All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

All Chained Up by Sophie JordanAll Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #1
Published by Avon on March 29th 2016
Pages: 384
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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 . . .

I never expected to be flailing for this book, but I did. Neither did I think I would come to like it so much, but I did. Or that ex-con, anti-hero types like Knox Callaghan would actually do it for me, or that I’d be so invested in his quest to start over that I felt all of the guilt, the wild, pinging emotions and the instability he felt as he found his feet again in a world that has mostly turned against him.

And that made my weekend a little brighter and well, hotter by several degrees.

Everything, from the tension-filled start to the building heat, resonated with me in a way I didn’t think it would, as Knox’s and Briar’s odd, unspoken connection grew from within the walls of the penitentiary to the point where it all broke – and palpably exploded. There wasn’t a point when I found myself entirely surprised by the turn of events, yet I loved every moment of their interaction and the (very exciting) turning point where Knox and Briar could finally work towards a normal life, though not without recriminating self-doubt, anger and general angst-ridden bouts that take them 2 steps back when it almost looked as though a great leap forward was going to happen.

In all, a very solid start to the series and despite the awkward insertion of a secondary character’s POV as a lead-in to the next installment, Sophie Jordan’s got me good with this one. And it’s straight on to the next book for me.