Recommendation: Another yes! This was a great addition to the series. Mackenzie doesn’t stray from her core values.
Summary: +consistent+strong heroine +action +interesting plot line +decent world building -cliffhanger positive with many questions left open.
It’s hard out there for a lone-wolf.
Mackenzie Grey has started a brand new life in an attempt to escape the Brooklyn Pack. She settles in as a detective in a special unit of the LAPD when her identity is put at risk, and she has no choice but to run again. The question is: does she want to run forever?
As events force Mackenzie to confront her past, she is met with many surprises—including the revelation of her true ancestry. When Packs across the country learn of who she is, Kenz becomes the object of desire in a deadly wolf hunt, and she must once again fight to keep her freedom.
Witnessing first-hand the barbaric treatment of Lunas, Mackenzie has to make a choice—follow the prediction of her Vision Quest or let herself be CAGED…
Be aware if you haven’t read the first book Shift, you need to stop reading as this will contain spoilers for the first novel. It is something you can’t really avoid when reviewing each book in a series.
Now, where were we? Kenz has left. She has taken Lucien up on his offer ( we still don’t know why he even cares but, it is endearing none the less.) Now working with Roman, a vampire employed as a detective in a secret unit of the LAPD reserved for solving crimes involving supernaturals, she is finally feeling like she might be maintaining some sort of a desirable life. But all good things must end right? Kenz makes a decision she will later regret and that particular decision forces her to reconnect with those she left and face some pretty harsh consequences. Now armed with the knowledge her vision quest provided, and the added weight of feeling for those around her, Kenz comes to a turning point, and the path that she chooses is one that will change her life forever, and maybe, even end it.
One of the most frustrating things for me when reading, is when a heroine that has been built up as strong and intelligent starts making ridiculous decisions that are not consistent with how the character would act in my mind. Kenz does not waver in her decision making and her actions and words ring true and represent the kind of heroine I think Espinosa is trying to give the reader. There are still a lot of questions that this book doesn’t answer but reason suggests that it will be revealed with the next release ( or at least that’s what I am hoping.) Once again, there is a cliffhanger that makes you eager to continue on.
This book deals with some heavier issues and touches on a few more sensitive topics such as assault and murder ( a lot of it) but it is not overly graphic or distracting. There is a bit more sexual content in this book but its is mild in nature and doesn’t weight down our girls spirit or take away from ground breaking changes she is trying to make. All in all, this series is a fun read and I can’t want for the next book to be released. This book and the first in the series, Shift, are available on Kindle Unlimited (Caged is set to be released April 26, 2016) and IMHO are worth your time.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much Xpresso Book Tours and Karina Espinosa for the opportunity to meet Mackenzie!