Betrayed by Amber Lynn Natusch
Series: Caged #9
Published by Indie
Published on: December 15. 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
When Ruby discovers what really happened the night of Alan Beauchamp's murder, one thing becomes very clear: time is running out for the people she loves. As she unravels the web of lies and deceit around her, Ruby reveals an unthinkable truth. One with dire repercussions for all.
Can Ruby pull together all the supernatural aspects of her life to foil a diabolical plot, or will she fall victim to an evil unlike any other she has faced?
Finally. The last book of any series is usually bittersweet to say the least, especially when it’s a series that was so well loved by me from the minute that I found it. I started this series because I loved the cover. I quickly fell in love with the characters, the premise, and of course the romance. I wanted to read this book, but I am really not happy to say goodbye to all the characters that have become so beloved to me. A copy of this book was given to me by the author, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ruby is just one of the wonderful characters in this book. As the main character, she has been through it all-pain, loss, suffering, and of course a great love and many friendships. She’s an RB, the last of her kind and constantly on the brink of extinction throughout this whole series. RB’s are the scariest and strongest of all werewolves. One can take out a platoon of soldiers, before the soldiers even realize what is happening. Ruby was not aware that Scarlet(the RB) lived inside her until her parents were brutally killed, and Ruby, once blind most of her life, had her sight restored. Some readers love Scarlet. I, on the other hand wasn’t won over by her until this book, possibly somewhat in the previous book as well. She is the total opposite of Ruby, violent, selfish, arrogant,sarcastic, loyal, the list goes on. Sean is Ruby’s great love. He’s immortal, and the son of Ares, the God of War. He is ancient, lived to kill(wiping out the Fae, among others)for too many years to count, and falling for Ruby completely changed him. He can still be ruthless, but, oh has she has softened him! And then there is Cooper. What can I say, I love his character dearly, and have since the beginning. He’s just such a wonderful man, also a wolf, and loves Ruby dearly, as she does him-not romantically, although I wanted that for them through several books. So many more characters than I can mention, ones I loved, ones I hated, and one that was enigmatic to say the least(Gavin), all made this a well rounded series.
This particular read was the culmination of all the problems from throughout the whole series. Too many to go into here. Natusch ties all the ends up neatly and presents it to her readers in such a way that the reader becomes totally invested all over again. Not that I was ever not invested in this series! There’s lots of romance for Ruby and Sean, a possibility for a happily ever after for Cooper, plenty of action/suspense, and the whole last part of the book had me crying.
Me, crying while reading is something I hadn’t done in years-especially an ugly cry. Quite the accomplishment for this author! This book wasn’t always easy to read, especially towards the end. I have to mention that there is loss, and my red eyes proved it. That’s just a heads up!
Well written as always, I loved the whole thing, and there’s nothing I would have changed about the series ending. Well, maybe a couple of things, but it all added to the story. The redemption(in my eyes anyway)of Scarlet was the icing on the cake for me, as well. The pacing was perfect, the premise well executed, and it more than earned a five star rating. Highly recommended!
FYI-As of this writing, Caged is free on Amazon.