Series: Caged in Winter #1
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Tessa Ever After
Also by this author: Captive, Tessa Ever After
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope ...
Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response ...
Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.
But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want .
“Winter’s a closed book. A journal with a thousand entries, shut tight and padlocked. And I can’t wait to crack open her pages.”
New Adult is a tough genre for me. Lately, many NA books contain more smut than substance, and while I don’t mind smut at all, it’s not what I want from this genre. I want my NA to make me feel, make me ache, and of course have a few sexy times. With tragic pasts, undeniable chemistry, and a little bit of hope, Caged in Winter gave me what I was hoping for. While not a ground-breaking book, it was certainly entertaining and gave me the feels.
“I can tell from the timbre of his voice, the constant eye contact, the reverent way he’s touching me, that he’s telling the truth. And the fact that this boy wants something more from me than my body is exhilarating. And terrifying.”
Winter is cold, closed off, with a chip on her shoulder. Growing up as a foster kid without any family or friends, Winter is alone. Because of her circumstances, she has harden her heart to everyone and is incredibly defensive. This doesn’t bode so well for Cade when he comes to Winter’s unwanted aide. To Winter, Cade is a walking contradiction. With a body of a bodyguard, and his tattoos and facial piercing, Cade looks like a bad boy. But he is anything but. I love that Cade is a all around good guy. He is the kind of guy that shows what it is to be a man. He is strong, and protective, and constantly puts others ahead of himself. Did I forget to mention that he is a chef? Swooon. He is the complete package. Despite Winter resisting Cade with every breath, the chemistry and connection between them is electric, and it becomes harder to deny with every interaction.
“He’s so open and honest, so forthcoming with his thoughts and his feelings, and I’m not. I’m closed off and jaded and angry at the world. And he deserves someone who’s so much more.”
Caged in Winter wasn’t perfect and had it’s moments of predictability but overall it was a very enjoyable read.While the relationship between Winter and Cade is satisfying, the only issue I really had with this story is Winter. Her pride, as well as her refusal to let anyone in, make it hard to connect with her. Sure, her past was tragic and it was understandable as to why she is the way she is, but I never felt myself softening towards her until the very end. Her foolish pride put her in some awful situations and it was hard to be sympathetic when she is the one hurting herself. But Cade? I loved him. I’m so used to reading about alpha men that it was nice to read about a nice guy. I am even more excited about the next book in this series featuring Cade’s sister Tessa and his best friend Jason. I have a feeling that story is going to be REALLY good.