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Epilogue: The Dark Duet (The Dark Duet, #2.5)

Epilogue: The Dark Duet (The Dark Duet, #2.5) - C.J. Roberts I *died*. CJ Roberts (and please goodreads, for the love of everything CHANGE HER NAME to the her, umm, actual name!) KILLED me.
Caleb left me last night, a pool of weepy girl fluids on the floor. Tears, mainly, but come on, it's Caleb....
Did I NEED Epilogue to feel that Livie and Caleb's story was complete? Well, no. Did I want it? Yes, of course I did. Am I forever thankful for CJ for writing this? Yep. Will I ever stop asking myself questions in my reviews? Survey says, NO.
On to the book!
CJ Roberts is a master of writing mind blowing material. And Caleb's continuation of the story is no less intense than Livie's was. It is not an easy book to read, much like CitD, and SitD. Caleb is absolutely not redeemed for his past in this book, and he (and CJ) do not ask for redemption. Hell, they don't even ask for understanding. It's the story, you take it how you take it. You love it, you hate, you rip it up and throw it away, you cry over it, it doesn't matter to them. There are absolutely no fucks given in this series. (Great now I have to edit this for amazon.)
CJ has the ability to turn her readers into a mess. I've seen reviews lauding her characters, and I have seen reviews that tear her to pieces and call her and her readers every name in the book for enjoying such a sick and twisted story. I laugh at that. By enjoying this book do I in any way condone the real life behavior of men like Caleb. Nor do I think any other person reading them thinks that.
If you are reading her books you will see, NEVER, not ONCE, does she force us to love her characters.
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 are reading this, I don't need to make those justifications. You've already made your own.

She wrote the story, and left it open for us to love or hate. <3 that.
Epilogue is told entirely from Caleb's POV. It's a refreshing POV. Reading his voice is a lot different than reading Livie's. He has his own voice.
The drama and issues dealt with in this book were subtly intense. They are no longer in that dark room. They are in the light of day trying to forge a life together. So even though this is a vastly different story than CitD and SitD it's still emotional. It's still touching, heartbreaking, and tough.
If you love dark erotica and romance than this book and series is one you should take a look at. But be warned, it is DARK erotica.