5 out of 5 Stars
*I was gifted a copy of Caged: Takedown Teague by the author. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Liam Teague knows how to fight and how to live a meager life. His career as an underground fighter provides him with barely enough money to get by, and that’s just fine with him. Having not spoken to his rich parents in ten years, he’s not about to go asking them for money now. When Liam stumbles onto a damsel in distress, saving her from a bunch of thugs sparks an unlikely friendship.
Tria wants to make a better life for herself, so she packed up and moved across the country to attend college. She works as a waitress to make ends meet and lives in a dangerous neighborhood, but she’s willing to do whatever is necessary to get her education. Being saved by Liam is probably the best thing that could have happened to her, as he helps keep her safe several times and ultimately shares his apartment with her to allow her to keep going to school.
When Liam and Tria’s relationship takes a turn from big brother/little sister into romantic territory, the pair will have quite a few obstacles to overcome if they want to make it work. Tria’s ex-boyfriend isn’t about to let her go so easily, and Liam’s past will begin to catch up with him.
Caged: Takedown Teague is so much more than a romance with its intriguing characters and their complicated pasts. Liam is a buff, sexy, tattooed bad boy who doesn’t give a damn about life. He lives for today, and his history keeps him away from relationships. His attraction to Tria leaves him confused because he knows she deserves so much more than he can give her. But Tria’s not asking for more; she’s asking for Liam, and he’ll have to learn how to open up and let her in.
Aside from the sexiness that is Liam Teague, I truly enjoyed the intricate plot and back story that Shay Savage was able to weave into this book. The beginning hooked me in right away, and it continued to keep me enthralled right until the end. A lot goes on between Liam and Tria before they ever even consider a deeper relationship, so it was easy to grow into the relationship right along with them.
I really loved Liam’s attitude and honesty. Ms. Savage’s male point of view is very natural and comfortable. Liam never sugarcoats things, and he admits what he’s truly feeling. Lines like “Besides, her ass was calling to me” keep his characterization consistent throughout the story. He’s not afraid to say he’s only doing something because of his lust for Tria.
Takedown Teague is only part one of the story though. The story doesn’t end when this book does, but parts two and three are already available for pre-order on Amazon (links at the end of the review). My biggest issue with this book was the way it ended. It wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger in my opinion because it ended with issues surrounding supporting characters, but it didn’t thrill me because it felt like it just ended—no wrap-up, nothing solved in order to be able to move on to the next issue in the next book. It pretty much felt like the story was just chopped at the end of a random chapter.
There were a few minor editing and formatting issues, but nothing that distracted me from the story. Overall, I really enjoyed the book despite the ending, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Caged: Takedown Teague
Caged: Trapped (Book 2)
Caged: Released (Book 3)