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Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  48,570 ratings  ·  4,762 reviews
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 ...more
Nook, 276 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by CJ Roberts
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Liz No, not at all. It does touch on m/m rape. But that isn't meant to be a part of the erotica, just a building block of the story.

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Emily May
May 06, 2014 Emily May rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who get turned on by the Saw movies.
Warning: this review is not censored.

There are some people who view the line between consent and non-consent, between sex and rape, as blurry. There are some people who would gladly place blame for rape on that drunk girl in the short skirt who was "asking for it". There are some people who would view flirting and dancing suggestively as an invitation that should be followed through no matter what, it's not the other person's fault for holding the suggestive dancer down and raping them, afterall
~ Becs ~
Well, this was dark - very, very dark. I'm almost at a loss for words which is most unlike me!

It has left me with way more questions than answers and also has me questioning myself.

The synopsis is quite simple - Caleb was abducted as a child, used in the worst way anyone can use a child and eventually rescued from his situation. He is hell bent on revenge on the man responsible for his abuse and turns to the practice of training 'pleasure' slaves to eventually get close to and ultimately destroy
May 06, 2015 JadedlilFecker rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1) Warning: Frankness Ahead

Be careful of letting your mind open too far, or else it'll fall out......

No. Just.. No. This fuckin' book makes me want to go into serious P90X training and Sarah Connor my pullup bar to stomp the dogshit out of the would-be hero, because truth be told, I only ever felt elated or intensified when Livvie fought back--or gained the upper-hand momentarily. Unfortunately, that was far too short-lived.

No, he's not a hero - in fact, lege
Aestas Book Blog

WOW. A dark and powerful read.

“I wrapped my arms around him and held on as hard as I could. He was my tormentor and my solace: the creator of the dark and the light within. I didn’t care that he would undoubtedly hurt me at any moment, right now; I just needed somebody to hold me… To tell me these exact words. Its going to be okay. It wasn’t of course, I knew that. But I didn’t care, I needed the lie.”

This book blew my mind. I’m
Tarryn Fisher
I'm very stingy with five stars. I usually only give those to modern classics or books that I am absaloutely cray cray about. Here is why I think CID deserves five:

1. Holy bravery. To take on this subject matter, and then to manipulate your audience into making them like the bad guy takes talent and a steele pair.

2. The writing was very good.

3. I liked Livvie (I rarely like the main protagonist)I also liked Caleb.

4. It was dark, and we all know how I love to feast on darkness.

5. The dialogue
C.J. Roberts
Jan 18, 2013 C.J. Roberts rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
A very nice email asks a common question: Does Captive in the Dark romanticize human trafficking? My reply:

Thanks for the email. I'm glad you cared enough about the work to contact me. I understand your hesitation and your trepidation in 'enjoying' the work. While I don't necessarily consider myself 'one of the great ones', I'd like to think my work can be compared to other controversial works such as, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The work is written from the view point of the abuser and therefo
This book was just........

What I mean is that in some moments I was like

and then like this


Olivia is an other fucked-up book character with a very bad luck.
She grew up without love but with her mother's hate.
Livvie was the girl that would never cause any trouble and would never provoke the opposite sex.She was strong and destroyed.
She needed someone to love her .She was just seeking comfort.

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Fucked-up as well but he never showed weakness (view spoiler)

Can a person make such a huge mistake they can never be forgiven?


I want to start by indicating that Captive in the Dark was not an easy read. I am sure this does not come as a surprise to most seeing that I was one of few that had yet to read this book. I knew going in this would be hard on the soul and for this reason I held off on reading this series. I was right. I was disgusted. I was gutted. I got angry. I also went through so much emotional turmoil that I am thinking I should have re
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Review posted February 10, 2013.

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Buddy read with Jo and Lisa. Thanks, ladies. I never thought I'd be reading CitD in the first place, and I'm very sorry that I read it. It's safe to say the experiment failed big time. And I feel kinda glad and relieved that I didn't like it. For what's it worth, I've had an interesting discussion on my update threads even though I hated Caleb & the book.
Since it's entirely my bad that I considered giving this book a try I will refrain from rating it. Anyw
Rachel (BAVR)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

He was the monster that no one thought to look for in the light of day.....

