Released was my favorite of the three books. We find out exactly what in Liam's past is tormenting him and tore his family apart. My heart broke for him in this part of their story as he works through all of his feelings. I absolutely loved Tria in this book. She seemed stronger and more sure of herself in general, but mostly in her relationship with Liam. I really loved the two of them together and so wanted for them to find their happily ever after together.
I give Released 5 hearts!
I give Released 5 hearts!
About the Book
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 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.
CAGED Series Reading Order
Liam is the hot cage fighter that comes to Tria's rescue when she is walking home from work in their neighborhood and is attacked. Both of them have quite the past, but I think Tria's definitely trumps his for sure. I wasn't expecting that reveal at all. Tria has come to town for college and Liam has come to fight. They are drawn to each other and when things get tough for Tria, Liam asks her to move in. Liam is hilarious in his conversations with his crazy neighbor and very protective of Tria from the beginning. He couldn't have possibly been prepared for what happens when he goes with Tria for a home visit. I am looking forward to what happens next.
I give Caged 4 hearts!
The more that Tria opens up to Liam, the more closed off she realizes that he is with her. They take a trip to visit her friend and it opens Liam's eyes to all that she escaped from which makes him more determined to take care of her. We find out that Liam is suffering from PTSD because of what happened in his past. It isn't that that pushes Tria away, but more so that he is keeping secrets and not dealing with his past at all. There was quite the cliffhanger and I couldn't wait to read the next in the series.
I give Trapped 4 hearts!
I give Trapped 4 hearts!
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.
Signed Set of the Caged Series