CJ Roberts is an independent writer. She favors dark and erotic stories with taboo twists and her work has been called both sexy and disturbing in the same sentence.
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.
She is married to an amazing and talented man who never stops impressing her; they have two beautiful daughters.
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on Aug. 21, 2015 :
I read this book a long time ago, rated it 5 stars, but never reviewed it. Recently I did a reread and wanted to write some focusing on Caleb. I love Caleb, who is one of my top ten of all times in the book boyfriends department.
The first thing that stands out to me in the beginning is how much pleasure he derives just from watching her, before anything has even happened (as far as the Livvie/Caleb situation).
He was excited and instantly drawn to her. The reader feels suspended on the edge of their seat waiting to find out what will happen, how it will play out.
After her abduction, she still can't hate him even though she feels she should. While he is completely consumed with her, she is not immune. She dreams of him, a perfect angel.
Although he may look like heaven, he is equal parts heaven and hell.
-He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within.-
As more details of his past are provided, he becomes an even more complex character. He is so gorgeous and his been so tormented and is now fighting his desires, emotions, background, pain, fate, etc etc etc. I wanted to hold the little boy he once was and encourage the man he is that he could change his future.
The entire story is up then down, emotional wave after emotional wave, surprise, sexiness, ugliness, doom and hope. It just doesn't get much better.
I know this isn't a proper review, but as I stated I just wanted to write a little on Caleb.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 12, 2013 :
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Oct. 11, 2012 :
Disturbing, confusing, confronting.....feelings of intense sadness, disgust, joy and relief. A very thought provoking and intense book. Not for those who are faint of heart and sensibilities!
All that said, I loved it. Well worth the read, just make sure you have time aside cause I couldnt put it down.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Aug. 18, 2012 :
This book left me torn..torn for Livvy and being abducted and torn for Caleb who suffered abuse as a child. Its hard to justify his actions now while wanting him to be the good guy. I ended up rooting for them and can't wait for the second book to come out...
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2012 :
I'm REALLY not sure what to write. Forgive me if this review is all over the place.
Is this book disturbing? Yes. But that in no way means I didn't enjoy it. It's one of those books that you can't help but think about long after you've finished it.
Livvie and Caleb are two very disturbed, broken people in very different ways.
It is told from alternating points of view. Livvie's is told in first person and Caleb's is told in third person. I think this is very important. The parts Livvie tells make you feel so much for her. I cried, I held my breath, & I was sick to my stomach. But then you see Caleb's side and you start to feel for him. I honestly never thought I would but then I did. I felt sorry for an incredibly broken man.
Do I agree with what went on in the book? No. But it is fiction. And, in fiction, especially dark fiction such as this, the more the book captures me the more I want to read it. This book sucks you in and even though at times you can't believe what is happening it still effects you. I cried for both Caleb and Livvie.
I absolutely cannot wait for the second book to see how their story ends. C.J. Roberts has wrote such an emotional book. If you can handle this type of story, I highly recommend it. It got to me in ways I cannot describe.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Aug. 05, 2012 :
This book is amazing I could not put it down it was that good,I'am looking foward to the next book,
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on July 18, 2012 :
This book is amazing and will have you on the edge of your seat...It will also take you through about a million different emotions good and bad. I mean hell I found myself cheering for the bad guy and then asking if I really consider him bad even after all the shit he did to Olivia. I love a book that makes me want to question by beliefs and has me wondering what the hell I'm thinking. I hate to admit that this read made me think I was truly sick in the head because I loved it so damn much and couldn't bring myself to put it down. Amazing, absolutely amazing there really is no other word for it. With that being said... If you are faint hearted and don't have an open mind this might not be the book for you.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on July 11, 2012 :
Good read, however this is not a book for the faint-hearted, as there are some strong psychological manipulations and sexual abuse against Olivia. I'm almost ashamed to admit that i could not put this book down, but I was morbidly fascinated with the dark story of Olivia's strong will to survive and Caleb's softening inner demons.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 08, 2012 :
Captivating, engaging, with a love/hate horror/fascination combo, couldn't put it down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 10, 2011 :
If you want to read a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride; simultaneously shocks and awes you, then this is it.
In “Captive in the Dark”, author CJ Roberts gives us a good look at the world of pleasure slaves and their trainers. A world devoid of love or mercy; a world of traitors and revenge where only the fearless and powerful has a chance of surviving.
All Livvie ever wanted was for her mother to love her, for her dreams of the handsome angel who rescued her from an evil pursuer on the street to come true; and ultimately for a pair of loving arms to hold her. She is a victim, but a victim who will fight back long after the reader thinks she is broken and crushed into absolute submission. I found Livvie’s character to be a breath of fresh air. So often female characters are portrayed as needy, clingy and weak, but she was exactly the opposite. Despite the horrendous physical and emotional torture she suffered, she remained strong, courageous and displayed a maturity beyond her years.
