Synopsis: 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?
It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human beings revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.
Publisher: Neurotica Books
Date Published: August 30,2012
Date Read: January 22, 2016
No. Of Pages: 505
This book has explicit contents and disturbing situations, proceed with caution. Never for the fainthearted. I repeat not for the fainthearted.
Before anything else you can check my review of the first book Captive in The Dark here.
I think I am in the minority here, but hear me out.
I am the one seriously in need of therapy after reading the book. The feminist and even the mature side of me sometimes could not handle the atrocity and monstrosity of the events that transpired in this book. Can I say that the feminist side of me is revolting? I cringed, I was queasy (and mind you I’m not the queasy kind, I got no problem with those stuff, but this book brought out that side of me), I was uncomfortable, it was draining the life out of me. And more often than not I stop and do something else because things are just too much for me. I needed a breather so to speak. So it took me a while to finish this book, I put it off for a month and picked it up once more because I cannot stand the fact that it has been on my “currently-reading” for longer than necessary. I don’t want to make it a habit to DNF a book, but there are times I swear I was so close to doing just that. This book is unnecessarily long. The story dragged on forever, and to be honest it has been exhausting to read. There are parts that the book can completely do away, I guess these parts were just thrown in just to complicate the book more, to make it more appealing I guess, but it did the contrary for me. If for anything, the length of this book turned me off, but I finished it yes, but it is not without rolling my eyes so hard or the occasional rant over twitter of how f*cked up things were, it was so hard to read. I feel like I am never the same person after I have read it.
I’m no stranger to erotic stories, I think I have read a fair share of it. Seduced in The Dark took twisted, dark, disturbing to a whole new level. To say I did not expect the extent of this book will be an understatement. It was over a year ago that I have read the first book Captive in The Dark, I remember liking it and fully understanding that it isn’t for everyone, myself included. But because I wanted to read as many books possible, whatever genre it may be I continued on with book 2, of course I had to know what happened to Livvie and Caleb. I forgot how intense things could be, there was my incessant mumbling of “oh boy!” or “good lord” “argh” among all other things I blurted out. My sister even said I should stop reading it because I am starting to be annoying to a fault. What 50 Shades of Grey? That thing paled in comparison to this, you think 50 shades was the top erotic book? You haven’t met this monster.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series Captive in The Dark it has some unique features to it, enough to keep me wanting to continue on, but after Seduced in The Dark I don’t know anymore, I have heard Epiloggue was really good, I’m still thinking if I’ll read it, maybe I would. I’m already here ,aren’t I, what more damage could it possibly make, right? But I would give myself some time to recover first. My mind was disturbed to the core, I felt like I was harassed, it feels like I joined a triathlon, I was just so exhausted.
The only redeeming quality of this book was the last 20 pages. If I latched on a little longer to the idea of the last 20 pages, I could have given it another star. But as I rationalize things, and thought about all what I’ve been through whilst reading it, I settled for two stars. Don’t get me wrong, it was really well-written, I loved how the author constructed sentences and metaphors, but I guess this book isn’t just for me. I found few loose ends, I feel like the issue with Rafiq and Vladek was not as grave and as complicated as I hoped it to be, or as the story required it to be, for such vendetta to transpire? I mean, I needed more of the twist, it fell short for me. There are also a lot of things left unexplained or left unresolved. I had so many questions and I was left hanging. And boy the picture painted by the author of the “abuse” being done to the women was enough to give me goosebumps. It was painful to read.
Now give me a hug, soothe me with sweet words, tell me it’s gonna be okay, because this book got me depressed big time.
“It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human being revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.”
― C.J. Roberts, Seduced in the Dark