would like it,but I loved it! It makes me feel things I had never felt!! Caleb and Livvie's journey was one of the most painful things I've ever read..
My tummy was in knots and more than once I felt physically sick with the anticipation of what was about to happen. Show More. I am the man who kidnapped Livvie. The story that CJ Roberts has given us is breathtakingly gorgeous. He proved not to be an important character and just an officer she had to give a detailed account of her story too He was beyond cruel. I think that other than the author summary going into a book with no idea of what the story is about makes for better reading.
Their story is beyond disturbing,scary and sad.. Livvie begins to tell Agent Reed and Dr. Sloan her story We go back and forth between the time period and the present time with Livvie at the FBI and then way in the past when Caleb was young. Livie was brave,witty,strong,patient,fighter,loyal and most of all she truly was a survivor!! I fell in love for the boy he once was..
My heart broke when I read his story and I hated the man he became while trying to be what Rafic expected of him There are times when you will absolutely hate him and wonder why Olivia would even fall in love with him. But then in the end for me he is worthy of her love What I enjoyed most about this book was reading about Caleb and Livvie falling in love.
The sweet moments he would let her call him by his name and he would call her Livvie and not Pet. They were so tender and real, giving the book such emotion.. It was an offer of distraction. He took it. Take me and let's go. Let's leave. Now you're part of me forever. You're mine Livie. I hope you understand. This is the most important thing about this book!! It gives you a happy ending and you remember happy things about it at the end Jun 01, Jasmine rated it it was amazing Shelves: nearly-peed-my-pants , there-be-crazy-mofos , favorites , im-gonna-need-therapy , mystery-suspense , oh-look-pretty-cover , swoon-worthy-guys , panty-soaking-wet , series , buddy-reads.
This book just catapulted the series from a 3. So to say that I am completely blown away by this read is mildly putting it. Honestly after seeing all the buzz on this series and not entirely loving the first one, I thought I was going to be in the minority but damn. I love being proved wrong. CJ Roberts spun such a profoundly emotional read that holds back no barriers when dealing with such a disturbing topic that would leave her readers appalled yet compelled by it.
Disturbing, intense and gritty ; I devoured this book up in no time. This book left me feeling strongly for both MCs equally as you witnessed the transformation. Caleb ; the amount of love and hatred for him that I struggled internally with but ultimately capturing my heart. Livvie ; her resilience, her strong belief and her love for her captor , my heart and mind was at war just as Livvie was when it comes to loving Caleb. Put them both together, you'll feel the turmoil of emotions they put you through because in the most unimaginable ways, they found love in the darkness.
The more it unfolds, the more the story intensifies. It's the kind of read that captivates you from the start, grips you throughout and leaves you overwhelmed by the end of it. This is a read that many will find it hard to stomach, leave you shaken to its core but you'll walk out of it feeling like you've just witnessed something epic and lastly, a sense of loss to see it end. It was brilliant, it was helluva dark and it was pretty darn phenomenal if I must say. I frankly don't know; just like I don't have the answer to life but I'm gonna have to kick myself for that.
View all 88 comments. Shelves: abducted , do-me-baby , erotica-dark , gangbang-party-favor , lendable , man-whore , rape , sex-slave , voyeurism-lets-watch , cheaters-suck. Dealing with Caleb was all about perspective. What a Wicked Erotic Feast!! Holy Hell, I am a sick fuck!! How can my heart belong to murdering, human trafficking, rapist!?!? But Caleb is no prince charming.
He is the monster that nightmares are made of. Caleb Olivia has been through hell. She's been beaten, abducted, raped, and told that she will b Dealing with Caleb was all about perspective. She's been beaten, abducted, raped, and told that she will become a sex slave. Livvie is a survivor that has managed to stay strong. But even she is afraid that all of Caleb's mind fuckery has affected her. Because, how can a sane person love their captor? Caleb has wanted Livvie from the moment he laid eyes on her.
But she was never meant to be his. She was just a tool. A weapon to be used for revenge. Damn these two were beyond intense! Their passion was off the charts. Caleb's jealousy over his Kitten was palpable and almost violent. Livvie was a pawn to be used sexually, but Caleb couldn't stand the thought of another man touching her.
I just want my freedom. I want to be free, Caleb. You will experience a vast range of emotions while reading this book. This book had it all. It was a Wicked Erotic feast! Fast paced but very thorough. CJ Roberts weaves a violent tale of lust, love, trust, and the ultimate betrayal.
There is blackmail, murder, rape, and violence. There were jaw dropping moments that I would have never predicted. The secondary characters are so vivid and have depth. I loved Felipe and Celia's characters. And Agents Sloan and Reed were perfect. I craved more of them also There is no black or white.
