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Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts
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May 06, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Altogether too short, but incredibly and surprisingly very good. I'm not an Erotica fan by any stretch, but I did enjoy this book. Well written and captivating, I couldn't help but read this in just one sitting. I was oddly entranced by both main character's stories, and their shared pain of depravity and strong will for survival. The author also somehow managed to create a redeemable and empathetic character from one also willing to inflict pain & humiliation on others, just as others inflicted upon him.

"This isn't a romance. You're not a damsel in distress and I'm not the handsome prince come to save you." No. He wasn't. In real life you had to save yourself.

Caleb is a man who spent half his life in the pursuit of revenge. Revenge against what others have done to him, and his rescuer's family. In escaping the depravity of his early years, he slowly becomes the monster that he once abhorred.

In order to enact the final stages of his revenge, he sets out on snaring an unwilling victim to train as a submissive, for the purpose of selling her as a sex slave to the very man he has long dreamt of destroying. The only issue is that his surprisingly strong-willed and complicated captive might be a bit more than his experienced hands & heart can handle.

In summary, I enjoyed this book, but I definitely would have held back in reading it if I knew it ended just short of a satisfying conclusion. As in, this does end in a cliffhanger of sorts, and would have been better tackled after the 2nd book and its conclusion was published.

Warning: For Mature audiences only. This most definitely isn't for everyone, it's quite disturbing on so many levels. If can get past that, it really is a very good book. Lots of sexually charged scenes, but only one with the full act. There is also violence, murder, Sodomy, and rape flashbacks, but nothing as far as cruelty or complete forceable sex by the captor-Caleb.

On a side note: For some reason this book reminds me of the Fever series. The protagonist reminds me of Mac when she was a Priya and her captor has a bit of JZ. It might have something more to do with the author's writing style though.

Update: After reading many of the 2nd book's excerpts, I'm still completely intrigued and hooked on this story. This isn't a fluke or one of those stories that just works on hooking the reader. I can't wait to read the conclusion soon. Unfortunately, I will be out at sea, in the middle of nowhere, when it comes out in Sept.
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Dulcinea I agree with your review a 100%. Can't wait until #2.

Steph Thanks. This one too me by surprise. I haven't seen too many well written and well developed erotica stories. From what I've gathered from the reviews, a few have sort of low balled the rating on this one, due to it's content. It sort of the story, most people have hard time admitting they enjoyed, let alone read.

Loederkoningin Great review. This one definitely reminded me of the Fever series as well at times. Especially this particular scene:
"He could see the determination in my eyes. The unspoken challenge behind them that screamed, 'Just try and make me asshole. Just try.'
He lifted a brow, and his eyes responded, 'With pleasure pet. Just give me a reason.'

Now doesn't that scream Mac and Barrons? :-D

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