AUTHOR: C.J. Roberts
RATING: 5/5 Stars
GENRE: So much more than Erotic Romance or Suspense: Blew my Mind
PUBLISHED DATE: June 15, 2013
I’m writing this because you begged. You know how I love the begging. In fact, you probably know too many things and know them far too well.
Who am I?
Well, that’s what I’m trying to figure out. I was a whore in my youth, a killer since my adolescence, and a monster as a man. I am the man who kidnapped Livvie. I am the man who held her in a dark room for weeks. But, most importantly, I am the man she loves.
She loves me. It’s quite sick, isn’t it?
Of course, there’s more to our story than can be surmised in a few short sentences, but I’m at a loss for justifying my behavior back then. I assume if you’re reading this, I don’t need to make those justifications. You’ve already made your own.
You’re reading this because you want to know about the rest of the story. You want to know what happened that warm summer night in September of 2010, the night I met Livvie at The Paseo. It was the night my life changed all over again.
It didn’t happen exactly as Livvie said. She’s been very kind to me in the retelling of our story. The truth is far more…complicated.
A gal shouldn’t cry while reading an erotic sex scene, right? Well I balled to the point I couldn’t see my iPad, and this was just the beginning of Epilogue: The Dark Duet by C.J. Roberts. Roberts pulled so many emotions out of me during my reading of Epilogue that I was an emotional wreck. For those of you who are new to the world of the Dark Duet, Epilogue is the latest installment in the provocative series. It is a novella written from Caleb’s, the male protagonist, point of view. Caleb isn’t your knight in shining armor typical hero; he is dark, twisted, wounded, and a pretty **** (insert expletive) up guy who I have hated, bled for, died for, and loved. Roberts doesn’t do light and bright; she does dark and broken and because of this, Epilogue is one hell of a novella. I am in no way going to give you, the potential reader, any hints of the plot. Just know that this is a book not to be missed.
The book starts a year after the events of Seduced in the Dark: Dark Duet #2 and Caleb has tracked down Livvie(Kitten). Livvie has grown in the year that she and Caleb have been apart, but so has he. I know some of you will wonder how a reader could come to sympathize with the abuser Caleb was and reconcile to actually liking the character and wishing to take away his enormous pain. The credit is all due to Roberts’ brilliant storytelling and the layered personality of Caleb, a man who is the product of his own twisted past. Because of Livvie, Caleb becomes the man who will do anything for love, and I mean anything, even become the person Livvie needs. In Caleb’s life, burying his emotions has always been his key to survival, but experiencing them again is his key to his future.
These two characters might be two of the most **** (insert expletive) upped ever written, but their raw emotions and their story tore at my heart, which throughout my reading of the story, was broken apart and put back together. As Livvie and Caleb have experienced the worst life has to offer having lived through the dark, it is wonderful to see both James and Sophia explore the light together and enjoy making their own private pleasurable dark.
So leave your preconceived notions of what love is at the threshold and jump into this amazing book and series. Thank you Ms. Roberts for such a wonderfully told story.
P.S. Absolutely, loved Caleb’s sidebar commentary.
She was born and raised in Southern California. Following high school, she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1998, served ten years and traveled the world. Her favorite part of traveling is seeking out the seedy underbelly of the city.
She is married to an amazing and talented man who never stops impressing her; they have one beautiful daughter.
Her debut novel, Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, Book 1), is available in ebook and paperback. And will be followed up with Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, Book 2) in September of 2012.
She writes short stories under the name Jennifer Roberts
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author or publisher I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
Book was also purchased by the reviewer.