The Devil You Know (McKenna Brothers, #2) - Jo Goodman

4 Stars!


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.

Jo Goodman is a licensed professional counselor working with children and families in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle. Always a fan of the happily ever after, Jo turned to writing romances early in her career as a child care worker when she realized the only life script she could control was the one she wrote herself. She is inspired by the resiliency and courage of the children she meets and feels privileged to be trusted with their stories, the ones that they alone have the right to tell.

Once upon a time, Jo believed she was going to be a marine biologist. She knows she is lucky that seasickness made her change course. She lives with her family in Colliers, West Virginia.

Visit her website - HERE

This is the second in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I didn't even realize it was a series until about half way through when I looked it up on Amazon.

This book hooked me early on. I was very into it. I loved the characters, both (well all 3 really) I first fell in love with Annalea. She had me laughing through the first couple chapters. Then I fell for
Israel. I knew he was maybe a bad guy, I knew he must be hiding something, but I really didn't care - I liked him anyway and I wanted he and Willa together. So thirdly - yeah it took me a while but I did finally fall in love with Willa. She was a little more quiet (alright a lot more quite) and had a stern, stubborn personality but she stubbornly won her place in my heart.

I loved the whole first half of the book but then it started to slow for me and wasn't as exciting in the middle, it did pick back up towards the end.

There were a few twists, "secrets" towards the end though that I was not expecting!
All-in-all a good and fun Historical Romance/Suspense. Definitely well worth the read!

Thank you "Berkley Publishing Group" for sending me this book for my honest review!

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