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Epilogue (The Dark Duet #3) by CJ Roberts | Book Review

In Books on 14/09/2013 at 1:36 AM

“I was learning that happiness also presents a new way to suffer. Misery, I understand. Happiness is terrifying”

In my review of The Dark Duet, I said that in my eyes “Captive in the Dark” was an elongated prologue setting up shop for the main event “Seduced in the Dark”, I was glad that CJ took her time starting up the story, normally you don’t get a peek into the happy ever after writers present at the end of the book, “The Dark Duet” is an exception, I’m elated that CJ decided to gift us with this.

RATING – 6/5

BOOK 3 OF THE DARK DUET

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?

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I know that I am epic-ally late to read this book but hey, better late than never and when it comes to The Dark Duet, never is simply not acceptable. “Epilogue” is the final chapter in this haunting, seductive, possessing, mind blowing love story of Livvie and Caleb or is it Sophia and James, maybe it’s both. “Epilogue” is goodbye, it’s closure, it’s a peek into Caleb’s soul, since the book is told completely and uniquely in Caleb’s point of view, I think it’s really difficult to write first person male but CJ nailed it, in “Epilogue” Caleb became more real to me, the happenings of the previous two books became more real to me and so did the twisted love that Livvie and Caleb share.

“So much was trapped inside me, and her love- or whatever it was she felt for me- threatened to coax it out”

I must admit that around half way through the book, I began hating it. No it wasn’t CJ’s fault, the book itself is exceptional but I just couldn’t understand how Livvie could love Caleb after all he did to her. This is the man that kidnapped her, tortured her physically, emotionally, sexually, psychologically, this is the man that broke her, (just like he was broken) for the sheer purpose of building her up to his liking and exploiting her, and on top of all of the HE LEFT HER, the coward left her. I wasn’t mad at CJ, nor at Caleb, nor at Livvie because you can’t help who you love, I was mad at this popular “thing” in a lot of our books where the main male is simply horrible; controlling, abusive, manipulative, psychotic, violent, all that jazz and the writer never addresses it, the writer makes it seem okay, the writer just walks around it like traffic and I just couldn’t get over it; defiantly not in this book the follow up to two of my favorite books ever.  I was mad at myself for loving a monster like Caleb.  I was more than prepared to write one of those “it’s a good book, but….” reviews.

However, CJ Roberts, the Goddess, the Genius, the Queen, (ahh I wanna hug her) did something writers never LIKE EVER do, she addressed the past, she made Caleb  acknowledge what he did, she didn’t make it okay and I love her for that. And that is why this book is closure and that is why you have to read it.

“This is my life. I was a whore in my youth, a killer in my adolescence, and a monster as a man. Who am I now? What am I now?”

On top of that “Epilogue” was not just about Caleb and Livvie letting go of their past, it was also about Caleb letting go of Rafiq and all the  things that happened before him, this part of the book made me feel uneasy about calling Caleb a coward. A very dominant part of the book is Caleb settling into normalcy, we never really understood how detached Caleb was from the every day stuff, I really loved how CJ portrayed him in this aspect, but of course Caleb gets socialised and shit but he’s still Caleb because if he wasn’t he would not have given Livvie the best birthday present in the history of civilisation, I swear I’m still processing that paragraph, CJ is a freakin’ genius.

Honestly, I think you should read this book just for the last line, which is one the most beautiful words I’ve read in my life. P.S it get’s a bit *ahem* VERY steamy *ahem* in certain places, a girl can never complain about that. Epilogue (The Dark Duet #3) is available on AmazonBarnes & Nobles and wherever the hell else books are sold.

“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 that without you… without you, there’s nothing. I’m nothing. Do you have any idea how terrifying that is for someone like me?”

Love, Miss More

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