Title: When The Devil Wants In
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Length: 246 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
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.
Imagine living your whole life in a small town where everyone knows you and loves you. Now, imagine hiding the fact that you’re gay and your long time “girlfriend” is really just the best friend you could ever wish for. This is John Turner’s life.
John lives in a community that takes care of their own, so close to his parents that his Momma brings him dinner most nights. He loves his home and his neighbors, but fears they would hate him if they knew his truth. Chloe, his best friend is happy to help him hide in plain sight. Their relationship is such an unconditional form of friendship and love. They have each other’s back, no matter what. John is thrown for a loop one night by a man that feels special, but as always...he runs.
Matt Kinsley, a police officer from San Francisco is new to town. He quickly realizes that the town of Magnolia Ridge is not a place he’ll be able to be out and proud, so he retreats back into the closet.This situation would be easier if he could forget the guy he had a hot one night stand with, a night that felt like...something more. When the two men meet up in town, they quickly recognize that neither is out and act accordingly. Neither though can deny that they want each other! As always, Chloe helps maneuver things for the two men.
A murder will rock the town of Magnolia Ridge and secrets will come out. This town will need to decide if they can love and trust ALL their neighbors.
This story, especially John’s story, really got to me. I’ve said in reviews before how painful it is to me to see a character who has to lie and hide who they are and who they love. I’m able to hold hands in public, I can yell “I love this man” at the top of my lungs if I wish to. It’s heartbreaking and wrong that everyone can’t have those same freedoms. These two authors make John’s life, his fears, and insecurities so real. You feel his need to be free and you also understand the ties that keep him in that town. This book is so well written, the words paint a story you can see in your mind and feel in your heart. These are everyday people that just want love and acceptance. I loved this book, Cate Ashwood has become a favorite for me and J.H. Knight is new to me. These two together wrote a great book that I hope everyone will read!
All the stars...Love, small town, murder, it had it all!!
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