Thursday, May 1, 2014

Caged Wolf (The Tarot Witches #1) by S.M. Reine

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…

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

When the Fang Brothers MC arrive in Lobo Norte for the cage fights, Ofelia knows that bad things are about to happen.  The cage fights were a way to get new recruits for the Fang Brothers MC.  I helped run the bar where the fights would take place and I also entertained with pole dancing.  That’s how I first met “Trouble”. 

But I wasn’t any other twenty-two-year-old girl, and the third guy-the one on the right, hanging back a little from the others-had my cowboy boots glued to the floor.

There was something different about Trouble that immediate called to me and he seemed to be pulled toward me as well.  We were two lost souls in a lost town in a nowhere-place. I knew that Trouble would be waiting for me outside after my dance.  The problem was the moon was full and he started to shift as we were getting hot and heavy.  Fangs, fur and a howl told me I was in trouble with Trouble.

…being pinned by Trouble’s giant hands as his weight covered me, having his body forced into mine in a way that was much more animal than human.  Being dominated.  Owned.  Marked.  The idea didn’t scare me.  It made heat thrill through my stomach.

When I check the mail I find a strange envelope addressed to me with my name written in calligraphy, it is sealed with red wax.  It is a tarot card and is marked with the number fifteen.  I have a strange feeling about the card, it is signed “The Devil”.

A man and a woman stood in front of him.  They were naked and chained, caught midstep, drifting toward each other as if the satyr’s lustful presence couldn’t quench their desire for each other.  The humans looked like Trouble and me.

Trouble makes his claim on me known.  He tells me that I am his and I will not dance on the full moon because that will keep me safe. 

“Mine,” Cooper said.  “I knew it the moment I smelled you.”  His hand cupped my head.  A whimper escaped my throat.  “And you do smell…amazing.”

I cannot get rid of the tarot card.  It will not go away.  I cannot throw it away, burn it or use my witchcraft to destroy it.  It is like a warning of things to come and a future I must face with Cooper.  Will we be able to solve the riddle of the card in time to save each other?

Hero –“Trouble” Cooper: 5 stars
Heroine –Ofelia Hawke: 4.5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This book is really all inclusive…it has witches, werewolves, motorcycle clubs, a hidden town, pole dancing and don’t forget the cage fights!  Include lust, love and betrayal and you have an awesome read.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! I am curious to see how the author will use this start to find the other tarot cards.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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