Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Anniversary Release Blitz + Review + Giveaway: Captive in the Dark by C. J. Roberts

Captive in the Dark
The Dark Duet #1
by CJ Roberts
Genre: Dark Romance, Erotica, BDSM
Publishing Date: September 1st 2011

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 twelve 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.

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5 'Darkly provocative' stars

I guess if I were to read this during the time when this book came out in 2011, I would have DNF and label it as something sickly disturbing. But after desensitized myself with much kinkier stuff recently, I felt that Captive in the Dark is not as difficult to stomach as I assume it would be. If you are use to read about dark erotica, this book is consider mild IMO. 

The story was characters driven and plot wise there isn't much happening. Yet, I felt drawn towards both Olivia and Caleb's mind. Their relationship undergone a shift as the story progress. Olivia was a strong and admirable heroine, she was a survivor and she never did stop fighting. When I thought that she was undergoing Stockholm's Syndrome, she did questioned herself repeatedly. Whenever Caleb showed his caring side, her became confused and unsure. On the other hand, she never give up hope of one day escaping her fate.

CJ Roberts created two very three dimensional characters with a lot of depths that we came to care about. Both Olivia and Caleb had a very different yet similar childhood that shape what they were today. Caleb was an enigma that we desperate wanted to crack. We get some glimpses into his childhood and how he felt indebted to his savior/mentor, Rafiq. The things he had done in order to break Olivia and trained her to be a submissive slave should have made me despise and hate him. When I didn't, I wanted to question my own sanity. Yeah, CJ Roberts makes me considering the white jacket. 

What make the situation easy for me to go through was the fact that we have Caleb's POV. We can see that he was not a purely sadistic bastard that inflict pain on others for his own enjoyment. He had a task at hand, which was to trained Olivia to be use as Rafiq's revenge tool. I agree with what Olivia conclude from Caleb's action, he shown her mercy. I admit that he manipulate her to submit, yet he didn't force her like a rapist would. I'm not sure what to say about my state of mind because I hardly find any scene disturbing that I wouldn't want to reread it again. 

We were still unsure of the grand scheme of things that was happening and many questions were left unanswered. We can see that Caleb absolute decision starting to waver. Will he go through with the plan and give up Olivia to Rafiq? Or will he grant Olivia the freedom she crave? I'm looking forward to Book 2 Seduced in the Dark to find out how things are going to be resolve for Caleb and Olivia. 

"He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within."

CJ Roberts is an independent writer. She favors dark and erotic stories with taboo twists. Her work has been called sexy and disturbing in the same sentence.
Her debut novel, CAPTIVE IN THE DARK, has sold over 150,000 copies and is the first of three books in her bestselling and award winning series DARK DUET. She was born and raised in Southern California. Following high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1998, served ten years and traveled the world. 

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