NEW REVIEW: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

Tuesday, October 25, 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 . . .
“When the prison doors are open, the real dragon will fly out.”—Ho Chi Minh

He wasn’t that good or honorable. He wasn’t that strong. If she wanted to play with a wolf, then that’s what she would get.

Another great read done and dusted! Who says I was in the throes of a book slump? Huh?
Book slumps are no joke people, and when you pick up 5 consecutive books and can't get into any of them you start avoiding books all together. All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan goes under my fail safe banner, this ladies and gentleman was a scorching hot read with an alpha ex convict hero that zeroed in on one woman and it stayed like that for the entire book.

Briar finds herself volunteering at the local prison, she's a nurse and the Devil's rock prison is running low on medical staff. Enter Knox Callaghan, resident badass, he's tough, stoic and the last thing he ever expected was for his mostly predictable prison sentence to be overturned by a good girl like Nurse Davis. In the beginning its all seering glanced and accidental touches, but when Briar is badly hurt while on duty everything changes. Knox saves her life and is subsequently released on parole.

As you may well have guessed, Briar and Knox cross paths in the outside world. Where obviously there are no boundaries which catapults them into an addictive physical relationship. But they're time together leads to even more and both realise that sex isn't enough anymore. On one hand Briar is hesitant but willing to take a chance, on the other Knox feels he doesn't deserve happiness.

While Knox is a strong and stoic type, he also carries around a lot of guilt which makes him feel as if he isn't good enough for Briar. I'll play the shrink for a bit and say that having to leave his brother behind in prison lead to even more guilt. Briar wasn't without her hangups either, coming from an abusive home she was rightfully weary of starting a relationship with a man convicted of murder.

He came from a world where you staked a claim. Prison taught him about taking, having. Marking what was his. That was his instinct when it came to Briar.

This book was fire, the H and h had such chemistry I mean it was just a heady experience reading the sex scenes alone. I've read a few historicals by Sophie Jordan but the heat in this contemporary outshined them. Suffice it to say I shall be reading the rest of this amazing series. Reid and the first daughter are bound to blow up the pages!

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