An Ali Release Day Review:When the Devil Wants In by Cate Ashwood and JH Knight

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
John Turner has been living a lie most of his life. Growing up in the rural Georgia town of Magnolia Ridge, he’s only ever let one person truly know him: his best friend, Chloe. To the rest of the world, they’re the perfect couple, but just between them, she’s helping John hide in plain sight.

Matt Kinsley, a cop from San Francisco, moves to town looking for a slower pace and to reconnect with his Southern roots. Starting over in Magnolia Ridge means taking a step into the closet, but Matt finds that with John for company, he doesn’t mind so much.

As the two start to explore a possible relationship, a horrific murder rips the town apart but brings John and Matt together in ways neither could’ve imagined. Matt must decide where his loyalties lie while John resists the urge to run again. Together, they have to discover who the real devil is before another life is destroyed.
I was pretty excited when I saw two authors I enjoy a lot co-authoring a book.  This story is part romance and part murder mystery.  The two men have a hook up and think that’s where their relationship will end but as the mystery aspect unfolds the two men end up seeing a lot more of each other.
Unfortunately for me I felt that the two aspects didn’t mesh all that well together and I don’t think either story line got enough development.  The mystery started good but there were some unusual twists and I felt like the ending got wrapped up too quickly.  I would have liked a bit more development of that plot.
I liked both of the MC’s but had a hard time feeling their connection.  They’re together sexually but not really emotionally until late in the book.  I would have enjoyed more development in this aspect also.
Overall this was an enjoyable book but it didn’t wow me.  Possible that’s my fault for not having realistic expectations.  
Cover art:  This cover was done by Cate Ashwood.  I think it’s a really lovely cover and I like it a lot.

Sales Links:   AmazonDreamspinner Press

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, First, 264 pages

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press


Edition Language English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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