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Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1 | [CJ Roberts]

Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

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 12 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.
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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 12 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.

©2013 CJ Roberts (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Katheryne MD, United States 11-11-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"

    I really wanted to hate this book, but in the end I actually loved it. I wonder what that says about me as a reader/listener? The subject matter of this book was seriously disturbing and made me extremely uncomfortable. There were many times I had to put this one down and could not revisit it for several days. There is abduction, beatings, rape and overall humiliation of another human being. How could this possibly be a love story? Perhaps I’m de-sensitized or nothing really shocks me anymore. No matter the reason, the author really pulls this one off. She manages to make the reader care for the hero and heroine. And despite all the horrible things Caleb does to Livvie, I still wanted them to end up together.

    This was a very dark listen but it was well worth my credit.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy United States 08-12-13
    Jordy United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "A twisted tale that I loved, loved, LOVED!!"

    This book makes you honestly feel horror, disgust, pity, anger, lust, shame, hatred, love...I promise all types of emotions. It's dark, twisted and disturbing on so many levels but still I just could NOT stop!! At times, I really hated some of the things that happened, but the story was so intensely addictive that I couldn't help but love, love, love it!!! Captive in the Dark starts off with two men planning revenge. Caleb & Rafiq both seek the death of one man by the name of Vladek Rostrovich. But first Caleb has to secure a slave. The only way to get close to Vladek would be to enter a virgin slave into the Flower sale in Pakistan. Caleb has to get a girl & train her in six weeks, then go across the ocean to Rafiq in the middle east. Caleb finds Olivia. 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...  I loved how honest she was with Caleb and how she would rebel against him. She had a true fighter spirit that could not beat out of her through the whole book. I won't give anything more away. You will just have to listen to this story without any expectations. I want to tell you how much I truly LOVED this story, and convince you all to buy this book.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Colorado Springs, CO 10-04-13
    Cheryl Colorado Springs, CO 10-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disturbingly Drawn In"

    Okay, let's be honest. You shouldn't want to like this sort of content, but like car accidents, you can't help but look. I was disturbed that I was drawn into this story and felt disgust at times that I was so intrigued. However, the author does such a great job of revealing facets of Olivia and Caleb that are worth investing in. She helps you move beyond the superficial situation to believe in what could be there between them. You really start to understand and sympathize with each character’s plight and hope for a way out for them both. They are both damaged, but are stronger because of it. It’s strange to see something grow between them given the situation, but you can’t help but hope they will rise above it all. I will be listening to the next book to find out how they get to their HEA. Obviously they will, but I can't wait to find out how. It's a great story and great narration. Don't miss this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-25-13
    Gwendolyn Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!

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    "Wasn't sure......and then I was"

    I read A LOT of reviews before deciding to "read" this book and it's follow up Seduced in the Dark. The idea of reading about sexual slavery was a little off-putting but the reviews were so convincing I had to find out for myself. This book was very thought provoking and sometimes it just made me mad! That being said I very early on identified and fell in love with the characters. Livy the suspected submissive turns out to be something else all together, although her survival instinct is strong. Caleb her kidnapper, in this book just shows us small portions of his true personality and we glimpse the man behind the beast. It kind of felt like a modern day beauty and the beast story but with a very dark point of view. As all good books do, this one made me laugh, cry and get extremely frustrated with the characters. There is some bondage and demeaning situations towards women and there is just enough of a back story to make you understand what makes Caleb the way he is. This story is not for the weak at heart and is the first of two books. My only complaint is the narrators male voice. It was just odd but not enough to stop me listening. Kudos to C.J. Roberts for tactfully addressing and telling a good story centered around very hard subject matter.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ziegler Pleasantville, PA USA 09-14-13
    K. Ziegler Pleasantville, PA USA 09-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent"

    Loved this book even though content is very dark unlike anything I have ever read before. This story pulls you and I found myself very engrossed in it.

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    Sherry Dudley Richmond, VA 09-07-13
    Sherry Dudley Richmond, VA 09-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I like sexy erotica with a good storyline. Fantasy or sci-fi or just something that captures my attention right away.

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    "Best Series I Have Ever Read!"

