All Chained Up: A Devil's Rock Novel

All Chained Up: A Devil's Rock Novel

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by Sophie Jordan
     
 

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There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .

Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse

Overview

There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .

Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way.

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 . . .

“When the prison doors are open, the real dragon will fly out.”—Ho Chi Minh

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/07/2016
In Jordon's serviceable and steamy contemporary romance, a nurse and a convicted killer make an unlikely connection thanks to a series of convenient coincidences. Nurse Briar Davis volunteers to accompany her boss, Dr. Walker, on rounds at Devil's Rock Penitentiary. Then, as if fate feels compelled to fulfill Briar's sister's warning about the dangers a single woman might face among felons, prisoners take over the prison's Health Services Unit. She and Walker are in mortal danger. Knox Callaghan—who maintains that he's no murderer, despite the charge that landed him in Devil's Rock—steps in, saves the day, and earns himself an early parole. After Knox's release, he just happens to meet Briar at a store near her apartment and she invites him up to share a carton of ice cream. The rest goes as expected. Jordon spins a good yarn, but this time it's impossible to overlook all the happenstance that leads to the happy ending. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (Apr.)
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kresley Cole
“I read the gritty, sexy as hell, addictive story in one sitting!”
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
“Sophie Jordan excels at writing sizzling hot reads!”
New York Times Bestselling author Laura Kaye
Raw, forbidden, and scorchingly hot! I couldn’t put it down!
—NYT bestselling author Elle Kennedy
“Off-the-charts hot and emotionally charged! Get ready for these sexy-as-sin ex-cons to take you on a wild ride!”
--NYT bestselling author Elle Kennedy
“Off-the-charts hot and emotionally charged! Get ready for these sexy-as-sin ex-cons to take you on a wild ride!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062423689
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2016
Series:
Devil's Rock Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
177,702
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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All Chained Up: A Devil's Rock Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## FABULOUS. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down (235 pages). Yes, the hero started out a tad rough....ok more than a tad. But he definitely redeemed himself. These two had some crazy hot chemistry going. The sex scenes were yummy indeed. I can't wait to see if North gets a story. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knox is the perfect alpha - sooooo hot! Anxious to read the next one, Reid's story, and really hope North will get a HEA too.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Reading_With_Cupcakes 10 months ago
First off, let me say that, if you are a fan of Ben and Jerry's ice cream....specifically of the flavor Cherry Garcia...you will never ever be able to look at it in the same way again. Mmmm ice cream... Do you like bad boys? Yes? Good! Then you will like All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan because it is all about bad boys! All Chained Up is about Knox Callaghan. Knox one of a few guys that we meet that are in prison for doing not very nice things. In his case, Knox is in prison for killing a guy. His little brother is also there (and I cannot wait for more of his story!) and Knox is willing to do anything to keep his brother safe while he is there. To keep them both safe and alive until it is time for parole - or at least until baby brother is out and on the other side where it is safer. Well that was the plan anyways...then nurse Briar showed up. And for one reason or another, Knox can't figure out why he is so pulled to her... And Briar can't figure out why she is so drawn to him either.... I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It definitely had its steamy moments - quite a few of them actually. And I do think that they were well done. One thing that I really appreciated that Sophie Jordan did was that she didn't make Briar this drop dead gorgeous female. Instead she made her a relatively normal looking and intelligent one. This is something that needs to happen more often in literature and I like Sophie Jordan for doing this with her leading female character in All Chained Up. Something I did want more of though was more from Knox and Briar in regards to their relationship and how they interacted with each other. So much of it felt like it was just physical. But I wanted to be more in their minds and hearts too. I just felt like all I was really getting most of the time was the surface/physical, and I wanted to go deeper emotionally! That all being said though, the story line was good. A little bit predictable, but still very enjoyable. Also, while this story is technically a stand alone, it does open it up for stories for other bad boys! More bad boys! That is something Sophie Jordan definitely does well. She writes drool inducing hot and steamy bad boys that you just can't get enough of! This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Irish Banana Blog Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
lrhubble 11 months ago
