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*BLOG TOUR* Review and Dual giveaway for Epilogue (The Dark Duet #3) by C.J. Roberts

June 5, 2013

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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.

My Review:

Caleb, where do I begin? I met Caleb on one of the hottest days of 2012, July 4th to be exact; a day of BBQ’s and family togetherness to celebrate our countries independence. I peeked in on him in Captive in the Dark just to see that the story loaded correctly and after a few paragraphs was hooked. His mind, his beautiful fucked up mind as he stalked a young girl waiting for her bus, deciding on when he would take her enthralled me, I became his captive at that moment. Which moment to be exact? I fell for him when he “saved” Livvie on the street. Those eyes got me. I kept reading, not knowing if I hated him or felt something for him. I read Captive that day, forgetting about food that needed to be made, showers that needed to be taken, kids that needed wrangling or trips that I needed to be a chauffeur for, I just read. I had to stop at a crucial point to make our trip and a case of voluntary tourettes erupted from me with my tick being the repetitive use of the word “fuck” and “he’s gonna be so pissed when he finds her!” Once I arrived at our destination, I sat down to finish the story. After that last page I looked up the second book, found there was a Kickstarter project for it and promptly pledged my money to get Seduced in the Dark published. I needed that book.  I became part of a great group (you know you who are..meow!) of readers who all had one goal; we needed the rest of the story.

When my physical copy of Seduced in the Dark arrived in the mail, I was afraid to touch it but of course had to open it to read the autograph which made me giggle and hug my book. I turned the page to the prologue; those few lines from Caleb had me instantly in tears. I was terrified, anxious and just a mess worrying about what would happen. See, I had read the first chapter of Seduced before and it turned me into Rain Man wondering what the hell was going on. Why was Livvie that way saying Caleb was WHAT? I had no idea where Seduced would take me and I was thankful for my support group when I finally submitted and gave into reading it. I was so lost in this story, so IN the story with Caleb and Livvie that everything stopped while I was reading it. Sleep did not matter, just those words on the page did. There was a moment, at the end of chapter 15 where I was so distraught and sobbing that my husband had to hold me a good 20 minutes before I could calm down, and then that end? That epilogue? It was beautiful and perfect; a total package in two books that I adored and loved. The image of Livvie asleep at Caleb’s feet while he finally read her story is engraved in my mind.

A few months back, the wickedly fabulous CJ put a few lines out there from Caleb’s POV. Say what? Didn’t we already have the end of the story? What was this? A new Epilogue? We got one at the end of Seduced in the Dark and I loved it. I cried over it and I savored what we got. I was torn on if I wanted this version or not. I loved what was put out there but Seduced had wrung me out and strung me out on the biggest book hangover that I was unsure I could handle anymore. What WAS this going to be? The end but told via Caleb; but we got the epilogue in Caleb’s POV already.  Trusting Ms. Roberts I went in with new eyes, let’s see what happened from the time Livvie meets Caleb at the Paseo to the end of Seduced where she is at his knee while he reads her version of the story.

What we get is a NEW Epilogue, a new version of what happened told by Caleb. Is he Caleb or is he James that told us briefly what went on after he watched Livvie run from the café when she read his note?

I’d been called Caleb most of my life, and were it not for Livvie, the name would be lost to me. Caleb had done horrible things – he’d  been a monster – but he’d also allowed James to survive. Caleb deserved to live. I could be both men. I am both men.

This, this is not the same story we got in the epilogue of Seduced, this is retold, reworked and reignited. Caleb and Livvie find each other again after a year apart. What the hell are they going to do? How do you move on from him leaving her in Mexico after she told him she loved him? Can they move on? Well, we know they do from Seduced but HOW they move on is the question. It’s a good thing Caleb has become chatty as of late isn’t it?  With this new found talkative Caleb, Livvie is full of questions for him.

“Ask me anything you really want to know. But only if you think you can handle the answer.”

I can handle it, can you? Do you want to know the truth? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH! Sorry, I need a stress reliever after reading this.