    See my full review under the second book: Seduced in the Dark, Dark Duet, Book 2. I was so enthralled with this book that I immediately bought the second one and listened non-stop for three days. I couldn't put it down! Not for the faint-hearted though. Some of the subject matter is very disturbing....but that's what held my attention as I bit my nails in anticipation!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-15-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-15-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Captivating But Sick"

    Nothing describes this book better than this quote by one of the main protagonists - Olivia. I went to listen to this story with open mind and without prejudices. Captive in the Dark evoked so many powerful emotions in me, mainly anger, hatred, pitty and disgust. But even though I found behaviour of main characters and things that were happening sick and twisted, I just had to keep reading. Writing was superb, captivating and perfect. Unfortunatelly I could not give it more than 3 stars since I had no connection with characters and I really did not like Caleb at all. And once I am not able to connect with characters, I cannot fully enjoy the book. Moreover, Olivia went through pure hell in this story so how could I enjoy that?

    "Distroying lives was something he was good at."

    I admire author for her attempt to create something original and different but quote above is just one of the characteristics of main male lead of this story. How can someone so twisted be a "hero" of the book? He was nothing more than sick and cruel individual in my eyes. I read couple of dark stories before. But main characters in them were usually forced to do twisted and sadistic things or they had no other choice. They never did it willingly or they never found pleasure in it the way Caleb did in this book. I understood his reasons for revenge, but in this case it was impossible to have some compassion for a person who condemns innocent people to terrible life he had once experienced himself. So by the time he showed some signs of human thinking, I just did not care.

    This was not a romance story. This was story about humiliation, broken individuals, sick minds and unimaginable cruelty. Also, this book was like a drug. I knew nothing good was waiting for me at the end but I just could not stop reading and I definitely do not regret reading it.
    I really feel the narrator did not suit the story her attempt at male voices was poor at best.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Van Alstyne, TX, United States 10-10-13
    Jennifer Van Alstyne, TX, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow-pure shock!"
    What did you love best about Captive in the Dark?

    The suspense-the wanting to know more of "why"


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me in the dark


    What does Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    excitement and wonder


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    wanting to read the next book


    Any additional comments?

    Was not too sure at first, but give it time, and you will want to know more-and get the second book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni Omaha, NE, United States 08-13-13
    Jenni Omaha, NE, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "CJ Roberts is amazing!!! Emily Durante delivers!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.Emily Durante delivers an amazing performance and does a great job taking on Caleb's strange accent. I read the complete series awhile ago and I am very impressed with the transition into audiobook format. Very happy with this purchase. Hoping Epilogue will be out soon as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Caleb and Livie's dynamic! Both characters have depth, flaws, and their will to survive is brilliantly written.


    What does Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice conveys the true desperation within each character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is upsetting due to the harsh nature of their meeting. There is nothing glamorous or loving in the sex trade and that was hard to take in. But I realize it is a story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim E. Brown Michigan 12-18-13
    Kim E. Brown Michigan 12-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Book Diva

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    "Unexpectingly Captivating"
    Where does Captive in the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks up there with Fifty Shades and the Crossfire series, only with a lot more twist and turns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caleb, there are so many layers to his character. You love and hate him at the same time.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Durante – was your favorite?

    Claeb, the voice she gave Caleb was very authentic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I was up all night listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see the Epilogue as an audiobook

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracy
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    "Better than the book"
    What made the experience of listening to Captive in the Dark the most enjoyable?

    The way it was narrated, having pitch and tone made the book feel more alive. I loved it, loved it, loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read this book a number of times and each and every time it grips me in a different way and on a different level..listening to it just took it to another level again.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    The way she seemed to 'feel' what she was saying.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love isn't always grown from kindness.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth purchasing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P. Bate
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    "Drawn out & boring"
    What disappointed you about Captive in the Dark?

    This tale is, in my opinion not very well written, I found I could not relate to the main characters (Olivia is like a whiny 12 year old & Caleb comes over like a total sleaze bag), there is simply too much of the same kind of thing happening throughout the story.


    Has Captive in the Dark put you off other books in this genre?

    No, I wouldn't say it has 'put me off' this kind of genre but I feel I won't be looking out for this kind of story in the future.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    In all honesty none of the scenes stood out.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Captive in the Dark?

    Mainly the scenes which involve Olivia's 'training' which were neither believable or enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    The one saving grace of this story was Emily Durante's portrayal of Olivia (she has a lovely voice) and I would like to hear more of her narrations but overall I'm glad I only paid £4.99 for this story but I wish I had spent my money elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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