A Note: This is a re-post of the review I posted in Goodreads.com. Because of the nature of the book, I “allowed” myself a few expletives. Pardon my french.
4 Stars, because I wanted to reiterate the awesomeness that was the first two books and I couldn’t fucking give the ‘Captive’ ten stars.
“What does a former kidnapper/murderer do in retirement?”
When I was reading Captive In The Dark, I remember having to stop for a while in order to catch my breath: that book was horribly dark, the writing too good to not feel whatever it was you were reading. It is one of those books that make you experience the exact same emotional trauma that the characters experience so fully that you still gasp for air to calm yourself long after you have finished reading the last word; the whole world around you oblivious to what you have just experienced. The second book, Seduced In The Dark, albeit having a wonderful ending, had a certain numbness which it pushes you to feel. It was happy, in the end, but through the whole book you can feel that you are empty inside.
And so I guess that is the reason why a lot of us begged. And why Caleb finally relented.
“I’m writing this because you begged. And you know how I loved the begging.”
The book could not be more different than the previous two, a testament to how superb CJ Roberts’ writing truly is. To explain this contrast, let me say that Captive was a huge emotional roller coaster with an intriguing narrative style, while Seduced was a craftily-written memoir-ish account that made you feel like you are looking at everything from a distance–much like the numbness that Livvie had felt that time…or like looking into an interrogation room from an observation chamber behind the two-sided mirror. Epilogue, on the other hand, was straightforward, light (except, of course, for a little heavy spanking), and with subtle explanations to a few incidents of the previous two books (I loved learning why Livvie’s narratives are in the first person and third person!) Epilogue, [I’d go so far as to say as] the perfect end to the Trilogy, gave us what we needed: a chance to truly feel happy. Or -ier. Whatever. Just reading Caleb’s light–and sometimes awkward–take on things is just plain delish.
“I was not crying – eyes water. I think we all know I’m a badass and I don’t cry.”
Captive had seen the dark times in the lives of Livvie and Caleb. Seduced had been emotionally numbing, letting a stronger Livvie come out. Epilogue…well…it was simply delectably enjoyable, and the lives of our two beloved characters finally learn to move on.
Funny how I cannot move on from my personal feelings about these books, and “moving on” was the theme of the series, after all!