I can’t even tell you how much I absolutely love this book series and even if MMA themed stories are not your cup of tea this one deserves a chance. First of all, Shay Savage can write a mean plot, whether that includes cage fighters to Neanderthal stories to smoking hot dudes, she’s got it and she hooks you in from the first page, plus she’s one of the very few who can nail a male POV so she’s forever on my list of favorite authors!

Title:  Takedown Teague (Caged #1)
Author: Shay Savage
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Release Day: July 14th 2015
ARC was kindly provided by the author via TRSOR in exchange for an honest review.

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.

5 stars!

Liam, oh Liam… He’s a cage fighter and my knowledge of those things go as far as Rocky 1-2-18 or how many movies there are I don’t remember but this dude, he got me so excited about it, I’ve read lots of fighter themed books but never one as raw as this one, plus the POV narration is simply put captivating and that’s always a plus since you don’t get many good male POVs in YA or NA for that matter. Liam is a dude, he thinks like a dude inside his head and it’s refreshing to get away from all the inner girl thoughts.

Walking home one day after a fight, Liam saves Tria from a couple of thugs and that’s it; she is a sweetheart but also tough enough to be around a guy like him, they both have zero filter and they just fit in an unconventional but beautiful way.

Both of them have fucked up pasts and secrets but instead of tearing them apart, it brings them closer. I just loved being inside Liam’s head, the guy pretty much rocks and he’s just amazing and completely swoon worthy it’s crazy how unlike any other book with the same thing this one was, it stands out and it shines so bright, loved it.

“There was me, and there was her, and there was us.”

Plus it made me love Tria more than I would cause I was seeing her through his eyes, and let me tell you… Hands down I loved it and you need to meet Liam, you NEED to!

Title:  Trapped (Caged #2)
Author: Shay Savage
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Release Day: August 4th 2015
ARC was kindly provided by the author via TRSOR in exchange for an honest review.

Bizarre rituals on a remote island in Maine.
My crazy neighbor lying naked in the produce section of a grocery store.
The sting of a knife as it slices through my flesh.
Now I know why they say life is never easy.
The soft touch of Tria’s hand against my chest is the only thing that keeps me going, but there are consequences. As a fighter, I should be able to deal with anything life throws at me, but there is one circumstance I simply can’t handle.
I only have one coping mechanism: a tube around my arm and a needle in my vein.

5 stars! 

The story continues but this one is on another lever after that ending! Darker, grittier, shocking and just amazing! I will never stop praising Shay’s ability to deliver a mind blowing male POV, she just nails it and it’s amazing, so good and so fresh. This book has a fucked up story to tell and it is done so good.

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

Liam and Tria ♥

Liam the dirty talker is back! They grow so much as a couple in this one, it’s so fascinating to see them come together and just be. Liam’s past starts to unravel as Tria’s is coming back to get her and it’s OMG! If you loved the first book this will blow your mind and prepare yourselves for the last one!

Title:  Released (Caged #3)
Author: Shay Savage
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Release Day: August 25th 2015
ARC was kindly provided by the author via TRSOR in exchange for an honest review.

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 memoires 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.

5 stars!

AHHHHH THIS BOOK OMG! So freaking good, gahh Liam you awesome dude can you not?!

The final CAGED book is just as awesome as you’d think it would be and it is by far not just a fighting book, Tria and Liam’s story has such depth and raw feeling in a familiar setting that it will surprise the readers with its fresh take on the fighter gets the girl story.

Shay Savage can and has delivered an amazing story. I have said it and I will repeat myself she can write a male POV like few out there and Liam was just swoon-worthy!

After the last cliffhanger this took the story to a whole other level, not going to spoil but OMG it went beyond anything you can imagine. Liam and Tria find themselves in a weird state, their relationship is being tested by their past and the present (could I be any more cryptic? But honestly, it’s better if you don’t spoil your reading experience!) and everything is coming to light at last from Liam’s past, we even meet his parents and there are so many sweet moments between all of these characters that have been building since the first one.

Tria is kickass, she’s amazing and so not taking any of your bullshit in this one is refreshing to read a character that will not back down but won’t also whiny and be over dramatic. No over the top drama here!

Allow me a moment to express my love for Krazy Katie ♥

And Liam’s sass. So much sass! He is such a fascinating character to read it’s crazy! He owns this book – yes Tria is cool but LIAM! – and you need to grab some tissues. Swoon worthy, tough, sexy as hell, the same sassy dirty Liam but with a softer side and just so freaking sweet it’s a delight to read the 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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