Series Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Released by Shay Savage


Liam & Tria’s gritty love story concludes in RELEASED!


Released (Book Three) Caged Series

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Title: Released (Caged #3)
Author: Shay Savage
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 416 pages
Rating: 4 stars


Oblivion is a sweet, sweet place.

No pain. No disturbing thoughts of the past. No guilt from my recent actions.

Deep down, there is still a part of me that knows how screwed up I am. I don’t see a way out, not now. Tria’s gone, and the possibility of her forgiving me in my current state is exactly zero. I know I have to pull myself together, accept my responsibilities, and try to make amends, but I have no idea where to start.

No job. No apartment. I’m living on the streets with the other junkies. As little as I had to offer Tria before, I have nothing to give her now. The only way out is to come clean and tell Tria the truth about my past, but the idea of reliving the memories is so painful, I can’t think about it long enough to figure out a solution.

I’ve hit rock bottom, and I don’t even know which way is up any more.

Grace Review

This culmination of the trilogy shows how someone who hits rock bottom, finds the strength to pull themselves together a build a better life.  This author takes Liam down a dark path, one he’s known before.  With EVERYTHING taken from him, you feel the resolve it takes for him to do the right thing.

Liam’s path back to the light isn’t easy. He fights temptations daily.  He struggles through painful memories.  Yet, with the promise to do right by Tria and their baby, he battles his demons every step of the way.  The biggest being his revelation of what happened to him as a teenager.  It was pretty clear what had happened, but now we get every horrific detail and how actions by others, led him down the destructive path.

I was starting to feel like Dexter.  Sixteen days, nine hours, and forty-two minutes since I last kicked the shit aout of someone.

What I liked most about this book was how Liam made personal sacrifices to create the right life for his love(s).  He had opportunities to take his fighting career further, but his sole goal is to be there for his growing family.

The biggest surprise for me in this book was that Liam’s parents weren’t evil like I pictured them to be.  With little revelations, we see how they tried to make up for their mistakes.  And we see how deep their love is for Liam.  I was shocked by their own personal heartbreak, and actually felt bad for them.  Liam doesn’t make things easy for them, AT ALL.  But they never give up on him.  And they never walked away.

“I lost the only thing I ever made that meant anything.”

On top of that  surprise, I was not happy with Yolanda.  I never really understood her story, and we get some of it.  But I didn’t get how she gave up on Liam in every sense of the word.  I can’t relate to how hard it would be to help an addict, but given some light shed on her, I couldn’t comprehend why she couldn’t help him anymore.  And her actions nearly cause his end, which can’t be forgiven.  Later, biatch!

With Liam’s personal struggle and growth, Tria benefits from his new life focus.  She becomes his biggest supporter, encouraging to stay with the therapy he desperately needed, and she helps to bridge the gap between him and his family.  The love the build together, supporting one another with each step, was very sweet.

Of the three books, this was definitely the most emotional one, as Liam’s vulnerabilities are completely exposed.  His emotions were raw, and while he could be an jerk to those around him, most gave him a pass, knowing how hard he was trying.  With every page, I felt like Liam’s personal cheerleader, wanting him to do right and find happiness.  This book ties up loose ends and leaves Liam in a place, that was long overdue.  A happy place.

I embraced my destiny.

– Grace

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.



I reached out and touched the edge of the pillow.  It was insanely soft and warm.  I stroked it, and images of Tria’s breasts crawled through my head, making me smile.  I stroked my cock as I thought about her, but I couldn’t come.

I could hear a voice in the other room, but it didn’t concern me, so I didn’t move.  Through heavy eyelids, I watched the piles of dirty laundry all over the floor.  I found shapes of animals in the patterns, just like cloud pictures.

“The beans are gone.”

I rolled my head to the side and looked up at Krazy Katie’s face.  I smiled and tried to say something, but my tongue wasn’t cooperating.  I focused on her eyes as they stared down at me quizzically.

“Trains need an engineer,” Krazy Katie said.

“It’s okay,” I said.  My tongue still felt weird, all numb and heavy.  I twisted it around in my mouth, and it tickled my teeth.  I blinked a couple of times before looking back at my neighbor.  “I got the helm.  I’m all good.”

Did trains have a helm, or was that just boats?  I laughed.

Krazy Katie covered her eyes with one hand.  I could see her chest rising and falling as she took long breaths.  I started counting slowly in my head but quickly forgot the number.

“Left the station,” she said quietly.  “No engineer.  Kicked in the caboose.  Nothing but tracks.”

She turned in slow motion, and I watched vapor trails of her dull blue T-shirt swirl around the room as she left.  I heard the window slide shut and then silence.

“I’m all good,” I whispered.

There was no reply.

Even though my arms and legs were way too content to be bothered with moving, I shoved myself out of bed anyway.  My rig was sitting on the kitchen table, all ready to go.  I was still pretty high, but I could feel darkness closing in around me, and I didn’t want it.

I wanted warmth and happiness.

Plastic tube, arm slap, needle prick.

“Like a fucking pro.”

I lay my head on the table as the fluid sensations rippled through me.  Tria didn’t matter.  She’d forgive me in time.  In fact, she was probably already over it.  How could she not be?

“I’m good.  Really, I am.”

I was never one to lie to myself, but it was getting easier all the time.


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Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms – especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich – and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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