All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Book #1 in Devil’s Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Angie’s Review – 2 Stars – D
I have to admit that after such a promising blurb, this book was a disappointment. The first half that took place mostly in the prison was pretty good. The author did a great job conveying how nervous Briar was as she went to help out in the prison as a nurse for the first time, and Knox had all that mystery surrounding him that I like in a hero. But as soon as he was paroled, things took a turn for the worse for this reader. First of all, Briar’s sister was very nervous about her helping out in a prison, and after a significant event happens there, Briar decides not to share with her sister. Ummm…by significant, I mean significant. As in, this stuff makes the news. I have a hard time believing her sister wouldn’t have found out. Second of all, maybe I can suspend disbelief enough to make it through Briar falling into bed with Knox still without knowing why he went to prison, but what I cannot believe is Briar’s friend pushing her toward Knox without knowing why he was put away, not if she’s a good friend. We rely on our friends to be the voice of reason when we lose our heads, and while the reader knows Knox isn’t a dangerous guy, her friends aren’t in the know. And when Briar finally introduces Knox to her sister, she doesn’t seize the opportunity to tell her the ENTIRE TRUTH. Just hey – this guy I’m dating and brought to your family’s home? Yeah…he’s a murderer. Of course her sister is going to freak out! Why Briar didn’t give her sister all the details surrounding Knox’s crime, I have no idea. The whole ‘but you don’t understand’ doesn’t fly in this situation. It was clearly drama for the sake of drama, and it just didn’t work. And I just don’t understand why the author went this way. Even with the details, her sister had a reason to be cautious. But at least give me a heroine who’s going stand up for her man. And Knox – boy, that man is awful quick with the violence for someone who is on parole and always one step away from going back to prison. He was a very cautious character from the beginning, and this just didn’t ring true for me.
What really took the cake for me was that we hit 85%, the hero and heroine haven’t resolved a damn thing, and we get a point of view from a character and this scene doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Briar and Knox! Really? I feel like I needed one of those beepy alerts. **WE TEMPORARILY INTERRUPT THIS STORY FOR A SCENE THAT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH KNOX AND BRIAR IN ORDER TO SET YOU UP FOR THE NEXT BOOK** That was incredibly frustrating. So then, we finally get back to this book and the most clichéd ending ever. The way Knox ‘proved’ himself to Briar was ridiculous, and in the end, the second half of the story overshadowed everything I’d enjoyed from the first half. Having said all that, I’m reading the second book. Yes, I am. On top of the fact that I’m hoping for the next installment to be more reminiscent of the first half of this book, I really enjoyed the snippets we got of Knox and Reid’s relationship. I at least want to give it a go.
While I gave this story 2 stars, I’d give the narrator, Christian Fox, 5. He had great intonation, and his voice was gruff and sexy as hell, just as I would expect Knox to sound. He did a great job with the female voices, too. It wasn’t too high pitched or soft.
Series Reading Order:
1. All Chained Up
2. Hell Breaks Loose (Expected Publication: July 26th, 2016)
3. Fury on Fire (Expected Publication: January 31st, 2017)
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