Fury on FireSeries: Devil's Rock #3
by Sophie Jordan
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on January 31st 2017
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.
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.
Like your romance a little dirty? Ah, c’mon… I can admit it, I do! Sophie Jordan can write fun historicals but oh, can she write dirty bad boys…
In this third book in the Devil’s Rock series, we finally get North Callaghan’s happily ever after. North is Knox’s little brother, Knox being from book one. North was left behind in prison after Knox was released early. Even Reid (from book two), their old gang leader, couldn’t help North get out of prison. This book picks up two years after North has been out of prison. He’s 32 years old. He owns a home, he has a steady job, and he’s staying out of trouble.
But North is haunted by memories from his time in prison. How he deals with it is not exactly what I would call “healthy”. It’s legal, just not the best for healing North’s psyche.
Enter Faith Walters, doing a little “escaping” of her own as she moves in next door to North. At 26 years of age, Faith is finally moving out of her family’s home and out from under (hopefully) her overbearing father and brothers. Faith has been filling in with cooking and cleaning around the house ever since her mother passed. But it’s time for her to claim her independence.
I wasn’t too sure how these two complete opposite personalities were going to make it to their HEA in time for the ending of the book. True, the romance was slow to get off the ground and start running. But I think for the romance to work for these two, and for North to get a happy ever after he deserves with someone wonderful, it had to be a slow, deliberate build up to the romance. That’s why I accepted that Faith and North didn’t even really kiss or anything until midway through the story… or there abouts. At the time, I was impatient. Looking back, I’m all smiles and I understand.
Speaking of North getting his perfect match, I wasn’t a fan of Faith in the beginning. What?? I know, right?! But after awhile, I saw that Faith really had a backbone and she could stand up to her brothers and her father. Oh, her brother Hale was a complete jerk. I did not like how he never listened to Faith! Because North’s story was one I was waiting for, I was expecting a lot from this story. I was NOT disappointed. Faith stood up to her family AND she stood up to North when it mattered. I don’t think that’s a spoiler… that’s just something to look forward to 🙂
I sat and read this in one sitting on a Sunday afternoon. I really needed the escape and this story delivered that for me. Sometimes, that’s all I ask for from a story: deliver me away into a story, just write it well, so I don’t get distracted, okay? Ms. Jordan answered that request beautifully… oh, that epilogue 😀