Friday, July 15, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ The Devil You Know by Elizabeth O'Roark


The Devil You Know
By: Elizabeth O'Roark
Narrated by: Samantha Brentmoor

There’s a devil on my shoulder, and every Monday morning she announces herself. She’s this delicious flame in my chest, a flurry of whispered suggestions in my ear. Suggestions I ignore...because every single one of them is about Ben Tate.

Ben—stealer of clients, evictor of homeless women, nemesis. Sitting across from me every damn Monday with his lovely, smug smile and his too-perfect teeth, the living symbol of everything I hate.

It’s been my policy to avoid him, but when a case comes into the firm—one that could change his career and mine—I make an exception. It means weekends and evenings by his side. It means enduring his smirk and his smart mouth and never taking the bait.

Until the night Ben says “Beg"...and that devil on my shoulder decides to make a few demands of her own.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Devil You Know is Elizabeth O'Roark's third Devil book, and these couples just keep getting better (and that's really saying something since all three have been 5 star listens). Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes, and Gemma and Ben are a perfect example of why that is. The more the sparks fly, the greater the chemistry builds between them. Then, there's the banter, and this author certainly knows her stuff. This couple slings insults like nobody's business, and all the while, it's laced with innuendo.
Of course, there is some angst as well, and I'm just gonna go ahead and say that I wanted to shake one or both of these characters several times. Gemma's past pulls at the heartstrings, and she's built up a ginormous wall to keep people at a distance. I felt a bit sorry for Ben as he tries to break through.
Samantha Brentmoor gives voice to the characters, and if you haven't had the pleasure of listening to her, you really should. Her performance captures all of the emotion, and there is plenty of that between Gemma and Ben. I fell in love with these two as a couple right off the bat, and I didn't change my mind for a minute. Sure, they have their ups and downs on the way to their happy ever after, and between O'Roark's writing and Brentmoor's performance, it feels like you're right there with them. 

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