Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, 1)

First thing I’d like to say about this book is that it’s dark. It’s dark and it’s twisted and not really the romance that you’d think it is. I don’t really know what I was expecting when I went into it. I knew that it was about a girl being kidnapped into slavery but this had a different approach to it. Caleb, who is the main male character, was kidnapped twelve years ago. He was brought up in the slave trade world and was also trained to kill. Now he wants to kill the man who was responsible and that means kidnapping someone and training her to be a pleasure slave in order to get closer to him. Caleb watched the girl before he took her. He watched her at home, on her way to and from school and anywhere else she went.

We don’t find out what the girl’s name is for most of the book. That is something that Caleb never knew about her and she never told him till much later on. I’d like to keep her name quiet until you read it. The girl has a shit home life. Having a mom who doesn’t care for her or her siblings, she has to take care of them herself. With no love or affection at home, when she is kidnapped by Caleb, he is her only source of contact. She starts to fall for Caleb but she doesn’t know any better. She knows what he’s doing to her is wrong on so many different levels, but she can’t help but to feel something for him. This leaves Caleb feeling vulnerable as he also finds her very beautiful and different from all the rest.

Even though this book is dark and not your everyday romance novel, I really enjoyed it. The book is in two different perspectives and they are written differently as well. Caleb’s point of view is in third person whereas the girl’s perspective is in first person. At first I found this totally strange as I have never read a book laid out like this before, but as I was reading it and really getting into it, I came to really like how the author wrote it. While reading the girl’s chapters, I felt like I was her and when Caleb’s chapters were read, I felt like I was hearing his thoughts as he spoke them. It is definitely an interesting way of writing.

There is a twist near the end that kept me on my toes and then a huge cliffhanger at the end that had me jumping up and down. I highly recommend this book and make sure you get the second book so you can read them together. This is definitely a New Adult novel. There is language, violence, strong sexual content that may be a trigger for some people.

Captive in the Dark Book Cover Captive in the Dark
The Dark Duet
CJ Roberts
Neurotica Books LLC.

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.

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