Published by Berkley Trade, Penguin on November 4, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope ...
Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response ...
Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.
But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want .
I loved Caged in Winter so much. And I didn’t even realize until I was done with the book that the title involved both of the two main characters names, Cade and Winter. I knew Winter, sure but I thought the title was about the cage that Winter put up around herself to keep herself from a distance from everyone else. And now I feel silly that I completely missed Cade in it. He was totally encased by Winter. He couldn’t escape her either. Caged in Winter is an emotional ride and I loved every single up and down. Cade and Winter are magical together. And Brighton Walsh did a fantastic job telling each of their stories.
I haven’t met two young people so mature and so forced into becoming adults in a while. Their situations were so similar. The details were different, but the end result was the same. They were on their own forced to grow up and take care of themselves at a very young age. (and take care of others in Cade’s situation) I admired the heck out them. Both of them. And I loved how persistent Cade was with Winter. She certainly did not make it easy. I have no idea how she went along this long completely on her own. I mean, I understand why she didn’t want to depend on anyone else, but she could have had some friends in her classes or something. I can’t even begin to imagine how lonely she must have felt. I really liked how strong Winter was. I wish she would have given into Cade sooner because it was so clear to me how wonderful of a guy he was, but that is what made their story interesting.
I love Cade. This guy is book boyfriend material. He is protective, and so sweet, and patient, and so there for you. Always. I loved how White Knight complex as Winter called it. Plus, he cooks. He can test his meals out for me anytime he wants. One of the things that I enjoyed the most about Caged in Winter was that it didn’t follow the typical new adult story arc. It took subtle twists and turns and went in unexpected directions. It was a pleasure to read and discover what Brighton Walsh had in store for Cade and Winter. I loved every minute of this book. It is one that I would recommend to anyone that loves a good romance. And I can’t even tell you how excited I am that this is the first book in a series. I know the second book is going to focus on Cade’s sister, but I am really hoping that we get to see more of Cade and Winter.
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