Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

All Chained Up
Devil's Rock #1
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published by Avon
Release Date: March 29th 2016

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 . . .

Reese's Review:
I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews surrounding this book, and I can see where some of the complaints might be, but I still adore this book.

Briar Davis had a violent father and is afraid of falling for someone like him. When her boss asks her to volunteer to help at the Devil Rock prison in the clinic Briar is so not excited to participate. Too bad no one else wants to volunteer and Briar wants a promotion so next thing she knows she’s walking into a maximum security gated prison. The prison is where she meets Knox. He’s delicious and sexy and very dangerous. Knox has been in prison for eight years with his brother on a murder charge. Knox immediately wants Briar even though he knows he will never have a chance with her. Then a dangerous situation hits the prison and Knox saves the day which lands him a reduced sentence. Knox didn’t expect to see briar again, but when they run into each other the chemistry they were trying to deny while at Devil Rock prison evaporates.

I loved this book so very much. This is the first book in the series and it really kicks off the series with a bang. I have read Sophie Jordan’s YA series and I wanted to finally check out one of her adult romances. She did not disappoint and I could not be happier to find that she writes YA as well as she writes adult romances.

Briar and Knox both get POV’s in this story, which is always a win in my book. Knox has been through a lot and he is trying to deal with being out of prison and the struggles that come along with that. Being in a relationship with Briar is difficult because he doesn’t think he deserves her, and a lot of people look down on him for being a prior criminal. He has to jump through some extreme hoops to get to a spot where he feels he deserves her. Briar has some hand ups due to her abusive alcoholic father. Briar is concerned when she starts falling for Knox that she’s falling into old patterns. The relationship between Knox and Briar were drawn out nicely to show they had a relationship outside the swoon worthy sexual relationship.

Another aspect I enjoyed about this story was the prison scenes. I feel like this book shined a light on the prison system. The difficulties with how people can get more time to their sentence for scenarios out of their control, what solitary confinement does, power trippy guards, and the difficulties a lot of them have when they get out of prison.

I really enjoyed All Chained Up. I enjoyed getting to know the other characters the next couple books will be about. I loved Briar and Knox and the difficulties and struggles they faced both together and individually.

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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