Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet #2)

Above all else, I had learned the one thing every person has to learn to make it through life: the only person you can truly count on is yourself.

Dealing with Caleb was all about perspective. You couldn’t appreciate his kindness until you’d felt his cruelty.

For the love of Christ, shut-up! Let a bitch enjoy you mental breakdown in peace.

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

I can’t keep you, Livvie. Stop trying to make me.

I don’t want revenge, Caleb. I don’t want to end up like you, letting some fucking vendetta run my life. I just want my freedom. I want to be free, Caleb. Not someone’s whore…not even yours.

I love you, Caleb. I love you! If you care for me at all... please, don't do this! Please, don't leave me. I don't know how to live without you. Don't make me go back to trying to be someone I don't know how to be anymore. - Livvie

I'm done being the damsel in distress. I don't need anyone to save me.

I'm fucked in the head, too. Even before I met you.

The word was a declaration. It rocked him to his very foundation. It was a truth he’d kept hidden for far too long. Caleb didn’t know anything about love, or loving anyone, but he knew… Livvie was his.

I'm telling you, monsters aren't born, they're made.

I'm yours," she said, but then added, "only yours. And you're mine, only mine.

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.

It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human being 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. -Caleb

I"ve heard it said, time heals all wounds, but if a dream can pull you so deeply into your past you can't remember the present, I'm not sure my wounds will ever heal. Caleb lives in my dreams.

I was insanely jealous."
"I know. It should make me happy, but it doesn't."
"Why ?"
"I'd rather make you happy, Caleb. I'd rather see you smile.

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.

My name is Kitten and my master is gone. What could possibly be more important?

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

She kisses my scars and I create new ones for her.

Softly, he inhales and exhales as we kiss. He never stops kissing me; he simply continues to steal my breath, returning it to me only when he’s infused it with his essence. Pure lust lives inside him. Every breath I take should come from his lungs.

Some stories aren't black and white.

So, that's it? You think I'm just some idiot that fell for your bullshit! Well you're wrong! I fell in love with you, Caleb. I fell in love with your sick sense of humor. I fell in love with the way you protected me. You saved my life!" - Livvie/Kitten

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

That you could fix me? What's more, that I could fix you? Well, Sorry, pet, I don't want to be fixed. - Caleb

The naïve girl in me had been bitch-slapped into womanhood. I’d been razed by pain, grief, loss and suffering, and honed by lust, rage and an acute awareness of my need to survive.

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.

What mattered is I was different. The naive girl in me had been bitch-slapped into womanhood. ~Livvie

You don't know what you want Livvie, and what you think you want, you've been brain-washed into wanting