Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Seduced in The Dark by CJ Roberts

To sum it up:

(The exciting, titillating, and action-filled conclusion to Captive in the Dark.)

What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

★★★★★ 5 BILLION STARS!★★★★★

I literally cannot even… I can’t even… I am unable to even… I have lost my ability to even… I am so unable to even…

I’m in love.

This book was… It was just so… so…
 Perfect. It was absolutely perfect.

***Even though this is a review for the second book in this series, I’ve given away no real and important spoilers. For those of you who are still iffy about going into these two books, perhaps this review will help to change your mind…***

After reading Captive in the Dark, I was hooked. Nothing about the book was short of perfect, and I instantly bought Seduced in the Dark the second I had finished book one. And dare I say it… but Seduced in the Dark was even better. You wouldn’t think that’s possible though, right? After-all, sometimes sequels tend to fall short from the first books. But not when it comes to this series. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book was EVERYTHING I crave in a romance novel. It was dark… it was angsty… it was full of emotion… and it made me feel.

No review can even do this book justice. It’s as simple as that- this book has officially become my favorite book EVER. That’s no exaggeration guys… it was that good. After reading Captive in the dark, I was literally dying to find out what was in store for Caleb and Livvie.

"She kissed my scars, and I made new ones for her." -Caleb.

We all want what we can’t have. And for Caleb… it was Livvie. *sniff, sniff* ...He would constantly have to tell himself that Livvie was only plotting her revenge. That she would never care for him. He felt that if he reminded himself enough, that perhaps he could get the truth through his head. So he repeated those words like a mantra. Only, deep down inside himself he knew his feelings for Livvie ran much deeper than he was comfortable with, and the same went for her. This was a hard thing for Caleb to grasp. No one had ever seen him as someone capable of being loved, yet he consistently hurt the one person who did. Caleb was truly such a tortured soul. My heart broke for him, despite his cruelty at times. All he did was ache for the simplicity of his life- a life free of guilt, shame, lust, and sin.

But does cruelty justify cruelty?

Does love conquer revenge?

...These were all thoughts that consistently ran rampant through Calebs mind.

For Livvie, so much was different between her and Caleb from the beginning of her capture. Yet so much remained the same too.. He was still the same man who hired ruthless men to kidnap her. Still the same cruel person who locked her in the dark for weeks… slept with other women in front of her, forced her to become dependent on him… crave him… rely on him… He was also the man who saved her life… and put her in danger. And most importantly, he was still the man who planned to sell her as a sex slave. A whore. But that didn’t stop her thoughts from wishing that she was just a girl, and he just a boy, and they desired each other. She always wanted him to hold her, kiss her, and pretend he would do anything to protect her. But were all of these feelings in her head? Were these feelings for Caleb just her way of surviving? Her head always tried to tell her one thing… but her heart had reserved a place for her tormentor and her solace.

This story isn’t for the weak of heart- It definitely had me questioning my own sick and demented state of mind for actually wanting and craving each and every part of this story with every turn of the page. This series just left me feeling such a rush of emotion… anguish… heartache… survival… lust… and most importantly, love. There was definitely much more sexual scenes involved in this book- but believe it or not, I LOVED every scene I had the pleasure of reading. (No pun intended.) Every steamy scene introduced in this book was done so tastefully. Never once did I get bored, and never once did anything feel like a filler. All I can say, is every intimate touch… every sweet caress… put me on an even more emotional level with the characters.

Suffice it to day, that C.J. Roberts is one heck of a writer- the woman has some undeniable and IMPRESSIVE writing skills. This book was brilliant. Absolutely freaking brilliant. She didn’t hold back when writing this story, and I commend her for that. Not only was this story dark, but it was filled with some truly disturbing things. But through my journey with this series, I’ve learned to open my mind to new and unique things. Because this story not only touched my heart… but it touched my soul. It touched a part of me that no other book has been able to touch before. That takes talent, and it takes one heck of a series that you absolutely don’t want to miss out on.

PS: This book is NOT a stand-alone! Be sure to read Captive in the Dark first!



Paula Novack said...

I couldn't agree with this more. I absolutely love CITD and SITD. CJ Roberts is pure genius! Top 5 books ever.

The Autumn Review said...

I want to read this.

Lee Anne said...

I've been on the fence about this series. After reading this review, I now want do read this. I now blame you for adding to my To Read list! LOL!

Maria D. said...

Thanks for the review - I'm not really into too many dark and angsty books but it sounds like this one would be worth it:)

Megan said...

AMAZING REVIEW! I loved Seduced in the Dark. I was also slightly disturbed at how much I loved this dark twisted book. I was rooting for Caleb and Livvie the entire book. CJ Roberts has got it goin' on!!

Alyssa said...

Paula- I have to agree with you... This book is definitely a top five favorite of mine! :)

The Autumn Review- You should definitely read this one!

Lee Anne- LOL :) I'll take all of the blame for this book now being added to your TBR List... This series is seriously amazing- Don't miss out!

Maria- You're welcome! If you don't like dark and angsty, then you may not enjoy this book! It was so good though! :)

Megan- Thanks so much! I agree with you- CJ Roberts definitely has it going on! (I was rooting for Caleb and Livvie throughout both books as well!)


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