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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Seduced in the Dark by C.J. Roberts - Review, Interview & Giveaway!

BOOK TWO OF THE DARK DUET
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?




 Rhonda's Review

"His touch was simple, but specific, meant to show me he could be like a lover, gentle, intimate, but also that he was a man unaccustomed to hearing the word no. Yes. I understood. He was a man, and I? I was nothing but a girl, not even a woman. I was meant to fall at his feet and worship at the altar of his masculinity, grateful that he’d deigned to acknowledge me. All this, from a simple touch."- C.J. Roberts (Captive in the Dark)

In 2011 I ran across a book called Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts. I'll admit, it was cover love that first got my attention but, it seemed from the moment I read the blurb I was compelled to read this book. Even though this was not a book I would have normally read, I began my journey into The Dark Duet. Mrs. Roberts challenged me in so many ways as a reader, she took me completely out of my comfort zone, she gave me an anti-hero that I should have hated and made me love him! No matter how dark Captive in the Dark was, I continued to turn the pages. By the time I finished, I was a hot mess of emotions, and that little masochist in me wanted more of this story desperately! I fully credit Mrs. Roberts for seducing me to the dark side.

"Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark, now he used it to seduce me."


I had exactly three books on my "Most Wanted" list for 2012, and Seduced in the Dark was one of them. I was fortunate enough to be a beta reader for this book, and thus begins my journey into The Dark Duet #2.

This will not be a plot review, as I don't want to spoil anything for the reader. Mrs. Roberts has an incredible literary talent that goes beyond just the words on the page. She has the ability to reach inside you and provoke a wide array of feelings and emotions. They may not always be pleasant, but for an author to be able to what she does is incredible. This story washed trough me in waves of love, anger, pleasure, sorrow, heartbreak, and at times even humor. I can't even begin to tell you how devastatingly beautiful this book is written. I can see the growth Roberts has made as a writer, and she has a wonderful voice, keep your eye on this author she is a talent on the rise, I truly believe that!

"During the course of our time together I’d fallen in love with my captor. I’d fallen in love with his smell and his taste; his smile, kindness, and yes, even his cruelty because I knew it was a part of him."

Livvy is such a strong character even in her circumstances. She's willful, stubborn and challenges Caleb on so any levels. Olivia and Caleb were scorchingly hot in this book! The dubious consent isn't as prevalent in this story. Olivia is even funny at times even when the current situation is messed up, she'll have something funny fly out of her mouth. Livvy also wears her heart on her sleeve, and there are times it's almost costly for herself and Caleb.

Caleb.... Oh how much I adore him! I started loving him in the first book, but after this book I fell completely in love! There were a couple of times I wanted to throttle him. But some of his actions would later come back to haunt him. He's so complex, and damaged. The man that started this journey for retribution, ended up on a path of self-discovery and intense heartbreak. His story absolutely tore me up, it ripped my heart to shreds!!

Rafiq... There has always been something unsettling to me about him. Caleb's savior, his mentor, and his teacher of sorts. It has bothered me to no end that Caleb feels he owes Rafiq unconditionally, and is constantly browbeaten with it. 

We also meet a couple of interesting new characters, Dr. Sloan and Agent Reed. It's actually the banter between these two characters and Olivia that provide some of the laughs in this story. The dynamics between Sloan and Reed could make for it's own story in the future...maybe? 

To the returning readers of this series, I can say this... You absolutely won't be disappointed. This story is one helluva ride you won't want to miss. As I approached the last quarter of the story, I felt like I stepped into a Quentin Tarantino film, it was fabulous! There were so many twists and turns to the plot, things that took me by surprise! The writing is crisp, the plot is tight, and I wasn't able to find any holes. This book is not mainstream erotica, there's a brilliant story being told, and it ended up being one of my favorite books ever!
5 ++ Breathtakingly  Brilliant Stars!!!


Radio Interview with C.J. Roberts
 
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For this post, the very lovely C.J. Roberts will be giving away 2 ebook copies of 
Seduced In The Dark!
Please be aware that these will not be sent out prior to the book release on September 1st.



