“Morals had no place when it came to revenge.”
HEART-WRENCHING and SICKENINGLY ENJOYABLE. GET READY TO BE DISGUSTED BY YOUR OWN FEELINGS.
OMG, I’ve read so many reviews for this book, and have to start by criticising the criticisers. My favourite thing to do! If you find it so disturbing that even a provocative, well written piece of work such as this warrants a poor review perhaps you should stick with the Disney version and read Beauty and the Beast.
I give it 5/5 Tasty Tears
This book was fucking epic, beautifully written, compelling, original, believable and completely disturbing. I hated myself and every character simultaneously and yet my heart physically ached with love so often it made me sick. I developed Stockholm syndrome just by reading it. If after you read this book you feel the urge to give to give it a bad review because it fractures your sweet baby doll brain, at least appreciate how disgusted it made you feel and measure it by the amount of grey matter you had to realign.
Firstly: I want to commend the lack of actual sex scenes in a novel which is literally about sex slaves. Kudos. Oh but don’t worry you avid horny moguls there are more than enough scenes to quench your insatiable thirsts. But… CJ Roberts didn’t rely on those moments to keep people captivated.
For many writers sex scenes seem to be the go to in adult romances and there is nothing wrong with that (The Crossfire Series I’ve got your back, you know you’re my jam) but this novel could have quite easily made me change my panties every few pages but it didn't. It is… classy? Wow. There is really nothing classy about this novel and yet… it is strangely classy. Give me a break, I am suffering from Stockholm syndrome after spending 24 hours being a Captive in the Dark with my girl Livvie and my master Caleb.
The POV: It changes throughout the novel from Livvies first person perspective to Caleb’s third person perspective. Sometimes this style can give the reader whiplash but in this case it doesn’t. It is well structured and manages to transition from POV to POV very smoothly.
The story is a nutshell: The narrative thread follows Caleb on his quest to train his new captive Livvie as a sex slave. She is meant as a gift to a man he despises in order to infiltrate the man’s inner sanctum and seek revenge. He has a very strange and tangled relationship with the person calling the shots, and his loyalties sit like lead inside his heart and head. This person changed Caleb from victim to villain and did a damn good job of it.
“The girl started to cry, right there on the sidewalk, right in front of him. Caleb couldn’t look away. Tears had always been mystifying to him. He liked looking at them, tasting them. Truth be told, they made him hard.”
He constantly does things that make you wince, and melt at the same time.
Caleb is not 50 shades of fucked up... Caleb is what every hue of grey is measured against. He is ‘a monster,’ a beast, a predator. He does unspeakable things to the female protagonist and... he enjoys them. I found myself cringing and weeping for Livvie during these sense. And then just like Livvie prayed for Caleb to show us some kindness, just a little slither, a crumb of kindness and I could like him again. And I did, I was in a whirlwind of emotion with Livvie, caught between hating Caleb and loving him.
Caleb is my new favourite male protagonist/antagonist -yes he is both. He is so endearing and complicated, he has so many layers, too many layers, he is unbelievably real. He is in my head and my heart, and god damn it if I can’t get the creep out!
Livvie or kitten is only just of age and both inexperienced and worldly at the same time. She was wary of monsters like Caleb and somehow still became the prey. She is completely lost emotionally, fighting internally between being an attractive 18 year old girl, having fun and experiencing life… and staying out of trouble. She is a tough little thing and although often seems as though she may break under the pain and suffering she encounters, she doesn’t. She is a survivor, which is why Caleb choice her.
This book is often scary, it has a believable story-line and manages to submerge the reader in a dark underworld with crime lords from Pakistan, and bikers in Mexico, and is really very credible. There is a complex narrative thread and layers of well-established characters.
OMG I AM BEING TRIGGERED!! Just read it, but if you are sensitive at all to rape and violence, then don’t. You have been warned. This novel is hardcore, no sensitivities held, no honours held, just raw bloody good reading.
The book starts with Caleb as he stalks a young girl on the streets of LA. Caleb is the real deal, sadistic and broken. A complete mind fuck of a man, gorgeous, manipulative, intelligent, dangerously loyal to all the wrong people and enigmatic in the most terrifying way.