First books in any series are hard. Hard for authors and hard for readers. There’s just so much set up to get through and usually it all gets jumbled together and ends up feeling like a huge info dump. So when I enjoy the first book, even if I have a few issues, I make it a point to at least read its follow-up before I decide to ditch or stick with. I read All Chained Up, the first book in the Devil’s Rock series, mainly because I was so intrigued by the premise. And while I wished that there had been a tad bit more relationship development and less wham, bam, thank you ma,am, I really enjoyed myself and loved the set-up for Hell Breaks Loose. You should know that I’m writing this review in mid-April and the release date isn’t until July, which means I couldn’t help myself and pretty much dove in as soon as it hit my kindle.
At the end of All Chained Up, Reid Allister, friend to Knox and North, started a fight which turned into a prison brawl, which then landed him in the local hospital with a stab wound. Of course this was all part of the plan to get him out from behind the walls of the prison and into a place that would give him a chance to escape. He has revenge to dish out against the man who set him up and is responsible for the life sentence he is currently serving at Devil’s Rock Penitentiary. His plan goes off with only a few minor hitches, and before he knows it he’s out of the hospital and headed towards home. Only he doesn’t realize that his dumbass brother is still following the orders of the man who he wants revenge against and one of his orders was to kidnap the President of the United States’s daughter. Something he only realizes when he sees her tied to the bed in one in a rundown cabin in the middle of no where.
Grace Reeves finally, finally decides to evade her secret service detail by sneaking out of her hotel in order to have a normal night out when she is suddenly snatched off the streets by a group of rough-looking men. She’s scared and doesn’t know what to expect, especially when a ridiculously good-looking man suddenly enters the room she’s being held in and claims to want to protect her from the rest of the crew. She doesn’t believe that for one minute and decides right then to do what ever it takes to escape.
I already love this series. It’s crackalicious. Reid and Grace are crackalicious. She hasn’t had a normal life for someone her age due to her father’s political career and doesn’t trust Reid for two seconds. She really doesn’t, I’m not exaggerating at all. Reid on the other hand has lived a rough life and that’s before he was sent away for murder. Since then he’s been serving a life sentence in one of the toughest prisons, trying to stay alive while dreaming of revenge. Together they are explosive. She doesn’t trust him so she runs every chance she gets which means he has to chase her down. Like full body nudity running through the woods in order to catch up with her. 🙂 There’s this ‘is he the bad guy or is he the good guy thing’ going on that I loved.
My main issue with the first book in the series was the lack of relationship development. I did not have that same issue this time around. Once Reid and Grace get over the fear and uncertainty and start to talk about their lives and hopes and dreams their relationship blossoms. They open up and get to know each other before they fall into bed. By the time their unusual HEA happened (which I loved) I was completely invested in them as a couple. I was tempted to jump ahead to see how they would end up together, because I just couldn’t see it, but was glad that I held off.
I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Fury on Fire is set to release January 31, 2017. Hopefully this will be North’s story. Final Grade-B
Fuck that. Right now she wanted him and he wanted her. He wasn’t going to deprive himself anymore. He’d had eleven years of deprivation. It was time to feast. He would take her and her fuck-me eyes and her warm sweet-smelling skin and have something to remember when he was back in hell.