Is this the story I wanted to read, the way I wanted to see Caleb/James and Livvie /Sophia. I am still unsure about that. For me, the epilogue in Seduced was beautiful, it was gorgeous and it was perfect. That image is engraved in my head, my heart and my soul. It cannot be replaced for me, ever. I don’t know that I needed more but I got it. I will say there are bits of further redemption via Caleb that I really liked, I liked his playful side as he grew into James and left the harsher side of Caleb behind. Not too far behind, he is Caleb after all.

My final thoughts on this book I will leave to Caleb himself since it’s all about him and he does say it best…

How can anyone understand what love is without experiencing it? It would be like trying to describe color to a blind man. Some things you have to see for yourself. To understand love, you have to feel it for yourself.

Will this be the story you want, the ending you want for Caleb and Livvie? You will just have to find that out yourself.

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingRating: 3.5 stars

~A word from CJ:~

I always planned for this story to be told in two parts. Well, one part, but then it just got bigger than me. LOL! Did I have my fears about writing Epilogue? Yes. However, the blank page has always been my canvas and my place to express myself. This time I expressed myself through Caleb. He’s grown as a character as much as I have as a person over the years.  Whether or not everyone is going to love this new epilogue is a question only the readers can answer. For my part, I’ve cried and said my goodbyes.

I’m always a little sad when an avid fan of the Dark Duet doesn’t enjoy part of a story. However, I have always prided myself on the fact this series BEGS for open discussion, dissention, and debate. I don’t expect my fans to be mindless drones, nodding their heads, and telling me every word I write is brilliant. For this reason, I love this review. I still love you,  Red.

Want to have a chance to make your own decision? I have been blessed with the opportunity to giveaway a SIGNED copy of Epilogue. On top of that, I will be giving away three ebooks, one for each star…

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~About the Author:~

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CJ Roberts is an independent writer.  She favors dark and erotic stories with

taboo twists. Her work has been called sexy and disturbing in the same sentence.

She also stalks her reviewers… What? Caleb had to come from somewhere!

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 one beautiful daughter.

Stalk her!

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44 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2013 4:10 am

    I would rate Charlie Hunman and EEEEP so excited about reading Epilogue! Thanks so very much for the blog tour and giveaway! Love CJ!

  2. June 5, 2013 4:12 am

    One of my favorite quotes out of many…….

    “What are you doing ?” She said and laughed.
    “I was curious,” he whispered.
    “About what ?”
    “If happy tears taste the same as the sad ones,” he said.”

  3. June 5, 2013 4:39 am

    LOVE LOVE, LOVE LOVE, LOVE LOVE LOVE your honesty, your witt and how beautiful this review is. It makes me so proud to be your friend and a fellow kitten when I read you baring your mind & soul in this. 3 1/2 stars was not what I expected to see, but I appreciate your honesty, SO MUCH. Now, as for that CJ lady.. *smirks* I DON’T THINK I COULD LOVE HER ANYMORE THAN I CURRENTLY DO! Those were the most gracious words I have ever seen come from an author who didn’t quite hit the mark with a review. It really goes to show you the beauty that radiates from this woman’s soul. I’m getting sappy.. I’ll stop, but I just needed you BOTH to know how much I love you!!!!

  4. Lariza permalink
    June 5, 2013 6:00 am

    My favorite line is:“He had told her he wasn’t Prince Charming, but what he hadn’t said, was he wished he could be.” Tough choice the books are awesome!

  5. Lariza permalink
    June 5, 2013 6:04 am

    I would definitely cast Charlie Hunnam as Caleb!!

  6. Susan E permalink
    June 5, 2013 7:57 am

    Here’s my favorite line. I got shivers from this one!
    “Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark, now he used it to seduce me.”

  7. Jenny V. permalink
    June 5, 2013 8:55 am

    I don’t have a favorite line yet because I’m still trying to psych myself up to start this series. I have the first two books, but I’m waiting until I’m “ready” for them. But I’m thinking I’ll never be quite “ready” so now I’m just waiting until I can handle it… hopefully without becoming a complete mess in front of my family, lol.

    • Jenny V. permalink
      June 5, 2013 8:58 am

      Hmm, I don’t think I’d pick either Paul or Charlie, but if I had to pick one, I guess Charlie.

  8. Abbie D. permalink
    June 5, 2013 9:01 am

    I don’t have a favorite yet because I have not read this series yet but I am ALWAYS hearing such awesome things about them! Starting these SOON!

