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.
Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!
What can I say? This book is just porn. Nothing of interest here. Shallow story that never really gets any better.
Besides the fact that it was just porn, you only get half a book. Thinking that it might pan out in the end, you reluctantly buy the other half of the book, only to realize, it too is just ridiculous porn. I really don't mind adult themes, if there's an interesting story to go with it.
The men's voices just aren't that great read by a woman trying to make it sound husky.
All of them
The author was very clever splitting the book in half to sell you 2 books. The first book has no real focal point, no conclusion. You have to buy the 2nd half to "finish" the story.......and even then, it's so anticlimactic......just dumb, dumb, dumb. I don't know maybe you need to buy a 3rd book to get anything out of it......not.
I am surprised how much I liked this book, though I didn't like it consistently. At least twice I forwarded through parts. They weren't the rare sexual parts, and there was no pattern to my forwarding other than when the story just seemed to lag to me or unnecessary details seemed to be the focus. But that could just be me; I like to get to the crux of the matter too quickly at times. The way the author took her time was both a positive and a negative. The main positives are that the story had credibility and held together very well, with every detail attended to appropriately. So it was understandable, and there was not really a time that I thought "that wouldn't really happen" or "what?"
Olivia is a sr. in high school, and Caleb is an older man. I'm unsure how much older, but I think 5-7 years older than Olivia (aka Livvy). We are never told how Caleb found Livvy, but he did. And apparently it was when he was on a scouting job for someone like her. She seemed to fit the bill for Caleb's "employer," for whom Caleb found Livvy. There starts this good revenge story.
I really liked Livvy. She was not the common type of female in these forced BDSM books. Livvy is a fighter, didn't acquiesce easilyor quickly, though she was also needy in a way. But it made sense, since she is just 18 and pretty inexperienced in some ways & too experienced in others. So she had insecurities like most folk. I also liked that Livvy's ambivalence, contradictions and her awareness of them were a big part of the story. This made for greater realism and plausibility. It was my favorite part of the story and the big part that made Livvy different. The narrator was also good, and the story had good pacing. Livvy and Caleb being sexually active didn't occur soon or easily, and the progression of things between them was not fast or easy.
There was rarely explicit language, though "pu**y" was said at least twice, but not much more, if at all. And the sex was more sensual with a hint of eroticism. But they were few—about 2x—and not drawn out. And the BDSM was not the focus of the story continuously, so those acts were not too common. Still, some may see them as a bit too brutal. Some of the acts we were told about instead of shown. It's important to remember that it was used more as training.
The story leaves a bit of a cliffhanger, which may be problematic for some listeners. But it didn't seem forced. And I think the book would be too long to include everything at the storytelling pace this author has set and used well. For me, though liked the story, I didn’t rush out to get the next installment. So it didn't leave me feeling quite that anxious or interested. But I will get around to it. I'm still interested that much. 3.75 overall
hotel is very well-told. It is a dark, erotic, entrancing story where you get to understand both points of view. The captor and the captive. As disturbing as some portions were it wrapped itself around my mind and pulls me into a dark place that I need to know what happens next. I actually bought both of the next two books before I even finish this one. Very well done!
Just a few things:
1. The story is dark, but with breaks between the darkest parts. If you're just realizing you're into dark "romance" (oh I'm with you, just seems like an odd word for this genre), be prepared to feel a some internal conflict over how you'll feel at certain parts of the story. It's all part of the big delicious grey area that seems to be this genre.
2. The narrator is a little old, and the guys voice sounds...not as sexy as you're hoping. If you're accustomed to narrators like Jo Raylan (a lot of CD Reiss books have used her, btw - both author and narrator are sooo good!) or even Andi Arndt (A.L. Jackson or Corinne Michaels books both use her from time to time), you'll be greatly disappointed.
3. Forewarning, no real "happily ever after" (HEA) ending. Maybe happy enough for the next 10 minutes, but if you've been loving the story, you'll want to get in to the next book, ASAP.
the story was ok but every scene and senerio was drug out so long. everything that happened was described and talked about forever they just went on and on
While this book is about forced abduction, both main characters have a poignant backstory. I cannot wait to listen to the second audio book in this series. The narrator's style did not diminish the tone of the story. I will be looking for more books by CJ Roberts and more audio books by this narrator.
This is not the typical romance story. The first two books cause you to share more pain and dispare, with the characters, then any kind of happiness or warmth. You must be a mature reader, to understand it. You must be able to handle the lack of resolution; especially from the first novel. Even the end of the second, leaves you wanting. The Epilogue, smooths the rough edges, but I must admit, I want more. I could not sleep until I had finished all three novels; almost 27 hours straight. I couldn't stop listening.
If you aren't capable of handling the tougher realities in life; choose another book/series. If you have never had any darkness in your soul; you likely can't handle this. If you have, you may soul search, after you're done reading. Another Fifty Shades? Not Really. Am I glad I listened? Absolutely!
The biggest drawback, in my opinion, is the narrator's attempt with the male voices. I had to to just accept the poor attempt, in order to enjoy the author's emotional writing. Is it worth the 3 credits? I vote, YES!
- V from Kansas
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