Fantastic Contemporary Romance Sweet Hill, Texas There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock which is a whole other level. Knox Callaghan is the type of man that comes with a built-in warning label. In every lean, muscled inch of him danger radiates. His deep blue eyes also seem to see straight through Briar Davis’s into her most secret fantasies. Briar is a nurse that is volunteering at the local prison and Knox is an inmate that should be completely off limits in every way imaginable which makes for one major problem. Knox is driven to risk his own life to protect Briar’s by the chocking animal magnetism between them. After he is finally paroled he works on resisting her. She has no idea what Knox is capable of, not to mention she is too sweet and innocent. With a single touch that leads to a kiss and a taste and then the only crime is denying what feels so very right. This is the start of a series that if the rest of the books are anything like this one will prove to be an amazing series. The characters are wonderfully written and complex and make for a story that moves along at a fast pace. It also has plenty of action to make for a story that keeps twisting and turning and keeping the reader guessing as to what will happen next. This is definitely a book worth checking out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Sophie Jordan book I have read, but it definitely won't be the last. Knox Callaghan isn't a typical bad boy. He was a boy next door until circumstances got him in trouble. Now he doesn't think he deserves anything good. Briar knows all about the bad boys can do having grown up with an abusive father. But something about Knox just draws her in. She wants to show him he still deserves some good in his lufe. I loved Knox. Ms. Jordan captured his emotional struggle perfectly. I can't wait for the next Devil's Rock novel.
lisaknight More than 1 year ago
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Contemporary books just haven't been holding my attention lately. But I so adore this author and that cover is awesome so I gave it a try. So glad I did. This is the kind of book that you sit down to read a little of and end up reading the whole thing! I thought I'd start it one night and before I even realized the time had gone by, the book was done. Love those kind of books. These characters are the reason I was so stuck in this book. I adore Knox. He's a hard guy that's been through 8 years of prison life. The story of what took him there had me seeing red. He has himself convinced that he's not worth anyone or anything good. But at his core, he's a protector and his emotions run deep. When he puts himself on the line to protect Briar, he won my heart. Briar is a girl that just hasn't been with a guy that does it for her. Being set-up by her sister, she just wants to live her simple and safe life. But that didn't stop her from volunteering to help the doctor at the prison. Sure she was hoping it would benefit her but she did it. That's not easy duty. I admired her and I cheered for her. Together, these two are a match and gasoline. They both feel it but know that it's not the place for them. But prison ends for Knox sooner than he expected. Of course, when he gets out, he's sure he doesn't deserve Briar. It makes for some interesting resistance. I enjoyed how this book developed. It made sense to me. The progression of their relationship was just right. And I have to say that Briar's sister's turn around was perfect. Other characters in the book are just begging for their own book. Reid is next but I can't wait for North to get a story. If you like your men sexy, hard and deep down good guys, then Knox...um this book is for you.
Gabrielle90 More than 1 year ago
Briar is a nurse who wants to work her way to the top so she volunteers to help her boss at Devil's Rock Penitentiary. She's a good girl who doesn't know how to handle herself around hardened criminals. Knox gets hurt in a fight the first day she's there and they have an immediate attraction. An attraction so strong, Briar can't help but think about him 24/7. But inside a prison, you are never safe, not even when there are armed guards and a panic button. Two criminals plan something but Knox finds out and saves Briar. Soon after he is released from prison but he forces himself to not search for Briar, the only woman he could think about. Fate had other plans. A spicy, hot romance blooms between them even though both of them try to fight their feelings. I can't believe this was Sophie Jordan's first Contemporary Romance because she captivated me from page one. I couldn't put the book down. I read while I cooked dinner and then read all through the night. Briar and Knox both had to fight their inner demons in order to finally admit their feelings. Their emotions were so raw and real. I felt every bit of emotion they did. Knox made me angry throughout the book with his uncertainties and mind games but he certainly made up for it. If Sophie just made him fall into Briar's arms and confess his love, it wouldn't have been real and that was what this book was. Real. Powerful. Sexy. Hot. It was everything I wanted in it and more. It won't disappoint!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
