He’s a bull rider with a dark secret and even darker desires…
Fenn Lockwood is in for the fight of his life after being tossed from a bull when he sees a beautiful bombshell red-head in a killer dress kick off her heels and runs to his rescue. Determined to find that gorgeous girl and give her a piece of his mind for nearly getting herself killed, he can’t help but picture doing other things with her too. When she shows up at his trailer telling him he’s some long-lost heir to a rich East Coast family, all he wants to do is lay her flat beneath him and give her something else to think about than the past. The past has only ever caused Fenn pain and he'd much rather kiss this feisty woman and show her just what it means to let a man tame her like a wild mustang.
She’s a socialite who wants to be seen as something more than a pretty face.
Hayden Thorne is rich, beautiful, and smart. But to the world, she’s nothing more than a girl whose only value is marrying and marrying rich. But she wants more from life, she has dreams, big dreams of running a business all her own and the only person who believes in her is her older brother Wes. When Hayden overhears that her brother’s best friend from childhood who was kidnapped and never seen again, may be living in Colorado, she drops everything and goes on a quest to bring back the Gold Coast’s long-lost golden boy. But when she comes face to face with Fenn for the first time, she falls hard and fast for the rough-and-tumble cowboy who knows just how she likes to play. When he removes his leather belt to bind her hands, she fairly melts. But the past is catching up with them, and old dangers are once again coming for Fenn. He may not be lucky enough to escape this time…
The Gilded Cage is the story of the relationship between Fenn and Hayden, but there’s a larger piece of the storyline that continues throughout the series. I did like that the D/s relationship was about trust rather than obedience, and that Hayden is a strong woman. I also really liked that two female characters can be friends, even while recognizing envy for something the other has. I really liked that it showed positive female friendships in a situation that could easily have been contentious. This was my favorite book of the series.
I received a copy of the book at my request, and the opinions here are my own.