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I did enjoy this book, it was good but think way more could have been done with it.
Victoria is a psychologist looking to help others after a vicious attack left her friend dead and her running for her life. Originally known as Beka, she changes her name, moves from her home town and starts a brand new life. When a random phone call from a murderer alerts her to the fact the attacker knows where she is, reinforcements are called in. Blake is tasked with making sure Victoria is safe and comes to no harm, he didn’t bank on falling for her.
The idea for this story is good. I was kept interested the full time. Although the bad guy is so glaringly obvious that I thought I was being led down the wrong track because it was THAT obvious. I also don’t believe for a minute that there’s no way she couldn’t have recognised her attacker, considering how close he was to her every day life. I’ll admit though I didn’t feel that Victoria lived up the the strong female type of character. She struck me more as still being a teenager, rather than an adult with a extremely responsible job. Although yes, she had limited experience with men romantically, that didn’t account for her attitude at times.
As I say I enjoyed the booked but it definitely won’t be a favourite.
Technically I should give this book 5 stars - was a great beginning to a series. I was looking forward to continuing with book 2, but imagine my disappointment to find out it was written in first person (as is book 3). As strictly a “third person” reader, so frustrating when authors do this 😕
Bekka Baker/Dr. Victoria Carr, Ph.D. was a little too naive to fit her psychologist profile. Supposedly, she lives through a horrible ordeal as a teenager, creates a new persona including her name, and moving, in her adult life, and then <Spoiler Alert> doesn't recognize her evil killer stalker, and treats him as a close friend for years! Huh?! She maintains this friendship even though both her receptionist and college friend hate him. Again, Huh?! Also her teenage friend who got murdered hated him on sight too and she was killed! She's not too bright not to see the cooincidence; is she? She then automatically treats ex-Army Ranger, Blake Lawson- who is hired to help with security- and doesn't know her from Adam- all nasty and rude upon first meeting him. Why he fell for her after that we'll never know. Then there's the little/HUGE things like no mention of remorse that it was her fault that her teenage friend was killed; no mention of condoms; no mention of remorse that Monica was killed because of her; and the very tedious way she kept thinking she was homely when NO ONE treated her like that. In fact, just the opposite. Their last fight and dialog before the climax was something out of a teenage movie. She acted very teenager-ish in her emotions throughout which didn't fit with the mature psychologist profession at all. It's too bad because I usually want to see how the other secondary characters' stories turn out. Not this time. The suspense - even though I'd pretty much guessed- was the only thing that kept me reading. BTW we never did get her annoying ex-patient Anders' story. Now I'll be wondering about him for awhile- A-r-r-g-h! I hate that! Yikes! Got to find something else to read- Quickly! I do not recommend this book.
I was disappointed in how this book morphed the strong heroine into a weepy marshmallow, dropped cues so obvious that the villain was obvious, followed a very simplistic plot and depended too much n sex scenes for filler content. Worse of all was the poor editing; some verbs were wrong, occasional sentences were garbled, the Biblical "rainbow" quote was incorrect (author could have easily checked this), and some scenes were just glaringly off (on what planet do truck tires kick up dust during a pouring rain?). I complain this much because I think that this author has the ability to do a much better job than illustrated by this book. It wasn't completely awful and writing is difficult, so I give this book 3 stars for the effort.
Oh.My.GAWD. I had no idea this suspense was going to turn out the way it did. I could NOT figure out who the bad guy was, AT ALL, until maybe 90% into the book. I was hooked on The Devil You Know from the prologue up until the very end. Blake and Victoria are great. Blake has the ex-military macho protector thing going for him that I love. Victoria is smart and a fighter who has dealt with her fair share of traumatizing events in her life. I really liked some of the secondary characters too. Can we talk about Con & Kate for a minute? I really want them to be the couple for book 2. They have no interaction with each other in this book but my readers intuition tells me they would make a fire couple. This book lays a great foundation for several more books in the Quentin Security Series. I'm very excited to see what the next few books have in store for us.
This is a pretty good book. Good, well developed characters, and an intense, moving plot. Would have liked to see "Victoria" be a little less wishy washy. For a psychologist she didn't seem to be able to evaluate her own emotional problems very well. This book also needs some serious editing. Far too many misplaced words, incorrect words, and misspellings.
Good plot. Suspense and Romance. HEA. Well written. Only one proofreading issue. The characters are likeable and relatable. A little instalove for me especially from Blake's viewpoint which seemed a little rushed but still a good read with other supporting characters also.
Just finished, The Devil You Know, from the Quentin Security Series and I have bought 2 books and I hope she writers many more in this series. Blake and Victoria kept my interest from page one and hated to put the book down. I will start, Devil in the Details, next and was wondering when will Devil in Disguise be out. I loved Blake and Victoria’s chemistry from the first time they met.
The first thing capturing my attention is the characters introduced are filled in, interesting and immediately likeable. The suspense drives the story and I found myself holding my breath at what could be coming. The Quentin Security group has more great stories to tell involving returning military vets and Morgan James will do a great job telling them!
Her past finds her ten years later. The fateful night when her friend lost her life and she only by luck survived. It has defined how she has lived ever since. Why she choose her profession. Kept men at arms length. Now that she has started to move on the horror has returned