The lines get blurred and everything is gray. You will hate a character one moment, then feel sympathy or love for them two chapters later. I have to admire any author that can play my emotions with such ease. I look forward to more from C. Roberts because she really brought her A game with this series!!
Apr 22, Rhonda rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-own , favorites , swoonworthy-anti-hero. I understood. He was a man, and I? I was nothing but a girl, not even a woman. All this, from a simple touch. I'll admit, it was cover love that first got my attention but, it seemed from the moment I read the blurb I was compelled to read this book.
Roberts challenged me in so many ways as a reader, she took me completely out of my comfort zone, she gave me an anti-hero that I should have hated and made me love him! No matter how dark Captive in the Dark was, I continued to turn the pages. By the time I finished, I was a hot mess of emotions, and that little masochist in me wanted more of this story desperately!
I fully credit Mrs. Roberts for seducing me to the dark side. I was fortunate enough to be a beta reader for this book, and thus begins my journey into The Dark Duet 2. This will not be a plot review, as I don't want to spoil anything for the reader. Roberts has an incredible literary talent that goes beyond just the words on the page.
She has the ability to reach inside you and provoke a wide array of feelings and emotions. They may not always be pleasant, but for an author to be able to do what she does is incredible.
From the author of, Captive in the Dark, comes the long awaited sequel: Seduced in the Dark What is the price of redemption? Rescued from sexual slavery by a. Seduced in the Dark book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. BOOK TWO OF THE DARK DUETThe exciting, titillating, and act.
This story washed trough me in waves of love, anger, pleasure, sorrow, heartbreak, and at times even humor. I can't even begin to tell you how devastatingly beautiful this book is written.
I can see the growth Roberts has made as a writer, and she has a wonderful voice, keep your eye on this author she is a talent on the rise, I truly believe that! She's willful, stubborn and challenges Caleb on so any levels. Olivia and Caleb were scorchingly hot in this book! The dubious consent isn't as prevalent in this story.
Olivia is even funny at times even when the current situation is messed up, she'll have something funny fly out of her mouth. Livvy also wears her heart on her sleeve, and there are times it's almost costly for herself and Caleb. Oh how much I adore him! I started loving him in the first book, but after this book I fell completely in love! There were a couple of times I wanted to throttle him.
But some of his actions would later come back to haunt him. He's so complex, and damaged. The man that started this journey for retribution, ended up on a path of self-discovery and intense heartbreak. His story absolutely tore me up, it ripped my heart to shreds!! There has always been something unsettling to me about him. Caleb's savior, his mentor, and his teacher of sorts. It has bothered me to no end that Caleb feels he owes Rafiq unconditionally, and is constantly browbeaten with it. We also meet a couple of interesting new characters, Dr. Sloan and Agent Reed. It's actually the banter between these two characters and Olivia that provide some of the laughs in this story.
The dynamics between Sloan and Reed could make for it's own story in the future To the returning readers of this series, I can say this You absolutely won't be disappointed. This story is one helluva ride you won't want to miss. As I approached the last quarter of the story, I felt like I stepped into a Quentin Tarantino film, it was fabulous! There were so many twists and turns to the plot, things that took me by surprise! The writing is crisp, the plot is tight, and I wasn't able to find any holes. This book is not mainstream erotica, there's a brilliant story being told, and it ended up being one of my favorite books ever!
View all 53 comments. Sep 09, Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it it was amazing Shelves: these-books-are-the-shit , kinky-sex , panty-melting-moments. I mean he is a sick fuck, a child stolen from his parents, sold as a whore and then trained to a cold hearted killer who kidnaps girls and trains them to be sex slaves all for his quest for revenge. I loved this book. BUT the way this book made me feel?! I cried, well actually sobbed in parts!
Had a smirk like the cat that got the cream, smiled, sighed, and squirmed. Just ugh.
I'm not sure if I can put it on here so I didnt but go and check it out! View all 10 comments. Quote: It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human beings revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie. You have probably read my review for the first book so you know I felt at the beginning of this book. I desperately needed to know how it will end. When the books picks up, we get to see Olivia in the present safe and sound to a degree back in the States.
I get it might be a set up for another book, but I just did not care! So has my relationship with Caleb and Olivia improved? Not so much. I just thought that her character development was strange but what do I know about people who are captured to become sex slaves, right? I just did not understand or connect with her. That was a dick move. Caleb had disappointed me at that point and I was so mad! My relationship with him slightly improved since the first book because he was significantly less sadistic in comparison to him in Captive.
As for the supporting characters in Captive there were almost none I only liked Felipe. I thought he was the only with some brain, I guess. I have already commented on Agent Reed and if I forget that, than I have to take into consideration that he kind of sucked as an agent. I read CITD nearly a year ago so the wait has been a killer! I can tell you now that this book will leave you breathless! Enjoy and yes, get those kleenex. I definitely cried in this one!
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