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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.
*Source: advance e-galley provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Faith is a hard-working professional who moves out of her parents' home into her own only to finds that her brand new neighbour is anything but friendly. Not that she wants to be besties but she'd like a bit of consideration, that's all. I liked that Faith is never intimidated by this neighbour she has yet to meet. So far communication has been through curt notes she's left for him that he ignores or quick glimpses out the window. A true-face-to-face doesn't occur until almost the middle of the book. I actually liked that. It's a departure from any insta-lust scenario. Instead Faith and North are left to resort to their imaginations about what the other is like. Neither views the other as potential relationship material though there's plenty of curiosity. When they do finally come face-to-face, all the ire and sexual tension that's been built up is that much sweeter.
As far as the books in series goes for me, Fury on Fire is the best one. I simply liked the setup and the pacing which allowed time for me to get a feel for the characters. I felt Faith lived openly and carried her heart on her sleeve. As a social worker, she has one of the most demanding jobs there is, yet she has so much room for compassion and forgiveness. North, a man of few words who was inside his head most of the time, is so tormented by his past mistakes and failures that he's emotionally stuck. It takes a strong woman with some sense to break through to him.
Sophie Jordan, doesn't disappoint. She has created a wonderfully, sexy fantasy with the Devil's Rock series, stoking the fires of those bad-boy daydreams we have from time to time. As with all fantasies, this bad boy has a big heart once you dig deep enough to find it.