Caged: Takedown Teague by Shay Savage
Series: Caged #1
Published by Self-published on July 14th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This is not made for TV. This is the raw, brutal underground of no-holds-barred combat. Inside the cage there is nothing but me and the pain I inflict on those who dare enter. In the cage, I never have to worry about anyone but myself. Yet, when she began standing outside of the cage, everything changed. I was no longer fighting for the money or the glory – I was fighting for her.
When two people from different walks of life both turn their backs on their families, they not only lose their support network, they also need to re-establish themselves as individuals. Surviving on meagre means in a tough environment makes this a challenge, especially knowing that the need not to is waved in front of them from time to time.
My initial reaction after reading the last chapter was not “I can’t wait to read more” but I would have to read the next book to see what eventuates from the surreal situation that’s all set to happen. Then I found myself thinking and reconsidering whether Liam’s chosen method of sustaining himself was any less acceptable than the community’s beliefs and practices. It was because I found myself questioning my initial reaction to the story that made me reconsider my review and rating. I very nearly didn’t write a review.
Where I struggled with this book was that I thought there were aspects of the story line that felt too far fetched. Between Liam and Tria walking on eggshells around each other and one situation after another getting in their way, it felt like their relationship was never going to get off the ground. Even the crazy lady could see the bleeding obvious, pointing out to Liam that he needed to step up and seize the opportunity before it passed him by.
The cage fighting was the least unsettling part of this story. Not even the fact that both main characters were shunning an easier life to be true to themselves made this a solid read. If it wasn’t for connecting with both the characters early on, I don’t think I would have decided to keep reading. I have to hand it to Shay Savage, for a plot that didn’t have me engaged with it overall, curiosity has me ready to reach for the next book in this series.
Lily’s rating for this book has been rounded up to 3 Stars
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