Always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusi
Broken Dolls by: Kitty Thomas
Always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it’s possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn’t yet smart enough to refuse: “Let me find you a good master.”
Is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?
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I wrote it. I rate it 5-stars. LOL Happy Release Day!
By now, I hope you’re all curled up with your e-readers and enjoying all the hawtness. Check in wiI wrote it. I rate it 5-stars. LOL Happy Release Day!
By now, I hope you’re all curled up with your e-readers and enjoying all the hawtness. Check in with The Release Party throughout the day today to enjoy our amazing line-up of special guests, giveaways, Q&A, and general porny goodness.
I'd also like to announce my “Determined to Obey Release Day Giveaway”. I’ll be giving away an autographed and ebook copy of DETERMINED TO OBEY as well as ebook versions of CAPTIVE IN THE DARK and SOME LIKE IT BI.
As a special offer, I will send an AUTOGRAPHED POST CARD to the first 500 people who write and post a review of DETERMINED TO OBEY or DARK DUET |PLATINUM EDITION. Best of all, it gives you 10 entries into the giveaway. Two reviews gets you two postcards.
I don't have time to write a review just yet, but I will! This is the best series I've read in 2013 so far and I wish I'd written it! I can't wait toI don't have time to write a review just yet, but I will! This is the best series I've read in 2013 so far and I wish I'd written it! I can't wait to find out how it ends, but I know the author will not disappoint. Holy shit this was good. I feel like I need to find the author and observe his/her method. The skill that went into putting this together! I'm just...I'm a fan...for like...ever!...more
Tracey has a very easy writing style. I meant to just take a peek and found myself looking for the next sentence as soon as I read the previous one. ITracey has a very easy writing style. I meant to just take a peek and found myself looking for the next sentence as soon as I read the previous one. I really loved the story and the way it unfolded. A very realistic portrayal of the emotions one might experience in these extraordinary circumstances. The gooey girl in me loved it and I don't let her have her way often. I also don't stop working on my own material unless I am hijacked by a book, so if you needed to know how good I really thought it was - there you go.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tracey during our book signing in Chicago. But I get to see her again this year and this time through the eyes of a fan. :)...more
So, here we are at the end. Was it good for you? It was for me. I suppose in the end that’s all that really matters. I know that’s selfish, but you know I’m selfish and you love me anyway.
For what it’s worth, I think I might actually miss you.
Will you miss me?
Will you cry?
If you do, please drink a tear for me and know that I never meant to cause you pain. Our parting is no cause to fret. In the words of Frank Herbert, “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Livvie and I go on. We still live and have adventures.
Will we see each other again? I don’t have the answer to that. Life has caught me to expect the unexpected and it’s a lesson I learn over and again. Suffice to say – I hope so.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve gone around and around trying to find the perfect ending to this novel I never intended to write. In the end, I’ve come to the conclusion that there wasn’t anything wrong with the way Livvie ended things. Her epilogue was short, but it captured the essence of our story: Survival is the most important thing. It affords us the chance to live and to find all of the things that make living worthwhile. I found redemption. I found forgiveness. I found love.
That said, Livvie did a beautiful job with the ending and I can think of no greater tribute than to end this book as she wrote it (with my helpful commentary along the way of course). Submitted for your heartbreak, I present: The Epilogue (2.0)
James swallowed thickly as he stared at the words on the screen. Sophia had written a very tragic love story, but it was a love story just the same. She had been very generous to him, painting a far better picture of the man he had been than he would have. (I think we’ve learned this is absolutely true.) She’d been working for weeks, sequestered in her little room upstairs. He wasn’t allowed in there, and though he didn’t like it, he respected Sophia’s wishes. He respected all her wishes these days. (Because I’m the best boyfriend ever! Sorry, Rubio.)
Several hours ago, she’d flown into the kitchen and thrown her arms around him.
“Why are you smiling, Kitten? Did you finally finish?” James asked.
“Yes! I finished,” she said and followed up with a little dance. (I love the little dance.) She’d immediately dragged him upstairs and planted him in front of the laptop so he could start reading. There wasn’t another chair, so she’d gotten down on her knees and rested her head on his knee. (She lies; she just likes kneeling at my feet.)
