Review: Captive In the Dark by C.J. Roberts!

Review: Captive In the Dark by C.J. Roberts!
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Review: Captive In the Dark by C.J. Roberts!Captive In the Dark (The Dark Duet #1)
by CJ Roberts
Published By: Self Published
Format: eBook
Release Date: 07/20/11
Genres: Adult, Dark
Pages: 276
Source: Purchased


Summary from Goodreads:
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, naïve 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.


“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 someone to hold me, somebody to be kind to me, somebody to tell me exactly those words. It’s going to be okay. It wasn’t of course, I knew that. But I didn’t care. I needed the lie.”

This is going to be a very short review because I don’t usually read books like this (and I don’t think many of you do either). But if this review can get at least one person to read this, then I’ll be happy. This book is one of the many reason I LOVE Goodreads! I stumbled upon this book in my Goodreads feed and was immediately mesmerized by the haunting cover and the title of the book. Captive In the Dark? WTF!? My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to check out the summary. When I read that it was about kidnapping and pleasure slaves I was taken aback. Especially more so when I saw all the amazing 5 star reviews that this book had. At first, I thought these people were just crazy. How can you possibly like a book about this kind of stuff? But the more reviews I browsed through, I saw that most of them were from people that I not only admire but I have come to trust their reviews and recommendation on books. A big factor in deciding to read this book was that none of these reviewers either a.) liked 50 Shades of Grey, b.) compared it to 50 Shades of Grey or c.) both of the above. That pretty much had me sold!

Because of an incident when she was young, Livvie has grown up being branded a “whore” by her mother. Livvie tries desperately to gain her mother’s love and forgiveness and she grows up very conservatively. She dresses in dowdy clothes, she gets straight A’s, she doesn’t party or do any of the things normal girls like her do. One day, as she is being aggressively hit on by a stranger, a handsome man comes to her rescue. But Caleb is no knight in shining armor. He has a dark and disturbing history which has put him in the path to his current line of work. Caleb was sold as a slave as a boy and had a horrible life growing up. 12 years ago, he was rescued by Rafiq who taught him all there is to know about capturing, training and selling pleasure slaves. Rafiq has been after a very dangerous man who killed his family and as a way to show his gratitude for saving him, Caleb has vowed to kill him for Rafiq. Their best opportunity to get in contact with him is by selling him the best pleasure slave they’ve ever had. Enter Livvie.

Livvie wakes up tied up, beaten and blindfolded in a van with brutal men. She is taken to Caleb. At first, she is shocked to learn that the man she considered her savior that day has now become her captor. She fights it with all she has until she is eventually broken down by him. Either way, she never manages to truly lose her spunk and she holds on to a shred of hope that she might be able to escape, no matter how small that shred of hope might be. But no matter how many times she is tortured or humiliated by Caleb, she can’t help but feel…something for him. She has a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome, maybe it’s something more? But she isn’t the only one feeling this way. One minute Caleb is cruel to her and the next he is sweet to her. The more time he spends with her (not that she has a choice), the more his emotions and feelings get confused and he starts to rethink his plan. Maybe he can set her free? Maybe she can forgive him and love him? Maybe Caleb can actually love her back? Maybe…

I know what you’re thinking. He kidnapped her! How can she (or me for that matter) possibly like him!? Well, that is exactly what I was thinking too, but this is just a case where you will never be able to comprehend it until you actually read it. The writing is so hauntingly dark and beautiful all at once that it is impossible not to let your emotions get the best of you and completely get lost in this story. I was very skeptical going into this book and with good reason. This is in no way a light or fluffy book. It is extremely dark, disturbing, twisted and…so fucking good! The fact that it is told from both POV’s lets you understand why they feel the way they do and why they are so messed up. Livvie and Caleb are both very broken souls with so many demons in their past and the only way to get deal with them might just be with each other. Deep down, they both just want to be loved. They desperately want it and need it!

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Captive In the Dark managed to shock me at every turn and threw some curve-balls my way that I didn’t see coming. The biggest of all of them was the way I felt about the book. I went through just about every emotion I had with this book and just when I didn’t think I could handle any more, we are left with one killer of a cliffhanger ending. I’m DYING to read the second (and final) book in this series, Seduced In the Dark. Let me put it out there that this book is NOT for everyone! It’s dark, graphic and explicit but so damn good. If you think this book is be something you might like, get ready for the biggest mind-fuck of your life! One piece of advice is to not make assumptions until you have tried it for yourself. These aren’t your typical characters and this is by no means your typical love story, but it is a brilliantly written, heart pounding and and gut-wrenching story that will blow you away and might leave you questioning your sanity. (Did I really love this book!? Am I crazy?)

(Wowsers! So much for my very short review. I feel like I just poured my heart out!)

5 out of 5 sparkly stars!

Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Captive In the Dark:

-Revenge, Caleb reminded himself. That was the purpose of all of this.

