The Devil She Knew

The Devil She Knew

by Rena Koontz


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"You have to trust somebody, Cassidy. It might as well be me," he said. But she didn't know him. And something her mother taught her once always stayed with her: 'Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.'

When reputed mobster Tony DelMorrie feuds with his girlfriend and wins the fight by killing her, Cassidy Hoake is the only witness. She quickly becomes a target when DelMorrie skips bail - running is Cassidy’s only option. Now, she’s hiding from the devil, living in a small Ohio town, aware that only her anonymity protects her. She can’t afford complications like Clay Cestra. His police uniform fits like a second skin and he looks even better with his clothes off. But he is the law and she is a fugitive. A life with him means risking everything, confronting her demons and defeating the devil.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732270916
Publisher: Rena Koontz
Publication date: 07/05/2018
Series: A Heels & Handcuffs Novel , #2
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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The Devil She Knew 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really fun, lots of characters and good read. It goes fast, lots of story for a short (200+pages) book. I like not a lot of time spent on little stuff, lots happens and a couple of twists, all flows along and does not leave you hanging at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW, I started to read "The Devil She Knew" yesterday and could not put it down (I finished it today). I was enthralled from the opening page, which really drew me into the story, to the end. I relaxed a little before Lauren started her plan. The characters were well developed and I now have mental pictures of each one. Rena Koontz really knows how to tell a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forget goodreads, this book belongs on greatreads! Rena Koontz's newest novel is loaded with action and suspense, and there's no shortage in the romance department here. Ms. Koontz draws you right into her story of a scared & vulnerable young woman on the run after witnessing an organized crime hit. The sparks fly when she meets a local cop, but this hot, delicious hero brings with him unexpected twists as skeletons in his closet begin to rattle and shake up the storyline. This romantic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. As the action and passion heat up, you won't be able to put this book down!
MJEsber More than 1 year ago
Give me a sexy cop with a heart of gold who loves kids and his family and a woman running for her life he can’t resist helping and I am hooked. From page one.  So much of this book seems real. From the moment Cassidy Hoake changes her hair color, cuts her hair and goes on the run, you will feel  panic and desperation along with her as she tries to evade the mob boss who saw her witness a murder.  She throws cheap braided rugs over the filth in her seedy apartment,  gets a job at The Packing Place where she befriends the spunky and free-spirited Amber, and catches the eye of her seedy, slimy boss Wayne Keaseling (oh, the perfectly greasy name!). Enter sexy cop Clay Cestra whose cop instincts immediately kick in--he senses something’s not right with this proud but skittish woman and can’t resist helping her and getting her into a better place.  All the supporting characters in this book felt like real people to me. The romance is natural and you can’t wait for these two good and decent people to realize they are right for one another.  The entire books rings with an authenticity that bond you instantly with the characters. Twists and turns keep you turning the pages right to the spellbinding conclusion.  Koontz knows how to use real details that ring true and how to paint a character starting from the heart up. I really came to care about these characters even as I began to dread the ultimate confrontation we know is coming. An excellent read that will keep you up until you finish it!  Can’t wait for what’s next from this talented author.
LCrandall More than 1 year ago
Readers who open to the first page of Rena Koontz's The Devil She Knew will be thrust immediately into action that doesn't let up. A romantic suspense, the book delivers on both powerful suspense and steamy romance. When heroine Cassidy Hoake changes her appearance to elude grave danger, she also begins a new life with a move into the town where hot hero Clay Cestra works as a police officer. Though Clay struggles with his own problems, he can't help but get caught up by the beauty and vulnerability of Cassidy when their worlds intersect at her new job. Willingly swept into the nightmare that is her present life, Clay finds he wants more than to keep her safe; he wants to get to know everything about her. For fugitive Cassidy, getting close an officer of the law is the last thing she wants. With authentic characterization, crisp dialogue, and evocative descriptions, Koontz's writing took this reader through vivid action scenes and the emotional journeys of two sympathetic characters trying to thwart the devil's they each face and embrace love. The Devil She Knew is an enjoyable read. Advance Copy Provided for Review by Author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Advance copy provided by the author Review of The Devil She Knew Rena Koontz has done it again. The author offers “The Devil She Knew,” a brand-new romance that burns even hotter than her first book, “Love’s Secret Fire.” She immediately draws readers into the lives of Cassidy Hoake and police officer Clay Cestra, and after the first page, there’s no turning back. Koontz draws on her past experience as a cops and courts reporter for several major newspapers to create a fast-paced romantic suspense novel. Be prepared to read to the very end in one delighted sitting, so once you start, hang a do not disturb sign on the door, turn off your phone and settle down to a fantastic few hours of heart-pounding action on the police beat and in the bedroom. Cassidy is on the run, and for her, there’s no safe place to hide. She’s fled across the country and changed her appearance, but she’s getting tired of running. She has no one to turn to, no one she can confide in, even though Amber Malone, her co-worker at The Packing Place, tries to help her. Cassidy is edgy and nervous as she learns her new job, especially when Amber introduces her to police office Clay Cestra. Although he’s just met her, Clay is drawn to Cassidy. She stubbornly rebuffs any attempts he and Amber make to help her, but her elusive attitude toward the simplest questions raises his curiosity – and a whole lot more. Slowly he begins to elicit information, and the more he finds out, the more he is attracted to her. The feeling is mutual. Despite her resolve to distance herself from any relationship, she allows her heart to lead her into a love that is hot and growing hotter with each kiss and caress. Koontz expertly builds the tension of the relationship as she weaves in the pieces of Cassidy’s past, as well as the complications caused by Clay’s ex-wife. Readers will not be disappointed as the action builds to an electrifying conclusion.
Becky_Lower More than 1 year ago
Advance copy provided for review by author. Rena Koontz's second romantic suspense is a tight, spine-tingling roller coaster ride of a tale--exactly what I enjoy in a romantic suspense. I was immediately drawn to the heroine, Cassidy, and could imagine myself in her shoes. The description of her apartment in the seedy side of town was so spot on, I could feel the grit in the air. And her fear of everything and everyone was palpable. The hero, Clay, is a classic good guy who loves babies and serves and protects the community. Despite all the goodness radiating off Clay, Cassidy is afraid to get too close, to trust him. And for good reason. The twists and turns in this book kept me awake long after my bedtime. Rena has a winner on her hands here.