Friday, August 28, 2015

Shay Savage's Caged Series ▩Review & Giveaway▩

Liam & Tria’s gritty love story concludes in RELEASED!
Released (Book Three) Caged Series

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.

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.


  The Caged series was one of great highs and low blows, but it was also one of great love. For Liam and Tria to find this love in each other, fight for it, feel it, and keep it was the biggest fight they have ever faced. I do feel a small warning should be put out that if some is sensitive to  a couple perceived as being brother and sister dating though they weren't actually related could bother you (NOT Liam and Tria), this book has a couple chapters that deal with it and a couple others like it. This is a reference of Tria's past and where she comes from.  

Tria and Liam both are essentially broken in their own ways. Liam more so and when I got to how broken he was it was heart rending. From the first book to the third both characters grew exponentially. Liam learned he could care for someone again and Tria learned she could be wanted for just her. These two had so much to learn. 

These books can not be read out of order as they each pick up where the last one ends. They must also be read in order to get the full story and the full scope of emotions, events and how everything from the previous book affected them in the next one. 

The characters are all complex and fully rounded. A reader becomes fully invested in the outcome Tria and Liam's story. I need their happy ending, I need things to work out, I need it all to be ok. But the story is written very well and I honestly didn't know what would happen for sure until the end. 

Shay Savage has fantastic descriptive writing, sometimes a little too fantastic and I wished I could unread it! Shay brings the pain, despair, struggle and even the desperate love out on the these pages. They practically leap off and grabs me by the throat squeezing my air as I struggled right along with Liam and Tria. It was a great series one not to miss out on. The love was just as beautiful, filling up my eyes and chest with each bright word. I highly recommend this series to anyone wanting a hard fought and hard won love story.   
My rating system is different from Amazon where this will be a 4☆. See my rating chart to the right.

CAGED Series Reading Order

(Book One) 
Caged Series

(Book Two) 
Caged Series

(Book Three) 
Caged Series

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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