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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    TG the Reader/Writer VA 02-28-14 Member Since 2012

    TG

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    "Don't let the "Darkside" keep you from reading!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!!


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

    No, but she is wonderful! She makes distinctive character voices, with varying accents. She made the Duet such a nice listen!!


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

    Not hardly, but I wish I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    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. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ndulgent Blogger Harrisonburg, VA, United States 02-23-14
    Ndulgent Blogger Harrisonburg, VA, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!

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    "I Was Held Captive."

    So very dark and consuming, it feels almost wrong to say I enjoyed this book. In all actuality, I was taken in by it, captivated by this very dark and seductive story. The narrator infused the perfect amount of emotion in the telling of a story I won't soon forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 02-15-14
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 02-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Unsettling....Yet it captivates you."

    It is amazing how this author can captivate you with a subject matter that is so dark. I think it is because you can really imagine this happening. She makes Libby strong but at the same time powerless. This has you struggling to understand why you love to hate this book. Caleb is so broken and dysfunctional that you at times want to shoot him and others think thank goodness he is caring. I like the adage in the book that it is better to stick with the evil you know. This is so true for Libby. This book is excellently written and keeps you interested from start to finish. I knew from other listener reviews that this was going to be about rape, kidnapping and somehow turn into a love story. I was just not sure if I would be like the others and love it. In the end I did loved it. I think it was all in the way the author wrote about the subject matter. The only criticism is that it just ended abruptly. I had to double check that I did not skip ahead in the book. If the other books were not out, I would be upset. This is so worth the credit if you can handle the content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cricket ARLINGTON, VA, United States 12-29-13
    Cricket ARLINGTON, VA, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A little disturbing but honest"
    What did you love best about Captive in the Dark?

    The dark and sinister storyline. It unleashes desires women want to have and men want to experience.


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

    Beauty in the beast in the internal sense is the most relative to me. Of course you need to add in the elements of carnal seduction and animalistic fulfillment of needs.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    Her accent for characters was superb. The sweet wraspy voice she has is perfect to depict the innocence needed to convey such a wonderfully dark storyline.


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

    There is a particularly hot scene somewhere in the middle that involves a mouth and a "traitorous button". I was listening to this on the metro and felt steam coming off my cheeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the most sinister fantasies that would truly be scary as hell in real life are incredibly exciting to play out in your imagination. This book brings all of those dirty little thoughts to the surface. There are great elements of excitement as well. I LOVE Caleb's nickname for the captive. I won't give it away. I want more books like this. The taboo side of fantasy is rarely easy to find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-24-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "I didn't want to like it...."

    The writing is so so, the narration is ok and before I knew it this book had it's claws in me. I could not put it down and immediately wanted to begin book 2. I still have not figured out why.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 11-21-13
    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 11-21-13 Member Since 2009

    jdk

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    "OMG! This book is Amazing!"

    I'm hooked! Amazing book! Starting on the second book now. I know I won't be able to put it down. Usually, books of this nature don't really get to me like this one has. It's the author and the narrator. They bring this to life. I don't give away contents of books but let me tell you this book is not just of dark sex, it is one of a love story. That's the difference. Just buy the book, one warning, listen with care. The sexual content is not the usual. Audible, please, let us have Epilogue (The Dark Duet: Book 3)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atlanta, GA, United States 11-18-13
    Charles Atlanta, GA, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2007
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sutwi Ashburn, VA, United States 11-17-13
    Sutwi Ashburn, VA, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2009

    I travel a lot so I listen to many books.

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    "I wish there was a rating lower than one star!"
    What would have made Captive in the Dark better?

    I really disliked this book. I did not like the plot, the theme or the characters. I found nothing erotic about this book it was just brutal.


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

    No - but I reacted negatively about this book.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Durante’s performance?

    I am sorry, but I didn't notice the performance - the book was so upsetting to me.


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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-19-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "WHAT!"

    Ok... this is my review for book 1 and 2:

    I expected so much more... Yes, this is supposed to be this dark romance and brutal and stuff like that...

    Yes there was beatings and mean Caleb...but how are you supposed to get the evil mentallity of Caleb, if you fall in love with him from like Chapter 2! Seriously...nothing Caleb did to me was evil...you can tell he was in love with his prisoner from like day 1.

    I really didn't like the fact that Caleb and Olivia didn't have more smex moments either.

    Don't get me wrong...YES this is Credit worthy... 100% .... but... I have listen to darker romance... and this is supposed to be dark... I really didn't feel the dark side of this all that much.. It was good...It could have been better... and the ending.. Come ON! Give me more please..

    Narration was superb! Emily Durante had great male voice I think.. Olivia's voice was a little young... yes she was 18, but still... 18yr olds don't sound like 10yr olds... SO.. It was good...could have been better...

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 10-04-13
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Yawn...well that was ....zzz..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book altogether or a more captivating main character..he just came across as shallow and mucky.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. J. Roberts again?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    Nope...too little inflection in her tone and no emotion....flat


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

    Not sure, couldn't stay awake or focused long enough to absorb anything I can recall...period


    Any additional comments?

    Very shallow characters, bland interactions from what I can remember....just seemed tawdry and thin....Mind you I like tawdry but not, what is in my opinion, boring tawdry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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