All Chained Up by Sophie Joran
Devil’s Rock #1
Briar is a nurse who volunteers to help treat inmates at Devil’s Rock prison but she wasn’t expecting it would be so nerve racking or scare her so much. Briar grew up in an abusive home and she’s thrown for a loop when she has to treat inmate Knox Callaghan. She’s scared of why he might be in prison but also strangely attracted to him. When Briar and the other doctors are attacked, Knox saves them and the prison board rewards him by moving up his parole date and releasing him. When Briar and Knox run into each other by accident, it starts off an affair that neither expected.
I liked the intensity of the story; Sophie Jordan does a great job of creating tension between Briar and Knox as well as tension when Briar is at the prison. Briar’s compassion is admirable and I really felt for Knox’s situation. I will start off by saying that this book was not my thing at all and I took a chance on it. Though it wasn’t a bad book, I struggled to really connect with the story. Not only that but the love story between Knox and Briar felt a bit superficial and based mostly on sex. I would have loved to see more intimacy between the two to prove that their love was for each other not what they did in bed. I understood the way Briar’s sister worried that Briar was getting in over her head with a dangerous man because of their father but it would have been nice to see the sister show a little more support. I was also really bothered by the way Knox rescues Briar at the prison; I feel like it should have affected the way Briar saw Knox and certainly should have affected their first time together (see bottom of page for spoiler).
I liked that no matter what happened to Briar in her past or at the prison she is determined to be strong and be the woman she wants to be. Once she takes a chance on Knox and learns more about him she never doubts him or that he’s a good person underneath the hard exterior he’s had to create to survive in prison.
I admired Knox’s loyalty to his brother and how much he wanted to protect him since Knox’s blames himself for them being in prison. I was worried at first about what Knox was in prison for, thinking it might be something I couldn’t accept, but once I found out what it was I was ok with things.
3 out of 5 stars
Tags: Criminal | Nurse | One Night Stand | Trauma/Abused
Heroine was abused in the past (referenced, off page)
Attempted rape scene (on page)
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.
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Knox is handcuffed to a clinic bed and the doctor has been beaten up. Two inmates are getting ready to rape Briar when Knox insists that he gets first shot since he’s been at the clinic watching her longer. In order to get close to the inmate who is holding Briar’s arms down, he starts to pretend like he’s going to rape Briar…removing her pants, staring at her, touching her, and leaning over her on the bed until he’s close enough to attack the other inmate. Briar is devastated that the man she’s so attracted to would hurt her in such a way. Briar has no lingering affects from this when she and Knox sleep together the first time and this just didn’t seem realistic. Regardless of Briar knowing later that Knox wasn’t going to hurt her I really felt like she would have had some lingering trauma.