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Gilded Cage

(Dark Obsession Trilogy #2)

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He’s controlling, manipulative, dangerous… and I’m in love with him.

Rich and powerful, Richard is used to getting whatever he wants… and he wants me.
This isn’t a romance. It’s a dark and twisted obsession.
A game of ever-increasingly depraved acts.

Every time I fight it, he just pulls me deeper into his deception.
The slightest disobedience to his rules brings swift puni
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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published May 16th 2020
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Coral
I don’t think I can rate this. Really this should only be read as what NOT to look for in a partner. He’s supposed to be a hero but is actually the villain. He had so many red flags, they have to be sewn into even larger red flags. This guy makes Christian Grey look like a cinnamon roll. He’s a psychopath who takes over her life and gaslights her into believing she loves him. It’s not even sexy because she really doesn’t have the capacity to consent.
I finished it but only to confirm whether she
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The second book in what I assume is a trilogy, Gilded Cage is an absolute head game of a story, an intensely twisted fairy tale of the poor, young girl being swept off her feet by the older, sexy, wealthy duke. But there is so much more to the story than either Lizzy or the reader knows.

In Ward, Lizzy is the star of a Victorian play. She attends a dinner with Richard, the mysterious owner of the theater and awakens to find herself trapped in a nightmare. Elizabeth is actually in Victorian Englan
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Vicky Lelove
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh Richard you're such a dick but I like you 😏 ...more
Renee Nicole
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it

The first half of this book was a struggle as I attempted to overcome my anger at this being a ridiculous ret-con "prequel". Then I began to believe it. And now I'm feeling a lot like Lizzie, gaslighted so hard that I don't quite know what is real and what isn't.

I really wish I hated this series, but I don't.

This is the story before the story. The true beginning of Richard and Lizzie, hidden from readers in book one. It's just as vile. Just as degrading. But OH so much more infuriating than the
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Darlene I read WAY to many books
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Lynn Thinking out loud
Too intense, too extreme, too toxic. All these describe Richard and Elizabeth's relationship.
There is no one better to write about this than Zoe Blake. Talk about a mindfuck. Wow!!!
I read an advanced copy of this book.
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Rebecca
Jun 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Dnf at 16%. Not feeling it.
Sonja Martin
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a dark romance I wish there was a book 3
Sonya
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Richard was a pychotic nut! Not in a sexy good way. I didn't like him in book one nor book 2. ...more
Michelle
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gilded Cage - prequel to Ward is toxic, twisted and oh so very enchanting.

Richard & Elizabeth have a love like no other, it's brutal, controlling, toxic and the games are never fair, because the winner is always the same - or is it?

If you have read Ward your mind will still be spinning, in Gilded Cage we get to see how it all started or maybe this is just the start of another mind game!

Elizabeth loves her Duke regardless of the poisonous blood that runs through his veins because Richard has no
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Valentina
4.5 stars
I am stumped as to how to write this review as truly this book was mystification of the highest fashion. (Yes, pun on "fashion.") I was never really sure if about the reality of what was transpiring, what was pain or pleasure.

Gilded Cage follows the main characters' meeting for the first time (or not) and the events that forge their relationship. Toxic? Loving? Who knows. What I learned was that they were inexplicably drawn to each other. What I discovered was that Richard, the hero, s
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Anna
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Alexis Bass
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omg... seeing how they were in the beginning before ward puts somethings into perspective. He was obsessed with her from the beginning. The love the way they are both in love and obsessed wth each other. The medicine was a twist I was not expecting. The ending shocked me a little and I'm wondering how he got revenge on those people and how he gets her to agree and what happened to the woman who hit Lizzie? I can't wait for Toxic ...more
Shantae Williams
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmmmmm

The story was ok. The ending was quite horrible. There is too many unanswered questions. Too many unforgivable acts happened for love to be the outcome.
C.P. Mandara
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
UTTERLY ENTHRALLED

So, I'm going to start by saying that I was left on a really high cliffhanger in the last book (think Everest) and I was chomping at the bit to find out what happened. All I wanted to do was get straight in and figure out if Lizzie did as she'd threatened.

Did Ms Blake allow me to do this? No. Hell no. She took me back months to where the story all began. Then I got dragged on a very angsty and exciting journey and I loved every single, beautiful second.

