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.
I don’t even know where to start – am I supposed to love this book or hate it? Is Caleb a monster or her prince charming? Did he finally make her feel things she never had before – or did he force himself on her? SOOOOO many conflicting emotions after reading this book. Olivia is sold into sexual slavery – and held captive…..she’s in training of sorts. Caleb is trying to make her into the perfect submissive slave to be auctioned off in Pakistan. (Yes you read that all right.) But CJ Roberts has written this dark story so well you don’t know if you should hate him, beg Olivia to kill him ….or slowly start to find him endearing, loving – and sexy as hell. Does Olivia have Stockholm Syndrome? Possibly – and I think Roberts has written this story so well – we all have it now.
I was leery to read this book because of it being so dark. But after reading several of my friend’s reviews on Goodreads I noticed that most of them had reservations at first, but then still gave the novel 5 stars or more. So I devoured it in a day in a half – and now I’m halfway through the 2nd book, REALLY annoyed that my day job is getting in the way of my reading.
Don’t be hesitant – it is dark, it’s sad, you feel things for both Olivia and Caleb because of their past, but C.J. Roberts writes her characters so well – that you fight for them….. for them to get out of the situations they’re in – and to fight for each other.
The book is a mind-fuck, and more than once found myself asking WTF are you reading? But of course, that didn’t stop me. Not. One. Bit.
The scenes that Caleb and Olivia are intimate – they’re truly intimate. You’re not reading about someone’s rape – or torture. You’re reading about discovering someone’s body – and it’s pretty fucking hot. And the fact that we the readers, can still find the situation sexy? Just shows how well written the novel is. I can’t wait to find out what happens in book 2!
“People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night.”
“For what it’s worth Livvie, I never thought of you as a whore. And you are…the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”
“Caleb was a strange person, cruel and inhuman; a monster, and yet, at other times, he seemed so capable of something like caring. He made me cry and scream and shake with fear and nearly a split second later he could make me almost believe he wasn’t responsible for any of it. He could hold me and make me feel safe. How was that possible?”
“I was as real to him as he was to me and it struck me just then that I meant something to him. In whatever capacity he was able, I meant something. The irony of that epiphany made my gut twist.”
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