by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #2
Published by HarperAudio on July 26, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Suspense
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Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage . . .
Shy and awkward, First Daughter Grace Reeves has always done what she’s told. Tired of taking orders, she escapes her security detail for a rare moment of peace. Except her worst nightmare comes to life when a ruthless gang of criminals abducts her. Her only choice is to place her trust in Reid Allister, an escaped convict whose piercing gaze awakens something deep inside her. Reid is nothing like her other captors.
He’s tougher, smarter…and one blistering look from him makes her hotter than any man ever has.
Reid spent years plotting escape and revenge . . .years without a woman in his bed. For this hardened felon, Grace Reeves isn’t just out of his league—she’s from another planet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her. Escaping Devil’s Rock was tough, but resisting this woman could be the end of him. For a man with nothing to lose, protecting her . . . claiming her as his own, becomes more necessary than his next breath.
Hell Breaks Loose is book #2 in Sophie Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series. I was super excited to read this because I loved book #1, All Chained Up, so much. However, I didn’t enjoy Hell Breaks Loose nearly as much and actually struggled to finish it.
The story centers around Grace and Reid. Grace is the daughter of the United States President. Her life is pretty lackluster: she does what’s expected of her in order to keep up appearances and boost her father’s image. She’s even dating a guy handpicked by her father. When Grace foolishly decides to sneak away from her Secret Service detail one day, she’s immediately abducted by a group of criminals who have some nefarious plans for her.
Meanwhile, Reid has recently escaped from Devil’s Rock prison. Truth be told, he never should have been there in the first place. Now that he’s out, he has a singular mission: to exact revenge on the man who put him behind bars. However, Reid’s brother is one of the criminals who have abducted the President’s daughter. For some reason, Reid decides to protect Grace and postpone his vendetta for the time being.
I had a lot of issues with the book. First, Grace and Reid basically have insta-lust and an enormous amount of sexual tension. But there’s so much buildup to their physical relationship and only a disappointing payoff when it finally happens.
Second, I didn’t believe that they would trust each other after only having just met. Even though it takes some convincing for Grace to let her guard down with Reid, I still didn’t understand how she would go along with him after he essentially keeps her captive in an effort to protect her from his brother and the other goons.
Lastly, the resolution of the big conflict is way too easily wrapped up for me. I found it really tough to believe, given the nature of who Grace is in relation to her father and his political career.
Ultimately, I was disappointed by this book. Maybe if I had read it as a standalone, my expectations wouldn’t have been quite so high. As such, I’d recommend book #1 over this one. I’m still planning on reading book #3, but I’ll probably be a little more wary ahead of time.
I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for my review. This book has since been published and my review is for the finished version, specifically the audio edition.
Rating: 2.5 stars