Author: R. S. Grey
Rating ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Release Date May 10th 2018
I feel like I keep repeating myself when it comes to R.S. Grey and her books, but my goodness how do you just keep getting better and better? I’m a big mush of emotions and giddy glee after I finish your books!
I don’t know what it is about Grey’s books, but they draw me completely in every, single time. Over and over I find myself falling in love with the characters, with the setting and the stories.
The setting in this one is no different (I need to tour the US and experience these places). I’ve always been somewhat drawn to small towns, there’s something so hyggeligt (adj of hygge, just fyi) about them. I have no clue whether Cedar Creek is a real place and sure I could google it, but I’d rather not, I’d rather keep believing that it’s real, ’cause then I’d be able to visit. I want to visit Blue Stone Ranch, the winery, the creek and the small chic shack! I want walk among the cows, Alfred by my side, and I want to experience a Cedar Creek sunset.
And that’s what Grey’s books do to you, they draw you in, they are home to beautiful places with beautiful relationships.
The characters continue to surprise and delight me, where can I go find myself a Jack, a friend like Meredith, and a grandma like Edith? The characters are essential for me when it comes to Grey’s books, and in Arrogant Devil she’s outdone herself once again! The enemies to lovers trope is one of my absolute faves, and Grey does it so, so well! Jack and Meredith are at each other’s necks due to false perceptions, and it is onnnnn after that!
I absolutely adore Meredith, and how strong she is. She was trapped in an emotionally abusive relationship, and when she finally got the chance, she ran from it. It’s amazing to see how she blossoms right in front of your eyes as you’re reading though the book, and how she still believes in love! It’s so incredibly heartwearming to see her transformation, and to see how other people view her. She might be one of my all time favorite R.S. Grey characters.
The same goes for the broody, arrogant devil named Jack, *fans self* because whew! Dark hair, brown eyes, scruff. Check, check, and check. Cowboy, has a dog, can handle a rope? Check, check, and check. I MEAN COME ON! I want a slice of that! It was an absolute thrill to watch these two characters circle around each other in a will they, won’t they? On a more serious note… I love that he asked Meredith for consent before doing something, it was a great, and important detail.
As mentioned earlier, enemies to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes (also friends to lovers, right?!), and a slow burning enemies to lovers book?! Yes please, and thank you. I love a good slow burn, and this one was perfect. It wasn’t too drawn out, no it was just the right amount and it allowed their relationship to build and flourish in a natural way.
I finished the book in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down, and to me that’s the true testament to whether a book is great or not.
So thank you once again Rachel, for providing me with another heartwarming story, you are an absolute joy and the feelings and hard work you put into your books are so evident.
If you enjoy romance, witty writing and wonderful characters, make sure to pick up this book, it’s out now! I can’t wait to see what’s next from R.S. Grey.
Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.