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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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    D. Ward 02-24-15
    D. Ward 02-24-15

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    "An Okay Story"

    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.

    1 of 1 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 2011

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim E. Brown Michigan 12-18-13
    Kim E. Brown Michigan 12-18-13

    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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    Charles 11-18-13
    Charles 11-18-13
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    "Avoid!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2015

    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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    V. Clifford Chicago, il 01-22-15
    V. Clifford Chicago, il 01-22-15 Member Since 2015

    The Real Housewife of Chicago

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    "Slow moving but necessary to the foundation!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and I have already!


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

    None I have ever read but it has awake a whole new world of erotic to me and I cant get enough.


    Did Emily Durante do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did well but I felt like something was left to desired


    Did Captive in the Dark inspire you to do anything?

    Download more dark erotica!


    Any additional comments?

    I like this book the least out of all of them because it moved so slow. And by the time I was excitedly caught up in the book wanting to know what next it was over!! I'm happy I read it because it laid the foundation and build up for book #2. Book#1 was necessary for me to fall in love with Caleb and Liv and make book #2 sooooo delicious!

    2 of 3 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.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-27-15
    Anne 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    After hearing the first 20min I couldn't stop listening! I was finished after 3 days. Can't wait to read the whole trilogy!

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    Travis Trumpf 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "dark, sexy, disturbing gotta love it."

    Just what I was looking for. disgustingly hot should I be enjoy this this much?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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