Caged Jaye

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Novel (60,000 words)
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Publication date: April 12, 2016
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It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend, Kris, and his mother — the people he loves most, who make life worth living. But faced with his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, Jaye wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices to survive, no matter what it costs. (M/M)

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It was one of Jaye’s favorite spots, which was why he’d chosen it for his birthday date with Kris. The slices of cake on the menu were a bonus his raging sweet tooth appreciated. They were always huge portions of a slew of many tempting flavors with heaping mounds of icing, though his favorite was the pistachio cake with honey vanilla buttercream icing. His mouth watered, thinking about it. Just being there, across from Kris, and with nothing left to worry about, made his spirits rise. Slowly, he allowed himself to forget the rest of the things trying to weigh him down.

“This is perfect. I’ve been looking forward to being here with you all day. Work was good?” he asked Kris, who looked kind of great, actually, in a blue V-neck sweater and khakis. Kris worked in the mortgage department of a local bank, after rising through the ranks from an entry level position he’d landed thanks to a temp agency.

“Yeah, same as usual. Lots of paperwork. Nothing to complain or get excited about either. You?”

Jaye leaned forward over the table, trying to tune out the hustle and bustle around them. If he worked to focus only on the sound of Kris’s sweet, smooth voice and the faint scent of his cologne, Jaye could almost pretend they had some privacy. Under the table, he nudged Kris’s foot and tried to get him to grin.

“It was good. Normal. Not too busy. Layla surprised me with a cupcake after my shift was over and sang Happy Birthday. It was crazy thoughtful of her.” He left out he parts about Mark making things tense. Whenever Jaye mentioned things like that, Kris would urge him to quit and find a new job, but Jaye had worked too hard to climb the ranks at the store to ever think of bailing because of one tight-ass kid. He didn’t want to have to start over somewhere new.

Kris got a weird look on his face, a sour smile. “That’s a little weird though, right? She’s not your girlfriend.”

“She’s just a nice person. It’s not a big deal. She just thought it would be a fun surprise, since I had to work on my birthday and all. Why, you jealous?”

Jaye bit his lip with a sly grin, turning on the charm to draw Kris out, the shyer of the two of them by far. He held Kris’s gaze as he tried not to answer, which was totally an answer. Beneath the table, Jaye slid the toes of his right foot up Kris’s calf, getting a cute little smile out of him.

“Hey, faggot.”

It was just loud enough for them to hear, and came from one of the older guys on the stools, to their right.

“Ignore it,” Kris said tightly. He lifted the menu, looking down at it and pulling his leg away from Jaye’s foot.

Furious, Jaye had to look around. It figured that as soon as things would start to get good, some loudmouth would ruin it. He was pretty sure the asshole homophobe was one of the barrel-chested guys in hunting gear seated a few feet away.

“Stop looking!” Kris hissed.

But Jaye kept on staring, feeling his anger rising, fast. At first, the big hunters kept their gaze averted. Jaye’s fists clenched. His legs tensed. He would have loved nothing better than to spring out of their booth and punch those motherfuckers in the face for throwing hate at strangers who were minding their own business.

One of the guys met his gaze, then held it. He was the one without a beard, or a chin either. It had been swallowed by his neck.

Yeah, that was the guy.

2 reviews for Caged Jaye

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was everything I’ve come to expect from Lynn Kelling; dark, intense, sexy and thought-provoking, with a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Read the full review here:

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trio (verified owner)

    Caged Jaye, the prequel to Arctic Absolution, is the story of Jaye Larson’s attack and his following incarceration. Lynn Kelling does an extraordinary job in the telling of the prison system and the process Jaye must go through in order to survive. The story is chilling and extremely graphic so please heed the warnings.

    You could absolutely enjoy the other two stories in the Arctic Absolution series without reading Caged Jaye, as Kelling fills in the gaps, so don’t let not reading this one prevent you from this incredible series.

    Shockingly Jaye finds himself guilty of premeditated murder after being attacked and is thrown into a situation where he must do anything to survive. Anything!

    Upon entering FCI Sheridan prison he approaches Cash Jones, the leader of the inmate gang The Disciples, and asks for protection in exchange for sexual favors.

    The conflict for Jaye between whoring himself to Cash and actually enjoying parts of what he must do to survive changes Jaye indefinitely.

    Cash is a complicated character and shows his depth immediately during a scene where Jaye convinces Cash to let him “be his bitch”. Even though putting on a show to demonstrate his ownership of Jaye, Cash shows a little bit of kindness to Jaye and gives us insight to the brutal beauty of his psyche.

    Caged Jaye explains how Jaye’s character develops and becomes who he is. Jaye’s desire to survive and come through this experience, make it worth something and someday have a life he wants, is solidified during this time. The stage is set for his future relationship with Dixon Rowe. The parallels between Dix and Cash, between Jaye and Dix, and their motivations for everything they do, are all set up in this book.

    I know it sounds hard to believe that a story about a 19-year-old boy having to spend two years in prison could be beautiful, but it is.

    I love Cash and the tender moments between him and Jaye are so incredibly powerful.

    Even through the many varieties of abuse Jaye suffers, after the hallucinations of his ghosts, and the medications which dull and change his reality, Jaye’s need for Cash becomes more than physical. There is love there. Cash’s support, and Jaye’s need to support Cash in return, get Jaye through this trying time. The bond which develops between them is real and it goes both ways.

    In Caged Jaye Kelling makes the story of Jaye’s experience in prison a time of self-exploration and discovery. The man Jaye has become as he leaves FCI Sheridan, and knowing what he will face in the year to come is part of his journey. Jaye learns that, “the only support he could count on was what came from within, not without.”

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