Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1)

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

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a day to digest this and be able to write a review. I found the writing to be sound- the grammar was a lot better than many of the books in this genre, the characters had backstories, there were good descriptions used to give the reader good visuals of the characters and locations.
That said, I almost didn’t finish this book. The scene relatively early with the belt was just too violent for me. I’m not offended by a belt spanking, but that’s not what happened there. That was a beating. A whipping. And I’m not ok with it. Then relatively shortly thereafter is a scene where he forces her into anal sex against her will (whether she later claims to enjoy it or not is immaterial to me- consent should be granted prior to penetration). Once I got past that the book got much more palatable, but those two scenes nearly made me put it down. I don’t so much consider this a dark romance as a dark tale of human trafficking/slavery. I can’t wrap my head around how Livvie could ever develop real, genuine feelings for the man who (physically and mentally) abused and humiliated her. I feel like Stockholm Syndrome and/or PTSD would be more likely than love. But I digress…
I like the writer’s voice/style, and once I got past those hard scenes that made me feel a bit sick I was gripped by the story. Would she get away? Would he find her? What would happen when he found her? Although, real talk, I feel like I would’ve shot him when I had the gun before I ran off. She didn’t, and he was right on her heels with a quickness. Granted it turned out she had jumped from the pan into the fire and he ended up helping her, but if she had shot him to begin with she wouldn’t have been so desperate and may not have ended up with Tiny anyway. But then, we would have a different story where she gets saved, moves home, meets a nice boy, and has her HEA with him. So again, I digress.
I gave four stars because, even though it was a little too much for me, I did find it to be a good book.
If you have relatively steely nerves you will probably love this whole book. I DO recommend it to such people. If you are a little more squeamish like me, and look away from acts of harsh violence even in movies and TV shows, then this might not be for you. It is for this reason that I won’t be reading the second book right now. Or maybe ever. We’ll see.

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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.

Print Length: 261pgs
Kindle Locations: 3669
Word Count:72,000

Published by Amanda Marie

Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes. Just out here doing my part for humanity- these books won't read themselves.

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