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Caged Jaye by Lynn Kelling tells one man’s horrific, violent, and very dark story of survival. Here we explore what happens when a young gay man is brutally attacked, and the author isn’t afraid to look in the shadows to show us details.
It is Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday and this sweet young man wants nothing more than to spend time with his troubled mother and boyfriend, Kris. He has a job he loves working in a men’s clothing store and, although his life has not been easy, he is full of vitality and ready to face the world. All at once everything changes.
ALL AT ONCE EVERYTHING CHANGES
Jaye’s world shatters when he finds himself pinned down, facing rape, torture, and sure death. He desperately defends himself, but because of how he does it he faces charges and is sent to prison.
Jaye may be young, but he has a will to survive and understands that he’ll never manage that on his own. With no other option available, he uses the only currency he has – his body – to earn the protection he needs.
JAYE MAY BE YOUNG, BUT HE HAS A WILL TO SURVIVE
Jaye enters a prison full of depraved men, corrupt guards and vicious prisoners. It takes no time at all for us to lose the naive young man we first met. We witness the unspeakable acts perpetrated against him, but since he keeps “survival” at the forefront of his mind we do too.
Along the way our emotions run wild for Jaye and what he endures. We watch how prison changes him, and that change is profound. The naïve young man we first met disappears, and in his place is someone strong and calculating that perseveres.
ALONG THE WAY OUR EMOTIONS RUN WILD
Embedded in his trials are moments of weakness, all the more affecting for their rarity. That hint of vulnerability makes him one of the strongest and most intense characters you will ever encounter.
Caged Jaye is the prequel to Arctic Absolution. It can be read as a standalone and is not a romance. It is purely about survival, and the gay sex that is both consensual and forced. It is an extremely well-written and engaging story of a life no one should ever have to endure. It is dark, gritty, and violent from the brutal and bloody gay bashing at the very beginning, and it is not for the faint of heart.
This was my first time reading Ms. Kelling’s work, and I’m officially a fan. I immediately downloaded the follow-up book Arctic Absolution once I finished Caged Jaye.
The premise? Hold on to your hats folks.
Jaye Larson is turning nineteen years old. He works as a manager at a clothing store. He’s good at his job, great at it actually. He’s bubbly, efficient, and his coworkers adore him.
He’s attempting to get back on track with his mother. Their relationship has been strained for some time due to her drug habit.
He’s also in a relationship with Kris. Kris and Jaye have been living together for some time, but Jaye is unfulfilled in their relationship. Kris isn’t out to his family, and the sex between the two is stilted. Jaye wants more and tries to get Kris to go with the flow, but he’s not into it.
Kris and Jaye head out to dinner to celebrate Jaye’s birthday when things go completely awry. This is where the s*** hits the fan. Jaye is attacked after parting ways with Kris for the evening and the things that happen to him… oy. The poor kid.
Jaye ends up behind bars in the most effed up turn of events. The remainder of the book pretty much takes you through his trials and tribulations while he’s incarcerated.
Verdict? I felt like I was watching an episode of Oz. The writing was excellent, the research that clearly went into Ms. Kelling’s work is noticeable. Jaye was smart and resilient despite the numerous things that happened to him. I really enjoyed his character. There are things that I was hoping to see fleshed out more, but I don’t want to go into too much detail for fear of spoiling the story.
If you can stomach a dark read about a young man doing what he has to do to survive, I highly recommend Caged Jaye. Ms. Kelling did a super duper awesome job, and it’s well deserving of 4 stars.
Looking forward to diving into Arctic Absolution!
ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
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Holy Crap! I’m in love with this book! It was so dark; so raw and unforgiving. Lynn Kelling is definitely on my favorite author list, and I can’t wait to read more of her work. Caged Jaye begins with a glimpse of Jaye’s life before he becomes the victim of a hate crime that, by some twisted fate, ends up landing him in jail. Jaye is a beautiful nineteen year old with long wavy hair. He knows he won’t make it in prison without a protector, but the hell he has to endure in order to survive almost breaks him.
This book took my breath away. It’s been a while since I’ve read something so dark and twisted that had the power to move me so much. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’m not fond of the gray hopelessness often present in prison dramas. However, there was so much going on in the plot that the prison environment never came close to bringing me down. I loved how Jaye grows through his ordeal. Everything that happens to him and how he copes with the pain and humiliation is so real that it rips your heart out. At the same time this book is extremely hot. I just couldn’t believe some of the non-con scenes. They were so erotic and at the same time the extreme angst had my chest in knots. Despite all the hopelessness and desperation, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This is my first time reading Lynn Kelling, but after finishing this book, I’m seriously addicted. I won’t be able to rest until I’ve hunted down and devoured everything she’s ever written. I recommend Caged Jaye to anyone who loves dark themes, angst, and m/m dark erotica.
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