Title: Beyond the Cage
Author: Alana Sapphire
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 22, 2016
MMA champ, Cameron ‘K.O.’ Jackson, is the embodiment of every woman’s dream man. He’s smart, tall, dark, and handsome, with a bad boy twist. The only problem is, this Prince Charming doesn’t talk. That’s right. He acknowledges he can, he just…doesn’t.
The night I met him, his beauty turned my brain to mush. Then, he kissed me, and my world tilted on its axis. He was a distraction, something I didn’t need being twenty-two years old and pre-med. Besides, I had no business even thinking about a violent MMA fighter, so I walked away with no intention of seeing him again. Apparently, he had other plans.
He tracked me down, and I brushed all my objections aside, diving head first into a relationship because he intrigued me. As I get to know him, I learn he’s not the psychotic killer I thought he was, but the more I’m with him, it seems the less I know. He’s a conundrum – scary fighter and gentle giant; public figure, private man. Mystery surrounds him and no one is more curious than I am. Well, you know the saying – ‘curiosity killed the cat’. Cameron’s world is dangerous, and I’m about to learn firsthand. When it breaks down my door, will he be able to save me?
I love this story! It wasn't what I was expecting, and that to me made it that much more enjoyable. I figured that maybe Cameron would be silent for the first couple of chapters, but as I got more into the story, I found that I was anticipating whether or not he'd finally talk as much as Jasmine was waiting for it to happen.
Cameron is the very definition of the strong, silent type, but all of his actions indicate that he truly cares for Jasmine, even though they known each other for about 27 minutes. While he doesn't talk, he definitely knows how to convey what his thoughts and feelings, and it just proves that Jasmine is the one for him simply because she's taken the time to learn the nuances of his different expressions.
Jasmine is absolutely hilarious! From her internal thoughts and dialogue to her interactions with her loved ones, she definitely keeps it real, but without being a hoodrat about it. She is smart and confident without coming across like she knows she's all that.
There's not a lot of angst in regards to their relationship in this book, just the reappearance of an ex or two who tries to muddy the waters between Jasmine and Cameron, there's also suspense, a final surprise at the end of the book. I love the epilogue, even if the situation gets a bit tense, but this does end with a HEA.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
I watch him move across the room, my mouth gaping. Shit. Using the back of my hand, I check the corners of my lips for drool. Okay, I’m good. His body is simply…divine. My eyes rove over his protruding pectorals and down to the perfectly formed ridges of his abs. The desire to run my tongue in the grooves of his V-line boils inside me. He turns away, and I watch the muscles play in his back as he moves. Lying on my stomach, I place my palms on either side of my face and observe him. Every movement is like a touch to my most sensitive parts; that’s how strong his effect on me is. How can putting on deodorant be sexy? I don’t know, but the way he does it… Our eyes meet and he gives me that knowing smile of his. “I think I’m obsessed with your body.” The smile turns into a smirk and he sticks his finger into the towel, letting it fall to the floor. Fuck. Me. The perfection continues. He’s not aroused at all but still totally impressive. My breath catches and my pussy twitches. As he moves, his dick swings between his powerful thighs. Yeah, I have to check for drool again.
Music and writing are my two great loves. I always thought I'd be doing one or the other. Alas, I cannot sing or play an instrument so I'm relegated to listening to music (and eating copious amounts of chocolate) while I write. Hoping you'll enjoy my characters as much as I do!