Sophie Jordan is on the blog today with the third book in her Devil’s Rock contemporary romance series, the first I’ve read in this series. What happens when you mix an ex-con with a bad attitude and a bevy of bimbos visiting with a cop’s good-girl daughter struggling to establish her own life independent of family interference? Please read on for my review of
Fury on Fire
North has spent the past years of his life in prison: an ex-con who went down for a crime that was more than justified, he’s still reliving the nightmares of all he had seen and done. Getting past the walls he’s built around himself in his freedom has him gruff, monosyllabic, and finding ways to escape his own thoughts with every possible distraction. Hard work occupies his days, but his nights are filled with various women, lots of parties and plenty of attempts to forget.
Faith has struggled to move out from her family’s influence and protection, and into her own adult life. She’s open and friendly, and now everything seems to be falling into place for her, with a house just the way she likes it, and time that is her own. Until her new neighbor arrives, and with a grunt that may or may not have been “thank you” for her welcome to the neighborhood scones and a constant parade of different women screaming and panting late night, thinds were just perfect.
Of course Faith knows who North is – and she knows that her family would not be pleased to know he was her neighbor: let alone want to know she finds him intriguing and sexy, and wants to know more. That would send her family off the rails: she’s got no business being involved with (or near) the danger that is North.
I loved the way Jordan revealed North’s story and provided a look into his struggles with his guilt, remorse and adjusting to life as a free man with a felony conviction. His reluctance to get involved with Faith, or involve himself with anyone is clear to see, and his inability to trust in people or the world around him is clear to see, and understandable. He and his brother were justified in the beat down they delivered to the man who raped their cousin – neither wanted him dead – but everything snowballed and here we are. Like most people, North isn’t all good or all bad: he’s got his issues and his problems, but he’s trying to find a new way to survive. On the other hand, Faith, while a wonderful character, is a bit innocent and quick to connect and attach herself to North. If I had one issue with the story it is that most of North’s revelations were prior to meeting Faith face to face, and this didn’t give us that solid sense of a connection that was more than lust-fueled.
BUT make no mistake: that lust-fueled connection combined with North’s protective sense of chivalry combined to make one explosive and steamy time between the two of them. They do connect best, I think, in this book when they are alone and touching – when the sparks are like 4th of July fireworks and the only words need to be said are yes, more, and oh yes. And I do think that by the end of the story, I did find Faith’s instant-on switch to love show a bit of her innocence, but a piece of the surety with which she viewed North: knowing he was a good man, who made some bad choices and learned from them, the hard way.
Overall, I found the story hard to put down even as I had moments of wanting to smack them both occasionally. Insets and views to earlier events in the series were explained, and I never felt lost with references to those earlier events. In fact, I now need to go back and start this series from the beginning, the first I’ve read from Sophie Jordan from her contemporary work.
Title: Fury on Fire
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 31 January 2017
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 13 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.