Review: “When the Devil Wants In” by Cate Ashwood and J.H Knight

TITLE: When the Devil Wants In
AUTHOR: Cate Ashwood and J.H Knight
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Cate Ashwood
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
LENGTH: 246 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback


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.

John had lived all his life at Magnolia Ridge, a small town in Georgia. He knows everyone, and everyone knows him. John is gay and in the closet. Chloe, his best friend, is his beard.
Matt is the new cop at Magnolia Ridge DP, and he moved from San Francisco, where he was completely out and proud. Knowing the mentality of his new home, he chooses to stay in the closet until he’s settled.

One night, that’s all it takes, one night between John and Matt and everything needs to be reconsidered.
But when horror knocks at the door of their tiny town and John’s life is at stake, Matt and John will fight back together and find their happy ending, if they survive!
I liked this book
John is gay and in the closet. Actually, he’s so deep in the closet that he can take the tea with Asla. Chloe is his beard; she plays the perfect girlfriend in front of his family until Matt comes into the picture. I liked John, even if I found him selfish with Chloe and Matt. I understand he’s scared to come out and to be rejected by his family and friends, but I still found him selfish with how he acts with them. That doesn’t mean I dislike him. He’s quiet and has patience, but with a huge temper, I liked it.

Matt is strong and patient. He wants John, and he’s ready to wait for him. He doesn’t hesitate to help him each time John needs him, and I really liked him, even if personally I would have probably given up on John. I really liked how he fights for John and tries his best to be there for him.
This book was like a long, hot summer day when the heat chokes you and you wait patiently for the summer storm.
More than half of the book was focused on John and Matt, and I thought the book would be like that until the end, I didn’t see the twist coming, it was surprising and changes the dynamic of the story.

We pass from a long hot summer day to a summer storm. And like a real summer storm, it was refreshing.
I liked how the authors built the plot and the story. They did a great job with this. They took me with them, in this little town, the choking heat, the slow life and all.
The only thing that I regret was the stretching in the story; sometimes I had the feeling of reading the same things just written differently. That’s the only thing that bothered me in this book.

I had pleasure reading this story.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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