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 thought this was a great way to start my review, by sharing my clothing inspiration based on All Chained Up! There is also a specific scene where I got this inspiration from, the Fourth of July (I can’t remember which holiday precisely) barbecue Briar’s sister had AND where Knox was not precisely invited. Needless to say that the party did not end well. Anyway, I am predicting future barbecues where Knox IS invited and I am envisioning Briar to be wearing a fun sundress with sandals! What do you think?
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I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I read All Chained Up. In fact, contemporary romance is a genre that I hardly read at all. But of course, there are certain exceptions.
When I read the blurb for All Chained Up, I was a little apprehensive because the hero is an ex-convict. I mean, not that I have anything against ex-cons but it is unusual to have an ex-con hero in contemporary romance. I also haven’t read a book with an ex-convict as the hero.
Just to be clear, I received an eARC for the second book, Hell Breaks Loose, so I decided to read book 1. I picked the audiobook version this time and was mildly disappointed that the narrator was male! I think I mentioned somewhere that I prefer female narrators to males because it is hard for me to focus when it’s a male narrator. However, let me just say that CHRISTIAN FOX IS AMAZING. There is a certain cadence to his voice that is infinitely appealing and very appropriate for this book. Yes, I did not regret listening to All Chained Up.
What struck me as awesome is that Sophie Jordan knew how to handle the ex-convict stuff. She knew how to treat the almost rape scene. AND SHE KNOWS HOW TO WRITE AN AWESOME HERO! Man, Knox is one hot dude! And not precisely a bad boy, but of course, being locked in jail for eight years, he had to survive in jail. Being locked up for murder, well, that also carries another icky situation that Sophie Jordan really handled well.
To be honest, this story really spoke to me. Not just because I am a nurse but just the story itself. The situation, the plot, and overall broodiness of our hero. PERFECTION.
Now, don’t forget the sexytimes, because they are SMOKING HOT! Ehem…
I was not expecting to love this book so much, heck, I was not even expecting to finish this book at all! I am definitely hooked on this series and I can’t wait for book 3! I say 3 because I have already read Hell Breaks Loose!
What do you think about heroes with a criminal past? Does it turn you off or no?