Reviewed by Sarah
The Gilded Cage (Surrender #2) by Lauren Smith
Released: June 2, 2015
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Forever Yours
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Passion that takes no prisoners, and love that tests the limits of ecstasy . . .
Fenn Lockwood comes alive in the shadows. Though he might have physically survived the kidnapping that stole his childhood, the trauma and pain he lived through have marked him forever. Now the only place where Fenn can be himself is within the walls of his private BDSM world—a place of erotic obsession, where desire isn't just captured . . . it's bound.
Hayden Thorne knows that behind Fenn's hardened exterior is a man worth fighting for. Yet to save him from the past that still haunts him, Hayden will have to abandon every inhibition she's ever had and venture into Fenn's intoxicatingly sensual world. Each tantalizing second she spends in Fenn's searing embrace is more delicious than the last and soon Hayden begins to think that she may never want to leave such torturous bliss . . .
I love this book and even more so love, love Fenn. Now that I have that out of the way we can delve into more of my thoughts on this book. If you haven’t read The Gilded Cuff, the first installment in the Surrender series you must start there. These two stories are heavily tied together and The Gilded Cage continues to develop upon the where The Gilded Cuff left off. While the details of the suspense alter a bit in the second book it’s still from the same principal factor in the first.
In case you missed it above, I love Fenn. In fact he’s the first overly intriguing male character I’ve read in the past several weeks. Fenn doesn’t remember his family or life before the age of 8 and more so doesn’t remember the abduction. What he does know is his father was always a bit aloof but would work odd job in Colorado to support them. Ending up as ranch hand at The Broken Spur, Fenn was able to find a family structure even after the early death of his father. I like that Fenn is well written. He’s complex without going too far. He’s a gentlemanly cowboy with a huge helping of alpha male, but it’s not over the top. It’s also refreshing while he can be intense, he still maintains a more mellow quality and less sullen quality that his twin Emery displayed throughout The Gilded Cuff…and rightfully so due to their different circumstances.
I also quite enjoyed the heroine, Hayden. Although she comes from old money and is expected to be a trophy wife, she has achieved getting her education and now plans to use it. She aspires to be and do more than the parameters her parents place her within. Feisty yet congenial, she’s the girl you want to hate but can’t because she’s just so nice and genuine.
This book truly has it all. There’s intrigue and mystery, action and action (wink, wink), and best of all romance. It’s a story of families being torn apart and reborn. It just has it all. I believe the storyline is well paced. It doesn’t move too slowly but it continually gains momentum until the action peaks. I didn’t want to put it down. This is a can’t miss! To make it even better, we already get glimpses into The Gilded Chain which will be about Will (Hayden’s brother) and Callie (from The Broken Spur). There’s should be an interesting story with a bit of an age and experience gap. I can’t wait!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.