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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
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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Guest Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

Posted October 25, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie JordanReviewer: Tracy
While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: October 25th 2016
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three-half-stars

Sometimes the man of your dreams . . .

Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it’s pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can’t hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn’t fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn’t sure what she wants more . . . the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn.

. . . is not who you think.

An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There’s no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn’t matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.

Poppy has this dream about the Duke of Autenberry.  She fancies herself in love with him so one day when he leaves the flower shop where she works, and gets into an argument with another man and then a fistfight, she jumps in to save him.  Unfortunately saving his life made him bump his head and he goes into a coma.  She is in the carriage when the Duke is taken to his home – along with the man he was in a fistfight with – who turns out to be his half-brother.  When they get the duke to his house Poppy mumbles to herself about how he needs to get better because they were going to get married.  The housekeeper hears her mumbling and assumes he’s her fiancé.

Poppy has every intention of correcting the misunderstanding but people keep cutting her off when she speaks and of course, she does want to be with the duke while he’s recovering so she keeps quiet.  One night when she is sitting vigil his best friend overhears her talking to the duke and figures out she’s not his fiancé.  He talks her into keeping the secret until the duke wakes up and for some reason she agrees.

The half-brother, a bastard brother who the duke hates, is Struan Mackenzie and he’s completely attracted to Poppy from the word go.  She’s a strong woman who risked her life for the duke which he admires – but finds he hates that she’s in love with the duke.  He sets out to prove, more to himself than anything, that Poppy isn’t in love with the duke.  Unfortunately this only gets him closer to Poppy and the more he’s with her the more he finds he’s falling in love with her.

As you can probably tell by the title of this book the story is a play on the movie While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman.  I love that movie to death so was excited to read Sophie Jordan’s version of it.  It didn’t turn out to be quite as good as I expected but I still found a lot to like in the story.

As in the movie Poppy thinks herself in love with a man that she really doesn’t know.  It’s all based on looks and how nice he seems when he comes into the flower shop where she works.  Struan is the type of man that she thinks would be the farthest thing from someone that she’d fall in love with but she finds it happening none-the-less.  This relationship starts off as contentious but hot.  Struan and Poppy are pretty steamy together and I liked that part of the story.  I wish that we could have gotten to know more about the man he is now.  We are told a lot of what happened to him when he was younger but besides his desire to be included in the family we really don’t know a whole lot about him which I found a bit frustrating.

Poppy we see pretty clearly and she seemed like a good heroine.  One who looked out for other people and was a nurturer first and foremost.  She didn’t think of her own happiness so the thought of falling in love with Struan was a foreign concept.  I liked how she tried to stick to her guns about her love for the duke even though she knew deep down she was in love with Struan.

Were there many things different between the movie and the book? Yes, definitely.  I, however, found that to be a good thing and enjoyed the book.  If Jordan had copied the movie completely it wouldn’t have been interesting and I would have been comparing the two constantly.  I was happy with what she did with the concept and that she took it in her own direction.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-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 (Devils Rock #2) by Sophie Jordan
Published by Harper Collins, Avon
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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Sunday Spotlight: Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan

Posted July 17, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 3 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we’re running in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a release we’re excited about. We’ll be posting exclusive excerpts and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

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Hell Breaks Loose is the second book in Sophie Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series and it features the big boss in prison Reid Allister. In the first book, Reid escapes from prison and this book is all about Reid on a mission while on the run…and the complications that come with his plan.

This series is pure crack. It’s crackalicious.

Hell Breaks Loose
Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan
Devils Rock #2
Releases on July 26, 2016 by Avon

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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.

Reid’s been locked up within prison walls for 11 years, now he’s out and he’s about to find out what’s happened to his younger brother in all that time.

Excerpt

The highway was dark, the passing car rare on this isolated stretch of road. He rubbed a hand over his close- cropped hair and settled into his seat. Desert mountains lumbered on either side of him, dark beasts etched against the backdrop of night. He flipped through radio stations. No news of an escaped convict. It had been a long time since he was this alone. He still didn’t feel free, though. He doubted he ever would.

Eleven years had passed since he’d been out, but he expected to find Zane in the usual place. His brother was simple that way. He liked his routines. Reid would bet that the cabinet was full of the same cereal they ate as kids.

The cabin sat several miles behind the main house on 530 acres located outside Odessa. The land had been in his family for almost two hundred years, granted to them after the Texas War of Independence.

The authorities didn’t know about the cabin . . . or the hidden dirt road that veered off the county farm road you had to take to get there. The old Explorer bumped along the unpaved lane. It was so overgrown with shrubs and cacti that it couldn’t rightly be called a road, which was the point.

After an hour the road suddenly opened up to a clearing. The cabin stood there. Three trucks and a few motorcycles were parked out front, confirming that the cabin was still in use and far from forgotten.

The front door opened as he emerged from the Explorer. Several men stepped out onto the porch, wielding guns. He spotted Zane at the center of them. His chest squeezed. His brother had visited him a couple times his first year at the Rock. Nothing since then.

