Review of “Cage” by Harper Sloan with author interview


Hey, everyone.  I’m pleased to participate in the blog tour today for Harper Sloan’s latest novel, Cage.  In addition to my review that you’ll find at the bottom of the post, you can also check out my interview with her.  As a bonus, Harper is conducting a tour-wide giveaway of the following items:

Kindle Paperwhite

5 signed paperbacks of Axel

5 signed paperbacks of Cage

3- $10 Amazon gift cards

4- $5 Amazon gift cards

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Don’t miss your opportunity to win.  Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter!

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CAGE

by Harper Sloan

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INTERVIEW:

*Note- my responses to Harper’s answers are in italics.

Tell us something dark about yourself.

LOL!  I’m pretty much an open book.  Not much darkness to me except for my dirty mind and obsession with sexy man candy pictures.  HAHA.  I can be sarcastic and a bitch but for the most part that’s about all you get dark.  Unless you count the fact that I love pain.  Tattoos could keep my high for a month.  😉

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Dirty minds are awesome and there’s nothing wrong with a little sarcasm!

You are on a deserted island and can only choose one beverage to have besides water.  What would it be?

Beer.   But, only if it’s an endless supply.  If I’m going to be stuck alone I better be able to booze it away.

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Most of the time authors pick alcoholic beverages for this answer.  I must agree it’s the way to go if you’re going to be stuck on a deserted island.  It worked for Jack Sparrow!

If you had to choose between a bullwhip, cat o’ nine tails, or a crop, which would you pick?

Cat… for sure.  They sound delicious.  Hmmm… delicious!

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You and me both  🙂

What mythical creature would you be and why?

Oh hell, I have no idea.  Let’s rock with a dragon or a phoenix because they are pretty badass.

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Dragons are awesome.

What first inspired you to write your book?

My girls.  I wanted to do something that they could be proud of, as corny as that sounds.

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Ahhh, that’s sweet.

How long did it take to research/write it?

I think everyone is different.  I don’t sleep much, and by much I mean I sleep about 2 hours a night when I am in the middle of a book so for me it’s a quick process.  It took me a little under a month to write Axel.  And a little under three weeks for Cage.  The hardest part for me is editing.  I hate it.  Research doesn’t take me long.  I have a great ‘team’ of people that I go to for different questions.  😉

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Wow!  You are fast, but it’s a good thing for your readers.

Give one unique fact about your novel that makes it different from the others in its genre.

That’s a hard one. For me we are all extremely talented writers and each book that is out there is worthy of a read.  I just write how my characters come to me and if that sets me apart from another book in the reader’s eyes then hell yeah.  Haha  

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Nice answer.

What other books do you plan to publish in the future?

I had a little set back with the next book because my computer decided to die.  But, I just started and hopefully it will be out before the end of the year.  Up next is ‘Beck’, book 3 in the Corps Security series.

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Oooh, I’ll be looking forward to that one.

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Thanks to Harper for being here today and for participating in this interview.  She had some fun answers to my questions!  For everyone else, please check out all the information on her and her latest book below, including my review at the bottom.  Feel free to ask your own questions if you have any.

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AUTHOR PICAUTHOR BIO:

Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her ereader attached. As an ex-reviewer and blogger, Harper’s passion for reading runs deep. It wasn’t until ‘Axel’ decided to take up residence that she realized her true calling.
She started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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Social Links:
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/Harper_sloan
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/harpersloanbooks
Twitter:  @harpersloan
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/HarperSloan/
Instagram:  @harper_sloan
Email:  authorharpersloan@gmail.com

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CAGE coverBLURB:

“Alpha heroes you’ll want to kidnap and keep, heroines to root for, and sizzling love scenes with emotional punch.” Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author
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 is a complete story with a HEA.
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PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Smashwords

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MY REVIEW:

First off, I’m going to say I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Axel.  It had me hooked early on with a very emotional scene, so I was really excited to read this next one.  The intro to Cage isn’t quite at the same level, though.  It’s almost an extension of the first book because it begins just before the wedding for Izzy and Axel, but told from the POV of the new couple who would take center stage.  I was happy to see the other two get their happy ending, but it sort of diluted the effect for seeing Melissa and Cage meet.  Then when they did it was a sort of insta-lust with only a bit of struggle to hold back on the part of Melissa.

Mostly, I had to slug through until almost halfway through the book until a real plot beyond the romance emerged.  Now this is just me, but I need the external plot to help build suspense and see what the characters are made of.  There was only the slightest hints of it until that point, but once it kicked off, it really made the book so much more intense.  I was really invested and wanted to see how things went.  The story still isn’t quite as dramatic as the novel for Axel, but there is still some emotional scenes and some that really touched me.

I liked Cage and his need to protect those he cares about.  He can be so sweet.  Melissa comes off as a bit too cocky about her looks in the beginning, but on the flip side I appreciated her ability to stick up for herself.  This definitely set her apart from the previous heroine, Izzy, because she was so much stronger and tough.  I grew to really appreciate her quick ability to see reason and not make silly assumptions without thinking things through first.  The romance between her and Cage was rather fast, but that happens in real life and people do make it work.  The author managed to convince me the couple was legit in their feelings and not many writers can do that with such a fast pace to getting to love.

All in all, I enjoyed this book.  I’d give the first half three whips and the second half four whips, rounding it out to 3.5.  For those who enjoy good contemporary romances, I definitely recommend giving this series a try.  I’ll be picking the next book up for sure!

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Note- I received a free ecopy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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~ by Suzie on October 11, 2013.

One Response to “Review of “Cage” by Harper Sloan with author interview”

  1. Harper Sloan is a new-to-me author. Thanks so much for introducing her!

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