Dark Duet series
by CJ Roberts
Dark Erotic Romance
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, naive 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.
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.
I’m not sure that “dark read” can accurately describe this book. Human trafficking is always a dark subject, but this one goes further. Can the one being held captive REALLY having feelings of love, compassion for the captor? Is it Stockholm syndrome? This book takes you on an emotion journey that you might not normally want to go. This isn’t a book with a Happily Ever After or fairy tale ending. This book is the mental exploration of a kidnapped young woman who is being abused, trained and primed to be sold as a sex slave to a vicious, murdering drug lord and her captor that struggles with his past abuses and newly found feelings for his trainee, all while planning and executing his ultimate revenge.
Plot: 5. This story is simply amazing. It follows quiet and shy Olivia through her torturous captivity by the hauntingly beautiful Caleb. Caleb, a human trafficker and slave trainer, has kidnapped Olivia to auction off to a Russian mobster who has wronged Caleb’s “family.” In doing so, Caleb will be finally be able to get the revenge he has dreamed of for years. Little did he expect to find out that Olivia was not so easily trainable and that he grows to care for the girl, as she grows to care for him. Captive in the Dark tells the story of what systematic abuse does to a person(s) and how everyone reacts and processes abuse differently.
Sex: 3. The sex in this book is mostly abusive. Even though Olivia grows to enjoy some of it, it is mostly sexual abuse used as a sort of behavior modification—be a good girl and you get to orgasm. This is an s/M story so there is bondage, corporal punishment, sensory deprivation and multiple partners participating in various sex acts, with various devices. Some of the scenes were really hot, while some where disturbing and scary.
Overall: 5. I was held captive by the author’s ability to create such an emotional character study. At times I felt scared, heartbroken, sad, joyful (only once or twice really), but I felt everything that the characters did. I could not help but become emotionally connected to Caleb and Olivia because it’s such a sad tale and you want to see them overcome their situations. I highly recommend this book despite it sounding like such a sad tale. It’s absolutely fascinating and leaves you with a huge cliffhanger. Ultimately, I believe this story is not about kidnapping, abuse and torture, but one of perseverance, holding on to hope and forgiveness and love. While certainly not for the faint of heart, this is a wonderful story that I hope many will look past the dark subject matter and give it a go. It’s wonderfully written and will leave you dying to see what happens next.