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Rena Koontz is a romantic suspense author passionate about the stories she tells and the messages they deliver.​ {Read More}

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The Devil She Knew

2018
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"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.

Customer Reviews

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?

I read Rena Koontz's debut novel "Love's Secret Fire" and was awed by the writing and the characters. I loved that book and couldn't wait for her second one, "The Devil She Knew." It didn't disappoint. It's better than the first. There was drama from the first page, and never stopped. Cassidy Hoake witnessed a murder and was running for her life. In pops a cop, Clay Cestra, who suspects she isn't who she's pretending to be. When he finds out the trouble she's in he makes it his life's mission to protect her and while doing so falls hard for her. Trouble comes from all directions and together they must run for their lives. Great job Rena, don't make us wait too long for the next one.

I inhaled this book! Loved, loved, loved it. The hero and heroine are fantastic and flawed; the supporting characters are delightful. There’s the right mix of suspense, action, laughter and tragedy that it was never too light, never too heavy, and always just the right amount of sexy.

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