Friday, August 15, 2014

Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine [Review]

Caged Wolf (The Tarot Witches #1) by S.M. Reine
Caged Wolf (The Tarot Witches #1) by S.M. Reine
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: April 2, 2014

The Tarot Witches
1. Caged Wolf - Paperback | Kindle
2. Forbidden Witches

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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 secrets in their pasts…
Thoughts on Caged Wolf: Holy hotness, Batman. I adore S.M. Reine's writing, but her other books aren't quite this sexy. That is not a complaint. I like the dirty. I like the not-dirty. I LIKE IT ALL!

That said, I REALLY liked this one. Ofelia is a little damaged, but she's found a place to fit in and she's managed to put what was done to her behind her. More or less. Then she lays eyes on Trouble and things get really weird. Weird as in, Ofelia has some hidden talents, Trouble/Cooper is strong for a new wolf, and the stuff that's going down in Lobo Norte isn't pretty.

We got the beginning of Ofelia's story in the first Preternatural Affairs book. In fact, it's Ofelia's torture at the hands of the Silver Needles is what propels her brother into OPA. As it turns out, Ofelia is a tiny bit more than she seems. And what she is isn't answered here. Which makes me itchy for book 2, just so you know.

So, yeah. Really liked this one. It hit the spot as far as dark paranormal romance goes. Ofelia might not know what she's capable of yet, but she's a fighter and she's not going to quit until she quite literally can't go another step. Cooper is... well, I liked him. His story isn't a nice one, but he's dealing with it.

Might I just say, what Cooper does to Ofelia on his motorcycle is smokin'. It got a slow thumbs up from me.

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