Series: Devil's Rock

Review: Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan

Posted February 7, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Fury on Fire by Sophie JordanReviewer: Rowena
Fury on Fire by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
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three-stars

When you live next door to the big bad wolf . . .

After years in prison, North Callaghan is finally free. But the demons haunting him still make him feel like a caged beast. He loses himself in work and hard living, coming up for air only to bed any willing woman to cross his path. So when his new neighbor snares his interest, he decides to add another notch to his bedpost. The only problem? Faith Walters is a white picket fence kind of girl.

Prepare to be devoured.

Faith’s new neighbor is the rudest man alive. He’d rather grunt at her than speak and he takes her “welcome-to-the-neighborhood” scones without a thank you. She knows she should run for the hills from the ex-con. If only he weren’t so smoldering sexy…if only the sounds of him with other women didn’t drift through their shared wall and fill her with longing…and if only he didn’t look at her like they were a collision waiting to happen.

Fury on Fire is the third book in the Devils Rock series and even though I enjoyed it, I think I’m done with this series (if there will be more books). This book follows North Callaghan, Knox’s (hero from the first book) little brother that was left behind in jail. North doesn’t hold anything against Knox, life isn’t fair sometimes and he gets it. Life wasn’t fair for their cousin Katie. Life wasn’t fair for a lot of people. He was in jail, paying for what he did to his cousin’s rapist.

North has been out of jail for about two years and he’s keeping his head down. He’s got a job that he doesn’t really care for but helps pay his bills. He’s got a side job that he likes more than the real job and he’s got a roof over his head that is all his. He’s got some hangups about what he’s seen, what he’s done in jail and he’s not real proud of any of it so he keeps to himself. He has the usual hook up and that’s it. All of that changes when he gets a new neighbor in the form of Faith Walters.

Faith is ready for her own space. She’s lived for most of her life with her family but she’s ready to have her own things. Her own space. The men in her family are pretty protective of her and since her father is the old sheriff of their small town and her brother is the current sheriff of the same small town, it’s not a surprise. Everything was going great in her new house until her next door neighbor has an overnight guest over and she is right up against the wall and hears everything. She’s not going to let that get to her though, or scare her off from her new house because for the first time in her life, she’s got her own place.

With each passing day, Faith and North circle each other. They have the normal neighbor gripes with each other. Faith thinks that North is a jerk because he’s shown her nothing but that and North thinks that she’s an interfering do-gooder. They circle each other because North is waiting for her to admit that she wants him just as much as he wants her. They both have their reasons for not going there but North doesn’t hide from the fact that he does want Faith. I liked that. I liked that Faith stood up for North when she needed to but the romance felt rushed between them.

I’m not sure what it was but I didn’t really get the romance. One minute they’re hating each other and then the next, it felt like they were automatically in love with each other. I’m not sure if it was because the story was so short or what but I didn’t buy that they fell in love so quickly. Still, it was enjoyable if a bit unbelievable but I felt the same way about the other two books in this series so that shouldn’t be surprising.

Fury on Fire is a solid, can’t believe that this would happen in real life romance with two characters that really got each other. It was an entertaining couple of hours, kind of fluffy but still decent.

Grade: 3 out of 5

three-stars

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Review: Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan

Posted August 4, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie JordanReviewer: Rowena
Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan
Published by Avon Romance
Publication Date: July 126 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
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three-stars

Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage . . .

Shy and awkward, First Daughter Grace Reeves has always done what she’s told. Tired of taking orders, she escapes her security detail for a rare moment of peace. Except her worst nightmare comes to life when a ruthless gang of criminals abducts her. Her only choice is to place her trust in Reid Allister, an escaped convict whose piercing gaze awakens something deep inside her. Reid is nothing like her other captors.

He’s tougher, smarter…and one blistering look from him makes her hotter than any man ever has.

Reid spent years plotting escape and revenge . . .years without a woman in his bed. For this hardened felon, Grace Reeves isn’t just out of his league—she’s from another planet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her. Escaping Devil’s Rock was tough, but resisting this woman could be the end of him. For a man with nothing to lose, protecting her . . . claiming her as his own, becomes more necessary than his next breath.

Hell Breaks Loose is the second book in the Devils Rock series by Sophie Jordan. It follows Reid Allistair after he escapes prison and then kidnaps and falls in love with the first daughter, Grace Reeves.

I know, right?

I thought the same thing going in and while the book came with a lot of eye rolling, it was still entertaining and a very guilty pleasure type book that I ate right up.

