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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A HIGHLY EMOTIONAL READ!

If you want to read a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride; simultaneously shocks and awes you, then this is it. In ¿Captive in the Dark¿, author CJ Roberts gives us a good look at the world of pleasure slaves and their trainers. A world devoid of lov...
If you want to read a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride; simultaneously shocks and awes you, then this is it. In ¿Captive in the Dark¿, author CJ Roberts gives us a good look at the world of pleasure slaves and their trainers. A world devoid of love or mercy; a world of traitors and revenge where only the fearless and powerful has a chance of surviving. All Livvie ever wanted was for her mother to love her, for her dreams of the handsome angel who rescued her from an evil pursuer on the street to come true; and ultimately for a pair of loving arms to hold her. She is a victim, but a victim who will fight back long after the reader thinks she is broken and crushed into absolute submission. I found Livvie¿s character to be a breath of fresh air. So often female characters are portrayed as needy, clingy and weak, but she was exactly the opposite. Despite the horrendous physical and emotional torture she suffered, she remained strong, courageous and displayed a maturity beyond her years. Caleb on the other hand does not know or understand what love is. A victim of circumstance himself, he chose power, revenge and an impossible debt to a friend, to be his final escape from victimhood. But, can he ever completely escape being a victim? Could love, the one thing he does not know or understand, make him a victim again? Having said this, I think CJ Roberts created the most realistic characters I have ever come across in a book. She allows her characters to grow along with the story; developing as well as revealing depths to their personalities, hidden beneath layers of hurt and disillusionment. As the story alternates between the third person point of view of Caleb, and Livvie's first person point of view, the reader gets a very close look at the true thoughts and feelings of both. This highly effective style of writing serves to bring the reader deeper into the story, making it a truly unforgettable, emotional experience. The story is written with an intensity which will leave you numb; dreading and cursing the cruelty of the slave trainer and crying your heart out with, and for Livvie¿.. and yes ¿ sometimes even for Caleb. Extreme betrayal plays a key role in this book. Livvie's love for her mother betrayed; and Caleb - all too aware of the ever present possibility of betrayal by his friend Rafiq, his thug helpers and even Livvie. I truly admire the author for maintaining such a high level of emotional intensity and stomach churning tension throughout the book. Her insight into human weaknesses and raw emotions is astonishing! Yet, in spite of all this horror and cruelty, there are some heartrendingly beautiful and touching moments in the story. (As this book deals with the subject of pleasure slaves and kidnapping in a very real way, there are scenes and subject matter which might offend sensitive readers and thus is not suitable for readers below the age of eighteen. It contains scenes of severe cruelty, deviant sexual practices and violence which, although realistic, may offend sensitive readers.) (Ellen Fritz)

posted by Books4Tomorrow on December 10, 2011

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17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Disturbing, Mind-Blowing, and the Only Book I Ever Wanted to Return

I read Captive in the Dark in one sitting, staying up until after 2 am to finish it. I DID NOT enjoy the experience. I bought the book in spite of the reviews, almost certainly out of morbid curiousity. The recent influx of BDSM-themed romance novels patterened after Fi...
I read Captive in the Dark in one sitting, staying up until after 2 am to finish it. I DID NOT enjoy the experience. I bought the book in spite of the reviews, almost certainly out of morbid curiousity. The recent influx of BDSM-themed romance novels patterened after Fifty Shades in fascinating. Apparently there are so many single, handsome, well-built BDSM billionaires about these days that every secretary, personal assistant or intern can have one for her very own. But this book is no romance, although B&N has chosen to place it in the Romance category.

The principle male character, Caleb, is no romantic figure. He is tortured and damaged. Kidnapped when he was very young and raised in the Middle East, he has endured a childhood of sexual abuse, violence and pain that is devoid of love or morality. He has suppressed all memories of a happy home and a loving mother. He is a survivor. The only human being he feels a connection to is Rafiq, the man who saved him and taught him to kill and train sex slaves. The main focus in Rafiq's life is to exact revenge on the Russian billionaire who destroyed his family. And since Caleb feels he ows everything to Rafiq, who he views as his savior, Caleb is determined to help Rafiq achieve this goal. Thus driven, Caleb travels to California to search out a female he will kidnap and train as a sex slave. Once the female is ready, she will be sold to the Russian as a decoy, to distract him while Rafiq destroys everything he holds dear and then murders him.

Livvie is the female Caleb targets for kidnapping. The victim of an abusive childhood herself, Livvie is eighteen; she is bright, ambitious, and determined to rise above her past and live a meaningful and productive life. Of course, her life changes abruptly and irrevocably when she meets Caleb. But she is also a survivor.

Captive in the Dark is well written and evocative. I admired Livvie; she is spunky and brave and eventually rises above Caleb's attempts to break her. I want her to escape and get home to the mother she loves in spite of her abuse. I DO NOT admire Caleb, but recognize that he can't help what he has become. The story introduces the reader to a world that is largely only whispered about, a world where life is cheap and people are commodities to be bought, sold and used as those in power see fit. This is not a world I would willingly visit again.

posted by Pfaux on August 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Disturbing, Mind-Blowing, and the Only Book I Ever Wanted to Return

    I read Captive in the Dark in one sitting, staying up until after 2 am to finish it. I DID NOT enjoy the experience. I bought the book in spite of the reviews, almost certainly out of morbid curiousity. The recent influx of BDSM-themed romance novels patterened after Fifty Shades in fascinating. Apparently there are so many single, handsome, well-built BDSM billionaires about these days that every secretary, personal assistant or intern can have one for her very own. But this book is no romance, although B&N has chosen to place it in the Romance category.

    The principle male character, Caleb, is no romantic figure. He is tortured and damaged. Kidnapped when he was very young and raised in the Middle East, he has endured a childhood of sexual abuse, violence and pain that is devoid of love or morality. He has suppressed all memories of a happy home and a loving mother. He is a survivor. The only human being he feels a connection to is Rafiq, the man who saved him and taught him to kill and train sex slaves. The main focus in Rafiq's life is to exact revenge on the Russian billionaire who destroyed his family. And since Caleb feels he ows everything to Rafiq, who he views as his savior, Caleb is determined to help Rafiq achieve this goal. Thus driven, Caleb travels to California to search out a female he will kidnap and train as a sex slave. Once the female is ready, she will be sold to the Russian as a decoy, to distract him while Rafiq destroys everything he holds dear and then murders him.

    Livvie is the female Caleb targets for kidnapping. The victim of an abusive childhood herself, Livvie is eighteen; she is bright, ambitious, and determined to rise above her past and live a meaningful and productive life. Of course, her life changes abruptly and irrevocably when she meets Caleb. But she is also a survivor.

    Captive in the Dark is well written and evocative. I admired Livvie; she is spunky and brave and eventually rises above Caleb's attempts to break her. I want her to escape and get home to the mother she loves in spite of her abuse. I DO NOT admire Caleb, but recognize that he can't help what he has become. The story introduces the reader to a world that is largely only whispered about, a world where life is cheap and people are commodities to be bought, sold and used as those in power see fit. This is not a world I would willingly visit again.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    B and N

    Why is the follow up to this nook available on amazon kindle but not available for the nook. Come on barnes and noble you specialize in books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Slow start

    I didn't like the start, but as u keep reading I couldn't but it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Not horrible.

    It was ok

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Pretty good but...

    The writing is tons better then 50 shades of birdcage liner, but at this point I guess I'm a little burnt out of every book having to have Dom/sub or in this case master/slave relationships. Definitely worth reading though

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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