Time had not been kind on his younger brother. He was stockier, the baby roundness gone from his face. He was shirtless, too, and Reid marked the dozens of tats covering him that had not been there eleven years ago. Most notable was the eagle sitting atop a vicious looking skull. Most of the guys staring Reid down had the same symbol inked on their necks or faces. Once upon a time he would have been the one standing there wearing that eagle and skull. If fate hadn’t intervened . . . if his eyes hadn’t been opened.

If he hadn’t gone to prison.

He swallowed against the acid rising up in his throat and fixed a smile on his face. “Hey, little brother.”

It was a bitter pill. This was his baby brother. The reason he hadn’t taken off for parts unknown when he graduated from high school was because of this guy right here. He hadn’t wanted to leave Zane alone with their crackhead mother and a deadbeat dad who showed up every few months. Fat lot of good sticking around did his brother. He’d ended up in jail, and his brother was running with a bunch of low- life thugs. His brother was a low- life thug now.

“Holy shit,” Zane declared, hopping down from the porch, still holding onto his rifle. “Son of a bitch! What are you doing here?” He slapped his thigh as if he’d just seen something amazing. Something like his older brother who went away for a life sentence standing in front of him.

Reid lifted his chin and tried not to stare too hard at the emblems of hate riddling his brother. He nodded at the rifle. “Is that any way to welcome me home?”

Zane hesitated a moment and then flung his arms wide. As if the past were forgotten. As if bad shit never went down. As if Reid could still be one of them again. “Welcome home, brother.”

Zane embraced him, clapping him hard with his free hand. Reid pulled back and eyed the other men, meeting their dilated gazes head- on. Not a single one was sober. They were all high on something. Even so, several looked at him with distrust. Evidently not everyone had forgotten that before he went to prison not everything had been copasetic. They clearly remembered that he and Sullivan had grown contentious with each another.

Rowdy, his brother’s second- in- command, wore a grin for him, though. Even if that grin did not quite reach his eyes, Rowdy reached out and clapped hands with him.

“Good to have you back.” Rowdy looked him over. “Looking fierce, man. Guessing they didn’t release you for good behavior.”

“Nah. Thought I’d just go ahead and let myself out.”

Zane and Rowdy laughed. “Same ol’ Reid.”

“You couldn’t have come back at a better time.” His brother’s eyes glinted with excitement, reminding him of the kid he used to be, and that only made his chest ache harder.

“That right?” Reid asked.

Zane nodded eagerly, gesturing to the cabin. “Yeah.” He shared a look with Rowdy and the other guys, and Reid got the sense that he was missing out on some joke. “Let’s go inside and I’ll tell you all about it.”

Reid followed him inside and did a quick scan of the living room, noting how run- down the place had gotten in the eleven years he’d been gone. It had never been the Four Seasons, but now the house smelled of sweat and stale cigarette smoke. The upholstery on the arms of the couch had worn off. Dirty white threads tufted up as if trying to escape from the piece of furniture.

“We got something big going down, Bubba.”

The sound of his little brother using his old nickname elicited a pang in his chest. He had a sudden flash of a little boy missing his front teeth chasing him around the trailer park. Bubba! Wait for me!

That boy was gone. Zane’s eyes were bloodshot and dilated from God knew what drugs and a patchy beard hugged his cheeks. It was hard to reconcile him to the soft- faced boy Reid had last seen. Get over it. Reid. That boy is gone. Still. Easier said than done. His brother was the only family he had left.

“Yeah?” Reid looked at the men standing around him, a prickling sensation crawling up the back of his neck.

Zane chuckled lightly and scrubbed at the back of his neck under hair that fell long and greasy. He needed a shower. “Why don’t I show you?”

Turning, Zane headed down the dark hall to the back bedrooms. The carpet was flat and matted beneath Reid’s shoes as he followed his brother. He felt the other men behind him, crowding close like anxious dogs. Something was definitely in the air. Feral and testosterone- laced. He recognized it from prison. Right before a fight broke out. Blood was in the water and the sharks were hungry.

Zane opened the door to the master bedroom and stepped inside. Reid followed. He sucked in a breath as his gaze landed on the bed and the woman restrained there. His stomach pitched and a fresh wave of acid surged up inside him.

Her hands were bound together with a cord that extended to the brass headboard. She sat board- straight on the edge of the bed, her knees locked tightly together. Her eyes were red-rimmed and puffy. She had been crying, but now her eyes were bone- dry above the gag. She didn’t blink as her wide brown stare flitted over him, assessing him before flicking to the men at his back. Her nostrils flared as if scenting danger. She would be right about that. They were the wolves and she their next meal. Of that he was certain.

She tossed her head and said something against the muffled rag stuffed in her mouth. Her dark hair was loose and tangled around her shoulders, trailing long over her cream- colored blouse. The shiny fabric was dirt- smudged and stained, but still looked expensive. Probably the most expensive thing in this cabin. A bruise marred the flesh of her cheek above the gag where someone had hit her, and something clenched in his gut.

Even in her condition, Reid had no problem recognizing her.

Fuck.

“Surprise!” Zane waved at her.

They’d done it. They’d abducted the President’s daughter.

See? Crackalicious!

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Sophie Jordan
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature – teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller’s List.


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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
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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