  9. Angela Clabuesch permalink
    June 5, 2013 9:07 am

    I am very excited to read this! I also love when you get mixed reviews, it is like the movies a sign it is probably going to be great…..

  10. June 5, 2013 9:08 am

    I have too many favorites. So excited to read it!!

  11. June 5, 2013 9:09 am

    Between those two, I would choose Paul!

    My fave line?
    “What are you doing ?” She said and laughed.
    “I was curious,” he whispered.
    “About what ?”
    “If happy tears taste the same as the sad ones,” he said.”
    ― C.J. Roberts, Seduced in the Dark

  12. June 5, 2013 9:10 am

    I would choose Paul between those two!

    My fave line:
    “What are you doing ?” She said and laughed.
    “I was curious,” he whispered.
    “About what ?”
    “If happy tears taste the same as the sad ones,” he said.”
    ― C.J. Roberts, Seduced in the Dark

  13. June 5, 2013 9:10 am

    I’d probably cast Paul Walker, but I didn’t picture either of them while reading.

  14. Brandi S permalink
    June 5, 2013 9:24 am

    They are both fabulous, but I have been lusting over Paul for more than a decade, so I pick him 🙂

  15. June 5, 2013 9:28 am

    My favorite line is anytime Caleb calls livvie kitten. It just, I can’t even describe how it makes me feel.

  16. June 5, 2013 9:31 am

    I would cast Charlie only because even though Paul walker “looks” more like a Caleb I can’t actually “see ” him as Caleb

  17. Ann permalink
    June 5, 2013 9:52 am

    My favorite line is:

    “He had told her he wasn’t Prince Charming, but what he hadn’t said, was he wished he could be.”

  18. June 5, 2013 10:18 am

    I’d probably pick a young Paul walker 🙂
    “In the dark, my master let down his guard and he was Caleb again. He didn’t correct me. He didn’t punish me. He didn’t push me away emotionally. Caleb was there to hold me until the nightmares passed. He was there to tell me I was beautiful. He was there to tell me I was going to be okay. In the dark, he seduced me. I didn’t want the seduction to end.”

  19. June 5, 2013 11:05 am

    I’d pick Charlie for Caleb– maybe it’s because of all the pics of him surrounding by amazing book quotes

  20. Zita R permalink
    June 5, 2013 11:17 am

    I’d pick Paul Walker for Caleb!

  21. rhowie permalink
    June 5, 2013 11:25 am

    i’ve got so many favorite lines from the first two book! eek anyways here’s one!

    “Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark, now he used it to seduce me.~Livvie”

    can’t wait to read Epilogue!!!

  22. kirstyl13 permalink
    June 5, 2013 11:57 am

    My favourite line is..

    “Tell me you love me, Caleb,” I whispered.
    He kissed me, refusing. “I wish I could, Kitten”

  23. Mlynpeters permalink
    June 5, 2013 11:58 am

    Sweet, sweet author!

  24. Mlynpeters permalink
    June 5, 2013 11:59 am

    “Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark, now he used it to seduce me.” How perfect !!

  25. April Lilly permalink
    June 5, 2013 1:55 pm

    DEFINITELY Charlie Hunnam !! He has that bad boy / tormented soul look! Paul Walker is just a pretty boy… -shrug-

  26. June 5, 2013 8:33 pm

    I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL THIS BOOK IS OUT!!!! Caleb has become my obsession I swear! I never get tired of reading the dark duet. Once I get the epilogue book in my hand….I know it’s going to be a problem!! I’m literally going crazy right now! GAHHHHH the anticipation!! I need this book so BAD. I can’t breath..I can not breath!!!!!!!!!!! I must have this book. It’s my lifeline! I got this ice box where my heart used to be(omarion) from Caleb withdrawal! I’m suffering here!! I NEED IT!!!!!!! lol but seriously I really do want the book. o.O like really REALLY bad. Anyways thanks for the GIVEAWAY! ^_^ “fingers crossed..toes crossed tongue crossed..(legs crossed cause I’m a ladyyy ; )” Hope I amused some of you ❤

