Today we have Breaking Cage on the blog!
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About Breaking Cage:
There is speculation that he killed a girl . . .
Journalist Hannah Black has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: Get the exclusive story from the Chicago Bears’ new starting quarterback, Derek Cage. There’s only one problem—Derek refuses to talk to reporters. The son of a famed Illinois senator, this football star despises the media. Hannah has never been one to follow orders, especially when she wants something. When her new assignment tries to give her the brush off, Hannah won't take no for an answer, going to extremes to get the attention of this superstar athlete. Drawn to her quirky questions and die-hard persistence, Derek begins opening up to this rookie reporter, and he can’t stay away no matter how hard he tries. As the two get closer, Hannah finds herself falling for the enigmatic quarterback. But nothing’s ever easy. As a decade old secret comes to light, Hannah has to decide how far she’ll go and how many lines she’s willing to cross to keep Derek safe. Is uncovering the truth worth the risk of losing it all?
Title: Breaking Cage
Author: A.J. Pryor
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports - Football, Suspense
Series or Standalone: Standalone
This is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading by this author, but after the way this story read, the connection I felt to both characters, and the ride I was taken on, it will not be my last.
Derek Cage is anything but your typical football hero. I always go into these type of stories expecting the typical. What we assume these guys, based on a lot of the ones that make the news, to be like. I really enjoy it, when like this author did here, they aren’t what you go in expecting. They’re more. There’s layers to them. Derek was the best kind of book boyfriend material, given who he was and the life he ran from, but also ran straight back into. He was kind, protective, soft at the perfect freaking times, but also a hard nut to crack. He wasn’t a player, though he did have his moments in the past, and well, given everything he endured in his past and throughout the course of this book, it was impossible not to fall head over feet for who he became. The man he was underneath what he did for a living, his family or the past he endured.
Which brings me to Hannah. I loved her just as much as Cage. She knew the position she was in, how hard it was going to be but she didn’t back down. She found herself in some precarious positions throughout the course of this book where Cage was concerned, and she just didn’t stop. She also didn’t judge. She kept an open mind and when things didn’t add up, she didn’t give up either or believe what others may have wanted her too. She sought out the truth. She wasn’t your typical heroine, but that’s what I loved about her. She stood out and was the perfect person to calm the raging sea that was Cage.
I believed in the passion that was evident right from the start with these two. The slow progression into them finally finding their way to one another, both in the romantic sense, but also in the more steamier sexual sense. It all worked out well for me with the way the author took great care in the pacing of the novel. It was quick where it needed to be, in terms of the more action based sequences, and the right level of slow and steady in others. When and where these two beautiful characters finally gave into one another happening at the perfect time and making me invest even more into them.
I’m a sucker for romantic suspense and I liked the way this one played out. It wasn’t over the top and I liked the level of drama here. I didn’t feel there was any drama for drama’s sake, everything tied together almost flawlessly and the end result I would have wanted here, given out invested I was with these two, I definitely received, both from the romantic angle as well as the suspense driven one.
All in all, for a first go round with an author, this one turned out amazing and I can’t wait to read more from this author, especially more romantic suspense, if she chooses to go that way, in the future. Definitely a five star read for me.
My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me read an ARC of this for the blog. It’s a journey I’m so thankful that I got to take.
About AJ Pryor:
A.J. Pryor lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. If not home writing, you can find her at the beach, the yoga studio or the soccer field with her girls. An avid reader of contemporary romance, new adult and young adult novels, her Kindle is always within reach. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.