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.
Overall Rating: 5/5 — I’m sure all of those who have read the first two books of The Dark Duet series would love to get inside Caleb’s mind… and this one definitely did not disappoint!
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.
“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.”
My heart is still hurting because of having to say goodbye to Caleb and Livvie once again…and possibly for the last time as well. I can’t even begin to describe my love for this whole series. The first two books brought out so many emotions out of me that even just thinking about what went down in those book gives me the chills. To be quite honest, compared to the Captive and Seduced, this Epilogue from Caleb/James’ POV was quite mellow and toned down but I think that this was a great way to conclude their tumultuous journey to their sort of happy ever after.
“I’m messed up in ways most people can’t possibly understand, but I care about you. I had to find you and tell you that you’re the only thing I care about anymore.”
To say that Caleb is one messed up fucker would be an understatement. He has gone through so much and has done so much that no normal human being would dream of experiencing and doing in their life. But this time around, he’s decided that there’s only one thing that matters in his messed up life and that is to have a future with Livvie/Sophia. Surprisingly, the first half of the story was quite uneventful but of course, that was the calm before the inevitable storm. I’ve actually been waiting for their grand confrontation since the beginning because it’s just impossible for them to try and pretend to be normal because well, they’re Livvie and Caleb. And of course, it was such a major sobfest thanks to Caleb finally letting it all out for Livvie. It was the one final purge that he needed to get over with in order to really move forward and have an actual life.
“No, Kitten. I’m not okay. I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to be okay. I just know that as long as you’re with me, there’s a chance that one day… I might be.”
It was weird at first seeing Livvie and Caleb being a “normal” couple. But I did enjoy Caleb’s dark and sarcastic sense of humor and Livvie’s carefree and sweet personality. It was a total shift from who they were in the first books. Who knew the guy could be such a romantic and so funny? Even more surprising was Caleb’s tolerance and eventual friendship with Claudia and Rubio, not to mention the fact that he actually liked celebrating holidays such as thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays. Even though both Caleb and Livvie weren’t really vocal when it comes to saying “I love you” to each other, you just know that their world indeed revolves around one another. They’re each other’s anchors, especially for Caleb. And it was very endearing to see Caleb go through a whole new set of feelings like being proud, touched, excited, and of course, in love.
This is definitely not your typical love story, it’s not even romantic to begin with. But what it is, is a story of healing, redemption, and finding and sharing the most unconditional love with another person. While I would’ve wanted to see more, like if they have plans of getting married, having children, and the likes, I really enjoyed how things came to a close. Man, I really won’t forget this series and how it affected me to the core.
“Survival is the most important thing. It affords us the chance to live and to find all of the things that make living worthwhile. I found redemption. I found forgiveness. I found love.”