*****5 Dark, Disturbing, Raw, and Intense Stars*****
Human trafficking – Illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Other purposes can be extraction of organs, or tissues, or even surrogacy or ova removal.
Caleb who was abducted and sold into slavery as a young boy is now grown and looking for revenge. Caught up in the world of sex slavery he sets out to seek to one man he holds responsible. He will stop at nothing to find him and kill him, slowly. He has no emotions, no compassion, no heart – that was lost a long time ago when his innocence was stolen. Now, all he see’s is vengeance and nothing will stop him from achieving that.
For the Beautiful, shy, and innocent 18 year old Olivia “Livvie” Ruiz someone’s worst nightmare just became her reality. Beaten and stolen by men she doesn’t know, Olivia is living in fear; fear of what is going to happen to her, fear of being raped, fear of not knowing if she will survive, fear of the dark. Caleb is determined to train Olivia in the world of pleasure slaves making her obey his every command and call him “master” to prep her to sell to the man he seeks to kill.
Something starts growing in Olivia she doesn’t want to admit. Not only is Caleb her captor but she starts seeing him as her protector. Feelings between the 2 start to grow and has Livvie questioning her sanity and Caleb questioning himself, he shouldn’t feel these things towards her, she is just a pawn in his game to achieve the outcome he must achieve but something about her captivates him and he starts questioning everything.
This is a much different book than I am used to reading and I couldn’t put it down. It’s dark, raw, intense, messed up, ugly and I loved every word in this book. I found the relationship between Caleb and Olivia intriguing to read. Olivia wanted so badly to be loved after feeling like nobody cared about her and at times Caleb showed her the things she so desperately craved that she found herself clinging to him for safety and love. Throughout the story I saw some soft sides of Caleb that I found myself clinging too and wanting him so badly to take her away from what he threw her in and love her. The dark scenes touched me – CJ Roberts pulls you into them and makes you feel them. The way she describes what happens to Olivia in her time of living in the dark you start feeling for Olivia and what is going through. I am so happy I finally picked this book up, it was a great change of pace for me and I can’t wait to start reading Book #2 Seduced in the Dark.
If you want to read a flowers and chocolate type of book with hearts and stars and furry little kittens this isn’t the series for you. But, if you want to change it up a bit with a little dark, a little disturbing, with a little bit of sexy thrown in the mix then do yourself a favor and read The Dark Duet Book #1 Captive in the Dark and Book #2 Seduced in the Dark by C.J. Roberts.