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.
I know, why do I read stuff like this if I'm going to be offended? In some way, I must like it. I just don't understand how all of the other reviewers can sigh and swoon over Caleb. He's a twisted, dick-head, with very few redeeming qualities.
SPOILER ALERT--So he captures her and then proceeds to do horrible things to her (I mean really awful!), then she gets away for a bit and runs into more unsavory scum-bags (cause that's all there is in Mexico-sigh). These guys help her contact her friend, beat her up and ALMOST rape her, and she thinks Caleb is her savior. Caleb actually did rape her! And he beat her too, and he starves her and he tied her standing up and left her and so many other things. How is he better than the bikers are?
People are strange...why do they like this, myself included. But other than, some of the ridiculous plot points I stated above, I did--at times--think it was gripping, and a little bit sexy. I don't know if I'll read the next one though. If I thought, Caleb might get his due I would. She should make him pay—that, I would sign up to read/hear!
This book is annoyingly horrible. I couldn't even finish it and theres nothing romantic or sexy about some dumbass falling involve with her captor. Stockholm Syndrome is not sexy and in this case, its pathetic.
I read fantasy and smut and sometimes I read smutty fantasy.
I saw the high rating and thought sure, why not try it. I don't mind a raunchy book, but this one made me ill. Way too creepy. The whole story line was way too Boko Haram meets 50 Shades of Grey. These happen to be two things I dislike and to me the combination is distasteful. I was unable to finish the book.
From the reviews I was expecting a pretty hot story. I was a little disappointed, it was like the writer was new to writing sex scenes. There were moments that made me tingle in all the right places, but I was hoping for more richly fleshed out, descriptive writing. As it was, it was hard to visualize the scenes. I had to rewind a lot ( and not just the sex scenes ) to envision what the writer was trying to convey. The plot itself was interesting; master and slave finding their feelings for each other. Book 1 is a vehicle that sets up the rest of the series. The reader was okay, but she didn't have a sultry voice...she was just okay. All-in-all an okay story. Better series: Kushiel's Legacy and Meredth Gentry.
NYT writer of romantic suspense with a serious addiction to audiobooks.
I'm almost embarrassed to admit I enjoyed these books, but fantasy is fantasy, and if it works, it works. Not for the faint of heart or anyone wanting a sweet, gentle love story. I'd probably listen to certain scenes again, but not the entire book.
LOL! I'm ashamed to admit it. I did like the hero's background, and how really wicked he was, wanting to lick the heroine's tears.
Emily Durante is always good.
Don't trust gorgeous heroes.
It's not a great book, but it's sort of fun kink and better written (and much better narrated) than 50 Shades of Gray. There's all the naughty stuff -- bondage, toys, anal sex, spanking - but it doesn't pretend to be anything else, and the characters have justifiable (almost) motivation.
I liked how well the characters were written. They had depth .
The characters were well written. The story line was well paced and the characters had depth.
She did a good job using her voice inflection for each character witch gave them more depth.
This book was full of moments that effected me. Not especially comfortable ones. This is a disturbing story, for me it was difficult to listen to. Its very well written but the problem for me is that I know this is very real for many boys and girls,aprox. 35 every day from the U.S. alone. So there was a very disturbing gross feeling about this story
This was difficult on many so many levels. I don't have a problem with BDSM,sometimes its fun and hot,this isn't anything like that.This is a very twisted story line. This is such a hard book to rate because its well written but uncomfortable in the extreme so I could not feel I could punish the author because of my personal tastes. Be very careful though in regards to choosing this one.
This book ranks up there with Fifty Shades and the Crossfire series, only with a lot more twist and turns.
Caleb, there are so many layers to his character. You love and hate him at the same time.
Claeb, the voice she gave Caleb was very authentic.
Yes, I was up all night listening.
I would like to see the Epilogue as an audiobook
I like BDSM stories like FSOG, "The Training", "The Submissive", etc., but I just couldn't get into this one. To be perfectly honest I couldn't even finish it. The lead character in the book was so despicable that I couldn't get to the part of the book promised by the teaser where he begins to have feelings for the poor unfortunate girl that he kidnaps and beats mercilessly to train her to become a real slave. And it's what he does for a living! He admits to "ruining the lives of hundreds of women" without any regret. Who has time for that? Not me. Unless you like to read about real desperation and misery, avoid this one!
Captive in the Dark is a truly disturbing story and so the book isn't one you love but just like the proverbial train wreck, you just have to keep reading.
I was so pleased that Livy fought for her freedom - even though it didn't work out for her - at least she tried.
Emily Durante's narration gave Livy's character an intensity that was necessary to convey the desperation, elation, frustration and terror that was Livy's life.
There is no way I could listen to this book in one sitting - it was way too intense.
Be warned that this is not a feel good romance - but if you are able to separate yourself from the story it is an excellent read.
I love to read and listen to erotica all types and paranormal vamps and shifters
This was a really good book I didn't think I would like the subject this much it is a well written story.I fell for Caleb even though he was so hard to love at times I still fell for him. I loved how the book showed both points of views and how it kept switching back and forth. MY god the ending... Talk about a cliff hanger
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