Cardinal Caged by Mia Smantz – A Book Review

Posted November 11, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in Reverse Harem, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Cardinal Caged

(The Cardinal Series – Book 2)

by Mia Smantz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Slow Burn, RH, Spy Thriller
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

This is a delightful Slow Burn Reverse Harem that plays well with the Spy and Adventure genre, sliding into a niche we didn’t know we needed. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Callie is temporarily with the Cardinals while she tries to figure out what it is that she wants from life. Her childhood was dictated and decided without her, and now she has to learn who she is as a person without someone telling her what to do. On top of that, her captor is still out there, running free and–if she knows him like she thinks she does–he won’t be happy until he has killed her, or worse. It’s a good thing that she has so many Delta people looking out for her

Thoughts on Cardinal Caged

This is a decent slow burn RH, one that is building the tension while dancing the line of spy thriller and mystery. It’s interesting, if a bit emotionally fast…. which is odd, since this is a serious slow burn. Book 2 end with just the tease of a kiss, but it still feels a tad off considering the circumstance and her history. Or maybe it’s because the emotional aspects haven’t really been explained or explored yet – and she seems so bloody innocent…. despite being held captive by one group for four years and another for three.

Some things are hard to swallow, especially when this is a contemporary novel – but there is still something about it that just hooks you and keeps you turning the pages.

Favorite Line

Killer whales were nice. (57%)


  • Callie is fascinating.
  • Her history is slowly coming to light.
  • The Cardinals. Love them.
  • Two… three? Elite teams, all vying for a place in get life.


  • Unrealistic.
  • Emotions are Fast, very fast. Or rather, the flirting, considering the situation, is fast and somewhat misplaced. Maybe that is just me?
  • Ok…. I need to know more about Bridget.


First person, mostly single POV – limited multi POV

Ending Type



R for violence

Romantic Dynamic

Unsure. It’s a RH, maybe up to 7 guys, eventually? None atm, physically at least.

Character Age Range


Final Verdict on Cardinal Caged

4 out of 5 Stars

What is not to love about a Spy Thriller Reverse Harem? It’s touching, mysterious and fast on the action, though slow on the romance. Free on KU.

Published October 30th, 2019
444 Pages

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