-He caressed my face, running his finger over my earlobe, down the column of my throat, the back of his fingers brushing across my collarbone. My breathing became broken, heavy. This was wrong, and yet, it didn’t feel so bad.

-He would never admit it, but from time to time, he needed to feel pain as much as he needed to dole it out.

-“I hate you.”
“You don’t hate me,” He said it like it was a fact, like he knew me. He knelt between my open legs and leaned over me with his hands on the carpet. I turned my head to side. He kissed me, first behind my ear, then down my neck. “But you wish you did.”

-Now he lay in bed next to her, holding her like a lover, smelling her fucking hair and caressing her arm. Worse, he didn’t think he could stop. He didn’t want to stop.

-Caleb was a strange person, cruel and inhuman; a monster, and yet, at other times, he seemed so capable of something like caring. He made me cry and scream and shake with fear and nearly a split second later he could make me almost believe he wasn’t responsible for any of it. He could hold me and make me feel safe. How was that possible?

-Stroke her or strangle her? He still didn’t know. He only knew he wanted his hands on her.

-For the first time in recent memory, Caleb wanted something other than revenge. He wanted the girl. He wanted Livvie.

About CJ Roberts

CJ Roberts is an independent writer. She favors dark and erotic stories with taboo twists and her work has been called both sexy and disturbing in the same sentence. She was born and raised in Southern California. Following high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1998, served ten years and traveled the world. Her favorite part of traveling is seeking out the seedy underbelly of the city. She is married to an amazing and talented man who never stops impressing her; they have one beautiful daughter. Her debut novel, Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, Book 1), is available in e-book and paperback. And will be followed up with Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, Book 2) in September of 2012.


  1. I love kidnapping books! It is my dark and disturbing book fetish. I usually stick to the YA ones because I don’t like it to push the rape line too far. Stockholm Syndrome is something that is so disturbing and confusing. I definitely feel it as I read. I actually found this book a long time ago and keep going back and forth on if I want to read it. You might have just pushed me to try it!

  2. This does intrigue me, and your review was amazing! I might look into it more someday. It sounds like it deals a lot with human and sex trafficking? I’ve read another book dealing with issues like that, Sempre, and it was one of my favorites, though it sounds like it approaches the topic differently? Thanks for bringing this book to my attention! :)

  3. I had told myself I was not going to read this. You just changed my mind! I do love books the put your emotions through the ringer. I have to read this now!!!

  4. Great review. This actually sounds interesting to me. I don’t think a lot of people realize how big a market human trafficking is, and the United States is one of the biggest participating countries. My niece works with an organization that helps raise awareness about human trafficking and they also help rescue women and children caught up in this, in this country and other countries. It is mind blowing the magnitude of this issue and the way different cultures look at it. There are several major cities in the US that are main hubs to traffic sex slaves, and so many of these girls are just like the girl you describe in this book. As soon as I can, I will be checking this book out.

  5. OOH I’m so glad you loved this one! The power of Goodreads *sigh* ;) And LOL at the little picture thingy it definitely sounds like they really want to be loved :) And kidnapping? O_O *runs to see this on GR* Awesome review Nereyda!

  6. I still have to read this one. I have heard so many brilliant things about it…so I am really looking forward to starting it. The concept of this book is very dark and “disturbing” and I usually avoid books with heavy issues but I am very intrigued by this one. I want to know what happens between the two characters and really understand their feelings for one another! I am anticipating this one! Awesome review! It was very helpful! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  7. Whenever I was on Amazon checking out books, this book always seemed to pop out. I was intrigued by the cover art, and when I read the synopsis I knew this was completely out of my comfort zone. But I read so many great reviews that I had to give it a try.

    I am currently reading this book and it is out of my comfort zone, but it is impossible not to enjoy reading it.

    Great Review girl :D!

  8. Whoa. At first glance I was like “No way!”. Then I started reading and thought “Wait…I might like this.” By the end I was all “OMG, I really need to read Captive in the Dark!”

    So yeah, I think I just may give this book a try. Great review and sorry for my craziness!;-)

  9. The cover is haunting. Thanks for sharing.


  10. Sounds like an interesting read, I love books that surprise you plus I loved Fifty shades : )
    Definitely adding this to my list.

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  11. Fabulous review! Goodreads is how I heard about Captive in the Dark too! And for the record, I also loved this book and HATED 50 Shades of Grey! But Captive in the Dark was an amazingly dark, disturbing, totally MIND BLOWING read! It’s been a few months since I read this book and I’m STILL thinking about it!!

    Also, if you haven’t read it already, you are going to adore Seduced in the Dark! It’s even better than Captive, if you can imagine that being possible..

    P.S. Glad to see you like my banner! :D (I just needed somebody to hold me)

    Great review!!

  12. Excellent Review! You have me sold! I’ve never read anything like this, but I find it very interesting. Plus, I trust your recommendations! Thanks for introducing me to a new great read!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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