Caged follows the story of Jon, a meek young man who possesses an unusual ability to read people. Pirates kidnap him from his hometown in the hopes of utilising his abilities in their business deals. This plot is quickly sidelined as he soon becomes enmeshed in a love triangle with Captain Baltsaros and his first mate Tom.
Caged is a decent erotic fantasy with characters and story that are more developed than usual for the genre, but it’s not extraordinary. There are extremely frequent and graphic sex scenes between the main characters that often involve bondage.
The prose is passable, but some passages are overwritten. When I came to “pearls of desire” I snickered. Caged kind of reminds me of the trashy novels I used to filch from my stepmother when I was too young to be reading such stuff. Although the sex in them was straight, not gay, the descriptions pretty much followed the same pattern, and the tone was the same, emotional and romantic.
Structurally, I didn’t feel that there was much of a plot. Rather a collection of small events happened with no clear goal and no obvious antagonist until 80% of the way through. I found the pacing very slow, but the focus is on the erotica. The scenes tended to jump around in time, which I sometimes found confusing.
The first two books of the Baal’s Heart series are in my all-favorite list. Bey is a fabulous writer. I could feel myself seeing this world. I could feel what the characters were dealing with. This is not dime-store erotica. This is a deeply emotional dive into the human psyche. The characters are well fleshed out. I love all the main characters, but Tom… How I wish I could bring that man to life. This book is sexy… even for someone like me who doesn’t even read erotica. I can just imagine the genius it takes to create an entirely new world and such beautiful characters… such a beautiful story. Bey is a force to be reckoned with.