“He was my tormentor and my solace; the creator of the dark and the light within.”
“People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night.”
“Caleb was a strange person, cruel and inhuman; a monster, and yet, at other times, he seemed so capable of something like caring. He made me cry and scream and shake with fear and nearly a split second later he could make me almost believe he wasn’t responsible for any of it. He could hold me and make me feel safe. How was that possible?”
“Well, sorry pet, I don’t want to be fixed. Whatever your little schoolgirl brain told you about men is absurdly wrong. This isn’t a romance. You’re not a damsel-in-distress and I’m not the handsome prince come to save you.”
Women trafficking! Yep, you got it. That’s the main topic of this story. I have read movies about that topic but they have never affected me this much as I read it. I think every sane human being is going to think the same. It is brutal and unacceptable, and to be honest, quite unforgivable. OMG, about ninety percent of this book is a torture. Completely torture. There were times when I hoped I hadn’t read the first book so I wouldn’t have read the second and third ones, but I couldn’t take my eyes off my ipad. I tortured myself. Whenever I read these kinds of books I always swear I will never read them again. But I can’t help myself. I know, for my own sanity, it’s best for me to stop reading. But you know, you don’t say the words “guilty pleasure” with no reasons, huh.
“It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human beings revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.”
“I’ve been doing this a long time- manipulating people to get my way. That’s why you think you love me. Because I’ve broken you down and built you back up to believe it. It wasn’t an accident. Once you leave this behind….. you’ll see that.”
“Live for me, Kitten. Be all those things you’d never be with me. Go to school. Meet a normal boy and fall in love. Forgive me. It’s time for you to go, Kitten. Time for us both, to go.”
“I can’t imagine what you must think of me…And I don’t expect you’ve forgiven me. Still, selfishly I have to ask you – are you glad I made you get out of the car? Was I right right? Was everything you felt for me on account of my manipulation? If so, please know I am deeply sorry. that I will NEVER bother you again – I swear you’ll never have cause to fear me. But if I was wrong. If you still care for me – meet me? Paceo de colon, San Sebastia tower eight o’ clock tonight. -C-”
Can a monster change? I can hardly say the word monster. I don’t see Caleb as a monster even though he kind of was. He had redeemed himself. I could see vividly inside his mind and understood why he became the way he was and why he did horrible things. I forgave him. 😉 You will too if you give this series a chance. I know this will sound crazy, but this broken, unforgiveable man will be one of your book-heroes. If you are in a mood for an alpha, bad boy, anti-hero type of guy or in a mood for a anti-romance kind of romance (I know it is confusing), then this series is for you. One of the best dark reads ever, in my opinion.
“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?”
“What does a former kidnapper/murderer do in retirement?”
“I know you deserve to be happy. I know you deserve someone… better, but I’m selfish. I want you. I want you bad enough to try and be someone better.”
“Everything is in the process of becoming something else. It’s the law of change.” I briefly kissed Livvie’s eyelids before she could open them. “I’m in the process of becoming something else, Livvie. I hope it’s something good, something far removed from the monster you knew.”
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