Title: When the Devil Wants In
Author: Cate Ashwood, J.H. Knight
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Length: Novel (246pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 30, 2018)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 1/2 Hearts
Blurb: .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.
Review: A murder brings John and Matt together as nothing else could. John has been hiding from almost everyone. But things turn once he meets Matt. John is not out yet Matt was. Matt finds himself going back in the closet in the sleepy judgemental town he finds himself in. The only bright spot for the two men is each other.
While I enjoyed the story I felt that if I were Matt I would have moved. There’s no way I’d be somewhere where I could not be myself. John for his part has never had that opportunity so he doesn’t realize how that feels. The majority of the story is about how John and Matt traverse through their relationship in the small minded town.
The mystery aspect seemed almost like an after thought thrown into the mix as it takes place closer towards the end of the book and was a bit rushed in my opinion.