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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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    Angel Claire 10-17-13
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    "Absolutely terrified!"
    What did you love best about Captive in the Dark?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was so pleased that Livy fought for her freedom - even though it didn't work out for her - at least she tried.


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

    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.


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

    There is no way I could listen to this book in one sitting - it was way too intense.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Inglewood, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Angela Inglewood, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read and listen to erotica all types and paranormal vamps and shifters

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    "Very Very Good"

    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

    1 of 1 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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Maurer San Antonio, Texas United States 12-19-14
    Lisa Maurer San Antonio, Texas United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2012

    True Story Book Blog

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    "Deep, Dark and Addictive...Caleb rocked my world"
    Would you listen to Captive in the Dark again? Why?

    Possibly...it's a very complex story with lots of details - if I hadn't already read the book before I listened to audio, I definitely would need to because it's really easy to miss the little things.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Captive in the Dark?

    Caleb...his story, his pain, everything that makes him tic. His interesting and alluring and dangerous.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    She's very clear and has a good tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anything involving Caleb and Livvie


    Any additional comments?

    There were moments with Emily where her accents got a little over the top and verging on annoying. It's easier for me to tune those out after a while, but it was a little much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Stuart Greensboro, VT USA 08-29-14
    Anne Stuart Greensboro, VT USA 08-29-14 Member Since 2009

    NYT writer of romantic suspense with a serious addiction to audiobooks.

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    "Good, Raunchy Fun"
    Would you listen to Captive in the Dark again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Captive in the Dark?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Durante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Emily Durante is always good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't trust gorgeous heroes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CT Phipps Ashland, Ky USA 08-02-14
    CT Phipps Ashland, Ky USA 08-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pleasantly surprised!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! Yes, this is a dark book. But it kept just enough light here and there so you didn't feel like you were drowning in sensitive, awkward, dubious content. Once you got over the initial shock of what was going on the story really started to develop. And you just had to know what was going to happen to Livvie? Could Caleb really do that to her?


    What other book might you compare Captive in the Dark to and why?

    There isn't one as far as I'm concerned it is a category all on it's own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably Caleb climbing in the tub with Livvie. Bathing her, taking care of her, holding her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    For revenge he will do the unthinkable.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, this a hard read. Yes, there are a lot of really awful things that go on in this book. If you have a hard time with violence this is probably not a good read for you. But if you can just get through those first really rough chapters I promise you will not be sorry you took the chance on this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyjia Miami, FL, United States 07-27-14
    Kyjia Miami, FL, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Study in Depressing"

    I picked up this book after reading mixed reviews. The cover itself shows that this may have some dark tones,definitely BSDM and so on. But this book carries dark to a new level as it does not veer from the summary. I wouldn't consider it to be BSDM, this girl is kidnapped to be sold as a sex slave in Pakistan . If you have ever watched the movie "Taken" you would realize that this actually happens as human trafficking is very real. For 98% the book she is scared, injured and defenseless. She is subject to punishment but not the consensual kind you see in other books. Even the environment is dismal, her future is dismal. There is a twisted romance, but it is a stockholm syndrome type situation.

    This writing style and narration in this book are great, they remind me of Kresley Cole's "The Professional" series.

    I don't know that I will even go on to the second book. Like I said there is a definite issue with tone, there is no ebb and flow. Despair, sex, depression, sex, attempted rape, beating, sex, despair. I could understand if this was a real life survival story but I don't have the patience to deal with this in fiction. If you choose to buy, put aside the credits or money for both books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Godfrey 07-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't Bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Rewrite the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by CJ Roberts again?

    Based just on this read, probably not.


    What aspect of Emily Durante’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance was fine considering she did not have much to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was so obviously contrived and "chopped off" at the end to lead into future books, but without creating any desire to read future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margarita New York, NY 06-29-14
    Margarita New York, NY 06-29-14 Member Since 2013

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "Subject too dark... yet it keeps you captivated"
    Where does Captive in the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It certainly ranks at the top in terms of a unique plot. It gives an eerily believable feel to the story, which could make you sick to even think about it.


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

    Yes. Held me captive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that describes a woman's worst nightmare: abduction, sexual force, captivity. The author got right the psychological aspect of how the captor tried to "break" the person and build her back up as he wanted her to be: a slave.

    People's, or better women's, reactions to this book should be honestly studied by psychologists. I kept asking myself: if Caleb was ugly would I have kept listening? Would I try to make excuses for him for what he did to her?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Sofia 06-18-14 Member Since 2013

    ... waiting to be awake ... ... dreaming in colors ... ... smiling every day!

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    "Captive Together"

    4.5 *

    I've started this audio book not expecting romance or a happily ever after. I've been always drawn to this kind of dark and twisted stories and I knew this one would captivate me from the beginning and it will stay with me way long after I'm finished. Sometimes uncomfortable, very disturbing, I had planned to have a break if it was too much but didn't... I couldn't get away!

    Such a difficult subject to write and already knew that some of us would actually have an hard time reading it, it's hard to deal with yes, but the author kept it so interesting, I was caught!

    I've enjoy this very much and I will read everything dark CJ Roberts writes!

    Chapters alternate from two different perspectives, we meet Olivia telling the story as first person and Caleb is told in third person and I got to say it works! Caleb's mind scares, intrigues me and has me feeling different emotions, his behavior, his actions ... being inside his head, when growing up or in between, as first person, it would be too much intense!

    Caleb had an hard life growing up. Hell he hardly survived it... He grew to be a very dark and twisted person but also beautiful and his good looks saved him from the worst, he made time to learned to be powerful, dominant and his mind is a very dangerous cold place. Through the years, life told him he had no place for love or affection and he can't seem to deal with anyone who thinks he is worthy or capable of it. All he wants is power and control and an old vengeance commands him. You are drawn by him but in a wrong dangerous way.

    Like Olivia was drawn to him, thought he was her hero, her savior, the sweet girl, only eighteen, inexperienced with men, hides with unshaped clothes, fearing all the wrong attention in her nasty neighborhood. She's been told at a young age not to be a whore or act like one! She is a good girl, loves her mother, helps her family but that doesn't work both ways, old issues surface from time to time. She's a survivor, with a strong spirit but has no clue how dark and twisted her life will turn!

    Caleb has his mind set, his life has to mean something, quickly learns the trade, gets inside this dark world of human trafficking, teaching pleasure sex slaves to a purpose, an ultimate objective, to help his old friend, the man who saved him from slavery as a young boy, to revenge his wife and family murdered by a powerful, untouchable man, that they promised a slow death. I understand what drives him. Caleb owe him that much.

    As it turned out Caleb, apart from kidnapping Livvie at first, doesn't really wants to harm her... well... he wants her to learn how to survive too. He takes pleasure in her fears, but keeps her safe, he protects her... wrong way of doing it, but what can I say, everyone loves a bad boy a little bit... they both are damage goods and as they spend time "captive" together, they both desperately need and want to be loved!

    Not tying to romanticize this story, makes this raw and possible! Conflicts are everywhere, within the characters themselves and of course in me! It feels wrong to find Caleb mysterious sexy but you can ask the author after reading this story, how she did it!

    Going to bed now to start "Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet #2)"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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