The Devil You Know

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The Devil You Know

I have read quite a few books by Jo Goodman and have enjoyed each and every one. “The Devil You Know” is no different. I love the way Ms. Goodman develops the characters in her novels. The dialogue is refreshing and humorous and is what makes the book so easy to read. I feel that I truly know each character by the end of the book, what makes them tick, and what they are looking for. The drama that unfolds keeps a reader’s interest throughout and the pace is never-ending.

I enjoyed reading about Israel McKenna and Wilhelmina Pancake and “The Devil You Know” definitely piqued my interest in the previous McKenna novel, “This Gun for Hire”. I was thrown by the name “Pancake” and wished that it was not used for this novel. For some reason it gave the book a silly inference.

Book Blurb for The Devil You Know

From the USA Today bestselling author of This Gun for Hire and one of today's “premier western romance writers,”* a captivating new Western historical romance . . .


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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2016 4.50