Absolutely!!! I was hesitant to purchase this book, after reading all of the reviews. I felt ashamed that I wanted to, because so many readers seemed torn about subjecting themselves to the type of content. I will admit, some parts were hard to stomach, but I feel the author did an excellent job in not glorifying them. She painted a realistic picture of how any form of love could be birthed from the interaction of these two main characters. I guess I left my listen thinking, "I don't beat myself up for loving Scarface," so I will allow Captive in the Dark the same courtesy. Listen to this book. You will not regret it!
I'd definitely say Livvy. She is strong and innocent at the same time. She is well developed so that you don't really ever fault her for the choices she makes, even when falling for her captor. Because Caleb was so conscious of her pleasure and protection...even in the horrible times...it's hard not to understand her conflict. Come on, ladies, being a man's breakfast early on in an intimate relationship makes it hard to think straight!!
No, but she is wonderful! She makes distinctive character voices, with varying accents. She made the Duet such a nice listen!!
Not hardly, but I wish I could have.
Again, though this book has a dirty underbelly, it is very well written. All of the "good" parts make up for the times you are certain to wince. Get this book asap. :)
No. I think I would have preferred reading this one, but overall, the tone of Epilogue was juvenile and it didn't match the first two books in the series. It felt like a quickly written response to fans who wanted more from a story that had ended so well already in the Duet.
I liked a few of the tender moments. I liked finding out what happened in the gap between the end and the epilogue of Seduced in the Dark.
The least interesting is Epilogue's epilogue 2.0--it is the most juvenile of juvenile commentary in the book.
Let me say this first--I think Anthony Elmer has a good voice. I think he would bode well with comedy, or even the Brothers In Arms series. As Caleb/James, not so much. Another point in his favor is that I think the actual writing lent itself to a bubblegum interpretation.
Mostly though, he needed the accent that Emily Durante, or anyone who could do it justice, could portray. He read way too fast, and the characters seemed way more comical than the serious ones we had grown accustomed to in the Duet. If he'd read with more even pace and sensuality, I think I would have been able to overlook the missing accent (some). Still, the tone of the writing was what drastically changed.
No, but the Duet may bode well on Cinemax.
Even though Caleb and Livvie were "above ground" in this book, I think it was too light. It was difficult to go from an erotic scene, or a (borderline) anger scene, to most of the others, because it was so OMG--so Twitterverse--so Sweet Sixteen. I purposely used that terminology to put you in the frame of mind I was in as I listened, after expecting to read about the adult challenges of two broken people trying to make a twisted love work, without the comfort of seclusion. I don't think you can go back to being a bubblegum teen after being human trafficked. Thankfully, I don't know for sure, but that's my best guess. The series would have ended better at book 2.
The climax of the story was really wonderful! I felt the book ended a bit abruptly, but I guess that's why there's an epilogue.
Finding out Caleb's past.
I don't want to give it away, but as I said before, I enjoyed the climax of the story very much.
Not hardly!! But I should have taken more days than I did. My kids got shooed away all too often.
I enjoyed book one more than this one, only because of the writing style. It was more intense to be in one world, Caleb and Kitten's world, than it was to go back and forth between that and Livvy telling the story to FBI agents. On the one hand, it was the same as the first book, without knowing why we would go from 1st person narrative (when we were listening to Livvy's POV) to 3rd person when we got more of Caleb's plight. I didn't care for the FBI agents' side story at all. It seemed unnecessary. These are the only two reasons I took away stars. I really enjoyed the series and the narrator.
It was good to get Jesse's entire backstory, and the narrator was excellent.
I liked the progression and changes that were necessarily made in the relationship between Jesse and Ava.
There were many, but I think I enjoyed hearing Jesse's inner dialogue in the epilogue. He actually is humorous, which was difficult to see without knowing his thoughts.
I think this could have easily been a two-book series. I hated book one, loved booked two, and liked book three very much. Had the author combined the three into two, I think it would have been an excellent decision.
Probably. The narrator of this series is magnificent. I can't imagine my brain bringing as much life to the characters.
Of course, FSOG--which is why I sought a Christian Gray replacement.
I LOVE the very last scene the most.
Ok. Call me Benedict Arnold, because I'm a turncoat. I hated This Man--the characters were underdeveloped, there was no plot, and the only reason I listened to the whole thing was because of the narrator. That and my undying angst over wanting the author to make some sense of these characters for me. That said, I would still recommend anyone to skip book one, read the summary of it, and jump right into Beneath This Man!!
This book was REALLY good. It had less sex overall, but more meaningful sex than its predecessor. There was a moving plot! Things were crazy, but they also made sense. The characters filled out so much that I almost (ALMOST) wanted the story to end on the note that it did. But, I'm glad it didn't and I will happily use my cash--as I am out of credits--to hear book 3.
My only fear is that this book is better than the first AND the third. Fingers crossed. Off I go!
No. I'm one of the Christian Gray recovery victims looking for a fill. This is not it. There wasn't much to the plot, and there was no dimension in the two main characters. He's over the top (as was Christian Gray), but he never gives a reason. Even the inner monologue leaves me unsatisfied. The last 1/8 of the book actually spins up curiosity enough where, sad to say, I invested in the second book just in hopes of getting any answer at all about why Ava and Jesse do the things they do. So far, the second one is much better, but I think it's pretty unfair to basically use a whole book as a means of being a cliffhanger for a second. I'll give it to the publishers for keeping the reader just curious enough to hope the characters have any reason at all behind their actions--it's a smart sales strategy, unfortunately.
See comments above. Make sense of the characters' actions and have a developed plot.
I literally don't have one.
No. I can't see anyone finding sympathy or empathy for either main character. Again, the only reason I am listening to the second one is because I am nosy and hate to leave things unfinished. A series definitely wouldn't work, and I wouldn't recommend a film.
I would've named the main character something other than Ava (a la Ana in 50 Shades), and with her being older and more experienced than Ana, I'd liked to have seen her make more sense. Mind you, there were several points in 50 Shades that made me crazy with the decisions Ana made, but they were realistic, based on the depth of character that was clearly painted. In this case Ava accepts a domineering man who really does nothing other than sex her up and send her flowers, with no understanding or communication about why--then her way of rebelling is by making and breaking promises constantly. I don't know these characters, other than the fact that they are physically attracted to each other, which was not established by words or situation, but by a literal electrical jolt between them when they touched the first time. From there, he bosses her around and she hates him for it, but loves him and does it anyway. Then she lies to him, breaks promises---oh yeah, I already said that. That's how the book feels. Ugh.
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