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I really wanted to hate this book, but in the end I actually loved it. I wonder what that says about me as a reader/listener? The subject matter of this book was seriously disturbing and made me extremely uncomfortable. There were many times I had to put this one down and could not revisit it for several days. There is abduction, beatings, rape and overall humiliation of another human being. How could this possibly be a love story? Perhaps I’m de-sensitized or nothing really shocks me anymore. No matter the reason, the author really pulls this one off. She manages to make the reader care for the hero and heroine. And despite all the horrible things Caleb does to Livvie, I still wanted them to end up together.
This was a very dark listen but it was well worth my credit.
46 of 46 people found this review helpful
I read A LOT of reviews before deciding to "read" this book and it's follow up Seduced in the Dark. The idea of reading about sexual slavery was a little off-putting but the reviews were so convincing I had to find out for myself. This book was very thought provoking and sometimes it just made me mad! That being said I very early on identified and fell in love with the characters. Livy the suspected submissive turns out to be something else all together, although her survival instinct is strong. Caleb her kidnapper, in this book just shows us small portions of his true personality and we glimpse the man behind the beast. It kind of felt like a modern day beauty and the beast story but with a very dark point of view. As all good books do, this one made me laugh, cry and get extremely frustrated with the characters. There is some bondage and demeaning situations towards women and there is just enough of a back story to make you understand what makes Caleb the way he is. This story is not for the weak at heart and is the first of two books. My only complaint is the narrators male voice. It was just odd but not enough to stop me listening. Kudos to C.J. Roberts for tactfully addressing and telling a good story centered around very hard subject matter.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Captive in the Dark the most enjoyable?
The way it was narrated, having pitch and tone made the book feel more alive. I loved it, loved it, loved it.
What did you like best about this story?
I have read this book a number of times and each and every time it grips me in a different way and on a different level..listening to it just took it to another level again.
What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?
The way she seemed to 'feel' what she was saying.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Love isn't always grown from kindness.
Any additional comments?
Well worth purchasing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
this is a twisted story, it properly you into a dark world, turns your stomach