Oh, I had so much fun wi
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Crystal
Maybe 4.5 stars
This series continues to be a total mindf*ck. And I love it!
Book two takes us back to (presumably) when Lizzie and Richard met, and gives us insight into his obsession. For most of this book, I wish that I had read it first, just so I didn't know what was going to come next in their relationship. If I were to recommend the series to someone (and I absolutely will!) I would tell them to read Gilded Cage before Ward even though it contradicts the series order.
Really the only other
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Kenya Wright
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Note: I started reading this one, thinking it was a trilogy of stand alones. Then, I finished and followed with no problem, but I guess this is a prequel to book one. . .
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I bought the book because of the pretty cover. . .HOLY SHIT!!
Listen. Not my typical book, but I have so much respect for the author. Brilliant and ballsy.
This read IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.

There's all types of triggers here.

However, for the dark reader who can accept that stories are fantasies and not actual life lessons to
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Raisa Greywood
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Ward, the first in this dark, filthy tale. And I was hooked.

Then I read Gilded Cage.

This is a mind f*ck. A deliciously decadent descent into obsession. Richard and Lizzy are obsessed with each other, and I can't wait to see how Zoe ends this story. It's dark and delicious, be warned.
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Mindy
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 32%. Can’t deal with the idiocy/naivety of the heroine and found myself not caring and skimming. I would much rather continue straight from where the first book left off. I can’t force myself to continue the series :(
Yeshta
Jul 22, 2020 added it
Toxic
JD
May 28, 2020 added it
Given how much Richard wants Elizabeth, I would think that driving her to attempted suicide would be counter-productive to his plans. Just sayin' -- unless, of course, he's into necrophilia.

And I doubt Romeo and Juliet engaged in non-consensual torture-porn...
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Anita
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow

Loved it but wish I could keep reading me personally I would've read this book first then the ward but overall this series was amazing.
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Debra
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
So this is how it all started...gaslighting:))
Molly
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I continue to hate Richard!

Gilded Cage is the second book in the Dark Obsession series by Zoe Blake. I read the first book, Ward, in this series because the premise intrigued me. Richard, a rich technology mogul, kidnaps Lizzie and convinces her that they are living in the late 1800s. It's quite an elaborate ruse and I recommend reading it. Especially before reading Gilded Cage.

I started reading Gilded Cage with a deep hate for Richard. He's brutal and says he loves Lizzie/Elizabeth, but I see
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Larry McDaniels
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
As many others have said, this review is hard to write. I wanted to like this book, I love a good dark romance. To me this takes dark, to a whole new level and completely distorts the meaning of romance. I did like how they met, he was a Hero then and she needed saving. What threw me for a loop, was how fast his obsession manifested (which of course we find out later that it started before they met) From the first meeting, it moves at a records pace, the demand, coercion's he put on her ... at f ...more
Darkreads
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been eagerly anticipating Gilded Cage since Zoe Blake announced that she was writing a prequel to Ward and I was super excited to get my hands on a copy! I was absolutely enthralled by the mind-bending experience that was Ward and so I wasn't sure how another book in the series was going to possibly live up to it. But I have to hand it to Ms. Blake. She took a completely twisted, dark, obsessive love story, shook it up, stirred it in her cauldron and came out with something equally spellbin ...more
Nothing Like A Great Book
I didn't enjoy this second book in the series, at all. It was hard to finish it, and after 50% I couldn't wait to do just that. Get to the end.

The author told us ad nauseam how fragile, LITTLE, small, TINY and so on, the 5' 8" Lizzie was. I got sick of it. Her 'tiny hands'?! 🙄 Gimme a break. At 5' 8"she'd be anything but TINY. Why do writers have to stick physical descriptions of their characters down readers, throats? 🤮 Every GREAT story I've ever read, describes the characters in a very minim
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Blurb:
He’s controlling, manipulative, dangerous… and I’m in love with him.

Rich and powerful, Richard is used to getting whatever he wants… and he wants me.
This isn’t a romance. It’s a dark and twisted obsession.
A game of ever-increasingly depraved acts.

Every time I fight it, he just pulls me deeper into his deception.
The slightest disobedience to his rules brings swift punishment.
My life as I knew it is gone. He
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Blurb:
He’s controlling, manipulative, dangerous… and I’m in love with him.

Rich and powerful, Richard is used to getting whatever he wants… and he wants me.
This isn’t a romance. It’s a dark and twisted obsession.
A game of ever-increasingly depraved acts.

Every time I fight it, he just pulls me deeper into his deception.
The slightest disobedience to his rules brings swift punishment.
My life as I knew it is gone. He
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Dark Obsession Trilogy (3 books)
  • Ward (Dark Obsession Trilogy #1)
  • Toxic (Dark Obsession Trilogy #3)

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