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The Devil She Knew (Crimson Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Rena Koontz
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Book Description

"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

Editorial Reviews


 Rena Koontz's second romantic suspense novel, "The Devil She Knew" leaves no doubt: This author has mastered the knack for page-turners.

Koontz builds suspense from page one -- introducing compelling characters; parceling details; connecting the dots at a skillfully measured pace; and keeping the reader flipping pages with every twist and turn.  

Block off some time for this page-turner, but be strategic. Because once you start "The Devil She Knew," you simply won't want to stop until the breathless conclusion. -- J.M.

"Rena amazes me with her writing. I can see, touch, and taste everything she is describing and it makes the book so much more real." --Romance Bookworm Reviews

From the Publisher

"Rena amazes me with her writing. I can see, touch, and taste everything she is describing and it makes the book so much more real." --Romance Bookworm Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440567816
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (May 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil She Knew May 27, 2013
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I love suspense. Throw a little romance in with it and I am hooked. Rena Koontz's new novel, The Devil She Knew, gives the reader a healthy dose of both.
Cassidy Hoake is on the run for her life. The witness to a violent crime, she steps forward and agrees to testify. But when the murderer escapes authorities and her car is blown up in her front driveway, Cassidy realizes she is on her own. She is scared and alone and thrown into a situation that no one should ever have to face. The last person she expects to help her is Clay Cestra, a sexy-as-all-get-out- cop.

The hero is introduced in the first chapter lovingly playing with his nephew. Right away, the reader is drawn to Clay. A tough cop who can kiss his nephew on the forehead and make him laugh? Enough said. When Clay meets Cassidy, he knows immediately that she is in some kind of trouble. His protective instincts kick in and he tries to help her but she rebuffs him at every opportunity. This makes Clay all the more determined to find out what makes her tick.

When the truth is revealed, Clay promises to help Cassidy. But Cassidy has been on her own so long, is she willing to believe in another person to keep her safe? And is Clay ready to let someone into his heart again after his disastrous marriage and divorce?

This book is a story about rebuilding trust and falling in love in the middle of mob bosses, crazy ex-wives and not one, but two shoot-outs. How can you not love that?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters and Story August 23, 2013
By Dee
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I love Rena's books on so many levels but the first really is character development. You WANT to know these people and you care about what happens to them. She writes in a clear way and even when there are occasional unexpected twists, you get em right away. Rena also has a lovely way of bringing sensuality into her feel the heat between the characters...The other thing I really love is how she always manages to include iconic parts of Pittsburgh in her stories. Anyone who has ever ridden the Jack Rabbit at Kennywood knows EXACTLY how Cassidy felt in the vehicle! Quick and fun read and looking forward to book #3!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil of a Good Time and a Page Turner June 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Was Okay May 13, 2013
By Pamela
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After reading the author's first novel, "Love's Secret Fire," which I really enjoyed, I couldn't wait to get my hands on her new novel. Unfortunately, even though I did like the story, I didn't think it was up to par with her first one. The plot was fine, and so was the male protagonist, Clay. My problem sits with the heroine, Cassidy. I thought she came across as very weak and child-like; there was nothing amazing about her; she lacked any kind of inner-strength and confidence; and she didn't know how to hide at all. I couldn't figure out why someone like Clay would find himself attracted to her. To the author I ask: why would someone who's running from the Mob not change her name? or use a nickname or such? Sure she needs a job but still???? Didn't make any sense to me. And right off the bat on her first day at her new job (the first chapter), she's skittish, unable to look at people in the eye, and becomes even more nervous around Clay who she knows is a cop. I mean she might as well have put a big red target on her and said "come and get me." If that's her idea of hiding, her character comes across as even weaker than I thought. If she had a job and used her real name to apply for it, unless she's getting paid under the table, wouldn't it be easier for the mob to find her? I'm sorry but all of this just didn't work for me. My other issue is the whole "I think I'm falling in love with you," the first time they're in bed - too much, too soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil She Knew
Excellent book. This is a non stop reader,excellent writing, great characters,action,romance. This is my first Rena Koontz book, I will be reading more of her books.
Published 1 day ago by wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book even tho I am getting to be a critic it has a little different plot
Published 23 days ago by Jean Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars It was the perfect combination of suspense and romance
Her novel was so well written it "grabbed" me immediately.
It was the perfect combination of suspense and romance.
I want to read a lot more from this author!!
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Reif
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I really enjoyed this. It was suspenseful & romantic. It was a fast, easy read but one that took me out of my everyday life. It has some nice twists & turns!
Published 6 months ago by lololsn
4.0 out of 5 stars It kept me turning pages....
Enjoyed this book a lot and it kept me reading late into the night. The H/h were very likable and well-developed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by fiction addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I inhaled this book! Loved, loved, loved it. The hero and heroine are fantastic and flawed; the supporting characters are delightful. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Had me hooked from the beginning.
I tried a sample of this story and immediately bought it after reading the sample. The book kept me hooked from the beginning. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shy G.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
this was a very good book kept me interested the whole way through I would recomend it to anyone who loves mystery /love stories
Published 17 months ago by sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one
Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Some hot and steamy romance also. Will check out more books by this author.
Published 17 months ago by LU
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense and nice romance.
This was a fairly fast moving book. I enjoyed both main characters and the action was pretty good. Of course, it was a bit predictable. Wished there had been more humor.
Published 17 months ago by Julia
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More About the Author

I'm a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in English. I try to work Pittsburgh connections into my stories. I'm an avid sports fan so my characters often wear black and gold or reference the city's sports teams -- The Penguins, Steelers and Pirates.

I'm a lifelong journalist and I've earned numerous writing awards. My writing career has taken me into the sports arena, politics, feature writing, editorial writing, and, my favorite, cops and courts. I've chased fire trucks and police cars, covered all sorts of crimes, including murders, and reported criminal, civil, high profile and ordinary trials.
Many of the ideas for my books come from real cases. Plus, I'm married to a retired FBI agent whose career fuels my ideas and whose technical advice is invaluable. He also takes credit for the steamy scenes!
For more about me, check out my website,

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