And she....
She was the instrument of his revenge,
His way of reaching his mark.
His Kitten,
His captive in the dark.

Like a falcon,she needed the dark to understand who her master was.


Caleb --

He was kidnapped very young and sold to slavery.He had to face things which will make hardened men shudder.

But he was a survivor.Somehow he survived till he was rescued.

Kristin (KC)
4.5 Beautifully disturbing stars...

This book, if nothing else, makes you honestly and completely 'FEEL'-- horror, disgust, pity, anger, lust, shame, hatred, love--whichever emotion it ignites in you, I promise, you'll feel it to the millionth degree! There is nothing romantic about this story; at least not in the traditional sense, anyway. It's gritty and crude and created not to please, but to ignite raw, uninhibited emotions that will leave you feeling exhausted... But the fact is, no other bo


Speechless... that's how I felt after reading this story...

It's dark, twisted and disturbing on so many levels but still I could NOT stop reading it!!! At times I really hated reading some of the things that happened, but the story was so addictive and intense that I couldn't help but love, love, love it!!!

"He was the monster no one thought to look for in the light of day. It was a common mistake. People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monster
Sammy Loves Books
Whatever your little school-girl brain told you about men is absurdly wrong. This isn’t a romance. You’re not a damsel in distress and I’m not the handsome prince come to save you. You ran. I went to collect my property. End of story.


Wow!! This was a Very Wicked Tasty Treat!! Sexy, Dark, and Erotic!!

He didn’t feel guilt very often and she seemed to have an uncanny ability to bring it out of him. The feeling was…alien, unpleasant, and aggravating as hell.

Unfortunately, Caleb is the bad g


Sex slave trade? Really?

I made it to page five when Caleb (the "hero"(SERIOUSLY???)) gets turned on when the high school girl he plans on kidnapping and raping/torturing starts to cry.

Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤

This book is darker than you believe...It is more emotional than any book I have read and made me feel things I didn't even know I could feel...
It made me look at things differently..


Caleb spent half his life in the pursuit of revenge.Revenge against what others have done to him..
He is a beautiful,broken man who has survived by the only way he knows..Putting up walls,following orders and shutting off the emotions. He sees in Livvie a part of him...
Looking for someone to love and belong to..
I fee
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Adult review for dark/taboo erotic content
He was my tormentor and my solace, the creator of the dark and the light within.

Livvie has been taken for reasons she doesn't understand. She is held and tortured in a dark room, given little to no information other than being told to obey if she wants to avoid further punishment. She is stripped bare to her very soul, left with nothing to cling to except for the shred of mercy that her abusive captor seems to display in very brief flashes.
I needed
Okay. I need to breathe for a second. Sort out my thoughts. Try and figure out what to make of this jumble of emotions I am feeling right now...

5 Stars. It was sadistic.... it was traumatizing.... it was down right painful to read... But god, I loved it. Damn it all, I freakin loved this book.

My first thought after finishing up this gripping story: Is there something seriously wrong with me? Why would I actually enjoy reading this book? Why do I think this is now going straight to my "favorite
Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1)
By C.J. Roberts

My interview with C.J. Roberts

Original Review 12-25-2011

I found this book while I was book shopping, and I was first attracted to the cover. I then read the blurb for the book, and while normally this is not a book I would ever choose to read, the subject matter being something I would run away screaming from, I found myself curious. I was curious how the author would pull this off. Could she make me lik
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
Spoiler Free Review
Genre: Adult Romance

'Mother. Fucker. Heat bloomed across my body. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't scream. But emotion had returned. He had tied me - naked - to a bed post. To suffer. And he was somewhere in the house fucking some whore's brains out.' -Inner thoughts of Livvie in Captive in the Dark

This book rocked ALL FIVE STARS! HARD!!! When i finished reading all i could say was "Whoa". Captive in the Dark starts off with two men planning revenge. Caleb and Rafiq
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
First of all I want to thank all of my Goodreads friends for giving me the courage to finish this book. I seriously was at the point where I was going to call it quites because I disliked it so much. But I read on and found that I actually liked it. I feel so weird for saying I liked the book. It doesn't feel rigth saying i liked it but here I am. This book is beyond dark. It is very twisted and a lot to swallow. I don't think I can say I recommend this book to readers. It is one you really have ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Mona rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mona by: Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
My experience after this has me believing that...


