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

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

by CJ Roberts

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BN ID: 2940152266894
Publisher: CJ Roberts
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Dark Duet , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 50,826
File size: 334 KB

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Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 231 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suprisingly deep, and dark. Has way more suspense than i expected. I stayed up all night and read it, i couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book basically tried make international sex slavery romantic. Are you kidding me! Gross! Do NOT recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the start, but as u keep reading I couldn't but it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased so I finished reading this and the second book. Wasn't really taken with the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much emotion and passion. So twisted yet your drawn to caleb. I didnt put this down! You will laugh, you'll cry but you wont regret reading it! Come on september!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think im the only one who didn't enjoy this book. I've have read some pretty dark books before but this was just plan disturbing. The one thing i'll give this book is its Believable but thats about it. i don't like Caleb, I can't understand him. I'm all for revenge but this is too twisted. I don't see how some girls actually enjoyed his character and calling him a dark hero. The whole book i wanted to tie him to my car (alive) and drive from Boston to LA without stopping. Bottom line i don't think this is an erotica its more of a sad, dark, crime novel. This book is for some people but i'm not one of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes,it was emotional. Yes, it was twisted. Yes, I read it twice. I rarely reread. Not the kind of love story I was expecting but if you like real without all the happy endings with a thriller vibe then I recommend. I'm writing this review over two years later. Mainly because I forgot and also because I find myself searching for any new books from this author every few months. Writing style is descriptive without being too wordy.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I read this book a long time ago, rated it 5 stars, but never reviewed it. Recently I did a reread and wanted to write some focusing on Caleb. I love Caleb, who is one of my top ten of all times in the book boyfriends department. The first thing that stands out to me in the beginning is how much pleasure he derives just from watching her, before anything has even happened (as far as the Livvie/Caleb situation). He was excited and instantly drawn to her. The reader feels suspended on the edge of their seat waiting to find out what will happen, how it will play out. After her abduction, she still can't hate him even though she feels she should. While he is completely consumed with her, she is not immune. She dreams of him, a perfect angel. Although he may look like heaven, he is equal parts heaven and hell. -He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within.- As more details of his past are provided, he becomes an even more complex character. He is so gorgeous and his been so tormented and is now fighting his desires, emotions, background, pain, fate, etc etc etc. I wanted to hold the little boy he once was and encourage the man he is that he could change his future. The entire story is up then down, emotional wave after emotional wave, surprise, sexiness, ugliness, doom and hope. It just doesn't get much better. I know this isn't a proper review, but as I stated I just wanted to write a little on Caleb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is #2????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing read might have been the fastest book I have ever read it was hard too put down can't wait too read the rest off the series
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Megan Sparrow for Readers' Favorite Captive in the Dark follows the emotional and physical journey of Livvie, a young girl who gets kidnapped. As well as telling her story, CJ Roberts also tells the story from the perspective of Livvie’s captor, the unbearable and handsome Caleb, who is both her tormentor and her comforter. Whilst Caleb attempts to train her as a pleasure slave, using her as a pawn to get his own revenge, and Livvie struggles to accept the hand she’s been dealt, they both find themselves developing feelings for one another. However, despite her confusing feelings towards him, when the chance to escape presents itself, Livvie takes it and finds that she has jumped from the frying pan into the fire, leaving her kidnapper to rescue her. This book was seriously dark – I loved it! It was twisted and unconventional, which I found really refreshing. It feels almost morally wrong to admit that I liked it because of the subject matter! The characters were really well developed; Livvie’s reactions were totally understandable, even her romantic feelings towards Caleb. As for Caleb, despite being incredibly cruel to her at times, CJ Roberts somehow made him seem redeemable, in part because of his past and also because he had a reason for kidnapping her – not that it makes it right, of course, but at least he has a reason instead of just kidnapping her out of greed or cruelty. Captive in the Dark ends on a cliff-hanger, which made me desperate to read the second book, and the first chapter of Seduced in the Dark (Book 2) at the end only enhanced my curiosity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to like but you somehow end up there. At times I wanted to give up on but by the end I wanted to continue the series. While I would consider purchasing the rest to find out how it ends, they are further down my wishlist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opened me up to true fear. I no longer FEAR things that go bump in the night. It's what walks among us in the light that we should fear. Captive in the Dark was like a Lifetime movie on steriods. Girl meets man and life spins off track horribly. But i loved the spin. Livvie and Caleb are both such tragic characters in their own right. It scares me to think that somewhere out there something similiar is unfolding. Slavery in any form is a sin and women are always a hot commodity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline was amazing! As this story progresses it feels like the info revealed about the 2 main charactors will lead to spoilers but it just adds to the intenseness of the plot. I loved it!
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The journey is what I loved...
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