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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 received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I'll be honest, Winter is not an easy character to like at first, but I pushed past that because Cade. A guy who is nice to look at AND who cooks delicious meals? YES AND PLEASE!
What I enjoyed MOST about CAGED IN WINTER is that this is a story about two people who are simply trying to figure this thing called "LIFE" out. Sure, they've been thrown a few curve balls over the years, and yeah, they have their issues. Who doesn't?
But Winter and Cade have managed to turn into responsible twenty-somethings who have more to think about than that three letter word that starts with "s" and ends with "x". There are bills to pay, jobs to do, people to look after, and futures to decide. Futures that may or may not include each other. Now, that's not to say there are no sexytimes, there are, but Winter and Cade's story isn't mellow dramatic or overly angsty, it's just---life.
As far as storytelling goes, this one was unique for several reasons. First up, the alternating POVs which, unlike other stories, aren't separated into different chapters. We often get both Winter and Cade's story within the same chapter. Second, this is heavy on inner monologue, something that can be off-putting as a reader, but somehow just works here. You have to read it to understand what I mean, and you should, read it that is, because I said so. :D
And because it's a good story!
~ About the Author ~
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.