(The final version should have 15 Chapters + an epilogue)
I’m writing this because you begged. You know how I love the begging. In fact, you probably know too many things and know them far too well.
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?
Of course, there’s more to our story than can be surmised in a few short sentences, but I’m at a loss for justifying my behavior back then. I assume if you’re reading this, I don’t need to make those justifications. You’ve already made your own.
You’re reading this because you want to know about the rest of the story. You want to know what happened that warm summer night in September of 2010, the night I met Livvie at The Paseo. It was the night my life changed all over again.
It didn’t happen exactly as Livvie said. She’s been very kind to me in the retelling of our story. The truth is far more…complicated.
Let me begin by saying WOW! I have been so excited to continue Caleb and Livvie’s story through Caleb’s eyes. But, let me admit that I was a little nervous. Captive in the Dark was probably the first book that put me way outside my comfort zone. I had been use to more of a character faces obstacle and meets her true love in the meantime kind of book. Nothing too dark or overwhelming. Then, Captive in the Dark came along and blew my mind. It absolutely captivated me but I was unsure of my feelings in the beginning. It was just so different than anything that I had ever read before. But, of course, it eventually had me captive and I was engrossed in Caleb and Livvie’s story. By the end of Seduced in the Dark, I had grown to pity but love Caleb. Still, the idea of getting into his head was a bit nerve wrecking. But, let me say, I LOVED everything about it. In fact, Epilogue was by far the best book in the series (in my opinion). I was very quickly addicted to this 5 star continuation of Caleb and Livvie’s tortured love story.
Epilogue picks up right where Seduced in the Dark ended. Caleb leads us through trials that he and Livvie face after they reunite. They are new people, yet the same old people they were before. Caleb probably has the biggest separation between the old and new person. But, the portrayal is done flawlessly. Caleb knew only one life and that life doesn’t mesh with the kind of person Livvie needs. So, he is determined to make all the necessary changes. But, changing isn’t that easy, especially when a life of violence is the only thing you know. Caleb struggles to be himself while being everything he has to be to be with Livvie.
I had grown a fondness for Caleb in Seduced in the Dark. But, oh my, I am now madly in love with him. He is clearly such a good person but the life that was embedded in him at such a young age has impacted him and he can’t possibly escape it. Watching him struggle to overcome this was heartbreaking and beautiful, all at the same time.
Livvie struggled to find herself as well. She has been through so much. On top of it, it was the man that she loves that put her through all of it. How does someone move on from all of that? It has definitely changed her. So, she’s not only trying to figure out this new Caleb, but also the new her. Furthermore, they, together, must figure out how these changes affect their relationship. The extreme difficulty that I thought a relationship would be between Caleb and Livvie was portrayed with perfection while still giving the hope that all would work out.
Epilogue was everything that I could have hoped it would be. Almost immediately, my feelings for the characters and what they had been through came back full force. I had been nervous to get into Caleb’s dark and demented head. But, it was perfect and honestly, I wish I could stay there longer. Don’t get me wrong, he is still a very dark person. But the good person inside shines through and I have grown to love and understand the darkness that lives inside him. Caleb and Livvie’s love has never been nor will it ever be perfect. But, something about it is still so unbelievably beautiful. Thank you, thank you, thank you C.J. Roberts for turning this epilogue into an entire book!