Sara Stanton

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  • Seduced in the Dark (Book 2, The Dark Duet) on Aug. 31, 2012

    To quote the author, “If you’re reading this and you haven’t read Captive in the Dark, turn back! You’ll be lost.” I read Captive in the Dark this July 4th, not meaning to read it at all but just peek into it and see if I could handle it. I was so lost in the story within the first few pages I completed it that day. With Seduced in the Dark it was different. I knew where the story had ended and where it might go. I was so ready for this book to come out and had the pleasure of reading it early as I was a project contributor for it. What I wasn’t ready for was the emotional journey CJ Roberts would take me on. I fell hard for Captive in the Dark with its beautiful mind trip of a story and Seduced in the Dark did just that, seduced me. It seduced me to the point I would have done anything to read it and be drawn into this world that I wanted to be in yet was so frightened to witness. I couldn’t and wouldn’t dare leave until it was over. **Deep Breaths!** “Caleb has made me into this. I am everything he wanted me to be. And in the end, what did I get in return?” Seduced in the Dark takes place roughly four months after we leave Caleb and Livvie battered, confused and wanting something that neither one of them can have. What takes place after that is such a wild ride with twists and turns you find yourself guessing what will happen next and each time coming up short. The author winds a tale around a new cast of characters in a menagerie of intrigue, pain, pleasure, heartbreak and sacrifice that will have you gripped by the gonads, glued to the page and you will not be able to put it down. There is so much I cannot say in this review as I do not want to spoil it for the reader; it just needs to be read. I will say that I read this into the wee hours of the morning and was a total mess after it. I am still a mess as I write this almost a week after finishing it, yeah it is THAT GOOD! Nothing in this book is filler; it all has a point and a purpose. There are so many lines that left me breathless, left me with chills but never left me questioning the integrity of the characters or the author. Caleb and Livvie have tough choices to make; when they are finally made this desperate reader was stunned. Jaw on the floor type of stunned. Did I mention how good this book is? “As I walked, I could feel his eyes on me, the way I could always feel his eyes on me. Tears ran down my face unabashed, but I didn’t move to wipe them away. I had earned those tears; and I would wear them as a symbol of everything I had been through. They represented all the pain I had suffered, the love I felt and the ocean of loss sweeping through my soul.” To say that Seduced in the Dark is one of the best books I have read this year would be putting is mildly. The story that CJ Roberts has given us is breathtakingly gorgeous. Each scene plays out in your head with a vivid reality that is beautifully arranged; you will feel a part of the story, not just a voyeur. I asked the question in my review for Captive in the Dark. “Is there such a thing as redemption for the truly wicked regardless of what led them to evil?” I finally got my answer with Seduced in the Dark. “I had finally learned to obey and never looked back.”