The Book Worm: Review: The Devil You Know

Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: The Devil You Know

Book Review: The Devil You Know, by Jo Goodman


After a horse drags him through the countryside, Israel McKenna awakes bruised and battered in a field in Pancake Valley, Colorado. He can recall where he came from and where he was going, but the memory of how he came to be on the Pancake homestead eludes him. He’s certain he did something wrong to deserve such a harsh punishment—and so is the beautiful woman who reluctantly comes to his aid.
Wilhelmina “Willa” Pancake must focus on running her family’s ranch. With Israel’s hazy memory, she is unsure if she can trust him, let alone handle the budding attraction between them. And as men fight to steal her land and the truth about Israel’s past rides toward them, love is a risk she cannot easily take.

Genre: historical romance

Publishing date: May 2016

Mature content: yes

Review: In terms of suspense, The Devil you Know one is probably one of the best books by Jo Goodman that I've ever read. If you start reading the book and think you already have everything mapped out, think again. There are numerous twists and turns, and nothing (and no one) is what it seems in this book. 

The romance between Israel and Willa is also lovely and beautifully woven into the story, but for some reason I found in a bit harder to read than some of Jo Goodman's other books. There were a few times where I felt the plot was moving too slowly and too many unnecessary details we being added. Hence the four stars instead of five.

Still, if you like historical romances mixing love and suspense, this one is for you. Recommended. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

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