Release Blitz and Review: Caged

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Title: Caged: Takedown Teague
Author: Shay Savage
Published: July 14, 2015, Shay Savage, LLC
Genre: NA, Sports 

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.
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When I got to the top of the stairs, I immediately saw a figure leaning against the outside of the fence and looking back and forth down the street quickly.  Each time the head turned, a long brown pony tail bobbed around, and strands of hair got caught in the chain links.  If the short-shorts and Fin’s logo on the shirt weren’t enough to go on, the gigantic, evil handbag gave her away.
“What the fuck?” I snarled through the fence.
Tria startled and looked at me, turning quickly on her heel and holding up her keys clenched in her fist.  I tilted my head to one side and raised an eyebrow at her.  What was she going to do, wave them around at me from the other side of the fence?
“I’m pretty sure that was not meant to take the place of a ride,” I said, nodding toward the keys in her hand.
“You scared the shit out of me!” Tria yelled.  She adjusted the mega-monster purse on her shoulder and ran her hand through her hair.  “The girl who was driving me got another job.  She just walked out today, and there wasn’t anyone else on my shift with a car.”
“So you’re walking down this street again?” I yelled.  I slammed my palms into the chain links, making the whole side of metal rattle.  She jumped away, stammering.
I didn’t give her much chance to finish.  I was livid.
“After what happened the last time?  Seriously, Tria?”  I paced over to the edge of the building and back to the fence again.  My fingers wrapped around the links and yanked.  “You do have a fucking death wish, don’t you?”
“I do not!”
“Then why are you being so stupid?” I screamed.  I planted my feet right where they were, and my heart thumped audibly in my chest.
“I was trying to find you!” she yelled back.
“Well, why didn’t you come in the fucking bar?” I tossed my hands up into the air.  “Is there not a big ass poster right there in your face saying exactly where I am on Friday nights?”
“I tried,” Tria said with a glare.  “The bouncer wouldn’t let me in.”
“Why not?”
“I’m only twenty,” she said with a shrug.
There was something about that news that flipped a switch in my head.  I knew she looked young, but I didn’t realize how young.  The idea that she was out here on her own, trying to make a go in this place without even being old enough to get into a bar killed my anger and made me feel something a little odd as well.  Respect?  Maybe even pride?
Whatever it was, it also hardened my dick.

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5 Hearts

A review isn’t really necessary for this one.  Just the name Shay Savage should tell you you are going to read something you never thought of before.  Welcome to the world of no holds barred cage fighting.  The story is written with a gritty sense of how one fighter, Liam Teague, exists pay check to paycheck, fighting his demons by fighting his opponents.  He is undefeated and likes it that way. 

When young, naive Tria crosses paths with him late one night, his life course begins to change.  Liam feels a need to protect Tria and help her survive in a big city very different from the small town she grew up in.  I liked that Tria was trying to better herself despite how she was raised.  She has a bit of fighter in her as well. 

The story is about fighting.  The scenes are so well written, the reader can almost smell the sweat and blood on the fighters.  But the story is also about self-discovery and family.  Both lead characters have baggage that is preventing them from moving forward in life.  Together they build a friendship based on trust and consider what their lives may be like if they continue along this path.

The author shows us some wicked humor throughout the story.  The ongoing narrative by Liam had me busting up! Yes, he talks to his cock---often….

“Once I started lathering up, my cock decided he needed some attention.  Since I wasn’t actively seeking any of the female kind, he had to settle for my hand.  He complained a bit---I have a stubborn, moody cock -- but once he figured that was all he was going to get, he sprang to life.”

I also laughed when Liam commented on Tria’s oversized purse but didn’t start keeping track of his comments until half way through the book.  A different analogy every time. Out of left field….Chewbacca’s Carry-on and Dragon’s Duffle were a couple favorites.

Fabulous read! Now, I know you aren’t going to like the cliffhanger this ends in.  No worries, the final book comes out August 4.  I was happy to have a fully developed book to read even if I have to wait to read more.   This story would not have worked had it been rushed to an ending. 

Be sure to check out Ms. Savage’s other works.  You will love her writing style!

*I received an ARC of this title for an honest review

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About the Author:
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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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