Aug 25, 2015

Series Tour & Reviews--- Caged Trilogy by Shay Savage

Liam & Tria’s gritty love story concludes in RELEASED!
Released (Book Three) Caged Series
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Oblivion is a sweet, sweet place.

No pain. No disturbing thoughts of the past. No guilt from my recent actions.

Deep down, there is still a part of me that knows how screwed up I am. I don’t see a way out, not now. Tria’s gone, and the possibility of her forgiving me in my current state is exactly zero. I know I have to pull myself together, accept my responsibilities, and try to make amends, but I have no idea where to start.

No job. No apartment. I’m living on the streets with the other junkies. As little as I had to offer Tria before, I have nothing to give her now. The only way out is to come clean and tell Tria the truth about my past, but the idea of reliving the memories is so painful, I can’t think about it long enough to figure out a solution.

I’ve hit rock bottom, and I don’t even know which way is up any more.

Released Excerpt 

I watched Yolanda walk out of the cage.  Apparently, I kept looking in her direction too long.  I took a blow to the head before I realized the fight had started.

I stumbled back, shook my head, and regained my footing.  I raised my fists up in front of my face, and danced lightly on my toes, waiting for his next move.  We circled slowly, jabbing but not finding our marks.  My head swam again.

I needed to put an end to this.  I needed to get it over with so I could take my winnings and get more smack.  I had come down too hard and too fast.  I had to get straight again.

I rushed him, striking out with my right and then my left.  I took an elbow to the face, and felt my neck snap back.

The next thing I knew, I was on my back, and the guy was straddling my chest.  I registered my head being thrown from side to side with punches, but I couldn’t focus enough to get him off me.  I jabbed at his sides, but it was ineffective.

With my head spinning, I slammed my hand against the ground three times.

“Woo hoo!”  The challenger jumped off of me and started running around the small cage.

I could hear cheers, boos, and people screaming at me, but I couldn’t comprehend the words.  I rolled over and pushed myself up before stumbling out of the cage.

“Jesus, Liam!”  Back in the locker room, Yolanda fussed around the cut over my eye and my bloody lip as I tried to push her hands away and get my jeans back on.  “What the hell is wrong with you tonight?”

“Just forget it!” I yelled.  “I need to get going.”

“Oh yeah?  Why’s that?  You got nothing waiting for you at home.”

I pulled my shoulders close together and bit down on the pad of my thumb.  I didn’t remember telling Yolanda about Tria leaving, but apparently I had.  I was afraid to open my mouth now.  I tensed every muscle to keep myself from trembling.  If Yolanda noticed, she’d figure out why.

If she figured it out, she’d stop me.

Is that such a bad thing?

Yes, most definitely.

I couldn’t risk it.  I couldn’t have Yolanda knowing what I was doing and dragging me somewhere to clean up.  She would take back the cash she’d just given me, and I’d be royally fucked.  I couldn’t let that happen.

“I gotta go,” I said again.  I shouldered past her and out the door, ignoring her calls after me.  I didn’t stop at the bar or acknowledge the fans around me as I left.

I took the cash I’d earned to Max and traded it for all the heroin I could get.  I returned to my apartment and banged up.


Everything was perfect.

Review for Caged: Released

"It didn't matter that I'd screwed up in the most profound of ways. It didn't matter that I'd out her life in danger-something I swore I'd never do to another woman..."

Okay...Give me a sec...I have to process this...

AMAZING ending to the series!!! 

After the gut-wrenching cliffhanger in Trapped, I was so scared to start this one. I had to have my questions answered, but I went in worried of what I was about to read. I knew it would be emotional...boy was it!

"Nothing mattered except for the next fix."
My heart BROKE for Liam and Tria! I will tell you that I honestly didn't know how their relationship was going to end up. But I was rooting for them soooo hard!

Liam. That man pulled at my heart so much. With news he wasn't expecting, he lost it. He turned into the person he used to be. He went back to the dark side of drugs. He lost himself once again and it was almost too much to handle. It was very real and you could feel the emotion behind his pain.

Tria amazed me. Being at the young age that she was, she handled the situation with such maturity. She was exactly what Liam needed to get back to the person everyone knew he was. She centered him. 

"I was never one to swallow my pride, but sometimes it's the only choice you have."

When the secret that Liam had been keeping was revealed---I'll warn you now---it's absolutely heartbreaking!!! Like rip your heart out, stomp on it, and then throw it-heartbreaking. My mind couldn't even fathom what he experienced and you suddenly understand his actions more.

