Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

Title: Caged in Winter
Series: Caged in Winter, #1
Author: Brighton Walsh
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…...

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…...

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want….

My Review

Caged in Winter is why I love New Adult so much. Yes, it did play with themes that are common in some instances, a bit over used. However, this book felt unique and fresh in its own way, making me love the characters and the concept of the book.
I feel like he can see every bit of me, every ugly, unlovable part of me I’ve tried for years to hide away. He sees me. And he wants me anyway.
Winter, I guess you can say, is a tragic figure. Her life has been anything but easy, a childhood that no one should experience. This, of course, leaves her harden, afraid to let others in and going out of her way to prove to herself that she can take care of herself. Winter is strong, and I adored that strength, but it was also her weak point as well. Once she met Cage, I loved watching her overcome that stubborn personality she had, the need to prove she didn’t need anyone. I loved her because she was able to face her weakness, admit them, and grow from them.

Then we have Cage, a man who now holds a special place in my heart. He is one of those fictional bad boys who is a perfect mix of trouble but with a sweet sugary side you just can't help but want to eat up. Though he too has a troubling past, I loved that he didn’t let that hold him back.  Each time Winter pushed him away, he came back, he fought to break down her walls. I admire characters who don’t back down that easily. There were so many things that I adored about Cage, but it all boils down to is that he is just a wonderful character.

With so much expectations and responsibilities on both of their shoulders, it was fun watching them face and overcome those challenges. It showed a lot of character depth and made the storyline feel real and tangible. The chemistry was another factor in the book I just adored! Cage and Winter are a combustible duo.  And I very much enjoyed the mature scenes between them.

I also enjoyed the array of side characters that Welsh added to her story. Each interesting and developed with strengths and weakness. Each real in their own way. The development of Winter and Cage was very much there; Welsh developed them greatly and by the end of the book I was very proud of where they were. 

Though the book is a quick read, the pacing on the faster side, the book didn’t feel rush nor  did the development or plot growth.  The book flowed smoothly and was very much enjoyable.  The emotional aspect was intense and kept me glued to the pages.  
“It took me two months to realize home is a relative term. It’s not a place, not a city or a house. Not an address you can write down, not somewhere you can plant a garden or paint the walls. It’s a feeling – when you’re complete, accepted, and loved unconditionally.” 
Caged in Winter was an intense and emotional read.  A book I’m glad that I picked up. Though it had factors that are well used, it felt fresh and unique. Walsh created an elaborate world filled with intense, gripping emotions. I felt for the characters and the situations they went through and were going through.  This one reminds me why I love New Adult so much.


  1. Love emotional and intense books like this one. And the cover is awesome too. Amazing review, Magen!

  2. This review makes my heart happy! I am so glad you loved this one! I adore this book so much and the ending was super sweet. I cannot wait to get my hands on Jason and Tessa's story now!

  3. Wow... these two sound so good together! I think I need to get this one! Thanks girl!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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