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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Devil's Rock #3
Published by Avon
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
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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.
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North’s book is perhaps one of the books that I have been highly anticipating to read ever since I read about him in All Chained Up. I am so thankful that I am an Avon Addict and I was able to grab an eARC waaaay in advance! I read this book a couple of weeks ago and I was really surprised!
I mean, SURPRISED in a good way! See, the main characters Faith and North don’t even meet until about HALF OF THE BOOK and yet the romance was sizzling! For some reason, this really worked!
What do you mean they didn’t meet until half of the book? This is a romance, right?
Exactly what I said! They never really “met” each other until about 50-ish percent of the book. They had seen glimpses of each other through the blinds, with things blocking their faces but they hadn’t officially met until half of the book. I honestly think that this was done really well and it worked as a whole.
Which also brings me to another thing that I thought worked well. INSTA-LOVE.
I am not a fan of the insta-love trope. However, I will say that there was insta-attraction between North and Faith. OMG, was there attraction between them! And uhmm, there was some uncomfortable err sounds coming from North’s bedroom! haha
Fury on Fire tells North’s story. It has been a few years since North has been released from prison (I would say about 4 years but I can’t remember exactly after the events of Hell Breaks Loose) and he only wants a few things: stay out of prison and bang different women regularly.
Our heroine, on the other hand, is a typical good girl who hasn’t had a boyfriend in years. She recently moved into the duplex next to North’s condo and is ready to lead her life away from her retired Sheriff Dad and current Sheriff brother.
Typical good girl falls for the bad wolf!
Of course, she is attracted to North! I don’t blame her for that, actually. But I felt North’s pain. Sophie Jordan really wrote this book with more detail in North’s POV, showing how he just doesn’t fit in and he doesn’t let himself fit in. He also stays away from his brother, Knox and his wife Briar. I honestly felt North’s distance, which gave me an insight of why he was a douche to Faith.
The last third of the book, though.
As with the last Sophie Jordan book that I read, While the Duke was Sleeping, I didn’t like the last third of this novel. After North and Faith meet and start to fall in love, it felt too rushed, with a more insta-love trope. Plus, the last part was too convenient for me. Like everything fell into place and he was able to accept his faults, open his heart and let Faith in. I think it could have used a few scenes to make their love more believable and not just lust.
The sexy times, though. SIZZLING!
I was a little bit hesitant with this series because the heroes are ex-convicts, but it is done really well. North’s book is also perfect to satisfy your bad boy cravings!
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What do you think about insta-love tropes? Yay or nay?