Starting this book and simply knowing it’s a dark was in no way enough preparation for what I read and experienced. I had my eyes wide open, not wanting to miss a word; but dreading what was to come every step of the way.


My heart was in my throat, butterflies in my stomach and feeling extreme anxiety through every scene featuring Caleb and Olivia. I had thought the capture and first meeting between the two was heart stopping...but oh was
Smitten's Book Blog

Oh my days!!!! Mind fuck much?! Jeez, I don't even know where to place my thoughts.

Good God. Ok, hang on, let me think about this... let me try and make some sense of the complete scramble that is currently masquerading as my brain!

Ok, so this is so completely unlike anything I've ever read. Let me start by saying that. This is some heavy, deep, dark shit! It isn't a lovely, fluffy romance. Oh no. This is evil and tortured.

Caleb is fucked up. He is cruel and sick and dangerous... so why don't I

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

Okay just a quick review from me since I'm actually reading this as part of the Dark Duet: Platinum Edition and the first instalment is a rather short read. It's not as dark as I imagined it to be yet and maybe if I read this back then, I'd probably love the dark outta it. But it's probably just me since I've put myself through much darker and twisted stuffs these days ;D Caleb definitely makes a great
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

You know what this book is about? Lemme tell you, so you can decide whether you want to read it or not.

(view spoiler)

***3.75 stars***

“This isn't a romance. You're not a damsel in distress and I'm not the handsome prince come to save you.”

Story was so compelling, I was sucked in from the beginning. There was no unnecessary drama or wastage of inner monologues which made it quick read maybe that’s why it felt too short, which btw didn’t make the story less amazing. The whole process of the character development was spectacular, I hated Caleb for better part of the story until I learned his past and his mighty
My behind tingles, my feet are asleep and I have a splitting headache. All because I NEEDED to finish this mind-fuck, Captive in the Dark, in one sitting.

For me, it's still a slightly uncomfortable experience to find that creepy perversion and titillating excitement are not mutually exclusive. This one is not for the faint of heart, but I was - how fitting - instantly held captive by Roberts when I read the upcoming sentences. I just had to keep reading, in fascinated horror, to discover how th
5 stars
“If only I’d never laid eyes on you, never met you…”

Everything about this just played with your emotions, you feel things you don’t know if you should be feeling, and you start to justify the actions to make it "right" in your head, completely fucking with your mind. It is a dark read, but I honestly don’t think it’s as dark as others out there.


All Caleb want’s is to finally rid himself of the debt owed to the one who saved him. Tog
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*


This story is so brilliantly written, I'm blown away! I have so many mixed feelings.. Feelings that I'm sure I'm not supposed to have,

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge..
For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible...

He captures a young girl after intently watching her for for days...
Olivia.. Aka Livvie..

Livvie opens her eyes to s strange place... In the dark.. In pain from where sh
4.5 stars!

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This was an excellently written dark romance, and I can't wait to see what's coming up next.

As a slave trainer, Caleb is on a mission. To find the perfect girl to train as a sex slave. Only then can he get the revenge he's sought after for 12 years. She will end up aiding his plan to accomplish his goal. After staking out his prospect, he believes he has found the perfect girl. She's young, beautiful, and seems to hold the qualities he is searching for. It's time to take her.

Livvie w
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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.
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Other Books in the Series

The Dark Duet (3 books)
  • Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #2)
  • Epilogue (The Dark Duet, #3)
Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #2) Epilogue (The Dark Duet, #3) Determined to Obey (The Dark Duet, #3.5) Untitled (The Dark Duet Spinoff) Dark Duet: Platinum Edition (Dark Duet, #1-3.5)

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“He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within.” 396 likes
“This isn't a romance. You're not a damsel in distress and I'm not the handsome prince come to save you.” 361 likes
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