Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 9th August 2016
Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie JordanHell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock, #2
Published by Avon on July 26th 2016
Pages: 368
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three-stars

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.

A series of coincidences bring Reid and Grace together – and these are events where the stakes are too high for either side to lose. The setup for Reid and Grace’s story in the first book was compelling enough for me to dive straight into the second book, but this story falls prey to what I’ve come to call the hype not living up to the reality syndrome (this is happening way too often!).

A kidnapping, a calculated riot and a cunning escape…one might expect these three very exciting elements to come together in a way that would be a perfect marriage of suspense and romance. I for one, was eager to see how Sophie Jordan how resolved the two opposing sides Reid and Grace found themselves on. One one hand, Jordan doesn’t make light of the fact that her heroes are meant to be dubious, suspicious characters – they really aren’t princes in disguise – who waver and struggle to do what they deem honourable…by their own (questionable) standards. It’s this particular honesty and how they deny themselves in ways most romantic heroes don’t dream of that somehow drew me first to Knox and now Reid.

But the pairing and the circumstances in which Reid and Grace came together felt forced, with Stockholm Syndrome hard at work while they went on the run. If the former tried hard to do the honourable thing, the latter was too sheltered and too full of naïveté to the point where the gulf between them seemed insurmountable. Could I buy into their relationship – and all the political manoeuvrings – at the end of it? Not really, but I was still glad that Reid got his HEA.

three-stars

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