As he read, he stroked her hair. James had been scared to read everything from Sophia’s point of view, but he was glad he’d made it through and discovered just how Sophia remembered everything. She loved him, he was sure of it, and while he still didn’t think he deserved it, he was happy about it nonetheless. (This is entirely true.)
He once again gazed on her sleeping form, unable to resist shifting her hair away from her face and behind her ear. Her mouth was slack, and he was sure she had drooled on him, but it didn’t matter. She was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. He couldn’t help but stroke her. He loved the soft noises she made when he did. He didn’t deserve her. He never did (also true).
She’d been with him for over a year now, and secretly he always hoped she would tire of him and decide to leave. (I didn’t hope—I feared.) She told him she loved him often, (I’ll give this to her. She did tell me she loved me often—not with her words, but with her deeds) and each time, it cut him down to his core. He didn’t deserve her love (no, I don’t). He couldn’t bring himself to pretend he did (no, I can’t).
When he’d learned she’d been writing their story, he helped her in any way he could. It was his outlet as much as hers. He needed to see it in black and white – the pain he put her through, the monster he had been. He never wanted to forget what he could never allow himself to become again (true).
Since the night Sophia had met him at the Paseo, the night he had decided to leave everything behind and integrate into mainstream society, so much of him had changed. Away from the horrors of his youth, away from blood and vengeance, he was just – James.
At first, he’d had no idea what to do with himself. All around him, real life was happening, and he was a spectator. What did he know about meeting people in cafés? About having friends that weren’t killers? (I love you, Livvie.)
But at night, in the dark, when he found he couldn’t sleep because the world felt suddenly too big – there was Sophia (yes).
Whenever he thought about running away and returning to the life he knew, he thought about the day he’d given her the note. She’d burst into tears and run away from the café. He’d thought she would call the FBI, and he’d been prepared to go to prison if they were the ones to meet him at the Paseo. (It sounds silly… now.)
Instead, she had met him there. She stood, looking like a goddess among commoners. Her hair lay in soft waves down her back, occasionally being picked up by the breeze. She wore a black halter dress that hugged her breasts and bared her back. She also wore incredibly tall heels. They were dangerous, considering the cobbled streets. She’d wanted him to know she was a grown woman, and she wasn’t afraid of him anymore. (I can still picture this in my mind.)
He approached her from across the square. He was nervous. He wore jeans and a black cashmere sweater. The sleeves were pushed up to his forearms. He wanted her to know he was different. He didn’t want to hurt her anymore.
Her back was to him as he approached, but the breeze suddenly died and she turned when she heard his steps approaching.
There had been no words. He simply stood in front of her with his hands in his pockets. Her breath caught, and for a while she only stared at him. She stepped closer, and he almost took a step back – but didn’t. She was suddenly very close, and he couldn’t help but inhale her scent and close his eyes. (I love the way she smells.) She touched his shirt and pulled him down. His head swam. (It did!) Then she kissed him, and it was all that needed to be said.
He moved to Barcelona so she could still attend university. They never talked about the past. When people asked them how they met, she was quick to intercept the question and respond. They had met at the Paseo de Colon. (If only it had been so simple.)
When they made love, he was surprised to discover Sophia’s tastes had evolved. She wanted him to spank her. She wanted him to bind her arms. He felt sick about it at first. Her proclivities were obviously his fault. Still, their games turned him on to the point of physical pain. (They still do.)
He felt villainous, but what was done was done, and now he would do everything he could to give her what she wanted. He owed her much. Besides, it wasn’t always rough. Sometimes it was vanilla – and he liked that too (very much).
Carefully, James lifted Sophia into his arms and carried her to their bedroom. He laid her down on the bed, smiling as she shifted around, seeking some way to get comfortable. He undressed and got in bed next to her. Just touching her made him hard. He owed her so much. (Only everything.)
Suddenly overwhelmed, he held her impossibly tight. She whimpered and whined until her eyes opened and she stared up at his face. “Oh my god, what’s wrong?” she asked and stroked his distressed face.
