Reni's Review! CAGE (Corps Security, #2) by Harper Sloan

Cage (Corps Security, #2)
by Harper Sloan

Published: September 8, 2013
When I read it: September 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series/Stand Alone: Series
   * Axel
    * Cage
    * Beck
    * Uncaged
    * Cooper
    * Locke
Pages: 282

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**Warning** This book is intended for a mature reading** 

Greg Cage was born to protect. While growing up, he was his mother and sister's shield against the world... until he failed. For the last decade, he has carried that guilt and need for vengeance around... until it was stripped from him. Now, with his best friend getting married and no longer needing his protection, he is even more lost, completely adrift, and desperate for some control. All he has ever known was how to protect: his family, his friends, and his country. Can he go against everything he has ever known, and give up that control? 

Melissa Larson will never let anyone hold the reins in her life. She has been the rock in her family for more years than she can remember, and the fight to keep them together is her main priority right now. She has always been fiercely independent and proud. The last thing she will ever do is ask for someone else's help. But when that choice is out of her control, forcing her to rely on others to save her and her family, and pick up the pieces that are left, will she be able to let someone else be her strength? 

The second Greg locks eyes with Meli, he knows that she is someone he needs. Someone he craves. Meli knew the second she met Greg that he would be nothing but trouble and heartache. Her life takes an unexpected turn, and that bitch Fate is back to wreak more havoc on another member of the Corps family. 

All hell breaks loose, leaving Greg no choice but to call in a favor. He hooks back up with his old friend Braxxon Breaker from the Breakneck MC. Together, they make sure that nothing threatens anyone Greg loves again.

Cage was not exactly what I expected. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it was just, different. After being introduced to Greg Cage in Axel, the first book in Harper’s Corps Security series, I thought I had a good handle on him. He’s strong, loyal and fiercely protective. All of these things show through in book 2, however, he seems to have a bit more of an edge. Can’t say I was ready for that…

Greg Cage lost his sister what seems like a lifetime ago. She was killed by her abusive husband. Only, Greg could never prove it was him. He’s been collecting info on the jack wagon for years now, in the hopes that he’ll find something incriminating. Unfortunately some vital information was withheld from Greg, and yet another wife wound up dead at the hands of that same abusive husband. Thank the Lord, this one took him with her.

Melissa Larson is a little rough around the edges. I guess she’d have to be with all the crap piled on her plate. She’s singlehandedly keeping her family afloat. Not an easy task. When Melissa’s sister passed away a few years back, she and her mother were given custody of Melissa’s sister’s son. Since then, she’s lived her life to provide for her mother and nephew. She doesn’t have the time or patience for relationships, but let’s be honest, a woman has needs…

“You don’t have to be strong all the time. Let me take it, Beauty. Let me be your rock. Let ME fight. For Christ sake, let me be who you need.”

Greg meets Melissa under some rather interesting circumstances. Luckily, Melissa happens to have formed a rather tight relationship with Izzy, one of Greg’s very best friends. Izzy’s story is featured in the first book of Harper’s series. Greg is eventually able to redeem himself in Melissa’s eyes, but dating Melissa has caused another woman in his life to act out in unimaginable ways.

When he settles his hips against mine and sinks deep, the last coherent thought that filters through my mind is that I was him to be my white knight. I want him to save me from me.

I absolutely adored Greg Cage in Axel. He was the over protective big brother type. Warm and loving to those he cared about, yet would break the face of anyone who threatened his family. Sexy, right? Well, in Cage, Greg seems to take on a little bit of a rougher persona. For example: before Meli entered the picture, Greg was involved with a piece of trash named Amanda, or Mandy for short. She was kind of… how can I put this politely? A crazy whore. In Mandy’s tiny brain, sex with Greg equaled love and commitment. When Greg tried to break things off with her, she pretty much flew off the deep end. Yes, I understand that Mandy wasn’t playing with a full deck. Yes, I get that Greg was done with her, but come on, he was kind of a jack ass. Here’s an idea… If you want a crazy bitch to leave you alone, DON’T STICK YOUR LITTLE MAN IN HER! If you say it’s over, it’s over. Don’t fight with her and then go off and screw her brains out while imagining she’s another woman. It doesn’t make you a very appealing person. Sending mixed messages to crazy sluts doesn’t usually work out well…

Oh, and don’t even get me started on the ending. I know that Greg is a protector, but come on. You have to have a conscience, too. As much as I hated what he did, I loved him for loving Melissa and her family enough to do it. I love and hate Greg Cage all in the same breath. It’s all very draining…

The long and the short of it is that I did enjoy Cage, just not as much as Axel. Both are fun, entertaining reads that will keep you hooked and wanting more. You’ll laugh and cry, cringe, and smile, and probably shake your head a few hundred times. This is a great series and I can’t wait for Beck and Dee’s story!

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