Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life to protect Briar’s. Paroled at last, he tries to resist her. She’s too innocent, too sweet, and she has no idea what Knox is capable of. But a single touch can lead to a kiss—and a taste . . . until the only crime is denying what feels so right . . .
I want to thank Avon for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
I love Sophie Jordan. I'll admit, I will read anything she writes. Her writing style is phenomenal and her plot lines are always interesting. So give the chance to read this one early, I jumped on it becaues...SOPHIE JORDAN!
Let's talk a little about Knox Callaghan. Convicted criminal serving time for his crime. I will say I wasn't sure how Jordan was going to make me like this guy. I mean, he's in jail, so he has to have done something bad, right? Well...kind of. But I won't get into that because it plays a part in the story line. Let's just say I could not completely fault him for what he did and I totally understood where he was coming from. That said, Knox totally grew on me. He's this broody guy who shrouds himself in mystery. Who wouldn't when you're trying to stay alive in jail. Don't let people know about you seems to be his theme. The one thing that keeps him going? His little brother who is in jail with him. Knox is nothing if not loyal!
Briar Davis is, to put it mildly, naive. She's not much experience outside her own little bubble. She works as a nurse and suddenly finds herself volunteering at the clinic in a prison. I have to say for someone who comes across as naive, she takes pretty well to defending herself and being strong when she needs to be. At first Briar kind of annoyed me. She doesn't stand up for herself, especially when it comes to her sister. But her life experiences once she starts working at the prison turn her into something totally different.
I won't lie, I knew immediately where this story was going. Bad boy meets good girl, they have an extreme attraction that is no good for either of them but they just can't stay away. It's a typical romance, but with atypical circumstances. After all, Knox is in jail, so how do you get around that one when you're attracted to a hardened criminal? Jordan quickly fixes that with Knox's parole. And then the steaminess ensues. Yep, it's hot and heavy and full smexy times! And I loved every minute of it.
I like that Briar was naive in this relationship. It made for interesting chemistry between her and Knox. Despite being the naive one, she was actually pretty adventurous. I think this had Knox a little surprised. And at the same time he seemed pleased.
Of course the pair find themselves falling for each other when they think they shouldn't be. Knox feels he's no good for Briar and that having her in his life will just end badly. I loved how they worked through their "differences" though I will say this conflict happened a few too many times for me in the book. I eventually wanted to slap them both in the head and tell them to snap out of it! Eventually they both learn how to exercise their demons and work things out, but getting there made me want to toss them at times!
Overall, Jordan pulled me right into the story immediately with the opening being in the prison clinic. And I really wasn't able to put it down, though I had to for work and, oh, to take care of my family! And I loved how the relationship between the two played out. And I loved most of all how the two main characters were so different in personality and lifestyles and yet they meshed together so well. I can't wait to see what comes next in this series.
Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.
A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.
In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.
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