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.
This is S.M. Reine with an edge. Not that her books didn’t have an edge already… I suppose I need to clarify the type of edge we’re talking about here. I’ve mentioned before that this is an author who doesn’t hold back. Her books are full of raw emotion and she sugar coats nothing. That’s one of the things that I love about her writing. They’re also laced with a touch of romance… here’s where the different kind of edge comes in with Caged Wolf. Even though she didn’t shy away from sex in her previous books, Ofelia and Trouble take things to a whole new level compared to what S.M. Reine’s readers are used to. I am so NOT complaining. I loved the heat between these two characters. I just thought it was fair to warn readers of her previous books that this is not what you are used to. My opinion still stands, if S.M. Reine writes it, I will read it. End of discussion.
Ofelia isn’t exactly a character that we are familiar with, but those of us who have started the Preternatural Affairs series know her brother, Cèsar Hawke. He doesn’t make an appearance in Caged Wolf, but he is mentioned a few times. Both Ofelia and Trouble are broken and are in situations that are beyond their control. Things aren’t quite what they seem though. Ofelia trusts no one and doesn’t appreciate the alpha stance that Trouble takes, even though she’s drawn to him more than she knows is safe. Trouble is beaten both physically and emotionally but he can’t resist Ofelia. It takes them a while to figure out that they’re much stronger together.
This is the first book in a new series, The Tarot Witches. I love the premise. It’s laced with shifters, magic, mystery and the makings of a supernatural equivalent of a treasure hunt. I can’t wait to see what happens next and where paths with familiar characters may cross.
I read Caged Wolf as part of the Alphas After Dark Anthology. To be honest, this book is the main reason that I picked it up but it is full of stories by other authors that I’ve read. I’m sure you’ll be seeing other books from this set showing up on my review list pretty soon.