NEW REVIEW: Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage . . .
Shy and awkward, First Daughter Grace Reeves has always done what she’s told. Tired of taking orders, she escapes her security detail for a rare moment of peace. Except her worst nightmare comes to life when a ruthless gang of criminals abducts her. Her only choice is to place her trust in Reid Allister, an escaped convict whose piercing gaze awakens something deep inside her. Reid is nothing like her other captors.
He’s tougher, smarter…and one blistering look from him makes her hotter than any man ever has.
Reid spent years plotting escape and revenge . . .years without a woman in his bed. For this hardened felon, Grace Reeves isn’t just out of his league—she’s from another planet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her. Escaping Devil’s Rock was tough, but resisting this woman could be the end of him. For a man with nothing to lose, protecting her . . . claiming her as his own, becomes more necessary than his next breath.

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Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan started off well enough until the heroine, Grace, kicked into TSTL mode. The book picks up where the first book, All Chained Up left off. Reid having started a riot at Devil's Rock and escaping from his hospital bed. When he meets up with his brother and his crew, he realises that they've abducted the First Daughter, when he walks into the room and sees her tied up on the bed, his 11 year incaceration and the fact that he hasn't been with a woman comes rushing back full force.

Aside from the instataneous physical attraction this was not an insta-love situation. But Grace's reactions and actions really tried my patience. She was in complete denial about her attraction to Reid, but at the same time she was so judgemental. This guy was standing between her and immenent rape and death, all his actions made it blatantly obvious that he was protecting her. But she was quick to doubt him, but yeah he's hot and she wouldn't mind sleeping with him. Some consistency would've been great.

A part of her wanted to shatter the proper and controlled veneer of her life. 

To finally be touched. 
For someone to see her and peel back all the layers and tap into something that was real. To uncover that part of her that was locked away, neglected. 
Never felt. Never touched. Never seen.

Reid may have been a roughened criminal, who ran a crew in prison but when it came to Grace, all he did was protect her. Over and over again, even when it seemed she was open to sleeping with him, his conscious always stopped him. This guy was a saint in my eyes, unfortunately the thankless heroine made it all for naught. Aside from telling him he was better than the revenge he sought which is still a bit judgemental mind you.

Apart from all my complaining I found this book really enjoyable, and I loved Reid's character. His characterisation in the first book made me think he was all grit and no give but he was really a decent human being.

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