Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Review: 'Hell Breaks Loose' by Sophie Jordan

Bad boy falls in love with a good girl and all hell breaks loose. This book was very appropriately titled to say the least.
Every now and then I like to read romance novels like this, because it reminds me that if you try hard enough or long enough you can eventually accomplish what you want or, in some cases, get what you deserve.
Reid breaks free from prison, only to find out his previously sweet and innocent brother is involved in some bad things. One of which is kidnapping the daughter of the president.
It goes from bad to worse when Reid realizes that he’s attracted to her. From there starts a story that I couldn’t put down until I new I would find a happy ending at the end of Reid and Grace’s story. I am so glad I did.
Grace, the President’s daughter, has always done what her father wanted and needed her to do but when she gets kidnapped by a bunch of gangsters, everything changes. Suddenly, she’s not just trying to escape from creepy gangsters who will be willing to use her any way necessary, but stay alive.
She finds the courage to do what she has never been able to do in all life. It felt as if her getting kidnapped and falling in love with Reid gave her a wake up call.
Reid has spent a lot of years being patient in prison, just so he could take the first chance and get out. When he does get out, he doesn’t expect to find his younger brother gone off the bad end. And, worse, he’s a member of the gang that was the cause of Reid getting imprisoned. What he also doesn’t expect to find is himself in the middle of the kidnapping of Grace Reeves.
He knows that he has to protect his brother and Grace. It was endearing to see how hard Reid fought his own desires to protect Grace from himself. The author builds up the tension between them to the point that they didn’t have a choice but to give into it and by then it was explosive. She made cheering for their HEA the most natural reaction to their story. What would happen when she went back home? How could they be together when it would fall back on her family and more specifically, her father. It was a terrific premise because those questions would have to be answered.
This is a story for readers who enjoy a rich plot, vibrant characters and a love that is won over adversity and trials.

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