Publication Date: August 29, 2011
Series: The Dark Duet #1
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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.
WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.
The first word that I would use to describe this book is fucked. Why do I say this? Because this is one of the darkest romances that I have ever read in my life. The book is about a girl named Livvie who is kidnapped and prepped to become a sex slave. While in captivity her tormentor Caleb begins to make her feels things that both disturb and excite her. He exercises control over her, makes her call him master, and abuses her in a way that forever changes her life. Can love come from this type of horror? Or is it simply an effect of her captivity?
Caleb: “he was the monster no one thought to look for in the light of day”– Some will say he is the hot and sexy captor. Others will disagree because they cannot overlook the amount of depravity that comes from his character. Do I like him? Well, I have VERY mixed emotions about him. While I can appreciate the reason why he became the man he is, I don’t agree with his behavior in the story. Was it erotic? Umm yes. But it was also sick and disturbing too.
Livvie is the woman held captive, the woman that I found intriguing yet naïve. While I felt for her character I couldn’t help but get a sense that she enjoyed what was happening to her. I mean come on her had this undeniable lust for Caleb- she must be as twisted as he is “A very strange thing was happening inside me: an awareness as basic and simplistic as male and female, masculine and feminine, hard and soft, predator and prey. Yes I was terrified. But there was also this undercurrent of something very vaguely familiar. Lust? Maybe. She even got “all retarded at the sight of some handsome asshole with a nice smile”. Weird.
This book is very controversial and should ONLY be read by those with an open mind and those who are not offended easily. I was on the edge of being offended to be quite honest. But I must be disturbed too because I liked it…. With that being said, read with caution.
Overall Rating: 4.0 F*cked Up and Disturbed STARS
Would I Recommend: To those who are used to this type of story. It’s pretty offensive. **18+ ONLY**
Would I Read Again: I’ll see how I feel after I finish the other ones in this series.