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Review: Fury on Fire by Sophie Jodan

Written by Jennifer Porter
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FuryonFireFury of Fire by Sophie Jordan (contemporary, Avon, January 2017)

 

Series: book 3, Devil’s Rock

 

Summary:
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.

 

Review:
There are many dark romances out there with very bad boy heroes who are criminals and the like that are difficult for me to read - mostly because the heroes are really bad, and I can’t believe them worthy of a happily ever after. And then there is Sophie Jordan’s Devil’s Rock books with three ex-con heroes who were all guilty of the crimes they were imprisoned for but were heroic in the end. I am a huge fan of all of the books in this series and think that they represent the best of the dark romance hero.

 

In Fury on Fire, North Callaghan, the brother of the hero from the first book in the series (Knox from All Chained Up), gets his chance at love. He is finally out of prison, having had to spend longer behind bars than his brother, something about which he is bitter. After all, he and his brother were both convicted of the same crime, manslaughter. He has a job and a house and indulges himself in lots of sex with easily available women without commitment. He isolates himself from his family and any type of emotional connection - until his new neighbor gets under his skin.

 

Faith Walters, a social worker, moves in next door to North - in a duplex. She tries to be neighborly at first, but North will have none of it. Then she gets pissed because she has to spend her nights listening to North’s orgasmic pursuits which are plentiful. Their initial relationship is combative and filled with lots of sexual tension which makes their relationship extremely sexy.

 

Unlike the other books in this series, there isn’t much in the way of suspense in this book. This isn’t a complaint; it just makes this a different type of story in which the romance has more prominence. The major conflict revolves around North’s issues and problems adjusting to life after prison and his worry that Faith is too good for him. There is also conflict because Faith’s family is very overprotective and her father and brother are not keen on her dating an ex con. I admit that Faith’s family was the least enjoyable part of the story for me. I may have wanted to punch her brother on occasion.

 

Fury on Fire is a seriously hot and steamy romance. North is a very bad boy - in the best way. I was intrigued by North from the start of the series and so happy to finally get his story. And his romance worked so well for him. Much like in the other books in the series, Sophie Jordan does a fantastic job of taking an ex-con hero who is guilty of the crime he went to jail for but redeeming him. He doesn’t necessarily regret what he did because it was for someone else. He accepts his sentence and tries to move forward once he is out. This is a consistent theme throughout all three books which to me makes them three of the best books with ex-con heroes.

 

Fury on Fire is a full of fury and dirty sex. A winning combination!

 

Sophie Jordan: http://www.sophiejordan.net/

 

Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via edelweiss.

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