All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Date Read: March 2016
Genre: Romance, Suspense
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
Series: Devil's Rock #1
Also by this author: Uninvited, A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin, An Heiress For All Seasons, All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue, The Scandal of It All br> br>
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Read for Review (Avon)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
First Thought when Finished: All Chained Up was a story that I knew I wouldn’t make my final decision about till the very end and it ended up working.
Quick Thoughts: There was a 50/50 chance that All Chained Up would not work for me. I am not a fan of romances with lead characters that are or start out on the wrong side of the law. It really does have to be a redeeming sort of story for it to work ( I stay away from a lot of biker MC/OC romances). This one worked because of the character ARC of Knox. I won’t give much away because I think everyone will have a different reactions to it. For me, I think the combo of his back story and his acknowledgment went a long way to me accepting his romance. CAVEAT: though there was a point where I was almost sure that I was done with him and shut the book. I am glad I stuck it out! I think his path in life could not have come without someone like Briar. She was a little mousy for my taste but had backbone when needed. She also had a quiet strength that someone like Knox probably needed. So this was a case of two characters that would not normally work for me ending up being a truly enjoyable read. I look forward to the rest of the series to see if each of the men can be the kind I can root for. I am not sure they will but Sophie will probably find a way to make it so!
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