June 6, 2013

Spotlight on: Epilogue by C.J. Roberts

Epilogue by C.J. Roberts
Book 3 of the Dark Duet Series
Genre:  Contemporary Erotica

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.

Epilogue (The Dark Duet, #2.5)Epilogue by C.J. Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Y’all are all going to think I’m completely crazy when I tell you this, but this is the first book I have read in the Dark Duet series. *Insert ashamed face here.* However, I can certainly say without a doubt that it did not stop me from totally loving this book. And thinking that Caleb/James is one of the most perfectly flawed male characters that I have ever read about. Don’t even get me started on Livvie/Sophia! What that girl must have gone through both physically and emotionally, and the crazy rollercoaster that must have been totally astounds me. It is killing me that I have about ten more books that I have to read back to back for Blog Tours before I can go and read the first two books in this series. Killing. Me.

I loved the story of reinvention for both Caleb and Livvie. They are both trying so hard to get over the past and become different people. They are trying to become James and Sophia – two people who have a normal relationship and are in love. But, as we all know, real life just ain’t that easy. Episodes from their past keep coming back to haunt them, and in the end they realize that you can’t really start over. You have to find a way to reconcile your past and include the person you used to be in your future.
“I’d beaten you. I’d raped you, and worse – I even made you like it. I fed you hope and snatched it away. I made you love me! How could I tell you? I couldn’t tell you Livvie. I was confused. I was … broken. I’m still broken. I don’t know who I am or what I want. All I know is without you … without you, there’s nothing. I’m nothing.”
It’s heartbreaking to witness Caleb’s struggle to overcome who he used to be, and all of the guilt he feels about what he did to Livvie. He wants so badly to be the perfect man for Livvie and make amends for all of the hurt he has caused her. He wants to be James. The perfect man with the perfect life, and none of the horrors that make up Caleb. And Livvie has her own demons she struggles with. I believe that a part of her hates Caleb for what he did to her, but even more she hates herself. She hates that there is a part of her that secretly loved what he did. That enjoyed the pain and humiliation – and still does. She has to find a way to come to terms with that part of herself and find a way to make it fit into the new life that she and Caleb are trying to build.
“God! The things you do to me…” Her breath shuddered from her chest. “No one else makes me feel this way. You hurt me so much – before. But you always made it better. You’re the only one who makes it better. I don’t want it to stop.”
In the end it seems that the flaws in Caleb and Livvie make them perfect for each other. I get the fact that some people will never be able to see the good in Caleb, and will never be able to understand how Livvie can forgive him after what he did to her. But I totally get it. Maybe that makes me a little bit twisted, but I’m happy that Caleb and Livvie have found a way to be together as James and Sophia. It just feels right somehow – and to me it seems there was never really any other way that this story could have ended.
“We’re okay, Caleb. We’re perfect.”
I smiled despite myself.
“We’re pretty far from perfect, Kitten. I’m the most fucked up person you know.”
“Yeah, but I’m the second most fucked up person I know, and when you put two negatives together, you get a positive. That’s math, Caleb. Math is the language of the universe. You can’t argue with the universe.” Her grin was patently ridiculous.
I love you so goddamn much.
So here’s to love stories - Not romances with happily ever afters, but to loves stories that can happen to anyone. (Paraphrased from the book) I’m so glad that Caleb and Livvie got theirs. 

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Author Bio:
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. Her favorite part of traveling is seeking out the seedy underbelly of the city.

She is married to an amazing and talented man who never stops impressing her; they have one beautiful daughter.

Her debut novel, Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, Book 1), is available in ebook and paperback. And will be followed up with Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, Book 2) in September of 2012.

She writes short stories under the name Jennifer Roberts

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