My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dang if she hasn't done it again. If you're not reading Jo Gooman , you're not reading the best historical western romance being published today. Over the last 10 years the entire subgenre seemed to fall off a cliff like stampeded cattle, except for a handful of authors, and with The Devil You Know a reader can see why Ms. Goodman's at the top of the heap.
Israel McKenna, aka "Mr. Roundbottom", is not a good man. He knows it, his family knows it, a whole bunch of other people know it, and now the Pancake family (srsly) may learn it as well after young Annalea Pancake finds the injured city slicker on the edge of their property. Annalea's big sister Willa Pancake isn't sure bringing the stranger home is going to end well, but she's got plenty of problems already, so what's one more?
What unfolds is a beautifully crafted story that unwinds like a Western story told around a campfire. You can't rush the action, because that would detract from the storytelling, so settle in with the Pancakes and Israel and get ready to be entertained.
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