4 stars · Angsty/Emotional · Contemporary Romance · Friends to Lovers · Kick-ass Hero · Male POV · New Adult · Panty Melter · Pierced/tattooed · Sports Romance

Takedown Teague (Caged #1) by Shay Savage

Takedown Teague Book Cover Takedown Teague
Caged #1
Shay Savage
Fiction, New Adult, Sports Romance
July 14th 2015

This is not made for TV. This is the raw, brutal underground of no-holds-barred combat. Inside the cage there is nothing but me and the pain I inflict on those who dare enter. In the cage, I never have to worry about anyone but myself. Yet, when she began standing outside of the cage, everything changed. I was no longer fighting for the money or the glory – I was fighting for her.

ARIANNA’s Review

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“Caged: Takedown Teague” was my first full length novel by this author and it was nothing like I expected to be. It was very different from any fighter books I have read so far and one of the reasons is the fact the story is told entirely from the male POV.

“There was no referee.
There were no rounds.
There was really only one rule—whoever taps out or goes unconscious loses.”

“Caged” tells the story of Liam “Takedown” Teague a 26 years old cage fighter. He fights two nights a week at a local bar where he always wins. His life means only training and fighting. One night after a fight, Liam saves a girl from being raped and probably murdered since the neighborhood they live in is not exactly a good one. The girl, Tria, is 20 years old, she’s studying for her degree and works night shifts in a greasy bar as a waitress.

Liam and Tria live in the same building. They become close friends, but shortly Liam becomes smitten with his new neighbor. He likes Tris’s sweetness and innocence and he wants more. While Liam finds out more about Tria and her past, Tria gets to know just a few things about him. However, both of them try to forget about their pasts. Tria likes Liam as well and see the good in him, so eventually they get involved.

“There was me, and there was her, and there was us.”

I really enjoyed this one and I loved Liam’s POV. I had a blast being in his head. Like I mentioned the story is told only from his POV, so his character development was done much better than Tria’s. I love his personality and his inner monologue. He made me smile more times than I can count. Honestly I expected to read about a badass fighter, but Liam is sweet and even tender and I loved this soft side of him. He was an endearing character from start to finish, even if he’s not perfect and has his own flaws. He is hardworking, a good fighter, he’s loyal and with Tria is sweet, caring and so protective. There were also some LOL moments where we get to see Liam control his urges he has. Needless to say, he was hilarious at times. Tria was also very easy to like. She’s innocent and naïve and even if we don’t get her POV, we get to know her personality..a little and also we get to know her background story. What I loved the most about her was her loyalty for the people she cares about.

I enjoyed the pace of the story and also how everything between these two characters progressed. Nothing was rushed which I really liked. We don’t get a huge amount of time in the cage, but I was more than ok with this aspect of the story since most of the fighter books I’ve read bored me to death with this aspect.

Overall, this was a great, entertaining read and I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series!

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