You finally get why he has done what he has. Why he uses. Why he fights. Why he pushes people away. Why he's scared of a future with Tria. 

Another aspect of this book, and the series, is the family dynamic. Liam's family has watched his downfall, and yet, they still want a relationship with him. It really is a beautiful transformation thoughout this story.

"You're a good guy, Liam. Did you know that?"
"You made me that way."
"No, you were already like that."
"Yes, you were. From the very first time we met, you were my hero."

I have enjoyed this series so much! Shay Savage knows how to grab ahold of you from the start and keep you entranced inside the pages of her books! 

Beautiful story and I'm a little upset that it's over, but I'm very happy with the outcome:)

"You can't drag someone back from darkness until they're ready to go with you."

CAGED Series Reading Order

Takedown (Book One) Caged Series
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Review of Caged: Takedown Teague

"I was never one to harp on anything, but I had the feeling getting her out of my system wasn't going to be easy."

I'm so in love with Liam "Takedown" Teague and Tria Lynn!!!

When I started this book I thought it would be soul-based on cage fighting, but I was so wrong! It was much more!

Liam lived, breathed, and sweat cage fighting. He didn't get the nickname "Takedown" for nothing! It was his "Element...My show. My life. My one and only love." He spent years escaping the life he used to have. He didn't want to know that Liam anymore. He lived a rather lonesome life until one day...or night all changed.

"I think all in all, you're better off with me than by yourself."
"Better the evil I know?"
"Something like that, but you don't know me, either."
"You're my hero."

Tria was running from a whole different situation. I'm talking...WOW! She keeps mum about her past life, but when it's revealed, I was a little shocked! She's tough, but innocent. She's young, but has seen so much. Liam entered her world in a flash and she couldn't let him go.

"What she needs is not what I have to offer."

I enjoyed the chemistry between these two. Although this is all in Liam's POV, you can feel her emotions throughout. This wasn't an insta-love story at all! They had a strong friendship that showed common ground between them.

Between the long walks and conversations, feelings turned into something more and I loved reading how Liam handled those said feelings. He was funny at some points, and yet, he was just a vulnerable as Tria was.

"You really do like being in there, don't you?"
I could only nod.
"Doesn't it..hurt?"
"It makes me feel. Inside there, I'm alive."
"And the rest of the time?"
"I'm just...existing."

This book had exciting fight scenes, characters that brought out different elements throughout, emotional issues, funny quips, and a hot man fighting his emotions!

I also can not tell you how many times I cracked up at the different names he had for her giganto purse!!!

"I pressed my lips to hers, and everything else in the world ceased to exist...There was me, and there was her, and there was us."
I'm so jumping right into the next book because I HAVE to know what's about to happen next!! That cliffhanger ending left me with so many unanswered questions. Plus, I can not wait to see how Liam handles uncoming events.Eeeep!

Great start to this series!!!

"I don't do this. I'll just screw it up, Tria. I don't want you hurt because of me. I'm not worth taking the chance."
"Why don't you let me decide that?"

Trapped (Book Two) Caged Series
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Review of Caged: Trapped

"No one ever really wanted me...Why Not? What's wrong with me?"
"I want you. Since the first day I met you, I wanted you."

Holy freaking WOW!!!!

What just happened?! I have no words!! Ok, that's a lie....

Trapped picked up right where Takedown Teague left off. Piecing together the puzzle of Tria's past and helping her move forward.

In the process, Liam is faced with the past he left behind as well. Oh boy! Emotions are running high!!!
"Why don't you ever show anyone this side of you?"
"Reserved for you."

This second installment was fast-paced for me. I was flipping the pages as if they were on fire because I needed questions answered, I needed to know the stories they were refusing to tell each other. I felt as if I was inside their minds begging for more!

Tria's story is heartbreaking. You feel for her and want her to finally let Liam into her mind, but at the same time, you want to say the same thing to him. They are both fighting wars inside their own minds. With Tria finally letting down her guard, Liam is opening up more to her. But his story is still a mystery.

As more and more information is coming out, I'm almost scared to know what demons Liam has truly faced!! My heart is already breaking for him and I know nothing yet!!! Geez!! I need the last book now!

"For the first time in a decade, I have a reason to be outside the cage."

I'm on pins and needles wanting to know how their story ends!! This cliffhanger hurts more than the first! Shay Savage knows how to write a page turner-that's for sure!!

"Life throws crap at you, no doubt about it. It's usually pretty unexpected, too. Sometimes it's something awesome, like a gift that came straight out of heaven or whatever. Other times, not so much."

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About the Author

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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