Captive in the Dark
Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.
Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him. (Goodreads)
Seduced 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? (Goodreads)
I’m writing this because you begged. You know how I love the begging. In fact, you probably know too many things and know them far too well. Who am I? Well, that’s what I’m trying to figure out. I was a whore in my youth, a killer since my adolescence, and a monster as a man. I am the man who kidnapped Livvie. I am the man who held her in a dark room for weeks. But, most importantly, I am the man she loves. She loves me. It’s quite sick, isn’t it? Of course, there’s more to our story than can be surmised in a few short sentences, but I’m at a loss for justifying my behavior back then. I assume if you’re reading this, I don’t need to make those justifications. You’ve already made your own. You’re reading this because you want to know about the rest of the story. You want to know what happened that warm summer night in September of 2010, the night I met Livvie at The Paseo. It was the night my life changed all over again. It didn’t happen exactly as Livvie said. She’s been very kind to me in the retelling of our story. The truth is far more…complicated. (Goodreads)
I have decided to write a review to encompass all 3 books in this series as you really need to read them all to get the full effect. Having just finished reading them back to back I am currently trying to get my emotions under control. If you expect a hero to emerge from this series you will sadly disappointed but, saying that, Caleb does his best to change his ways….not a easy task. I will admit that the first 2 books had my heart thumping and caused a lack of sleep due to not being able to put them down. Book 3 is a fantastic conclusion written from Caleb’s POV.
Livvie is a strong women who despite the pain and torment that is inflicted on her does everything she can to survive. She will not accept her fate, or the fate Caleb believes is his, or her doubts as to her feeling for him. Stockholm Syndrome is considered by both the main characters at several times throughout the story.
Caleb is not nice. In fact he is down right awful to Livvie. Although he claims to do these things for her own good, to make her stronger, I think, certainly in the early stages, he is just sadistic and perverted. At several stages throughout the first and second books I could quite happily have slapped him myself. I will admit that normally I have a soft spot for the lead alpha male but Caleb just wound me up and put me on edge, I wanted to go in a rescue Livvie myself. It wasn’t until the third book that I actually softened towards him.
This is an enthralling and very dark series (as the title suggests) and contains scenes of manipulation, cheating, bondage, punishments, rape, kidnapping. If you are adverse to any of these then this is not a series for you. If, however, you don’t mind some elements of these then I would recommend this series but be warned Caleb is not your usual alpha male hero type.