I slammed through all three of Shay Savage’s Caged series books in under three days, I Could. Not. Stop. Reading. Shay Savage is fond of her cliffhangers, and I’m really glad that I had all three loaded up on my kindle at once so I wasn’t left frustrated.
The Caged series is told entirely from Liam’s perspective, and while we read a lot of dual narrative in romance, a book series where the female’s thoughts and motivations remain a complete mystery is fairly new to me. I mean we’ve read Beautiful Disaster through Travis’s eyes, and Fifty Shades as told by Christian, but only AFTER checking in with what Abby and Ana had gone through. Luckily I ended up really liking being in Liam’s head. We did get a some talk about his cock trying to rule things (Ok A Lot of cock talk, the sex comes late in this series and poor Liam’s little friend was getting frustrated), but we also got to hear what a genuinely good guy Liam was when it came to wanting to take care of Tria and do what was best for her.
I don’t want to go too far into the plot, but lets cover a few basics: Liam works as a cage fighter in a sketchy bar in a bigger city, he’s outside after a fight one night when he sees a girl who clearly should not be walking home alone go past. He then sees a group of super skeevy dudes start to follow her and he takes off to play hero. When he insists on walking her home, he discovers that she lives in the same shitty apartment building as her. And he can’t get her out of his head. Liam has commitment issues for a few big, scary reasons lurking in his past; but he decides that his attraction to Tria is stronger than his urge to never care about anyone deeply again. The two take the relationship slowly, super slowly. Like me texting Mary that they had better just do it already more than once, slowly. But once they admit to their feelings and start to learn about each other’s pasts they’re soon deeply committed to each other. Until things implode.
Tria had become Liam’s whole world and when she leaves him, at the end of book two he finds himself spiraling into old bad habits. Tria has every reason to leave him, and his coping methods leave a lot to be desired, but it is a very defeated Liam that we find ourselves with at the beginning of Caged: Released. I can’t tell you what happens, or how we get to our hard fought HEA, you’ll have to binge read the series like the rest of us.
I will tell you that the book covers some dark subjects; including drug addiction, arrests, homelessness, and bizarre mating rituals on small islands (I’m not making that last one up, guys). Liam is put through the ringer and since you’re in his head you’re right there with him. The scenes dealing with Liam’s addiction were well done, I maintained my sympathy for him while also wanting to shake him and tell get his shit together. Tria remains a bit of a mystery throughout, she ended up being a tougher, more headstrong character than I initially thought she would be. However she stands by Liam in ways that are sweet and ring true to life. Savage seems to know that when you love someone you love them, and Tria exhibited almost no dumb book behavior. Major props for character building and for writing books that hooked me in so hard.
Read below for an excerpt from Caged: Released
I reached out and touched the edge of the pillow. It was insanely soft and warm. I stroked it, and images of Tria’s breasts crawled through my head, making me smile. I stroked my cock as I thought about her, but I couldn’t come.
I could hear a voice in the other room, but it didn’t concern me, so I didn’t move. Through heavy eyelids, I watched the piles of dirty laundry all over the floor. I found shapes of animals in the patterns, just like cloud pictures.
“The beans are gone.”
I rolled my head to the side and looked up at Krazy Katie’s face. I smiled and tried to say something, but my tongue wasn’t cooperating. I focused on her eyes as they stared down at me quizzically.
“Trains need an engineer,” Krazy Katie said.
“It’s okay,” I said. My tongue still felt weird, all numb and heavy. I twisted it around in my mouth, and it tickled my teeth. I blinked a couple of times before looking back at my neighbor. “I got the helm. I’m all good.”
Did trains have a helm, or was that just boats? I laughed.
Krazy Katie covered her eyes with one hand. I could see her chest rising and falling as she took long breaths. I started counting slowly in my head but quickly forgot the number.
“Left the station,” she said quietly. “No engineer. Kicked in the caboose. Nothing but tracks.”
She turned in slow motion, and I watched vapor trails of her dull blue T-shirt swirl around the room as she left. I heard the window slide shut and then silence.
“I’m all good,” I whispered.
There was no reply.
Even though my arms and legs were way too content to be bothered with moving, I shoved myself out of bed anyway. My rig was sitting on the kitchen table, all ready to go. I was still pretty high, but I could feel darkness closing in around me, and I didn’t want it.
I wanted warmth and happiness.
Plastic tube, arm slap, needle prick.
“Like a fucking pro.”
I lay my head on the table as the fluid sensations rippled through me. Tria didn’t matter. She’d forgive me in time. In fact, she was probably already over it. How could she not be?
“I’m good. Really, I am.”
I was never one to lie to myself, but it was getting easier all the time.
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