ARC Review: A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson

Title: A Pound of Flesh
Author: Sophie Jackson
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Published: June 9th 2015
Page Number: 448
Rating: 4.5/5


Their love is forbidden. But won't be denied... Can true love heal the deepest scars?
For Kat Lane, teaching inmates at a New York prison is her way of upholding the legacy of her beloved father, murdered fifteen years ago. But when new student Wes Carter walks into her classroom, she's shaken by the strength of her attraction to him. Carter is as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted - and he ensures people keep their distance. Yet vibrant Kat bypasses his defences and challenges him to reveal the real man behind the intimidating reputation.

As their emotional barriers crumble, their inescapable but forbidden feelings cannot be ignored. But will Kat's discovery of Carter's role on the night her father died force them apart...or bind their hearts for ever?


I have to admit that I was more than hesitant on reading A Pound of Flesh. The story sounded interesting and definitely something that I was in the mood for, but the fact that it used to be a Twilight Fan Fiction through me completely off. I've not read Twilight, I don't plan on reading it either, but I have watched the first movie and hated it, so reading something based off something I didn't like didn't hold much appeal.

Until I read chapter 1.

The writing of the novel is not something that I'm used to in New Adult fiction, but I absolutely loved it. It flowed very well and you could tell that Sophie Jackson knew what she was doing, she was no stranger to writing. Her characters were so very well researched and fleshed out that I didn't feel like I was reading a book about them, but I felt like they were my friends, I was a little version of myself perched on top of their shoulders following them around everywhere.

Kat hasn't had an easy life, she witnessed her father getting murdered and her teaching was her way of doing something she loves as well as paying off her debt, her pound of flesh. Her character growth was....different, but her growth was nothing compared to Carter's. He was obsessed with being seen as a hard-ass, but other time Kat broke down those defences and the Carter that was reborn was a man that any woman would want, including me.

Their relationship was intense, drama filled and certainly filled with sex. But I couldn't have loved them more if I tried. It reminded me of Travis and Abby's relationship from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and it certainly holds the appeal of 50 Shades of Grey fans. This may be the book of the year for me, and I cannot wait to get my hands on An Ounce of Hope.

I was sent an ARC from the publishers for an honest review


  1. I had never heard of this book prior to your review, but you made me want to pick it up straight away! It sounds like such an amazing, unique story. I haven't read any prison romance books, but I'm very intrigued. Also interested in how similar it is to Twilight, and if there are any parallels there. Thanks for an awesome review, I can't wait to read it! :)

    1. It's so good! I'm not sure how similar to Twilight it is, but there is one scene from the movie that is a little similar to what is in the book.

    2. Ahh! I just finished reading this one, and I absolutely loved it!! It was so entertaining, so wonderful - I couldn't put it down! I couldn't find any Twilight parallels, but then again, I was too busy enjoying this story to worry about comparing it to others. So much love <3 <3