Author: Bonnie Dee
Narrator: Noah Michael Levine
Publisher: Self Published
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/27/2016
Length: 06 hours 10 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance
A prince of industry, an imprisoned gladiator, fistfights instead of ballrooms — Cinderella just got hotter.
A master in the arena but a slave when combat is over, Jabez is a cage fighter raised on the streets. Wealthy young Andreas Fortias rescues him from his bleak existence, offering him the chance for a new life. But Andreas will have to break through more than a slave cage to touch Jabez’s heart. And Jabez may have to risk his new freedom to save his lover, so together can they expose a truth which may change their world.
I read this book many years back when it was first published and I remember loving it. Listening to the audio version was just as entertaining, despite the narrator giving accents I hadn’t imagined to the characters.
Cage Match is a futuristic story where slavery exists. Jabez is a slave forced to undergo cage matches and then fulfill the sexual desires of the wealthy men who bet on them. Uber wealthy Andreas is gifted by a friend with an hour of Jabez’s time to do whatever he wants sexually. He’s too honorable to force Jabez to do something he doesn’t want but the desire is there for both of them and they mess around.
Like the other Bonnie Dee book I recently listened too, I loved the carnal, brutalistic way these guys fuck around. It’s totally animalistic and very befitting of the wild Jabez. Though Andreas is more refined, Jabe brings out the wild side of him.
Though the relationship is one of master-slave Andreas never forces Jabez to have sex with him. It’s always consensual and oftentimes initiated by Jabez himself. Andreas later frees Jabez but hires him to teach him how to fight and be his bodyguard. Though it’s obvious to the reader that these two men care for each other they are both frustratingly slow at admitting it themselves.
The description given of them being “two halves of a broken plate” is so incredibly apt.
Great action, great dialogue and great characters.
Noah Michael Levine is a new-to-me narrator and I think he did a splendid job. Being an American I of pictured the characters speaking with an American accent. Levine, however, gave different accents to the characters. It works for the futuristic setting where the world would be even more of a melting pot as it already is. Additionally, I’m sure the author approved of the accents Levine used and are as close as possible to how she imagined them.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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