Sunday, October 30, 2016
Review - The Devil You Know
Author: Jo Goodman
Publishing Date: 2016
Book Disclosure: I purchased this as an ebook.
The Devil You Know is the second book in Jo Goodman's McKenna Brothers series. Goodman is an auto buy for me and I will read pretty much anything she writes. She has been sticking to westerns for the last few years now, but I really love her regency set books too. I feel like not to many westerns are published these days.
This story features the older brother Israel McKenna, who is a bit of a trouble maker. The story begins with Israel unconscious, badly beaten and left for dead. He is found by a young girl, Annalea Pancake. She goes back to her ranch to get help and they bring Israel back where they nurse him to good health. Israel doesn't remember much about the attack. He knows that he isn't exactly an upstanding citizen and he seems to be running from his past. He decides to stay on at the Pancake ranch and make a change for the better. He finds himself falling for Willa Pancake, Annalea's older sister and manager of the ranch.
The Devil You Know is another solid story by Jo Goodman. I found Israel to be more of a Beta hero. He tends to stand back and let Willa run the show. He only takes a stand when it really matters to him. He is protective of Willa, and he knows he might be a danger to her. For that reason, he tries to distance himself from her, but he can't make himself stay back for too long. The book keeps you turning the pages to find out more about Israel's past as he slowly begins to remember. Willa has a secret too, that I did not see coming. I must be losing my touch! And to top it off there are a couple of secondary characters such as Annalea and Happy that suck you into the story, as well. This is another good addition by Jo Goodman.