Murphy’s favorite books is a post to talk about a book or series that we gave up on reading. If you like the idea, please, feel free to share your Murphy’s favorite books too.
Important: This post shows our opinion, and our opinion only. We would like to note that people can (and probably will) like these books for the same reasons we didn’t like it. It’s not a flame, we don’t have the intention of bad-mouth the author or their books. It’s a review, but it is not under the Reviews category because we couldn’t finish reading or took a long time to do it. Sometimes a book that one of us liked can be featured here because the other didn’t like it. Again: it is just our opinion.
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 found out about this book while reading answers of other blogs for a Follow & Feature question. I can’t remember exactly what was the question, but I do remember reading a lot of bloggers saying good things about it, so I decided to give it a try. I wish I hadn’t.
Captive in the Dark felt like an attempt to make a new and more explicit Fifty Shades of Grey. We have yet to review EL James’s trilogy here on Murphy’s Library, but let me tell you: we didn’t like it. And I didn’t like what I saw on Captive in the Dark either.
While reading this book I thought that Roberts came up with a plot just to have an excuse to write sex scenes, and failed while doing so. As one of the reviewers on Amazon said, “This book has no idea what it’s trying to be.” Although I’ve seen a lot of people saying they liked the way the characters were built, I didn’t. In no way I could connect with either Caleb nor Olivia, they felt too unreal, the author tried to develop the characters with dialogues that just bored me and in my opinion don’t really take the reader anywhere.
I skipt a lot of scenes while trying to read it, until I simply gave up and decided to jump to the last chapter. Let me tell you: this was a waste of my time. This book is about rape, kidnapping, torture, and I just can’t understand how so many people can love this story. It’s disturbing how so many people can enjoy a story about human traffic that they say is a romance.
Author: CJ Roberts
Country: United States
Genre(s): Erotic Fiction
Publisher: Neurotica Books
Publication date: August 12, 2011