Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1) - C.J. Roberts I've been wanting to read this for quite some time but was very hesitant and nervous. All I kept hearing was about how dark and disturbing it was. In reality what I'm finding disturbing is how un-disturbed I was. This is not to say that this story doesn't stick to your brain and make its mark. It does but maybe because I expected much, much worse, the reality is tolerable.

Although there is corporal punishment, this is more about the mind fuck of having no way out. I felt horrible for Livvie at the moment she realizes there is no escape. No going back. Only forward. Caleb is the typical beautiful, broken man who has survived by the only way he knows. Putting up walls, following orders and shutting off the emotions. He sees in Livvie a part of him. Broken. Sad. Looking for someone to love and belong to. My heart felt for him when he realizes that Livvie and him are in the same predicament. Both captives, with no way out.

The writing was not good. But it's been my experience with erotica that something always has to give. I also enjoyed the fact that there wasn't all sex. It had a plot. Though I have to give credit to CJ Roberts for mind fucking with the reader as much as Caleb did with Livvie. She kept me thinking that Caleb was changing and good. Nothing worse than hope sometimes. Might have to move directly to book 2.

Why couldn't he just keep being an evil, soulless bastard so I knew what his role was and I knew mine? Why did he have to continually switch back from cold and unforgiving, to comforting and warm?