Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts

This was in my bag o’ books. Blurb time!

BOOK ONE OF THE DARK DUET: 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.

So I am going to start by saying I feel bad, but this was a three-star book for me. I wanted it to be more. The blurb made it sound so exciting. It could have been in so many ways. But in the end, it wasn’t where I wanted it to be.

We have Livvie; her father told her that all women were dirty whores and that was why they bled every month. Pardon? Okay, cool mentally abusive dad I can dig it, but the fact that when she turned 18, she still believed this. I guess it was solidified by the fact that her mother told her that she couldn’t go out in skirts or tank tops because it would make her like a whore. So her mother wasn’t much better than her father.

She wanted to get away from it all, so she did well in school, hid sexy clothes and makeup from her mother and met a really hot guy. Now here is where I had to roll my eyes. I know there is sex trafficking out there. I totally watch the news, well okay no I don’t; with the no TV thing, but I read the internet. I am not dense. But this girl runs into our not-so-bad guy Caleb. He wants her, he is going to have her, and she was the one that practically threw herself in his car upon the first meeting?

This basically is saying that she isn’t smart at all, she lives in the bad part of Hollywood and she is going to get into the first car with a hot guy she sees? Nope don’t buy it, but I let it slid for fiction sake. Instead, I read on, and I have to at this point because I refuse to give up at the first chapter.

Caleb finally gets Livvi he brings her back to the house he is squatting in. He tells her that she belongs to him now and to call him master, this already piques my interest. So I huddle down in my comforter, and I get ready to read. Here is my problem, everytime Livvi fights, he runs. He hit her all of once with a belt, granted it was hard enough for her to remember to call him Master every time he is in her presence. But he didn’t start from the beginning.

THAT and the fact that he is already halfway in love with her? I expect with paranormal romance. I don’t expect it with contemporary. It’s not a bad read guys; this is what I find that I didn’t like about the book, there were sweet moments there really were. But this book came down to not being my cup of tea, and to be honest with you; it isn’t my definition of dark either.
It was darker than ’50 shades’ I am going to say that, the BDSM aspect way darker than ’50 shades’ but other than that, it was kind of fluffy in the dark department. for me anyway.

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