In Review: Caged in Winter (Reluctant Hearts #1) by Brighton Walsh

Posted November 12, 2014 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Caged in Winter (Reluctant Hearts #1) by Brighton WalshCaged in Winter by Brighton Walsh
Series: Reluctant Hearts #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Format: eARC, 304 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

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….

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in review my thoughts

There’s so much to love about Brighton Walsh’s Caged in Winter, I’m just not even sure where to start. This book was pretty much sheer new adult perfection. Books like this are why I love new adult as much as I do.

Winter was a fantastic heroine. She was strong and driven. She hasn’t had an easy time in life and has learned to fend for herself, without relying on anyone else. They only let her down. Her walls are up and locked tight. She’s ready to move onto the next phase of her life and leave all of this behind. Cade is like a big monkey wrench in her plans and she tries to avoid getting involved with him. She’s so close to escaping. She can’t have any distractions right now. But, Cade is tough to resist.

Cade is officially my new favorite book boyfriend. For this week, at any rate. He was just adorably sweet. And, you know, he cooks and bakes, which is just plain hot. Cage is a nurturer, a provider. He’s been taking care of his sister and her daughter for a long time. He cares deeply and is incredibly loyal to those who loves. He might look like a tough guy, but underneath he’s all heart. This is why he can’t help but step in when he perceived Winter as being in trouble at work one night. Of course, she’s fiercely independent and doesn’t need his help. Or so she thinks.

Winter and Cade were just perfect together. I loved the speed at which their relationship developed. It was real and believable. Not only did they have great chemistry, but they were good for each other. They challenged each other when needed. They helped each other grow. I was completely enraptured with them and every thing about their story, even in those moments where I wanted to shake sense into them.

Caged in Winter was a beautifully-written, gorgeous and emotional read. Brighton’s writing style and her characters speak to me on a level that most books don’t. The love story was wonderful and the character development was incredible. This book was sweet and sexy and filled with so many fantastic moments. It shouldn’t be missed. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, Tessa Ever After. It can’t get here soon enough.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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About Brighton Walsh

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

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