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Uncaged Review – Knight of the Bleeding Heart by Margaux Thorne


Knight of the Bleeding Heart
Margaux Thorne
Historical Romance

They handed him a title, but she was the offer he couldn’t refuse.

Boston businessman, Nathaniel Lawrence doesn’t have a dime he didn’t earn himself. So when he finds out that he’s the long-lost heir to a penniless dukedom in England, it’s easy for him to dismiss the undeserving fortune. Why pour money into a crumbling castle and meaningless title when his eye is set on the future in America? But when the current duke throws his lovely daughter’s hand in to sweeten the offer, Nathaniel rethinks his rash decision. He knows a good business deal when he sees one, and marriage to Lady Charlotte, the jewel of the ton, is the very best.

With a squandered dowry, Lady Charlotte only has one option that will keep her—and her father—living in the custom befitting their station. Marrying her father’s heir would make her a future duchess and allow her to retain control of her family’s ancestral home. A bargain is set. Nathaniel will accept the title and all the connections that come along with it, living the majority (or all) of his time in America, while Charlotte gets to raise their future son on their estate where he can learn to be a true English duke, cementing the family line for another generation. On paper, the agreement is brilliant and convenient, but in person, it’s something that neither of them expected.

Because the more Charlotte spends time with her new, brash husband, the more his enterprising and entrepreneurial American spirit rubs off on her. Soon, she begins to realize that maybe she didn’t need a knight in shining armor to come and rescue her family from bloodthirsty creditors and a title in abeyance.

5 Stars

Uncaged Review – Reluctant Hearts by Linda Griffin


Reluctant Hearts
Linda Griffin
Contemporary Romance Anthology

Four couples, four stories:
Darien Francis and Richard Li meet during a bank robbery, but she’s afraid to love again.
Shane Kenniston and Beth Parker are reacquainted years after she had a crush on him, but she is a recent widow, and Shane’s life was upended by a false accusation.
David Early and Kate Howard meet in the laundromat, but her life is consumed by the needs of her disabled child, and David isn’t ready for the responsibility.
Realtor Frank Ellison meets Kayla Barnes at an open house, but a mistaken first impression derails any chance of romance.
Can they all overcome the obstacles to love?

4 Stars

Uncaged Review – Run Girl Run by Ellen Y. Mueller


Run Girl Run
Ellen Y. Mueller
YA Contemporary

Sixteen-year-old Tracie lives in a house divided by fear and a family secret she has yet to discover. Her grandma provides a hint and the tools to unearth the past. Are the clues the answer to her prayers? If so, she’ll take her younger brother, Jason, and split. One night, when her dad is in one of his violent rages, opportunity pounds on Tracie’s door. Cal, a male friend, offers an escape. But there’s a catch. She can’t sneak Jason out with their parents watching, and her father demands Cal leave immediately. On a whim, she goes, too. After all, Cal just wants to keep her safe and swears to have her best interest at heart. Caught in a current of lies and deception, Tracie’s swept farther from home than she ever expects. She can’t trust anyone, not even her mother. Exposing the secret may save Tracie and her little brother, but at what cost?

4.5 Stars

Uncaged Review – Beyond Circumstances by Gloria Joynt-Lang


Beyond Circumstances
Gloria Joynt-Lang
Small Town Romance

Zak Tifour loathes violence, and who could blame him? Two years ago, it destroyed him. It’s one thing to witness death, yet another to be responsible for the carnage. To survive, he hides in a small town, but when an attractive doctor veers off the road, his self-imposed exile is threatened. Though drawn to the woman’s generous heart, Zak’s terrified his darkness will engulf her light.

Lexie Draden knows sacrifice. She has dedicated her life to medicine. But no matter how skillful she is, it’s impossible to save everyone. As a surgeon, she accepts this brutal truth—until it becomes personal. Relocating is tough, but when she stumbles into the arms of a handsome stranger who doesn’t pry into her history, life takes a turn for the better. The only downside, the man’s past may be worse than hers.

Will their secrets and broken promises destroy their budding romance, or will love heal their damaged souls?

4 Stars

Uncaged Review – Fatal Hunt by Michelle Godard-Richer


Fatal Hunt
Michelle Godard-Richer
Ghost Suspense/Thriller

After being widowed and surviving the wrath of a serial killer, Jessica believes her misfortunes are over. She’s reunited with her first love, Jon, and together, with her son Bryce, and a baby on the way, they’re living their happily ever after on their ranch in Montana. That is until secrets, lies, and a formidable foe from Jon’s past emerge to shake the foundation of their relationship, forcing them to flee for their lives.

A decade earlier, Jon worked undercover for the FBI. He infiltrated Hugh Jones’ Kansas City Mob, and almost destroyed his empire. Unaware of the breech in his own defenses, Hugh, obsessed with revenge, unleashes every weapon in his arsenal, targeting those Jon loves the most.

