“The Devil Inside” by Kate Davies
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
Maybe it’s living on the East Coast? I never had a cowboy thing. Certainly not a rodeo thing. Aside from clowns, Nascar drivers, or criminals, rodeo stars are on my “least likely to get me to drool” list. So when Kate let me read The Devil Inside before its release, I kinda gulped. Oh noooos…it’s rodeo. Here’s the official blurb, because I’m awful at plot summaries:
Thirteen years after her father was killed in a rodeo accident, Samantha Quincannon is facing her worst nightmare. An EMT, she has avoided rodeo duty like the plague. Now her career depends on her ability to face down her fear. Cody Shaw hasn’t seen Sam since the night of her father’s accident, and their reunion is anything but typical. So is her reaction when a bull ride gone wrong lands him, broke and bleeding, in her reluctant care. And, until he’s well enough to travel, in her bed. He knows he’s far from a model patient, but would it kill Sam not to act like she’d rather climb on a bull herself than have him underfoot?
One thing hasn’t changed—their off-the-charts sexual tension. They both put up a good fight, but soon the heat burns through their resistance.
Even as Sam fights to protect her heart from the one danger she didn’t see coming, something else becomes clear. Rodeo is in Cody’s blood, and nothing, not even Sam, can make him quit taking crazy risks. It’s up to Sam to decide if she’s ready to put on her big-girl boots—and ride.
So I hate rodeo books, but I heart contemporaries! This is the comfort food of romance–and it hit me at just the right moment. The news on the economy is awful, work is stressful, writing is giving me hives, yada yada. The cure? For two nights, Kate Davies. Escapism, for sure, but not brain-dead escapism. Not American Idol escapism. I bought this story and the characters.
In a sense, The Devil Inside is one long scene, drawn out over several days. If you’re a writer, you know that rule about putting the hero and heroine together a lot, from the start. Kate does just that, and it works so well. Sam (the girl) is cooped up in her own apartment with wounded, hunky Cody Shaw–a guy she’s craved for at least thirteen years, no less. And she has to do things like change the poor fellow’s bandages in her own bed.
I mean, come on! That has to be on the top twenty list of fantasies. The guy of your dreams is in your care, he needs you, and you want him. Of course it’s not that simple. There’s some action, which given it’s rodeo stuff was far more interesting than I expected!
Kate is good at the slow burn leading up to white-hot passion. Very good. And her writing is smooth and clear. Her descriptions are great–I really feel as if I know what to expect if I go to a rodeo, or suddenly have to nurse a hunky cowboy back to health ;o)
I did wonder why the rodeo community didn’t rally around Sam and her family when her dad died, but that is answered at the end of the book. And it didn’t strike me as very realistic that a hospital released Cody to Sam’s care…I needed a little more explanation of why that happened.
Despite that moment of needing to just go with the flow (it’s a romance, after all), I adored this book. This is like homemade mac and cheese for the winter-weary soul. Two thumbs up!
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