SPOILER ALERT – If you have not had the pleasure of enjoying the first book in the Dark Duet Series Captive in the Dark please do not read this review. I have posted my review of Captive in the Dark on Swoon Worthy Books Facebook Page, swoonworthybooks.com, Amazon, and Goodreads.
Stockholm syndrome, or capture–bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.
Olivia “Livvie” Ruiz is now rescued and living in a hospital under the watchful eye of FBI Agent Reed and FBI Case Work Dr. Sloan. She is under investigation for terrorist activities and refuses to speak to anyone. After many meetings with Dr. Sloan and Agent Reed she finally breaks open and tells her story, her story of being abducted, beat down and trained to be a sex slave. She tells her story of falling in love with her captor, Caleb, and how she came to her freedom. She is sad, lonely, confused, and wants the one person who most feel caused her the pain and suffering she went through, Caleb. But Caleb is dead and knowing that makes it hard for Livvie to want to live but she promised him she would live and be free. After telling Agent Reed her entire story she is given a new identity and she walks out of that hospital to a new life with a new name in search for happiness. She leaves everyone behind in search to find herself and where she belongs in this world without the one person she has come to truly love. A little over a year passes and she has been living her new life, making new friends, and attending college and trying her best to make a life for herself. Until, one day an old friend from her past walks back into her life and changes her completely forever.
Just as I mentioned in my first review this book was not easy for me to read – although I was engrossed in it some scenes were very difficult for me to process because knowing that human trafficking is a very serious issue and happens everyday around the world. Everyday young girls and boys are bought and sold as pleasure slaves so reading about it was hard. I became attached to Livvie, I wanted her to be strong and fight. Although, I couldn’t wrap my brain around why she fell in love with Caleb I felt it in the words that were written on paper. I wanted her to have her happy ending after everything she went through. This series touched my heart in a way a story never has before. I felt the characters pain, their happiness, their loneliness, and their fear. This will be as of date my favorite series I have ever read because it’s different. It’s dark, sadistic, sad, terrifying, and real – although this story my be the work of fiction – somewhere right now some young girl or young boy is living the nightmare in real life that Livvie lived in this book. I absolutely love Livvie, her strength and determination to survive the hell she was living made it hard not to love her. Even though many may read this and hate Caleb I fell in love with him too. As a boy who was sold into the sex slave world at such a young age he grew up looking for revenge – I didn’t fault him for that. I love him for realizing what he was doing to Livvie and to everyone in his past was wrong, I love him for admitting that he was a monster and he didn’t deserve her love, and I love him because in the end he choice her and wanted her to have a good life, a happy life apart from him and the sick world he was brought up in.
I can’t express to the author, CJ Roberts, how grateful I am for her putting this series out there for me to read. I am looking forward to her next book in the series Epilogue The Dark Duet releasing this March 2013. I will get it the second it goes live because I want to hear from Caleb. Her talent she has shown in this series is beyond measure, she is defiantly a master storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her creations in the future.