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Series: The Dark Duet #1
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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.
3.5 stars. A really high three-point-five stars.
My thoughts are all over the place. It was nothing like what I was expecting. The rebellious girl fighting being amusing and infuriating to the dominating man aspect really wore on me—no idea why I hate that whole institution—but other than that I was really surprised by the depth provided for both Kitten and Caleb.
Somethin about his horrid backstory really rubbed me the right way. I appreciate Roberts’ unflinching willingness to *go there*. And to find strength in the weaknesses of both characters. And good googamooga that scene where Caleb goes all Achilles-trying-to-rescue-Briseis Troy style was fucking hot. Is that wrong? Haha something must be wrong with me.
Anyway, my only complaint—the writing. I can’t help it. The writing was loose, weak or too casual. It’s really not my style.
And the weird movie references really stood out as inappropriate for some reason. The Dirty Harry joke, mostly. And when Kitten randomly quotes the whole fucking line like some Pulp Fiction fanatic.
But such a universe entrenched in heartfelt reality as this one ultimately overpowered my distaste for those little niggles. I mean, damn, there’s something to be said of a writer to can tell as compelling a story as this without really seeming to have tried.
I read this in the fastest like 6-7 hours of my life. O_O