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Captive in the Dark

(The Dark Duet #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  68,042 ratings  ·  6,068 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
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Published July 20th 2011 by CJ Roberts
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Emily May
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who get turned on by the Saw movies.
Shelves: 2013, erotica
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
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, leg
~ 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
Tarryn Fisher
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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)
Rachel (BAVR)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Absolutely captivating. It's a very dark, rich story, and the character development is outstanding. Caleb is NOT a "good guy," but the way Roberts moves between Caleb's third person POV, Livvie's first person POV, and flashback POVs of both characters is brilliant and makes you understand how they (especially Caleb) have gotten to be who they are and why they act the way they do. I was enthralled by the characters and the story in a way I haven't been in a long while and I devoured it in three h ...more
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. A
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OMG! This is a book on my re-read shelf. I read it in 2012 before GR and my reading has since evolved.
Very dark, but right up my alley these days…..
Book 1 of 2.5. Series complete.

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
Kristin (KC)
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, abuse, erotica
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
chan ☆
Oct 27, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf, 2020
was reading this for a project... couldn't stomach it. dnf at like 5% ...more


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, thinkin
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

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 re
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 b
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

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 f
Stylo Fantome
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I think this story was amazing. Stockholm syndrome, love, seduction, whatever. Kitten and Caleb have a truly unique relationship. He is an anti-hero. Or an anti-villain? Something. I have read this series many times, and my thoughts change on it each time. This is totally cheesy, but I think fate brings people together, and hey, maybe this was fate's way of bringing them together. A horrific, traumatizing way of doing so - but we can't all have a The Notebook kind of relationship.

I don't think t
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Carina
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.
Pearl Angeli
"While I slept, he had made himself the master of my fate, and I could do nothing but allow it."

Holy smokes! What have I just read?

My reactions throughout the book:




Captive in the Dark surprised me to no end! It's one of those books that can make me pause for a while, contemplate and question myself if I'm still normal? Because it's the kind of book that I shouldn't love, but I did. It's dark, twisted, and full of fuckeries, and yet... I love it!

This book is not your typical romance book. I
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-hate
“This isn't a romance.

You're not a damsel in distress,

and I'm not the handsome prince come to save you.”

If you are looking for a good girl/ bad boy romance, this book is not for you; you've been warned. So please don't try to pin this on me if you ended up not enjoying it. I am not recommending this to anyone, read at your own risk. Here, i'm admitting it, this book is downright fucked up.

First of all, you need to decide if you want to look at it as Olivia's story or Caleb's story. It's w
Yeasmin Alo
Okay so it is the longest review in the history😑
Contains in between 6,000-7,000 characters
IDK who will be interested to read the whole damn thing 😂
In my defense I was overwhelmed and needed to get it out of my system.So I wrote an essay yayy 🤐😑
( My teachers would be damn proud ,you bet huh 😂)

Part 1- September 07, 2020- THE REVIEW (the big guy)
Part 2- September 06, 2020- Little rant about finally starting the book
Part 3- September 03, 2020- The bigger rant -My History with the book

Update 7 Sept
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 "favori
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
So because I was such a chicken shit and really only skim read this book before (first dark book) I've pulled my big girls granny undies up and am re reading this and the rest of this series since I'm all so grown up now!! lol

If you are after a book with romance, flowers and puppy dogs and rainbows move along!! This book isn't for you!! (Just saying)!!

Anyone who hasn't read this my first warning is: "Get ready for a huge mind fuck!" "Second warning run while you can, you don't have to read this!
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nazanin by: Sahar
Shelves: erotica-bdsm, dark, abuse
4.5 Stars

He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of dark and the light within. I didn’t care that he would undoubtedly hurt me at any moment…

Told in dual POV, both in 1st & 3rd person, it’s the first installment in "The Dark Duet" and it’s cliffy. At first, I couldn’t connect with Livvie’s character, I didn’t like her much but further in the story I saw her thoroughly. She was funny and shy but also fierce and brave. Oh, Caleb! What can I say about you! There were moments that I really ha
Feb 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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)
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, dark
**2.5 stars**

Captive in the Dark was interesting in parts and the author clearly did her homework on abduction and slavery. What I ask myself is if this story was compelling enough to remember in a week's time and the answer would be a strong NO.

Perhaps if I'd read this when it was released initially, I'd have been blown away; however, having read so many Dark/Captive/Forbidden stories, this seems pretty tame. Entertaining, yes, but still quite mild in its execution. I loved Livvie/Kitten thoug
Alexis *Reality Bites*
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
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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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