I am personally very happy to present to y'all this book by the genius, SHAY SAVAGE!
CAGED: TAKEDOWN TEAGUE will surely amaze y'all with its uniqueness!
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.
An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
First, about the characters...
LIAM - Liam oh Liam. . . The wonderful yet tortured man. He's strong, resilient, very observant and from what I've read so far.. HE CARES. He cares a whole lot. About people... People he barely know. I don't know if you'll agree with me, but to me, he's such a gentleman. You see, he's a fighter.. He's very edgy, always wired and ready to go, but with the girl who changes his life? Nope. He takes it all sooooo sloooowww. He waits and he becomes a true friend. I love that about him.
Speaking of that girl...
TRIA - She's an enigma to me at first. I truly didn't know what to make of her, what she was thinking etc. The book is in Liam's POV, so I didn't get much from her. Anyway, what I do know is that she needs help. :( A LOT OF IT. She's a student who's struggling financially. I admire her sense of loyalty. She's loyal to the ones she care about. I also like it that she doesn't let pride get in the way of things. When things grow too tough for her, Liam is there. He creates an awesome solution and she accepts it. I say awesome, because really.. It's perfect! Heh! ;) Another thing that I won't tell you about.
They become closer and so much more than what they were from the start. I'm very impressed with their dynamics because the friendship is there. Liam would protect Tria and Tria wants to really be with him. However, both of their secrets threaten that. This is where I become shocked. I honestly don't know whose secret is heavier.
Of course I wouldn't tell you what these secrets are. I'm just saying that they need to overcome these before they become truly together and live in peace. :)
All in all, this was an interesting, hot and sweet read with a promise of unlocking a lot of things in the second installment! CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT!!!
4.5 fairy wings!
“Are you just stupid?” I probably would have gone on, but she wrapped her arms around herself and glared up at me.
“Stop yelling at me!” she screamed. She turned away, but I saw her reach up with the back of her hand to swoop underneath her eyes.
I turned slightly away from her and practically bit down on my tongue to keep myself from saying anything else. I brought my fisted hands up against my stomach and tried to pull the tension inside of myself, work through it, and calm down. I could hear her crying combined with choked breaths and sniffles.
“Fuck,” I mumbled under my breath. I was starting to come off the fighting high I had been on—the tears might have helped with that—and my stomach felt tight.
After three long, deep breaths, I looked back to the girl on the ground and saw her frantically rubbing at her eyes and cheeks. She didn’t look at me as she reached out and pulled her mostly empty bag close to her. She looked inside and then looked around her at all her things on the ground.
“Sorry,” I mumbled. I wasn’t all that great at apologies, and I figured now wasn’t going to be much different. I’d obviously upset her with all my shitty comments, though. “I didn’t mean to…I just…”
I stopped talking. I didn’t know what to say, and I felt bad about yelling at her. She looked at me all red-eyed with tears staining her cheeks.
“Just don’t do that shit anymore.” I let out a big sigh.
She nodded once and then reached out to grab something off the ground near her and shoved it back into the bag. From the amount of stuff scattered all over the street, my estimate on the size of the so-called purse wasn’t too far off. There was an umbrella, a little flashlight, a bunch of tubes and bottles, and at least a half dozen pens. As I looked around some more, I saw a small notebook, a paperback book, keys, a bottle of hand lotion that was nowhere near travel sized, a stack of tissues wrapped up in a Ziploc bag, two sets of earbuds, and a checkbook. There was also a whole pile of ponytail holders, bobby pins, and those little hair-holder-things that looked like teeth.
There was shit from her bag from one side of the fucking street to the other.
She started crawling around, gathering it all up, and cramming it back inside, which gave me a fabulous view of her ass in the short-shorts style waitress uniform the place up the street usually demanded. I could kind of see how she might have thought she could use the bag as a weapon—there had been more stuff in there than really should have been able to fit. I looked around on the ground to see if there was an actual kitchen sink, or at least part of one, but I didn’t see anything metal. There was something that looked like a small rock, though.
“How do you even carry that thing around?” I asked.
“That…that purse-bag-thingy there,” I said, pointing and shaking my finger at it. I wouldn’t have admitted it, but the whole idea of the thing scared me, and I wasn’t sure why. I felt like if I got too close to it I might get sucked in, never to be seen again. “It’s insane.”
Her eyes became little slits as she looked up to me.
“There is nothing wrong with my purse!” she growled.
“It’s huge,” I said.
“It has everything I need in it.”
“It has everything you and ten of your friends could need for a week,” I replied with a laugh. “I know there are people who carry Chihuahuas in their purse, but you could fit a Dane in there.”
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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.