In the searing fourth novel in the Mastered Series, following Unraveled, only one woman can set a hardened fighter free from his past....
In order to survive a life of tragedy, Deacon McConnell embraced his roughest edges and learned to fight on the streets. Then a life-changing jujitsu seminar led by Sensei Ronin Black led Deacon to become a professional fighter. With his muscular physique and his body covered in tattoos and scars, the MMA fighter defines mean, both on and off the mat.
But everything changes when innocent Molly Calloway signs up for his kickboxing class. Molly is Deacon's opposite in every way: she's kind, sweet, thoughtful, and educated. After a heated argument between them turns into a passionate encounter, Deacon realizes Molly is eager to experience more, and she looks to him to take her to the darker edge of lust....
The last thing either of them expects is how deeply their lives will be thrown upside down by the passion they find together.
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This Mastered series is one of my favorites! The mix of characters leaves a lot of potential for future books so I hope there are more on the horizon.
Molly and Deacon, what a pair--kind of like oil and water. These two weren't the most interesting characters in the preceding books but, Deacon's background and his 'alpha-maleness' *SWOON* made up for what was lacking in terms of Molly's character and storyline---It was a bit weaker than what I've come to love about LJ books. Also, although I love Phil Gigante's narration for some other books I have, he was overly dramatic in this; and the female narrator, wow, I won't rush to get a book with her narration anytime soon. All that aside, I would give the first half of the story 3-stars, and the last few chapters a whopping 10!!! It ramped up something fierce on every level, and I loved it!!!
Deacon and Molly make a stunning pair. I love the contrast in the characters. I love the relationship challenges & I really liked the evolution of their relationship against the backdrop of the stories of the dojo. I like the way miss James effortlessly weaves the background characters into the story to continue the entire saga. I've already ordered the paperback. I've got to have all of them.!!!
And Mr Gigante Ms Navarre can feel free to read to me anytime!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Caged is the 4th book in the Mastered Series and I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire series. Lorelei James is a master of the alpha male and exceptionally strong female leads as well. Deacon and Molly do not disappoint. I have enjoyed these two since we were first introduced in Bound (Mastered #1). Deacon is an instructor at Black Arts and a MMA fighter. Molly is a well-educated, thoughtful, sweet person who was attacked and signed up for kickboxing to fight back against the fear that was choking her. Deacon is tough on her when they met in Bound but it is just what Molly needs to face her fears.
When we start Caged, the entire Black Arts crew has changed and evolved over the 4 books. Deacon is no longer teacher kickboxing. Molly has battled through her fears from the attack, is in fantastic shape, and the heat between her and Deacon has been slow burning for a while. Deacon even goes so far as to ask her out but stands her up. Molly says she is through with Deacon but she can’t get him out of her mind. Deacon has never explained why he stood her up and he can’t get Molly out of his mind either.
Molly and Deacon constantly bicker and go back and forth. They both are damaged from their pasts. Their back stories make this book fly by. I loved seeing Deacon’s sweet side especially since he is alpha to the core. The way he takes care of Molly and encourages and builds her up is beautiful. Every girl wants a guy who is capable of taking care of them both emotionally and physically. The true surprise was the unraveling of Deacon’s past. I honestly didn’t expect some of the plot twists in his story and I loved listening to it.
If you haven’t listened to the other books in this series, I would recommend picking those up first. You can listen to this as a stand-alone but you need to meet all the characters from the other books first. This is an easy world to get caught up in. Lorelei James is a master at world building and I thoroughly enjoyed all the Mastered Series.
Neva Navarre and Phil Gigante were good with the delivery of the story. But as I have often said one narrator is enough unless the female reads the female dialogue and the male reds the male dialogue.
Love the mastered series & this story didn't fail. But considering there were 2 narrators having the male narrator talk all parts in 1 chapter then the next chapter having the female narrator talk parts was distracting. If the narrators had gotten together (the female doing womens parts & male doing mens parts) it would have been 100% better to listen to. Sending this back & buying the book.
I liked this story a lot. The main characters were likable and you really wanted them to make it work. Mom, dad and sisters are reminiscent of Cinderella - evil doings - but good prevails. Worth the listen and a good addition to the series.
Don't continue to listen to if you are waiting for the main character to realize that she is self-centered and insecure. It never a happens. She continues to make excuses for her behavior and expect for others to change. I wish I didn't waste so many hours waiting for her to take ownership of her insecurities and to realize that it takes two.
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