Title: Caged Wolf
Author: S.M. Reine
Genre: Urban fantasy/wolf shifter
Rating: Four stars
“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…”
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I shouldn’t be surprised that there are so many surprises in S.M. Reine’s book anymore but for some reason, I never learn.
Life has hardened Ofelia. Her ex-boyfriend scarred her for life, mentally and physically and now she strips in the desert town of Lobo Norte. With the help of her boss, Gloria and Bo Peep, her shotgun, she can handle the hoards of biker gangs that ride into town. Situated in the middle of the desert straddling the border between the USA and Mexico, anything goes in Lobo Norte.
When the Fang Brothers biker gang arrive, Trouble catches her eye. Real name Cooper, Trouble is as alluring as he is quiet and try as she might, Ofelia just can’t stay away from him. Even more curious, a tarot card of The Devil shows up in her trailer and no matter what she does, she just can’t destroy it. Ofelia doesn’t know who sent it or why, but she does know it’s a warning of some kind.
The Fang Brother leader, Big Papa makes it clear he is in Lobo Norte to do business. When the Silver Needles gang arrives, along with Ofelia’s ex-boyfriend, Peyton. Ofelia learned the hard way in the past that Peyton is an incubus, after he sold her to the Silver Needles to sacrifice her life to their appetites. But learning the Fang Brothers are werewolves has her wondering what supernatural business is going down.
This book was un-putdown-able, as ever with S.M. Reine books. Loved Ofelia, while she’s seen things she’s still quite naive in various ways and this combination worked so well. To start with, Cooper (Trouble) seems to lack character but when Ofelia finally learns more about him beyond his washboard abs and sexual aura, we learn there is much more to him. Namely a master’s degree. Who woulda thunk it?
I read the reviews for Caged Wolf before I read it and the general consensus was that this book was super steamy. To save you trying to decide whether or not this is true by looking at the reviews yourself: it’s true. So very true.
Caged Wolf is full of surprises, the setting is amazing and the plot is thoroughly unpredictable. I really enjoyed it, as expected, as S.M. Reine is a personal favourite. But there was one little thing that made things a bit weird and I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it.
** Spoiler alert ** but also not a spoiler because it’s pretty obvious this will happen in the book: Ofelia and Cooper have sex. But the first time they have sex, Cooper is halfway through transforming. So by the time they’re *ahem* both done, Cooper is more wolf than man. There’s even reference to a “knot” which is a physical thing a wolf has when having sex. This made for some unsettling reading. The sex was consensual and human when they start but by the end…it was just a bit weird for me!
Still, all in all I really enjoyed this book and I’m so glad I already have book two ready to go.
If you want to check out Caged Wolf for yourself, the Amazon link a-right here. Right now, I think this book is actually free (as of the day of this post) so now’s a good time to see if you can snag yourself a free copy.
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