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review 2014-04-10 05:30
SEXY BEAST
Epilogue - C.J. Roberts

4.5 SEXY STARS

This book was very different from the first two books. We find Livvie living in Spain going to University and living under the name of Sophia Cole. It's been a year since she took some time to travel the world, using the money Caleb left for her. She's been feeling like she's being watched and has just informed Agent Reed when she gets a mysterious note. She immediately knows who is from.

This story is from James' POV. James Cole was the little boy who was kidnapped from his mother at the age of five and sold into sexual slavery in Tehran. This same boy became Caleb. But things aren't smooth when he finally is back in Livvie's life. Caleb has a lot to atone for. Not only does he feel that Livvie deserves it, but he does as well. Livvie has a life and friends and Caleb only knows one way of living. He wants to be with her all the time.

They spend time talking to each other about how he chose her to kidnap, their time together when she was his captive before she told him she loved him, their time apart and how he found her. Those conversations don't always go well. 

"No!" She was on a roll. Her eyes screamed of crazy. "It's perfect! I'll leave school and cut my friends out of my life. Then you can have me all to yourself! You can keep me in your dark little room and fuck me stupid. You can own me. It's what you want, isn't it?"

~ Livvie aka Sophia

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And sometimes that turned him on...

Did her words hurt? Yes. But they also excited me. My dick was hard and a familiar thrumming thudded in my ears. I wanted a fight. I needed a fight. I was sick and tired of playing nice. I AM NOT NICE!

~ Caleb aka James

there were very funny moments from Caleb trying to be a normal person...

"Do you even notice how women look at you, Caleb? James. Whatever. You're just... you're fucking beautiful is what you are." 

"Handsome. I'm handsome. And no, I don't notice. I'm too busy looking at you. Or using my carefully cultivated death-stare to threaten any man stupid enough to set eyes on you.

~ Livvie and Caleb conversation.

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He didn't know how to handle things like a normal guy or boyfriend. He invaded her privacy by breaking into her laptop to read the book she'd been writing. He didn't have a job, so he spent his days waiting for her to come home. It took him time to learn to like her friends and spend time effectively by himself.

I loved the effort he put into giving Livvie the space she needed to trust and love him again. He had to learn to be a normal person as well and not always want to go for the jugular when someone angered him. He eventually became friends with her friends and learned to love the new Livvie and understand that he made her who she was sexually and that their shared past had to be worked through. 

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This was funny, sweet and SEXY as hell all at the same time. My heart broke for both of them as they had so many things to work through. Caleb understood that part of what Livvie had to work through was due to him. and he gave her the space to do it. He also fought with her, learning that they were changing, their relationship was different and to figure out how to be with each other in a healthy way.

Fantastic series. I'm so glad I read it. I am looking forward to more from Ms. Roberts.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/566429409
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review 2014-04-10 05:28
5+++RUTHLESS KITTEN STARS
Seduced in the Dark - C.J. Roberts

And there's an Epilogue too?! I can't wait to read it. 

When we first find Livvie in this book, she's been arrested for trying to cross the Mexican Border into American holding a gun and covered in blood. 

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FBI Agent Matthew Reed and Dr. Janice Sloan, FBI social worker, are trying to get Livvie to talk about her experience and want to make sure she was actually a victim. The rest of the book is spent with Livvie telling how she came to fall in love with her captor, kill a man, and get herself across the border and back on American soil.

Agent Reed and Agent Sloan need their own story. Their time in this book was brief and framed Livvie telling her story about what happened to her her four months in captivity. But what did happen between them was FREAKING H.O.T.! 

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At first Agent Reed is very hard on Livvie, but soon his personal history starts to influence his thoughts on Livvie's experience as well as Caleb's life. Livvie makes a deal that she and her family can go into WITSEC separately. 

During Livvie's telling of the story, we find out how Caleb came to be with Rafiq. Felipe and Celia play a big role in his relationship with Livvie as well as him finding out how he came to be a kidnapped child, prostitute, killer and sex trainer.

I had a feeling early on in this book that what I thought could be, was what was going to turn up as a major twist in the story. I was right, but so much more happened that I didn't see coming.

I was torn between what Caleb made Livvie do and what she wanted to do. He made her who she was sexually. But she loved him anyway. 

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It was a long book, but I couldn't stop reading it. There was always a twist or a turn. There was never a dull moment. I read every word with reverence. I just can't say enough good thing about the book. I loved and hated Caleb at the same time. I was sad for Livvie for the most part, but felt that she somehow kept her strength and dignity throughout her ordeal. And when she was finally free it was only to be thrown into a prison until her story was sorted out. Agent Reed had little to no compassion at the beginning, but Livvie shocked him and turned him on at every opportunity. Making him show his human gooey center and, if not understand, at least sympathize with her.

Livvie kept her "smart mouth" as Caleb would call it. And she used her quick whit and smart moth to manipulate her captors as well as the FBI agents into doing what she wanted. She was stronger than anyone gave her credit for and I LOVED that about her.

Thank you C.J. Roberts for a fabulous book. I can't wait to read more from you.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/555680680
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review 2014-04-07 15:25
REVIEW TO COME!!
Seduced in the Dark - C.J. Roberts

5+++RUTHLESS KITTEN STARS

And there's an Epilogue too?! I can't wait to read it. Review to come once I collect myself!

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/555680680
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review 2014-04-07 15:22
FREAKING SCARY!
Captive in the Dark - C.J. Roberts

4 HEART POUNDING STARS

 

I think my heart was in my throat from the first moment I started reading this book. I was so scared and sad for Livvie. She was emotionally abused as a child and now used physically and mentally by a man who's emotions had been cauterized by his own harsh life. How two men, Caleb and Rafiq can have so much hatred for someone who destroyed their lives, yet not realize or care they were becoming the thing the sought to destroy. People who could destroy someone else's life in their quest for vengeance is beyond me. How they or Caleb can justify what he's doing was tough to read. 

But I've been on the edge of my seat since the moment I started reading the book. I can't wait to dive into the next installment.

The Good: Anticipation factor is off the charts. Learning little things about each of their lives, which brought them to this point is amazing. I love Livvie's spirit and spunk. Once she works it all out, she doesn't close up into a ball, she comes up with a plan, not knowing if it will be effective and work, but she knows she has to fight, if only internally, in order to survive. She's always had to and she will continue to do so.

The Bad: Not much. I was ticked at Livvie for how they first meet, but I get that she had no real compass when it came to people because of how she was treated.

But I was also pissed she didn't  take the gun when she ran away from Caleb. That made no sense to me.

(spoiler show)

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/555680441
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text 2013-12-31 04:17
My Top 10 Reads in 2013
The Siren - Tiffany Reisz
Rock Chick Revolution - Kristen Ashley
Beyond Eden - Kele Moon
Surviving Raine - Shay Savage
A Song for Julia - Charles Sheehan-Miles
Reaper's Property - Joanna Wylde
Captive in the Dark - C.J. Roberts
Undeniable - Madeline Sheehan
The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) - Tarryn Fisher
Own the Wind: A Chaos Novel - Kristen Ashley

I’ve read 200+ books according to my 2013 Goodreads Book Challenge and at least 100 of them I’ve rated between 4 – 5 stars.  That means there are a lot of great books that aren’t mentioned here. I've managed to squeeze in more than 10 books by including series. The stand out discovery for me this year has been The Original Sinners Series, which I found to be one of the most entertaining and witty reads this year!

 

In no particular order, apart from The Original Sinners, here is My Top 10 books read in 2013:

 

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