4 Stars

Uncaged Review – Rebirth of Ruby’s Ranch by Rhonda Frankhouser


Rebirth of Ruby’s Ranch
Rhonda Frankhouser
Ghost Paranormal Romance

After centuries of mystery and torment, Emma is chosen to fulfill the family legacy. When she’s called home to Ruby’s Ranch to care for her ailing mother, she’s torn between an undeniable romantic connection and a spiritual journey that requires heartbreaking sacrifice.

Matthew is a combo of charisma, confidence and honeyed heat. No longer the shy, gawky kid who sneaked hopeful glances, he’s a full-grown, passionate man determined to win Emma’s affections. When destiny deals her an unthinkable ultimatum, Matthew stands between her and the spiritual forces threatening to whisk her away.

Shona’s otherworldly presence vibrates with comfort and light when Emma finds him chanting over her mother’s sick bed. His healing energy instantly draws her in, encouraging her to accept her fate and leave her family and friends behind.

Will Emma relinquish her destiny to stay with her dedicated cowboy or be drawn into a new world by her mystical visitor?

5 Stars

Uncaged Review – Savage is My Kingdom by L.A. McGinnis


Savage is My Kingdom
L.A. McGinnis
Dark Fantasy Romance

Two ruthless kings at war.
A princess with a terrible power.
Four broken warriors sworn to protect her.

When I was dragged from my home by the Fae King’s vicious enforcer, I left my old life as a slave behind to become a pawn in an ancient game between two powerful brothers, possessing a stolen magic that could break apart kingdoms. Or forge a new one.

But I have a secret.

I can make this power mine, by sacrificing my most precious possession.

My innocence.

While ruthless males go to war over this terrible magic I never asked for, there is only one future for me. Claim the power, take the throne, become the queen this realm deserves. The closer I grow to my beautiful warriors, I discover I have more to lose than ever before.

Some say love conquers all, but our dark bond could leave this wicked realm in ruin.

4.5 Stars

Uncaged Review – A Spell for a Duke by Amy Quinton


A Spell for a Duke
Amy Quinton
Historical Fantasy

Josie Bell is all about her job…
Miss Josephine Bell, witch, is tasked with apprehending a rogue demon before he obliterates London. But the Lycan assigned to assist her isn’t, strictly speaking, available…since she just arrested him.

Worse? Said incarcerated Lycan believes she’s his mate and isn’t exactly delighted by that unfortunate turn of events.
Her foolproof plan? Break Lycan out of gaol. Capture demon. Return Lycan to gaol.
Also: Don’t get caught. Fend off wolfie Mating Instinct. Ignore the man’s indecent smile.

But that kiss…

The MacKeane is all about his clan…
Lachlan Connor Daire MacKeane, The MacKeane, 7th Duke of Skye, and involuntary guest of Marshalsea Gaol has been arrested for murder. If he hadn’t been hoodwinked by a saucy witch, he’d be prowling the streets, hunting the real assassin.

Worse? Said impertinent witch is his mate, a more unsuitable lover he cannot conceive. She isn’t Lycan. A female wolf would never be so… devious.

4 Stars

Uncaged Review – Winter Solstice in the Crystal Castle by Jennifer Ivy Walker


Winter Solstice in the Winter Castle
Jennifer Ivy Walker
Medieval Fantasy Romance

Gabrielle is a flame haired, fire hearted French princess who dreams of becoming a Valkyrie warrior queen like her Viking ancestors from Normandy. Sent to Paris to learn the proper etiquette for a future French queen, she is called home to le Château de Beaufort for a forced marriage to a man she loathes when her father the king’s precarious health takes a sudden turn for the worse.
Chivalrous, solitary knight Sir Bastien de Landuc suffers an impossible love for Gabrielle, the unattainable princess he can never have. Without a title of nobility, he is ineligible to compete in the tournament for her hand in marriage, despite his unparalleled equestrian skills and inimitable swordsmanship.
Yet, Yuletide wishes for a wondrous winter solstice in the glorious Crystal Castle might make impossible dreams come true.
Can the valiant knight win the coveted hand of his Viking Valkyrie?

5 Stars

Uncaged Review – Threads of Fate by M.C. Waring


Threads of Fate
M.C. Waring
YA Paranormal

She wields the power to change fate. And it absolutely terrifies her.

When her sister is abducted by supernatural forces, Upstate New York high schooler Tasia is thrust into an ongoing shadow war between vampires and reapers, and awakens an incredible magical power within herself.

Too bad she’s too afraid to use it. The excruciating side effects don’t help things, either.

To find her sister, Tasia will need to team up with Ace–a handsome and mysterious vampire who steals her breath away (but hopefully not her blood). They’ll have to battle ghosts, vampires, reapers, and even werewolves as they navigate through two hostile worlds at war.

4 Stars