The Gilded Cage – Review & Author Guest Post

Posted June 10, 2015 by Rory in Blog Tour, New Release, Review / 0 Comments

The Gilded Cage – Review & Author Guest PostThe Gilded Cage by Lauren Smith
Find the Author: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads
Series: The Surrender Series #2
Also in this series: The Gilded Chain
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Fiction, Erotica, Contemporary
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Passion that takes no prisoners, and love that tests the limits of ecstasy . . .

Fenn Lockwood comes alive in the shadows. Though he might have physically survived the kidnapping that stole his childhood, the trauma and pain he lived through have marked him forever. Now the only place where Fenn can be himself is within the walls of his private BDSM world—a place of erotic obsession, where desire isn't just captured . . . it's bound.

Hayden Thorne knows that behind Fenn's hardened exterior is a man worth fighting for. Yet to save him from the past that still haunts him, Hayden will have to abandon every inhibition she's ever had and venture into Fenn's intoxicatingly sensual world. Each tantalizing second she spends in Fenn's searing embrace is more delicious than the last and soon Hayden begins to think that she may never want to leave such torturous bliss . . . 

Also by this author: The Gilded Chain, Forbidden

ARC provided by Author/Publisher for honest review.

Miranda’s Review

The Gilded Cage is the second book in the Surrender series by Lauren Smith. While I read this book as a standalone I would strongly suggest you enjoy book one first so you can get the full experience. With that said, I loved the book and wasn’t a bit confused by not reading book one first. The author did an amazing job of giving just enough details that needed to carry over from the first book to keep me up to speed. Very well done.

The storyline on this series is extremely intriguing. I was sucked in from page one and couldn’t put the book down once I started. From beginning to end the book was fast paced with effortless flow from scene to scene.

Fenn Lockwood – totally swoon worthy. He’s a bull rider, a rancher, and all alpha man. My heart really broke for Fenn, he has so many secrets that even he doesn’t know what they all are. Hayden Thorne is such a little spitfire. A submissive who longs to be dominated, but fears being broken. From the moment she lays eyes on Fenn he speaks to that submissive part of her.

Can she help Fenn unlock the mysteries of his past? Will he be able to give Hayden the freedom of submission she craves?

You absolutely do not want to miss this sexy, thrill-a-minute read. The Gilded Cage will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion. Five Sexy Stars!

Author Guest Post

Character Recipe for Fenn Lockwood
By Lauren Smith

There are lots of things in this world I wish I was good at. Cooking is one of them. If you’re like me, you need that step-by-step picture book guide to get your recipe just right. I can’t ever seem to get the water to boil at the right time to add the different ingredients, or to bake the cake at the right length of time. I’m the queen of under and over cooking.
But, even if you are like me and you’re cooking-challenged as I like to say, there’s one thing that anyone can cook up. That’s a character. It’s probably the easiest, funniest thing I get to do and its one of my professional jobs. Character cooking!
While writing The Gilded Cage, the second book in my Surrender series which releases June 9th from Hachette, I wanted to prepare a great hero in my writing kitchen. Say hello to Fenn Lockwood, a bad boy bullrider who survived a kidnapping when he was 8 years old, lost his memory during a traumatic head injury and grew up living with strangers on a Colorado ranch. He never knew he was one of a pair of twins and is heir to a vast fortune on Long Island and has a family who has believed him dead for 25 years, including his younger twin Emery Lockwood. His world is turned upside down when feisty socialite and business minded Hayden Thorne comes knocking on his door, determined to bring him home and save his life from the man who set the kidnapping in motion all those years ago.
Here’s what I came up with in my character kitchen!

Recipe for Fenn Lockwood (aka A Sexy Alpha Hero)

Collect the follow items into one large mixing bowl
A dash of Danger
A cup of Dominance
1 brown leather belt
2 cups of panty-melting sexiness
1 lb of Hot Body
2 tablespoon of Sin
1 handful of spanks
A pair of dusty wrangler jeans unbuttoned
A brown Stetson hat
A heart of gold
Stir the items until they’re properly whipped, then close your eyes and voila! Instant man candy recipe!

If you want more delicious characters be sure to check out the other two books in the Surrender Series: The Gilded Cuff (Book 1 Out now ) and The Gilded Chain (Book 3 October 13 2015).

Rating Report
Wet Panties
Overall: five-stars

About Lauren Smith

LAUREN SMITH, winner of the 2014 Historical International Digital Award, attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in both history and political science. Drawn to paintings and museums, Lauren is obsessed with antiques and satisfies her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands. She is currently an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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