Review: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

Posted March 28, 2016 in Review / 6 Comments

Review: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

All Chained Up

Series: Devil's Rock #1
by Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on March 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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 . . .

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

Bad Boy


I wasn’t sure what to make of this new series by Sophie Jordan.  What I mean to say is, guys in prison don’t really do it for me.  But it was Sophie Jordan, it was a fresh new series so I took a chance…  and I don’t regret it.

Briar is a nurse in a practice with a doctor who has just volunteered his time once a week at a prison an hour away from town.  She’s the only nurse who has volunteered to go with the doctor and she’s only doing it to further her career, to set herself up for the next promotion.  It’s only once a week, she figures, what could go wrong?  Turns out, quite a bit.

Told in dual POV, we also meet Knox, who has been in prison eight years with his younger brother.  They were both convicted of murder.  Knox is extremely protective of his brother so he’ll do what needs to be done to survive in prison, including joining a gang.

Of course, I spent the better part of the first third of the book trying to figure out how Briar and Knox were going to “hook up”.  Honestly, it took almost to the halfway point before the direction became clear to me.  I’m not sure I’m too keen on that but at the time, while I was reading, it didn’t bother me.  I think the tension and suspense of the story kept me absorbed.

It also didn’t hurt that the second half of the story made up for the amount of time spent on setting up the “romance”.  I really enjoyed the story when Knox and Briar were “together”.   Ms. Jordan took an approach I didn’t expect when she “worked out” how Briar and Knox were going to iron out their differences and make it to the happily ever after.  She took an interesting approach to solving the dilemma of how Briar would fit into Knox’s life, especially with Knox being targeted by friends of his victim.

Yes, I did use a lot of quotes on common words in a romance.  That’s because this isn’t a common romance because really, there isn’t a lot of romancing going on.  Oh sure, Ms. Jordan has included plenty of her awesome sex scenes.  But a courtship?  Eh… not so much.   But I understand why the story was written that way.  I just want to make sure you have a heads up.

As for the characters themselves, it might have taken until she found her big-girl panties for me to like Briar but I always liked Knox.  I genuinely felt sorry for him as soon as he spilled his entire story.  And Ms. Jordan was smart to remind the reader why Knox does the things he does.

With the exciting introduction to the next book in the series, I’m fairly certain I’ll continue with this series.  It’s so different than any other contemporary romance I read that I’m craving the variety now.  Plus, it’s Sophie Jordan…..


About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of more than twenty novels. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with anything that has a happily ever after.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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6 responses to “Review: All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

  1. oh yes…loved your review for this one. Its good to know that there isn’t much focus on the actual romance. But I am planning on picking this one up since I adore this author.

  2. I’ve never read Sophie Jordan. I’ve read several books though where you have guys who aren’t exactly good people. I do agree that the author needs to remind the reader why they do the things that they do. I’ve read several books with bad guys for heroes and many of them work solely based on how the author writes them. Glad to see you enjoyed this one.
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  3. Kristin, I was wondering about the whole prison situation, too. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this. Now I am more tempted to read it!