Series: Devil's Rock #3
Published by Avon on January 31st 2017
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When you live next door to the big bad wolf . . .
After years in prison, North Callaghan is finally free. But the demons haunting him still make him feel like a caged beast. He loses himself in work and hard living, coming up for air only to bed any willing woman to cross his path. So when his new neighbor snares his interest, he decides to add another notch to his bedpost. The only problem? Faith Walters is a white picket fence kind of girl.
Prepare to be devoured.
Faith’s new neighbor is the rudest man alive. He’d rather grunt at her than speak and he takes her “welcome-to-the-neighborhood” scones without a thank you. She knows she should run for the hills from the ex-con. If only he weren’t so smoldering sexy…if only the sounds of him with other women didn’t drift through their shared wall and fill her with longing…and if only he didn’t look at her like they were a collision waiting to happen.
Crass, crude and an absolute bastard of a neighbour to have, North Callaghan is tortured by his own demons, slaying them with getting in his one-night stands and in turn, torturing his new neighbour with his shenanigans. Faith Walters will not take it lying down—not literally at first—and her efforts to get him to behave are infuriatingly futile at best.
Like Knox or Reid in Sophie Jordan’s previous books, North strictly belongs in the category of the mighty having fallen a distance—a distance that he never really closes by the end of the book, except to realise that he wants what Faith can offer him: some kind of redemption perhaps and a true shot at love. Yet in ‘Fury on Fire’, we aren’t really given the depth of North’s transformation from happy prince to angry arse, only that the four years he’d had to survive without his brother had been difficult. Throughout, there’s only this constant reminder that he isn’t good for anything except for the peace he craves and the women he uses to silence the pain and noise inside. As a result, I was left wondering about the demons he professed to have but don’t really see manifested – except for his abominable actions towards Faith that made him look like a self-absorbed and self-indulgent character.
That said, I do like Jordan’s very edgy take on ex-felons who so badly need their second chances. They aren’t quite heroes in any overt way; instead, they’re broken, hardened and so difficult to get through and perhaps, the ultimate bad boys who have honed their bodies and skills in one of the harshest battlefields of all as they did their time. But none have hit me that hard as much as Knox’s book, which I find the best of the lot with its brutal, claustrophobic prison scenes and the wire-tight tension between him and Briar.
‘Fury on Fire’ didn’t quite scale those same heights or plumbs those same depths, but there are parts I liked about it: the injection of humour and Faith’s snappy, no-nonsense attitude with North, her hard stance with North’s unforgivable behaviour only to have them backfire on her, North’s efforts to sabotage her date, his grovelling efforts for instance. Faith herself, is easy to like, in contrast to North, whom I felt hardly deserved her because of his own cowardly ways. Yet while there are moments between them, there didn’t seem to be anything that meaningful in their meetings. Most of their initial interactions are tangential almost, revolving around the women he brought over and what she heard of their bedtime activities; these later evolved a little to flirting and banter but nothing quite much deeper, so when a moment of passion led to an admission of love which jumped abruptly to an epilogue, my scepticism remained.
I’m still glad I accidentally stumbled across this series nonetheless. The impression that ‘All Chained Up’ made on me was huge and even if Jordan’s last 2 books didn’t have an impact on me as much as the first did, Devil’s Rock will remain a prominent memory among the sea of forgettable series I’ve come across.