Caged in Bone (Ascension #4) by S.M. Reine

CagedInBoneAbel Wilder, werewolf Alpha, has gone missing, leaving his mate and the pack in a panic. His captor magicked his scent out of the sanctuary so that his mate can’t track him down. Only one witch can cast a spell that powerful. James Faulkner has finally crossed a line that Elise Kavanagh can’t ignore. Elise is going to have to hunt James down before the werewolf pack loses its Alpha and Rylie loses her mate. And Elise will have to find a way to make sure that James never bothers the pack-or anyone else-ever again.

This series is not for the faint of heart. Wow! I expected an intense  book, none of them have been light and fluffy, but this installment took that intensity to a whole new level. I’m not quite sure where to start and I’m positive that I won’t come close to doing the book justice, but here it goes…

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Everyone is still in recovery mode when Caged in Bone opens. The pack is trying to get back to normal, at least as normal as things can be when they don’t know when the next attack is coming or even where it’s coming from. They’re all dealing with their grief and rapidly changing world in their own way. Unsurprisingly, some are dealing better than others.

Caged in Bone covered a lot of ground. More than one character’s POV was given and not a moment was wasted with any of them. They all had their own personal battles going on and their interactions with each other were more tense than in any book in this series so far. Decisions were made that were more often than not the wrong ones, but for the right reasons. I felt like shaking more than one of them throughout Caged in Bone.

This is a book that you need to be in the right frame of mind to read. Mainly because you need to pay attention to every detail. I might have to go back and read a few sections again before the next book is released. If you’ve been following the series, you know how complicated just Elise’s background is. Caged in Bone makes her history even more intricately woven with other characters. Some of those connections I should have noticed before. Some of them were expected and some of them totally floored me.

There were also more than a few twists and turns. Some characters made some painful discoveries and lives – once again – were left dangling precariously – emotionally and physically. There were also some smexy moments between a couple (kind of) unexpected characters.

It’s been a while since I’ve become this emotionally invested in a group of characters. I care about them and want to see things turn around for all of them – as impossible as that may seem right now. I’ve even started to gain a new respect for a few of the characters that I’ve wanted to hate. That, along with a very long list is what has put this author on my auto-read list. I’ve even forgiven her for the now expected cliff hanger. Yes, the intensity lasted until the very last page… in this case, the very last sentence. It’s a good thing that S.M. Reine writes fast….



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