Finally out on parole after serving time for manslaughter North Callaghan is finally ready to get on with his life. But his time spent at Devil’s Rock still haunts him. His anger over his cousin’s rape led to he and his brother beating the assailant to death, which put he and Knox behind bars. And he has never forgiven himself for not being there for his cousin when she needed him the most. North knows he can’t have what his brother has found since leaving prison, he will never settle down and have a family, because he doesn’t deserve them. Mostly he spends his days working and his nights wearing his body out with one night stands. Then good girl Faith Walters moves in next door.
Faith adores the men in her family, but is just about done with their overprotectiveness. Buying her own home and finally living her life for herself is the first step in a new life. With keys in hand to her new duplex, she begins to move in her boxes and furniture, ready to set everything up exactly as she envisioned. When she spies her gorgeous new neighbor returning home, she decides to introduce herself. Which is when she realizes the man living next door is not a nice guy, not in any way shape or form.
Fury on Fire is the third, and last I believe, book in the Devil’s Rock series. I really enjoyed the first two books and was looking forward to North finally getting out of prison and finding the love of his life. I liked Fury on Fire, liked but did not love. I didn’t even like it as much as the previous two books in this series. And you can boil it all down to the romance between North and Faith.
As I expected North isn’t an easy hero to like. As the book opens he’s invited a woman over for a one night stand and Faith ends up being kept up all night by their headboard banging. Which is, well, not my favorite way for a book to open, but I expect for the hero to change his ways pretty quickly after he meets the heroine. Since technically Faith and North don’t come face to face until about the 40% mark that’s a lot of time for North to keep up his bad boy ways. Admittedly, their antics, texts back and forth, and spying on each other amused me and I liked that Faith was not going to put up with him acting like an asshole. Then they finally meet and I was all YAY FINALLY! I could feel the chemistry between them, it sizzled and snapped and jumped off the page. They lust after each other, and after something pretty scary happens to Faith, North comes to her rescue. Then sex, then the big confrontation, and then all of a sudden love. And it all felt so rushed. I’m still not sure how North and Faith went from lusting after each other to sharing such a meaningful connection that they decided to spend the rest of their lives together. The epilogue was nice, but felt like it was thrown in just to cement that they were still together.
In the end, I liked Fury on Fire, but did not love it. It was a quick, sexy read, but I didn’t fully believe the progression of Faith and North’s relationship from enemies to lovers to happily ever after. Final grade-C
“Not arrogant.” His smirk vanished as he closed the distance between them, stopping directly in front of her. “You and I are going to collide.” He allowed a fraction of space between them. “That’s where this train has been headed since the moment you moved in here.”
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