My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Dark Duet Series by C.J. Roberts (Captive in the Dark, Seduced in the Dark, and Epilogue) – 6 STARS.
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.
Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.
The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.
Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?
Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?
HOLY SHIT! I loved this series. I also read this series a while back and I am going to review them together as they make one continuous story. They are not stand alone.
This is by far one of the most disturbing and dark stories I have ever read, but I was captivated. I normally like happy romance novels but the fact that this story grabbed me testifies to how talented C.J. Roberts is.
This series revolves around the world of sex slavery. I was absolutely disgusted with this world. It made me so angry that people can abuse children, women, and men like that. It makes sex such a dirty and vile thing. My heart bled for Caleb and Livvie both. This book literally had me rethinking my career choice to become a FBI agent to fight sex crimes.
Then there was the whole Stockholm syndrome that Livvie suffered from. How do you fall in love with your captor??? From this book, I totally get it. I kind of fell in love with Caleb too despite the terrible things he did to Livvie (and he did some TERRIBLE things to her). The glimpses of affection were enough to bring hope that Caleb would learn to love. Totally messed up right??? Well, that is good writing for you. At a certain point I felt like I was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.
This book had me tied in knots, but the ending was worth the entire journey. My heart felt at peace with the Epilogue. I was happy to see Livvie becoming a strong person and living her life. I was glad Caleb tried to make peace with his past. I was so happy they found each other. No matter how terrible their journey was, I truly felt that Livvie and Caleb were meant to b… soul mates.
I don’t think this book is for everyone because the content is so intense and I’m not sure everyone could handle this subject matter. However, for those of you who can, this is one of the best series I have read. This story stays with me and I literally needed almost a week to get over the book. TOP FAVORITE SERIES RIGHT HERE!!