Hell Breaks LooseSeries: Devil's Rock #2
by Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
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.
Being second book in a series is always tough. “Sophomore slump” is what they call it when the second book doesn’t live up to the quality of the first book.
Well, none of that here.
Sophie Jordan is a damn fine writer and that’s mainly why I pick up pretty much anything she writes. Her Devil’s Rock series is something a wee bit different from everything else out there, with it’s impossible situations where there’s seemingly no possible way the guy and the girl could fall in love and find their happily ever after in the end. But they do, even in this book!
And even though this can be read as a stand alone, Reid Allister’s story actually begins in the first book, All Chained Up. He surprisingly has a nice meaty role in the first book. By the time Hell Breaks Loose (see what I did there?), Reid has escaped prison and is on the run. Reid finds his way back to his old gang that is now being run by his younger, more foolhardy brother. Unfortunately for Reid, the gang has got themselves nose deep into a scheme that won’t end well for anyone involved.
Grace Reeves is the molded and manipulated daughter of The President of the United States. Stuck in a life that isn’t her’s, she ventures out on her own one night only to end up in a completely worse situation.
I was beyond intrigued to see how Ms. Jordan was going to get Grace, a naive and sheltered girl, to fall in love with Reid, a criminal who has committed murder, and vice versa. What could they talk about? What could they have in common? Turns out they had more in common than what I would have thought. I loved seeing that illustrated in this story, as well as both Grace and Reid’s growth from the beginning of the book to the end…. or were those traits already there, just buried deep? Hmmm….
I’ll admit, this story was a wee bit “off” for me in the middle. I’m going to blame the fact that I read the ARC. But in the middle of the story, Grace got very verbose and pontificated at length about what was happening in her mind and how she shouldn’t be doing or feeling what she was. There was very little action in the middle of the book and I think that’s why I got hung up on the character’s mental musings. I’m tossing out the $10 words tonight, right?
But as soon as the action picked up and we started rolling towards the climax, I was all in, glued to the pages. I still didn’t know what would happen, how I’d get my HEA, but a few lies, a few surprises here and there and Boom! Someone is standing up for what they want in life – and giving me what I love best in a book 😉