Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch

Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts

I feel like I should give this book an intro. The words that come to mind after reading this is holy fuck. I have never read anything like this book, as far as it being so utterly dark and riddled with taboos. I just want to say that it's an incredible book, but I think readers should be aware that it rides a very fine line. If you're going to read it, keep an open mind.

Synopsis: 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.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.


Review: WHOA. This whole story is like getting mind fucked. I'm not even sure what to exactly say about it. I think this story definitely requires an open mind because I can see how it could easily piss someone off. That said it is extremely well written, vivid and extremely dark. Caleb is not the "hero" you might be expecting, not one bit. That said, I really loved the characters including Caleb and Olivia because they're well rounded, refreshing and extremely complex. I think the story would've been completely different if Olivia wouldn't have met Caleb before getting kidnapped. I think that would've changed the whole tone of the story and it would've made it impossible for me to route for Caleb. His humanity kind of hangs in the balance. I do love that the ending gives us a glimpse as to how Olivia plans to regain control. Overall, this is a fantastic story, definitely not for the faint of heart. It's worth the time, but please read with caution.