Women trafficking! Yep, you got it. That’s the main topic of this story. I have read movies about that topic but they have never affected me this much as I read it. I think every sane human being is going to think the same. It is brutal and unacceptable, and to be honest, quite unforgivable. OMG, about ninety percent of this book is a torture. Completely torture. There were times that I hoped I hadn’t read the first book so I wouldn’t have read the second and third ones, but I couldn’t take my eyes off my iPad. I tortured myself. Whenever I read these kinds of books I always swear I will never read them again. But I can’t help myself. I know, for my own sanity, it’s best for me to stop reading these kinds of reads. But you know, you don’t say the words “guilty pleasure” with no reasons, huh. 😉
Can a monster change? I can hardly say the word “monster”. I don’t see Caleb as a monster even though he kind of was. He has redeemed himself. I could see vividly inside his mind and understood why he’d become the way he was and why he did horrible things. I forgave him. 😉 You will too if you give this series a chance. I know this will sound crazy, but this broken, unforgivable man will be one of your favorite book-heroes if you give him a chance. A chance to redeem himself by nor giving up reading the whole series. If you are in a mood for an alpha, bad boy, anti-hero type of guy or in a mood for an anti-romance kind of romance (I know it is confusing), then this series is for you. Hands down, one of the best dark reads I’ve ever read.
About Book 1:
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.
My favorite quotes:
“He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within.”
“People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night.”
“Caleb was a strange person, cruel and inhuman; a monster, and yet, at other times, he seemed so capable of something like caring. He made me cry and scream and shake with fear and nearly a split second later he could make me almost believe he wasn’t responsible for any of it. He could hold me and make me feel safe. How was that possible?”
“Well, sorry pet, I don’t want to be fixed. Whatever your little schoolgirl brain told you about men is absurdly wrong. This isn’t a romance. You’re not a damsel-in-distress and I’m not the handsome prince come to save you.”
“It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human beings revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.”
“I’ve been doing this a long time- manipulating people to get my way. That’s why you think you love me. Because I’ve broken you down and built you back up to believe it. It wasn’t an accident. Once you leave this behind….. you’ll see that.”
“Live for me, Kitten. Be all those things you’d never be with me. Go to school. Meet a normal boy and fall in love. Forgive me. It’s time for you to go, Kitten. Time for us both, to go.”
“I can’t imagine what you must think of me…And I don’t expect you’ve forgiven me. Still, selfishly I have to ask you – are you glad I made you get out of the car? Was I right right? Was everything you felt for me on account of my manipulation? If so, please know I am deeply sorry. that I will NEVER bother you again – I swear you’ll never have cause to fear me. But if I was wrong. If you still care for me – meet me? Paceo de colon, San Sebastia tower eight o’ clock tonight. -C-”
“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?”
“What does a former kidnapper/murderer do in retirement?”
“I know you deserve to be happy. I know you deserve someone… better, but I’m selfish. I want you. I want you bad enough to try and be someone better.”
“Everything is in the process of becoming something else. It’s the law of change.” I briefly kissed Livvie’s eyelids before she could open them. “I’m in the process of becoming something else, Livvie. I hope it’s something good, something far removed from the monster you knew.”
Check out the reading order of this series! 4.5 Stars