This is my first adult novel by Sophie Jordan, but having really enjoyed her NAs, I was really looking forward to giving it a try! I definitely enjoyed this one, but I can't say it's a new favorite of mine or if I'll plan to reread it again. I really liked the premise of Briar and Knox falling for one another, after having met in prison (it reminded me a bit of Sarah and Michael from Prison Break!). However, I felt I didn't get to know Knox's character well enough and instead I had trouble buying their emotional connection. It's very physical and while I am all for sexy times, that's kind of all we got from them. I do understand that Knox has served 8 years in prison and obviously that changes a person. However, he was so hard to read and almost too tough. I think seeing him interact with his family a bit more, maybe would have helped, as his loyalty to his family and outrage over what happened to a family member is what landed him behind bars in the first place. He was also super hot and cold with Briar and I had trouble with that. I didn't feel as if he wanted more than sex with Briar. I know that he felt that was all he could offer her, but it still just didn't really work for me. I can see it up to a point, but then it just got a bit old. There was a surprise chapter thrown in that originally jarred me, but after I realized what was happening, I thought it was a cool set up for the next book. I am definitely hoping for more of a connection there between the characters. Briar's sister Laurel wasn't my favorite either and while I get that she was looking out for her kid sister, I do think she should have handled the situation with Knox a bit better. I wasn't a fan of how that went down and how magically she decided at the end that they should be together and that she realized she was wrong. Overall, I felt Briar and Knox's relationship wasn't developed as well as it could have been, as it really made me feel he was just using for her sex and that was the only reason he kept coming back. I get that physical, primal attraction but I just needed more to really buy into it. I also felt certain parts dragged at times and while I was still interested, I did find myself fading a bit while reading.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! Knox avenged an assault on his cousin, and when things went too far, he and his younger brother North ended up in prison for manslaughter. For 8 long years they've had each other's backs, and been under the protection of the ruling internal gang leader, Reid, without whom they'd never have survived. Knox's sudden probation leaves him out in the world again (with his brother still locked up) and having to adjust to everything that means after years of being strong and in control all the time. He has a parole officer checking on him regularly, rules to follow, and a job bartending at his uncle's biker bar. Knox is determined never to go back to jail, and will do anything he needs to do to stay out of trouble. Knox's character is that of a bad boy with a good heart, even if that heart is pretty scarred. He struggles with the idea of having a normal relationship. Indeed, the idea of an actual future with a woman is something he stopped thinking about once in jail, his focus solely on day to day survival. Now that's he's free, it's something he begins to contemplate as he and Briar reconnect outside the prison. Briar has had her own share of trouble, including an abusive ex boyfriend and a rocky relationship with her mother, who never left her abusive husband (Briar's dad). She and her sister are on good terms, though her sister worried about her being in danger working at the prison - a worry that turned out to be well founded when Briar was attacked there, though Briar didn't share that news. She's shocked at herself though for being attracted to Knox who is clearly off limits while at the prison, and part of her worries that, like her mother, she is attracted to violent men. When he saves her from being assaulted she realizes that her assumptions about him were all wrong. And when they meet again on the outside, there is no reason not to act on that attraction. She trusts Knox, and this leads to several steamy scenes between them. Briar is sweet but feisty, and in her arms Knox finds those humane pieces of himself that he's had to hide for so long. I loved the two of them together, and how Knox is able to finally let down his guard and expose his feelings to Briar. The story moves at a swift pace, with a very interesting look at Knox's life inside the prison in the first part of the story, as well as his re-adjustment to the outside world. Action scenes to go along with the sexy romance make for a compelling read. As well, contrary to the usual setup, there is a chapter in the latter part of the story (but not at the end) that sets up the plot for the next story with a hostage situation that will ensure readers want to pick up the next book to see how it all turns out. No worries though, Knox and Briar get their happy ending in this one. 4.5 stars for this exciting and sexy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!!! Amazing story-loved it!-can't wait for Reid's story & I hope North will have a story-loved author-thank you Sophie for an amazing story-loved Knox & Briar's story**********
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan Book One of the Devil's Rock series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: March 29, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . . Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way. 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 . . . “When the prison doors are open, the real dragon will fly out.”