Monday, October 29, 2012

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Title: Captive in the Dark
Author: C.J. Roberts
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Release Date: July 20th, 2011
Publisher: Neurotica Books
Pages: 262
Format: iBook
Acquired: Bought
Interest: Series
Age Group: Very Adult

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.

I completely got this book out of the advice of another reviewer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I can say is that it wasn't as bad as I was originally assuming.

In a dangled web of what I call dirty politics, Caleb, a young dominate, gets mixed up with trying to get vengeance for his mentor. And in order to complete this act he must use the best weapon that he has, Olivia. Taking her, Caleb needs to bend and break her into the perfect submissive, but the cost might be too high even for Caleb.

This, in all honesty, is the darkest erotic novel I have ever read. Just because there is the classic S/M relationships going on, doesn't mean they are as dark and heavy as this novel was.

I felt so bad for Olivia and I liked how it took some time before she started to feel anything for Caleb. I think this novel would be too unreal if she just fell for him right away.

Both characters have a dark past and Roberts captures this and rolls throughout the entire novel with it. This book can make a reader shiver and feel bad for the protagonist.

I didn't think I would get into this novel too much; it just made me want to cry, but as I read and actually saw each character the feelings change and, I don't know, I just liked this novel. It had a fantastic feeling to it and the reader can never escape the dark tone that engulfs the story.

The way that it ended left me confused, especially with the way the second book starts, but I'm sure that the second book will be just as interesting.

Now, I won't say if you enjoyed Fifty Shades you should read this, because obviously the two are extremely different - one being lighter and this one being darker - but I think that if someone wants to try something that is different, look into this book.

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