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23 comments:

Kelsey Summer said...

The first book, Captive in the Dark, was one of my all-time favorite books. I've been waiting for so long for Seduced in the Dark. I can't wait to read it.

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Brandi said...

I absolutely loved Captive in the Dark, and have been anxiously awaiting the release of Seduced in the Dark!! It has been excruciating.

helpmerhonda72 said...

I can't wait for you all to read this!! Captive is also one of my very favorites too, dare I say Seduced is better?? YES!!

lowe2go said...

Loved loved loved Captive in the Dark!! C.J. Roberts is amazing!!! The book was riveting, I could not put it down. I can't wait for Seduced in the Dark.

SipesRN said...

I didn't think I would be into Captive at all. I read it because it was getting such great reviews. I have to tell ya, I would be so pissed if I wouldn't have opened myself up to this book. It held me captive. My emotions went on a roller coaster ride full of the loops and dips. I was confused with myself wondering how the hell CJ was able to make me want Caleb?!? WTF! Oh but I do. And I was rooting for Liv and Caleb to be together. WTF!?! Yeah I don't know what's wrong with me but I can't wait for more.

Abby said...

I let the dark captivate me and no doubt am left book thirsty to read Seduced in the dark.

I laughed, cried and felt other wonderful things lol. Brilliantly written, CJ Roberts had me hostage watching Caleb and Livvie, back and forth till the bittersweet taste of that last page!

If your up for a challenge, erotic and full of intrigue, look no further. This journey filled with lust, pain, confusion and I bet bottom dollar it's got to be love! Please I'm not one for spoilers YOU GOT TO READ TO BREATHE this book. You won't be disappointed.

I'm still in a trance lol hope no one disturbs my happy place till Sept 1!

cvonhagen said...

WTG CJ Robrts! You have opened a spot in many people that may have been forever closed without Captive. I am anxiously awaiting the availability of SITD.

Abby said...

Neither can I the anticipation is cruel lol awesome review Rhonda!! Caleb.. SWOON right! And for all the wrong reasons too lol hoping Olivia gets her prince charming, even if he's broken so envious right now I count the days!!!

erin said...

that sounds fabulous! Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

Lona said...

I absolutely loved Captive In The Dark. I could not put it down. It is a Must Read book. Cant wait to read Seduced In The Dark. Thx for giveaway.

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I have not read the first book yet. I typically like to have at least 2 books in a series before I start it so this works for me.

Thanks so much!

Vika said...

Read the first-looooved it. Patiently waiting for the second!!

Jody said...

Cannot wait!!! CJ Roberts has an amazing talent!!!

CJ_Roberts said...

LOVING YOU GUYS! Thank you for all the love and support.

helpmerhonda72 said...

CJ,
Xoxo

glass said...

Oh, thank you so much for this revew and giveaway!:)

Linda said...

I already sent C J Roberts an email right after I finished reading Captive in the Dark. I typically don't send comments to authors unless I am blown away, and I was blown away by this book. Even though it was sometimes dark, it was the most unique erotic romance novel I have ever read. How the heck can you love Caleb after the way he treats her? But you DO!!! I can't wait for the 2nd book. I already have an autographed copy waiting for me. PS--love the header pictures on this blog! :)

helpmerhonda72 said...

Awwwww.... Thank you so much Linda!
And yes, these books are so awesome. Its definitely Caleb's back story that makes you love him, and the glimpses of the kindness that's still lurking. :-)

Alyssa (Hesperia Loves Books) said...

I devoured the first book and still can't get it out of my mind. I MUST have the 2nd book ;)

Kathy Womack said...

I love love love C.J. Roberts' Captive in the Dark. I can't wait for Seduced in the Dark!!!

Vanessa Salazar said...

I couldn't put down the book until I finished it. Then when I knew there was another one...Now I desperatly waiting!

shelle1129 said...

You've peaked my interest and am excited to start the first book in time for the second.

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