  27. jensantana19 permalink
    June 5, 2013 8:34 pm

    I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL THIS BOOK IS OUT!!!! Caleb has become my obsession I swear! I never get tired of reading the dark duet. Once I get the epilogue book in my hand….I know it’s going to be a problem!! I’m literally going crazy right now! GAHHHHH the anticipation!! I need this book so BAD. I can’t breath..I can not breath!!!!!!!!!!! I must have this book. It’s my lifeline! I got this ice box where my heart used to be(omarion) from Caleb withdrawal! I’m suffering here!! I NEED IT!!!!!!! lol but seriously I really do want the book. o.O like really REALLY bad. Anyways thanks for the GIVEAWAY! ^_^ “fingers crossed..toes crossed tongue crossed..(legs crossed cause I’m a ladyyy ; )” Hope I amused some of you ❤ <33

  28. jensantana19 permalink
    June 5, 2013 8:39 pm

    MY FAVORITE LINE FROM THE DARK DUET!!!! “You’re mine,” he said.”Yours,” she repeated. Talk about PERFECT <3333

  29. jensantana19 permalink
    June 5, 2013 8:48 pm

    PAUL WALKER IS MY BABY!!! ❤ That guy is freaking beautiful! He was the first person that I pictures as Caleb. However Charlie Hunnam is pretty hot too! It's hard to choose but I honestly think either one of them can work. They are both extremely breath taking men. What more could a girl ask for! ^_^

  30. Adriana C. permalink
    June 5, 2013 8:56 pm

    So excited!

  31. Clara Song permalink
    June 5, 2013 9:20 pm

    My favorite line is: “He had told her he wasn’t Prince Charming, but what he hadn’t said, was he wished he could be.” And I would pick Paul Walker as Caleb.

  32. June 5, 2013 9:20 pm

    My favorite line is: “He had told her he wasn’t Prince Charming, but what he hadn’t said, was he wished he could be.” And I would cast Paul Walker as Caleb.

  33. Gloria Landavazo permalink
    June 6, 2013 11:11 am

    Paul Walker most definitely, at least that’s who I see in my head!!

  34. KatieJ permalink
    June 6, 2013 1:00 pm

    Ahhh…my Ginja Ninja! I loved this review. I, like Janet am SO proud to be your friend and fellow kitten. You’ve captured exactly how I feel. Both, Captive and Seduced have literally changed my life. I’ve found my people (Kittens that I love and cherish) and have started reading many different things because of my new found family. I feel very deeply rooted and bonded with this series. And, like you, I was a little apprehensive about getting a new epilogue. I have re-read the epilogue from Seduced so many times because it just makes me happy. Although I’m super excited to read Epilogue, I’m a little nervous and apprehensive, but still super excited to get more of my favorite couple. I’ll check back w you once I’ve read it. XoXo

  35. Cassandra E permalink
    June 6, 2013 5:58 pm

    My favorite line is: “Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark, now he used it to seduce me.”

    And I pick Paul Walker to play Caleb!

  36. Justine permalink
    June 7, 2013 12:25 pm

    My favorite line is: “She kissed him so passionately, so sweetly, that James( Caleb) thought if she ever kissed him again, this would was the kiss he always wanted to remember.”

  37. Mzlovely Marcia permalink
    June 7, 2013 2:00 pm

    my favorite line. “Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark, now he used it to seduce me

  38. Abbie Y permalink
    June 7, 2013 6:47 pm

    My favorite is “Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark, now he used it to seduce me”

  39. Imani permalink
    June 7, 2013 8:29 pm

    I cannot wait to read Epilogue. I am so excited.

  40. Helen R permalink
    June 8, 2013 3:45 pm

    My favorite line is “He had told her he wasn’t Prince Charming, but what he hadn’t said, was he wished he could be.”

  41. June 8, 2013 5:41 pm

    I love Charlie Hunnam from Hooligans but in this case Paul Walker is definitely my Caleb.
    =b

  42. Natirivero permalink
    June 8, 2013 5:43 pm

    I love Charlie Hunnam from Hooligans but in this case Paul Walker is definitely my Caleb.
    =D

  43. Alyssa C. permalink
    June 9, 2013 11:25 pm

    Once upon a time, Caleb held me captive in the dark. Now he used it to seduce me.

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