So Reid is on a mission and the minute he’s free from prison, he sets about that mission but gets caught up in saving Grace Reeves, the freaking President of the United States daughter from a gang of no good guys. Saving Grace isn’t going to put him off his mission of revenge on the guy who set him up and is responsible for him being sent to prison for 11 years. He’ll save her and he’ll set her free…just as soon as he finishes his business with Sullivan.

He wasn’t counting on getting to know Grace and on opening up to Grace in ways he hasn’t opened up to anyone but with the more time that they spend together, the closer they get and the more determined Grace is that someone finally stick up for Reid. Their romance was hot and it was a little hard to take at times with how mean Reid was and how I couldn’t get over the fact that Reid broke out of prison and is now shacked up with the freaking first daughter of the United States of America. It was hard to wrap my brain around that but in the end, it all worked out and I was glad.

Reid was mean but he also cared deeply about those around him. I really liked how sorry he was for what happened to North in the prison. He meant to do better by North but things were out of his control and in the aftermath of all that went down, North was hurt. I’m really looking forward to reading his book. But I liked seeing Reid with Grace, seeing him with Knox and even his brother. I liked that there was this other side to the guy that ran things in prison. There was much to like about Reid but it took me a while to warm up to him, especially with the rough treatment he gave Grace when they first met.

Grace was a solid heroine. She was smart, she was strong and she was brave. She had to be to survive with those jerks that took her in the first place. It took me a while to warm up to the fact that she fell in love with a convicted murderer but alls well that ends well and the sacrifice she made at the end was exactly the thing that someone like her would do. I admired her for it at the same time that it broke my heart a bit.

Overall, this book was good but wasn’t without its faults. You really have to keep yourself wrapped up in the characters and the story being told and not get caught in the details of what exactly is going on even though it all works out in the end, I still sighed my way through this one because seriously??? He escaped prison and he was convicted of murder? My whole attitude was, “Okay…let’s do this.” In the end, I wasn’t mad that I read this book. It was still good and that’s a compliment to Sophie Jordan’s writing.

Grade: 3 out of 5

three-stars

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Review: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

Posted April 15, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: All Chained Up by Sophie JordanReviewer: Rowena
All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Published by Avon
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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four-stars

There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .

Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way.

Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life to protect Briar’s. Paroled at last, he tries to resist her. She’s too innocent, too sweet, and she has no idea what Knox is capable of. But a single touch can lead to a kiss—and a taste . . . until the only crime is denying what feels so right . . .

“When the prison doors are open, the real dragon will fly out.”—Ho Chi Minh

I never knew I wanted to read a prison romance until Sophie Jordan came out with one. I was a huge fan of the early seasons of Prison Break and I shipped the hell out of inmate Michael Scofield and Nurse Sara Tancredi so coming across this book made me sit up and take notice. I was ready for some angst and serious sexual chemistry and I’m happy to say that Sophie Jordan delivered the goods with this one.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book but I went in with high hopes and I ended up quite satisfied with this read. Briar and Knox were not what I was expecting but I didn’t mind. I actually really enjoyed both of their stories. Knox has been in prison for the last eight years and when he gets injured after a fight that lands him in segregation and is sent to the HSU (Health Services Unit), he comes across Nurse Davis and he’s attracted to her.

Briar Davis is a nurse trying to make her way. She’s saving up to buy a house of her own so when she gets offered some overtime work at the prison, she’s not all that excited to take the job but take it she does. The very last thing she thought would happen in a prison of all places happens and Briar is trying very hard to not think about a certain inmate. But when the unthinkable happens, Knox Callaghan becomes a huge part of her thoughts. Thanking him becomes important to her but when she returns to the prison to thank him in person, she finds out that he’s gone. He got parole and is out.

Briar didn’t think she’d ever run into Knox and Knox thought he’d seen the last of Nurse Davis but when they do run into each other, all the delicious sexual tension that was always around them amps right up…because there’s nothing to stop them from acting on that tension. Well, except the fact that Knox was guilty for the crime that he was charged and sent to prison for. That’s not something that Briar can easily look past but the more time they spend together, the more important Knox becomes to her.

This was a great start to a series that I’m mighty curious about. I’m glad that I read it because it had all of the goodness that I loved from Prison Break. I liked the way that Knox’s past was handled and I loved the heck out of him. I loved that he tried to do right by Briar but like I keep saying…the heart wants what it wants. I really enjoyed watching these two come together in love and I’m so looking forward to the next book. Reid!! Holy shit!! OMG!! I can’t wait!

Grade: 4 out of 5

Reading Order:

All Chained Up
Hell Breaks Loose

four-stars

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