Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts

4 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.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.


   My Thoughts; Wow, I don't even know how to begin this review. I read this book after a friend's recommendation. At first I was intrigued, then disgusted, then intrigued again, then disgusted with myself. I had so many conflicting emotions while reading this book that I had no idea how I felt. It has now been a week since reading and I am still supremely conflicted. 

   Livvie is just a girl afraid of becoming exactly like her mother. Her biggest fear is being labeled a whore and that is exactly what Caleb intends for her to become ... only worse, she has no choice in the matter. Caleb has lived the life he is sentencing Livvie too. And even though he knows exactly what type of hell he is condemning her too, he continues with his quest for the ultimate revenge.

   There are so many times during this book that I find myself really loving Caleb. I see bits and pieces of the man he most likely would have become had he had the chance. But then I also am so completely and utterly put off by him. How can a person disgust you while simultaneously making your heart flutter?? That is the question that plagued me through this entire book. To quote a friend .... 'It is a total mindf**k' I had to put it down and just walk away at times because the book is so intense that your brain needs a break. I would definitely recommend this book, but I will caution anyone who wants to read it ... PLEASE read the authors warning. (listed above)

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