Guest Review by Cinnamon
TITLE: When The Devil Wants In
AUTHOR: Cate Ashwood and J.H. Knight
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 246 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2017
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.
When the Devil Wants In is an exciting, very entertaining collaboration by Cate Ashwood and J.H. Knight. It is a unique love story spiced with some small town bigotry, a good amount of inner struggles and an unexpected murder. I was glued to the pages and couldn’t put it down till everything got solved.
The plot-line is very well built and I was kept on my toes all the way. The story has a great balance of personal issues, small town living, amazing chemistry, a unique kind of love, and enough mystery and action to make it exciting as well as thought provoking and heartwarming.
Matt and John are real likable characters and I was rooting for their happiness from the beginning. We get to know quite a bit of both of them and their building connection was beautifully portrayed. It’s not the sweet fluffy kind of romance more like a bit gritty, raw and really honest. Both MCs have their hearts in the right place and their attraction and chemistry are palpable. Their sex scenes are hot, sensual and explosive. Did I mention HOT…
The murder plot-line was added nicely and it fit with the story and its previous elements. We had a few suspects and the suspense was enough but not too much. My only problem was the lack of proper explanation of the why… I am still wondering. It was a bit like part of a Criminal Minds episode where not all the details and explanations are spelled out.
The emotions and reactions are real, the family angles also add to the overall picture with its diversity and complexity. The whole story has a unique, gloomy atmosphere which makes this book special. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.