The biker gangs passing through Lobo Norte don’t scare Ofelia anymore. All those men are the same: scarred, homeless, and broken…just like Ofelia. They’ve become a blur of forgettable faces watching her strip. She takes off her clothes, takes their money, and wipes them from her memory instantly. But Trouble is different. A biker with a wolf tattoo and tortured eyes, he sees beyond Ofelia’s tough disguise to a more fragile woman within. She’s drawn to him like she’s never been drawn to a man before - at least, not since she survived hideous torture at the hands of her ex-boyfriend that left her scarred physically and emotionally. She can’t forget Trouble. And she definitely can’t push him away. There’s magic between them that neither understands. But maybe if Ofelia and Trouble can find the truth, they can release each other from the chains that bind them to Lobo Norte, to the Fang Brothers biker gang, and to the dark.
©2014 SM Reine (P)2014 Red Iris Books
I would give this story more of a 4.5. But it’s great. This is a short story that, wonderfully, didn’t feel short. It had some great characters. The main characters, Ofelia, a witch, & Trouble/Cooper, a newbie werewolf & biker gang member, were great, each with their own troubles, pardon the pun. And Ofelia, though very appealing, had physical flaws too, scars internally and physically, which I loved; it’s more realistic. And realism was a plus in this story. There weren’t unanswered questions unattended to or blanks in the story. An exception is that the author never completely describes anyone. That can be problematic for some people, but it was okay with me. it was certainly noticeable, and is quite different. But there’s something freeing about needing to fill in the blanks about how these characters appear physically. There’s something freeing and more unbiased about requiring the listener/reader to image these characters based on our own stuff. And I think it’s telling however each listener/reader does that. And it might be telling when listeners require these specificities. Do we need to know whether a character is more like us or more unlike us physically? I think the author is on to something.
The story centers totally around a no-where bar that hosts fights & nearby prostitution & where paranormal creatures (succubus/succubi, incubus/incubi, werewolves, demons) are the norm. It appears to be somewhere near the Mexican border and be rural, including the trailer Ofelia lives in and dust. The story has a gritty feel, a spooky aspect, not like ghosts but like the presence of fighting, hidden spirits or forces. And fighting, literally, occurs too. There is some violence that may be a bit over-the-top for some listeners. It’s not often, but it’s there. I loved the balance of rawness and romance. There was grit but not so much sex. Sex is often alluded to, and the sexual tension was constantly there. But the act of sex was rare. There is a kind of masturbation scene between Ofelia & Cooper, with Ofelia as the happy recipient. But it happens in an unusual fashion or way. Cooper is not actually an active participant but more of a kind of facilitator. I can’t say more without spoiling it. So there are 4 hours of build up to the culminating sex scene in the last 54 minutes or so of the story. I didn’t miss the sex or think that it should’ve occurred sooner. It happened organically, just as it should have, in the time it should have. I really liked that they didn’t jump into sex of any sort immediately, though they did act on their immediate attraction.
The story focuses on how Ofelia and Cooper accept and act on their being mated and the unveiling of unknown parts of Ofelia’s life & what she is, though the latter aspect is not fully answered in this story. At the heart of these questions is a devil tarot card that finds Ofelia. There is a HEA, though the story continues. We learn that there are 76 tarot cards remaining that need to be found for Ofelia to get some answers. I anxiously await the next installment.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I was so confused in the beginning but I stuck with it... ended up liking the book! I really didn't like the Fang Bikers... but Trouble aka Cooper won me over... the smexual heat in this book borders on angsty as nothing really seems to happen until way... way into the book...but it was well worth it! Nice mystery adventure throughout the story with finding the meaning behind the tarot card that just won't go away!
Narration was pretty good... many shift in voices...no two characters really sounded the same... Down is one of my favorites.
Nice credit or sale...
Where do I begin. It was just horrible. To some up this book it was full of drugs booze the main character loves to strip and her alpha male is ok with it and although she was beaten and raped she's ok and turned on by violence. This was a waste.
I am doing the review backwards this series has me really excited as all of her series do. No one can weave a universe & connect you to plot & character like Ms Reine. I am really excited for book 3 & most excited to see where she is going with the gathering high arcana witches & Rage. After the Descension & Ascension series it's got to be phenomenal!
A good lisren.
Gloria....no holds barred fearless and feisty
A rough hard life Ophelia wantedto escape the Southwestern town has many secrets. Although i liked the story there were too many unanswered questions. Plenty of hints but no satisfacting conclusion. It doesn't seem as if the next book in the series is directly connected making it even more perplexing that no real answers were given as to what she is or where she needs to go.
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i really loved this look. it was very interesting and kept me wanting to listen until it was over
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Werewolf shifters, incubi and some witchcraft thrown in, no substance, not memorable, I wasted a credit.
Ofelia is a broken women in so many ways and living in Logo Norte in a biker bar trying to save enough money to move on to a better life seems a life time away. Scarred from the abuse of an ex boyfriend she is finding the strength to live an independent life and never be used like that again.
She strips for tips and doesn’t mind the men who eye her up an go for a grope every now and then. Little Bo Peep, her shotgun, is always on hand if things begin to get out of hand.
Then Trouble lands in town with a biker gang and the instant attraction is electric. He has a wolf tattoo, tortured eyes and shifts into a wolf on the full moon. Not your perfect relationship, but what is.
The biker gangs descend on Lobo Norte for a competition of cage fighting and the winners are turned into werewolves. Humans line up to be accepted, well most of them anyway. The Fang Brothers is a biker gang that want werewolves as slaves, for sex and food, because they can recover fast from wounds and have great stamina.
Ofelia remembers the Fang Brothers for inflicting the scars she now carries after her ex sold her to them.
Wow! Was my first thoughts when starting to listen to Caged Wolf. This is my first book by SM Reine and I had no expectations beyond it is a paranormal romance with werewolves. It was dark and disturbing in parts, but very real. I was completely drawn into Ofelia’s life and could picture the surrounds and the rich characters.
SM Reine doesn’t spoon feed the reader at each step of the story, but leaves a lot untold, which I actually really appreciated. It made me hungry for more and to keep listening to find out more about Ofelia, how Trouble became a werewolf, and what had happened to Ofelia to have damaged her so much. It was a refreshing take on a story.
There is danger, suspense, tarot cards, magic and a mystery as to what Ofelia is if she’s not human.
This is the first book in The Tarot Witches series and it definitely sets the scene for a lot more to come.
I will be looking out for the next in the series: Forbidden Witches, The Tarot Witch, book 2 and suggest if you like Caged Wolf you will love more of SM Reine.
The narration was done by Pyper Down and was clear and easy to listen to with the changes in character more of a pitch than an accent. Having the story requiring me to concentrate to keep up it was easy listening to Pypers’ voice in her American accent an easy listen.
I love urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but young adult and mysteries are also favorites.
This book started good if you want to read a sexy book about a handsome stranger, but it eventually went off the deep end. I guess if it were a previously loved tv show you could say it jumped the shark.
"Freedom well deserved"
It was gritty and unlike any of the paranormal shifter romances I have read or listened to before. The characters were real and I couldn't help but like them.
The narration was great and helped make the characters believable
I liked the ending and will definitely read or listen to the next one.
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