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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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    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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    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 2014

    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 2015

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

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    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)"

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    Denise Alme Stanwood, Wa United States 05-03-14
    Denise Alme Stanwood, Wa United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Captive in the Dark?

    I did enjoy the story, it was a little dark at first and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but it was a good read


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

    I loved how she changed her voice made the story


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

    no, but got mad at some parts


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    Grace Boucher Arizona 03-17-14
    Grace Boucher Arizona 03-17-14

    A-Touch-Bizarre

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    "just not my thing."
    What did you love best about Captive in the Dark?

    I liked how well the characters were written. They had depth .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were well written. The story line was well paced and the characters had depth.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job using her voice inflection for each character witch gave them more depth.


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    TG the Reader/Writer 02-28-14

    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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    Amazon Customer Harrisonburg, VA, United States 02-23-14
    Amazon Customer 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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