ARC review: Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey

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Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

R.S. Grey is one of my favorite romance authors, so I was thrilled to be able to participate in a review blitz for her latest book, Arrogant Devil. She writes such great characters and honestly, the tension in her writing just about kills me each time. I’ve been crossing my fingers for an ARC of one of her books for almost a year now. I can’t believe it finally happened!

I think at this point, I’d probably trust Rachel with my life. That means that she can give me a rude cowboy who’s always making snide comments at a woman who’s already married and I’ll still somehow go for it. That’s the power of her writing. Of course, one of the reasons this pairing works is that there’s so much more to both characters than what we first see. Both Meredith and Jack are fully developed people with their own issues and histories and flaws and desires. Neither of them claim to be perfect and both of them realize how unconventional the circumstances of their meeting are.

Much like Meredith, I had trouble hating Jack even when he was being an arrogant jerk, refusing to listen to her and making assumptions based on the wrong information. And, of course, since we begin in Meredith’s head, it’s easy to see her real character and how disappointed she is when she’s misjudged over and over again. I was rooting for her from the first page and just waiting for everyone else to catch up.

As usual, Rachel’s written a winner with Arrogant Cowboy. Both main characters are flawed yet lovable and the side characters, like Edith, Jack’s sassy grandmother, just kicked things up another notch. There are certainly some heavier sections in this book as Meredith recounts what made her marriage fall apart, but overall, this felt like a classic R.S. Grey romantic comedy. I was laughing out loud at so many of Meredith’s comments.

I had such a great time reading this book. Highly recommended for any fans of surly heroes, slow burns, and romantic comedies.

Final rating: ★★★★★

I received a free advance copy of Arrogant Devil from the author (via Inkslinger PR) in exchange for my honest review. Arrogant Devil is out today!

Previously:
The Allure of Dean Harper
The Allure of Julian Lefray
Anything You Can Do
The Beau & The Belle
The Fortunate Ones
The Foxe & The Hound
Scoring Wilder

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