When Attraction Can’t Be Held Back – Caged by Lorelei James #Review

When Attraction Can’t Be Held Back – Caged by Lorelei James #Review

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Series: Mastered #4
Genres: Erotic Romance
Published by NAL
Released on July 14, 2015
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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The Delight

I love this new world Lorelei has created. At first I thought it was going to be two books and done, but as we get to know the characters in the series, I am so glad it continues. Molly is the scared sweetheart we meet in the first book, but is now the kick-ass woman who turned an attack into more confidence in herself. Deacon sees how much Molly is growing and loves the woman he gives as good as he gets. Now these two just need to get over misunderstandings and talk from the heart as well as the bed.

We met Molly in the first book, Bound, when she was trying to get her life back after being attacked. Signing up for a class at the dojo and grabbing her boss Amery to tag along. Well, we have read Amery’s story on how it all went for her, but we only got bits and pieces of Molly’s story. While we don’t run in the past to get the entire story, we do get the abbreviated version. Like how she learned to take back control of her life and not to be afraid of everything, but to know how to take care of it the best way possible. She started to lose weight, get confidence and take back her life. But one man has grabbed her attention over and beyond any other, Deacon.

Deacon’s working with Ronin Black on his career in MMA. Ronin and Deacon met in the underground fighting tournaments when Ronin saw something he thought was more than just a fighter. Taking him in, Ronin is prevy to Deacon’s past and secrets and holds it close. He has dreams of making it big in the MMA, but he also knows what’s important and what isn’t important. Life was to kind to Deacon in his teens and heartbreak has made a determined man out of a boy.

These two are drawn to each other, but forces draw them apart in the beginning. Molly misses a few classes, and Deacon shows up to make her make them up in private lessons. Mostly he just wanted to be around her. He finally gets up the guts to ask her out and then doesn’t show up for the date. He has reasons, but he doesn’t use them as a crutch.

So that catches us up to present day with Molly trying to move on, but secretly still drooling over Deacon. Out on the town with her friend Presley and another friend of Presley’s, they hit a strip club were the extra friend used to work. Call it popping Molly’s stripper cherry as she hasn’t been in one. Headed to the restroom, she spies the VIP section where who happens to be getting a lap dance…you guessed it, Deacon!  Deacon tries to corner her and she gives as good as she gets and they get carried away into a passionate incident that convinces Deacon in his own words, “That we’re gonna happen.”

*Wiggles at the soreness* These two go at each other like bunnies. Molly is living all her dreams and living in the moment of erotic passion, but she is also living in the moment thinking it will have to end sometime. They do it everywhere, all the time, in every position. Deacon is kind of possessive and wants to be all up in her in every way possible. He marks every part of her body with his mouth, cum and hands. Easily a kiss turns into sexual Olympics! *Walks bowlegged*

The conflict comes when Deacon doesn’t really talk about anything. He just wants her trust, her body and eventually her love. He has many opportunities to share, but it’s hard for him to talk about his past and Molly takes that totally to heart that he doesn’t want to share with her. For her part, she does something in the beginning that comes off wrong to Deacon, but she does share her past and what caused her to leave home.

Through it all there is a side story of Deacon’s fighting career and how his coach, Maddox, seems to be hedging him out. There is some hint that something might not be on the up and up, but I think that is going to have to wait for another book to clarify.

Ronin, Amery, Knox and Shiori make their appearances, but don’t take over the story. We see all the gang from Black Arts and Black and Blue Promotions go out a few times and watch what future stories might be on the way.

There isn’t any BDSM in this story as in the past ones. This is erotic, passionate, rough and some dominant traits, but there wasn’t any hold me down, tie me up and club hopping involved. Nothing is taboo and it was all thrilling, intense, fiery and so much sexually relieving interactions.

I found myself loving this story and the conflict that gels these two into a couple. Does it have too much sex? Well, you be the judge. I didn’t find myself getting bored with it, but there was a lot of bumping uglies to tide me over for a few days!

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Books ‘N Tunes

No brainer for Books ‘N Tunes. Here’s Deacon’s walk-in arena song, Bleed It Out by Linkin Park.

About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family. Visit her online at www.loreleijames.com, www.facebook.com/lorelei-james, and www.twitter.com/loreleijames.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  1. That’s great that she pursued the story of a side character in the first book. I love it when authors do that because I can get so curious about them.

    1. It’s a great series. While some has BDSM, others have Shibari, this one was just erotic. I love just getting to know everyone.

  2. I read a couple of this authors books a few years ago and didn’t really care for them so I haven’t picked anything else up from her. Great review and this one sounds pretty good.

    1. I wasn’t a big fan of hers either after trying a few and I was leery about trying this series, but it turned out I loved them. It might be I am not much of a cowboy romance reader. I mean I don’t mind them, but they aren’t my go to genre. This world is set in Denver and has a lot of different fight styles outside of the bedroom scenes.

  3. I’m a fan of Lorelei James and this books sounds like another keeper for sure. Love the review! Hugs…

  4. Caged sounds hot! I love that all of the characters from previous books were in this one. Interesting how Molly and Deacon both have secretive pasts, but don’t want to share them with one another…These secrets must be pretty dark. Great Review Shari 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Deacon is more secretive than Molly. Molly just runs away from hateful family and makes a better life for herself. Deacon has a tragedy, family and some things running around in his past that I think Molly might have blown out of reality. What Deacon has gone through is tragic and sometimes you just don’t want to relive it by retelling it. The secrets aren’t really that dark, but they are painful.

  5. I really enjoyed this one too. Even though I thought their communication issue was swept under the rug at the end.

    1. Deacon has got to get his communication issues under control. He was a cave man about a lot of things and that was one of them. I really wanted more MMA time as well. Just seemed to be thrown in at the end.