“I want you to get up.” He stretched out his hand toward me. Weary, I stared at it for what seemed a long time, thinking of the damage waiting to be done by that hand. His calm and my fear hung between us in a thick and heavy coil. He was going to hurt me, something in me knew it. That certainty nearly numbed me. Searching to work my way into his good graces, I reached out tentatively, waiting for the snake to strike. I touched his out-stretched hand, wanting to recoil and shrink back. But I didn’t. He smiled. It was a smile that struck me instantly as both beautiful and evil. (excerpt)
Caleb on the other hand does not know or understand what love is. A victim of circumstance himself, he chose power, revenge and an impossible debt to a friend, to be his final escape from victimhood. But, can he ever completely escape being a victim? Could love, the one thing he does not know or understand, make him a victim again?
Having said this, I think CJ Roberts created the most realistic characters I have ever come across in a book. She allows her characters to grow along with the story; developing as well as revealing depths to their personalities, hidden beneath layers of hurt and disillusionment.
"My life was a joke, to him, to my mother, to those asshole bikers! A cruel, heartbreaking joke and I was more than ready for the punch line. Ready for my life, the joke, to be over.” (excerpt)
As the story alternates between the third person point of view of Caleb, and Livvie's first person point of view, the reader gets a very close look at the true thoughts and feelings of both. This highly effective style of writing serves to bring the reader deeper into the story, making it a truly unforgettable, emotional experience. The story is written with an intensity which will leave you numb; dreading and cursing the cruelty of the slave trainer and crying your heart out with, and for Livvie….. and yes – sometimes even for Caleb.
Extreme betrayal plays a key role in this book. Livvie's love for her mother betrayed; and Caleb - all too aware of the ever present possibility of betrayal by his friend Rafiq, his thug helpers and even Livvie.
"I let him. I was always seeking shelter in the people who hurt me the most. My mother. My father. Caleb. Like a battered dog begging for love from a malicious master." (excerpt)
I truly admire the author for maintaining such a high level of emotional intensity and stomach churning tension throughout the book. Her insight into human weaknesses and raw emotions is astonishing! Yet, in spite of all this horror and cruelty, there are some heartrendingly beautiful and touching moments in the story.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars - and will be waiting with breathless anticipation for the story to continue in the next book. Author CJ Roberts is definitely on her way up!
(As this book deals with the subject of pleasure slaves and kidnapping in a very real way, there are scenes and subject matter which might offend sensitive readers and thus is not suitable for readers below the age of eighteen. It contains scenes of severe cruelty, deviant sexual practices and violence which, although realistic, may offend sensitive readers.) (Ellen Fritz)
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Oct. 21, 2011 :
I hadn't read this type of book before, but felt like something different and thoroughly enjoyed it. Infact it is the most gripping book i have read in a long time, can't wait to read the second half!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Shira Anthony (writing as Sarah Alexander)
on Oct. 06, 2011 :
C.J. Roberts' debut novel is a dark and sexy tale of the relationship between captive and captor. Well-written, with an alternating perspective, we get to peer inside of the minds of both Olivia, the young captive and Caleb, the tortured man who feels compelled to "train" her for sexual slavery.
Note: I read this book as a beta, before publication, so the final, published version may differ slightly.
MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:
Caleb's life has been anything but easy. Sold into slavery as a young child, sexually abused and treated like a dog (literally), he knows nothing but the dark underworld in which he grew up. He wants nothing more than vengeance upon the man who destroyed his life, and the unsuspecting, naive Olivia is the tool for that revenge.
Olivia hasn't had such an easy time of it herself. She comes from a family that has its own share of darkness and she is trying to pull herself out of that darkness by going to school. But when Caleb kidnaps her and takes her to Mexico to "train" her in how to be a pleasure slave, she fights back at first, all the while drawn to the enigmatic man who holds her captive.
Make no mistake about it - this is a dark universe Ms. Roberts has created. And yet, within that darkness lies light, or at least the possibility of it. Although the novel does not resolve completely the relationship between Olivia and Caleb, it poses some interesting questions which I look forward to seeing resolved in the planned sequel.
Ms. Roberts' writing is clean and engaging, and the shifting perspectives in the work are intriguing and not distracting to the reader. I enjoyed seeing what made Caleb tick the most, and how Olivia begins to get under his skin in a way that none of the other women he has trained before ever have. Seeing Olivia's growth from naive girl to a woman with a sense of her fate was also an appealing progression. Erotic, yes, but with an appealing darkness that will make you shiver at times and look for the light.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 26, 2011 :
For me, the mark of a great story is that I'm always sorry to reach the end of it because I don't want it to be over. This is truer of "Captive" than it has been in quite a long time for me in terms of novels by contemporary writers. The author's descriptive talents do an expert job of establishing bleakness, not just of the situations and physical surroundings, but also that which lies at the cores of captive and abductor alike. Characters' grapples with damaging pasts and torments psychological and physical are grounded in gritty realism that made this one hard to put down. A definite winner that will doubtless incite me to frequent re-reads, and has earned the author a new lifelong fan. Looking forward to more from CJ Roberts.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
Can't wait till part two!
(reviewed the day of purchase)