—Ho Chi Minh What I Liked: I've read a little bit of everything when it comes to Sophie Jordan - her YA, NA, adult historical romance, and now adult contemporary romance. Her YA books are hit or miss for me, I've only read one of her NA books (I loved Foreplay!), and I've read two of her historical romance novels (one I liked, one I hated). So I'm pretty split with Jordan, but I will always give her a shot, when it comes to her adult books. This new book by her, a contemporary romance novel? Hands down, my favorite Sophie Jordan book to date. I thought I liked Reign of Shadows and A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin, but All Chained Up takes the cake! Knox Callaghan has been in prison for eight years. Prison has hardened him, driven emotion from him. But the new nurse volunteering at the prison has caught his attention. She's nervous around him, and it isn't entirely because he's a felon. Briar should be staying far away from dangerous men, especially given who her father was. But there is something about Knox that attracts. When a shocking event leads to Knox saving Briar's life, nothing is the same. Both of them have a new chance at life, and neither of them can stay away from each other. I haven't read too many books that feature an ex-con/felon, but two stand out in my mind - Dare To Run by Jen McLaughlin, and Time Served by Julianna Keyes. I loved both of those! And I love this one too. Knox blew me away, and I adored the sweet yet fiery romance. Knox is a one-of-a-kind male protagonist, as far as I've encountered. He seems to be devoid of emotion, and all he cares about is surviving prison and keeping his brother alive. Eight years have gone by, and both of them should be up for parole soon. Knox is a hardened, tough man, and he has been spending his prison time working out and bulking up even more (he used to play football). At twenty-eight, he is still ruggedly good-looking and Briar notices. I like Briar! I felt like I really understood her, her anxiety and fear of the prison and inmates, her need to shrink in on herself and protect herself from potential threats. Briar is a strong woman but subtly so - she isn't brazen and feisty and bold. Yet she isn't completely delicate. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars | Hot Steam As a long-time fan of Sophie Jordan’s sensational romances, I couldn’t wait to try the oh-so-tempting first novel in her upcoming Devil’s Rock series, ALL CHAINED UP. Though not as forbidden or illicit as I’d initially expected, but just as entertaining and provocative as I’d hoped it’d be, I devoured this high-octane sizzler of a story over two days, always eager to get back to it whenever life would pull me away. Darker, dirtier and exponentially sexier than anything Jordan has written previously, Briar and Knox’s edgy, intense, emotional and deliciously steamy affair delivers a white-hot, criminal-themed contemporary that thrills without being overly disturbing, gory or gratuitously violent. While the beginning of ALL CHAINED UP is purposefully tense, turbulent and unsettling, including various fights between inmates, moderate police brutality and a scene of near sexual assault, the majority of the novel is more contemporary than criminal, taking place after Knox’s release from prison. On the outside, this blazing couple’s enthralling tale swiftly shifts from nail-biting action to toe-curling passion so wonderfully naughty, rough, raw and appealingly reminiscent of the fabulously filthy sort of lawbreaker lovemaking you might have seen and salivated over on popular shows like Sons of Anarchy or Banshee. And, while wicked, pent-up, ex-con-epically-hot sex is prevalent in ALL CHAINED UP, romance is central and abundant too. I enjoyed reading Briar and Knox’s fragile and uncertain love grow into something fierce, undeniable and life affirming. Their bond is resilient, powerful and forever, and I was elated when they finally got it right—and then GOT IT ON, AGAIN! I had so much heated fun reading ALL CHAINED UP and can hardly wait until Reid and Grace’s story, HELL BREAKS LOOSE releases this June! That auspicious title alone has got my pulse racing with anticipation! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Sophie Jordan completely blew me away with ALL CHAINED UP! Ms. Jordan is one of my favourite authors, and ALL CHAINED UP is as far from her delicate historical fiction as it can get, and at least as fabulous! Briar Davis, in hope of advancing her nursing career accompanies her boss, who is filling in for the recently retired doctor who takes care of the prisoners at Devil’s Rock penitentiary. One particular inmate, Knox Callaghan, makes a lasting impression on Briar in more ways than one: he seems extremely dangerous, and yet she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. And Knox cannot deny the attraction he feels for the pretty nurse. He has been in prison for eight years, along with his brother North, and when an unfortunate incident happens at the prison, he demonstrates what sort of man he is. This is Sophie Jordan at her very best, and showing a side we’ve never seen before. ALL CHAINED UP so exciting, I had to restrain myself in order not to fangirl all over the place while writing this review. From the very first words, I was completely immersed in the book, and feeling the rush of adrenaline as I read. I must say I’m a bit surprised at how well the romance worked out, given that the hero is a convict, but trust Sophie Jordan to make everything entirely plausible: there is not one little thing that is out of place, nothing is contrived or over the top. ALL CHAINED UP feels like the real deal, devoid of clichés and warmed-over drivel. The characters are especially well-drawn, the romance absolutely believable; I really cared for those characters, and not only Knox and Briar. The writing is perfectly suited to the style, the dialogues are spot-on, the story is superb, and the sex scenes are sizzling. ALL CHAINED UP and Devil's Rock is as exciting as it gets! Sophie Jordan has given us another proof of her extraordinary versatility: ALL CHAINED UP is the first instalment in her new series Devil's Rock, which has all the makings of a huge hit! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.