Synopsis: 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….
If you have read the earlier books in the series, you know that the sexual chemistry between Deacon and Molly has burned like a fuse on a stick of dynamite. In CAGED, it finally exploded!
James is a master at creating sexy-hot, alpha male characters, and Deacon is no exception. He is force to be reckoned with, but yet still has a touch of
vulnerability that keeps Molly coming back for more.
It was wonderful to see Molly come into her own in this book. She is confident and self-assured in both her professional and personal life. I wanted to cheer her on when she “gave the what for” to her nasty cousins. (Think evil stepsisters in Cinderella/Mean Girls.)
Initially, Molly and Deacon meet when she signs up for a kickboxing class after surviving an assault. By the time we meet Molly in CAGED, she is no longer a victim, or even just a survivor, but an empowered woman capable of defending herself.
Molly’s experience is a great reminder to everyone, especially woman, to learn how to defend themselves. Not only through self-defense or kickboxing classes, but to have an everyday alertness and awareness of your surroundings.
Recommendation: Although there is much more than just sexy times taking place in CAGED, if you are at all uncomfortable with explicit scenes then this is not the book (or maybe even author) for you. If you were hoping for more BDSM, you may be disappointed, too. Molly and Deacon definitely have their own sexual kinks, but it is less BDSM and more voyeurism.
Although I refer to the earlier books in the series, CAGED can be read as a stand alone book. The e-book price has dropped, and is now only $7.49.