on July 20, 2011
Genres: Abuse, Adult Fiction, BDSM, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Dark, Erotica, Romance, Sociology
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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.
I’ve seen so many rave reviews about this book and yet I’ve continued to put off reading it. I’m not even really sure why. I mean I’ve already subjected myself to the mind fuck the likes of Consequences/Truth and The Opportunist/Dirty Red. I swear I’ll need therapy when all is said and done.
To say I devoured this book is an understatement. I sat down at 9:30pm and literally didn’t stop until 6:30am. I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t even leave status updates on goodreads like I try to do.
I’m amazed at how some authors have the ability to make us smile or laugh out loud. Some can make us cry. While others make us think. Some take on the hard issues of suicide, drugs, abuse. Then there are those like C.J. Roberts who take us to a really dark place. A place we don’t necessarily ‘think’ we want to go. A place that makes us cringe. Yet we go willingly. Letting her grab our hand and take us on a journey.
That’s what it is right? A journey….
There is horror in this book. Not the poltergeist kind, not the bogey man. No the monster in this book is Caleb. Caleb as he’s described in the book is beautiful, good-looking, pretty. I couldn’t help but wonder if that made any difference in the way I felt about him. As if that could make a difference. Caleb truly is a product of his environment (I won’t divulge you just need to read it). Geez does that make his actions any better? I can’t even believe I’m trying to justify the things he’s done. I think I have just as many questions about his actions as he does. My only reprieve at feeling this way is knowing that he does question them. Maybe not fully, maybe not with remorse, shoot maybe not even with acceptance, but he starts to question them nonetheless.
Can a monster have feelings?
Is he capable of feeling?
And then there’s Livvie. I had moments where I really felt like I was in her head living this horror with her. I too couldn’t believe how she had gotten to this place. How in the hell could this be happening to her. She too is a broken soul like Caleb. How fitting that he chose her to take. The way he ‘chose’ her was heart breaking to me. He picked her based on poverty level, based on the way she carried herself, based on her looks. He decided she wouldn’t be missed by society. I almost couldn’t blame her for thinking this was all her fault. How could she not? The issues she had at home left her feeling unloved and unwanted. She was fighting to break free from her environment and then poof here comes Caleb.
I loved Livvie’s spirit. I loved that she fought back. I loved that she was so determined that she accepted the repercussions. Well at first anyway. She is so brave and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out for her and for Caleb.
Running to go get Seduced in the Dark!