“I love you,” he whispered.
“I love you, too,” she replied. Sophia’s eyes welled up with tears and she tilted her face toward his.
She kissed him so passionately, so sweetly, that James thought if she never kissed him again, this was the kiss he always wanted to remember (it still is).
I could never write an ending better than the one Livvie gave you, but I’ll leave you with this: Once upon a time I saved Livvie. She’s been saving me ever since.
6/12/13: I have started traveling for book signings so I'm hit/miss on communication. ON AMAZON INCOMPLETE DRAFT ISSUE: I apologize for the issue, I have my agent involved now since she has better relationships over there than I do. However, if you call customer service, they will fix it in minutes. Be sure to have deleted the book from your Kindle first or it will cause issues. Final version should have 15 Chapters and an epilogue. Thank you for your loyalty and support.
AMAZON READERS: I've heard from Amazon and they are on it. They said they will notify everyone who purchased a copy and replace it with the final version. It should take no more than 6 to 12 hours. Again, I apologize for the error and I'm deeply grateful for your loyalty and support. Reminder: If you do not have 15 Chapters and an epilogue in your version. It is the draft!
ALL OTHER OUTLETS: I will try and get the book up on Smashwords today. They aggregate to all other outlets (iStore, Kobo,Sony, etc.). It can take 2 weeks. However, all the files will be available on Smashwords and can be read on all devices.
6/10/13: Just so you know, the version Amazon is sending out to pre-orders is the draft version. If you don't have 15 Chapters and an epilogue, don't read. I'm working on resolving the issue.
4/25/13: Epilogue is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Before you ask any questions (I still have to write), please check out website for links and FAQ: http://aboutcjroberts.com/
3/7/2013: You are all well within your rights to want to spank my ass raw...but I'm still writing and I leave for Boston next week. I suck, I know. I just didn't anticipate that I would have so much to say from Caleb's POV. Sigh...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 eA 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 therefore entices the reader to sympathize.
I did not set out to 'romanticize' the slave trade. I think you'll find I do not paint it in a flattering light. Instead, I present my readers with characters. What my readers ultimately come to feel for those characters is up to them.
Some discover things about themselves they didn't know were there, things they don't wish to see, and others embrace it whole-heartily.
I think people would be surprised by how many messages I receive from people who have suffered abuse, thanking me for writing this type of work. For some, it helps them explore deep-seeded fantasies they are too scared to admit to and explore. The sexual fantasies of former abuse victims is not something always understood by mainstream society.
Additionally, I think some would also be surprised by how many readers HAD NO IDEA the sexual slave trade exists. It's a different journey for everyone, in much the same way it was a journey for me just to write these two novels. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the sequel when you're finished.
I must say, it took me a second to wrap my head around the purpose of this story. It is NOT erotica, NOT romance. I don't say this negatively either.I must say, it took me a second to wrap my head around the purpose of this story. It is NOT erotica, NOT romance. I don't say this negatively either. I mention it because this book is often compared to mine and it perhaps isn't a fair comparison. A lot of MY scenes ARE written in such a way to be titillating. The scenes in THIS BOOK are not written to arouse the reader and are spare in the details during the sexual acts. I don't think the author's intent was titillation. I believe this story is a straight-up psychological thriller.
I've read a lot of reviews where people are angry about the story because its so brutal and not 'sexy' or 'romantic'. It's not intended to be. If you're looking for hot sex scenes and hotter alpha males, this book is not for you. I like a smexy story featuring bare chested alphas chasing down honey's just as much as the next girl, but I also don't expect all my books to be about that.
Once I accepted the fact this book was not INTENDED to make me feel tingly in my naughty bits it took on a whole new shape - one that I really enjoyed.
It's very smartly written and I really give credit to the author for taking her readers into the depths of such depravity with Tony Rawlings. As a villain, he's exceptional. He is unapologetically evil.
Claire makes a lot of stupid mistakes early on. However, I enjoyed reading about her becoming a stronger and more nimble-minded person. I believe I'll enjoy her character much more in the second book.
Round one, I'm afraid, belongs to Mr. Rawlings....more