Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Rom-Com
6+1 Reasons to Read Arrogant Devil
1. Alfred, the A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E golden retriever.
Whether you love animals or not (you monster!), Alfred is going to steal your heart. He's loyal, fluffy and ideal for cuddles and drunken confessions.
2. Cedar Creek, Texas, the getaway you never knew you needed.
If you like books taking place in good ol' South, with its warmth, the homey atmosphere, well-mannered old ladies, homemade cookies and sweet tea, you're going to have the time of your life! Rachel - bless her heart - does a marvelous job describing this tight-knit community, the everyday life in the ranch, and if you close your eyes, you're going to be transported to hidden creeks and starry nights, and you'll taste and smell and touch and feel everything Meredith experiences. It's magical.
3. The city princess turning into a country girl.
Meredith is the best female character Rachel has ever created. There was not a single moment I wasn't invested in her story, not I second I didn't ache for her hurtful past and hope for a better future. The verbal and emotional abuse she sufferred during her marriage was soul-ripping, and so was the damage it inflicted on her self-esteem, but she was a fighter, a survivor, and I was so proud of her, her determination to move on, to stand for herself, without losing her kindness that marked her as a ray of sunshine.
4. The hilarious narration.
I think Rachel is established thus far as the queen of rom-coms, and with good reason. I lost count of the times she put a smile on my face (or made me snort like a pig), she managed to lighten my mood, to somehow make me lighter, more carefree, more optimistic. Arrogant Devil gives the definition to uplifting, and I can't thank her enough for that.
5. The toe-curling romance.
Jack and Meredith. Meredith and Jack. Two comets that collided and created a whirlwind of emotions that cracked my chest wide open. From downright hostility and insults to reluctant friendship to scorching tension and finally to fireworks, they were simply wonderful. Rachel nailed the enemies-to-lovers trope, and the sizzling chemistry made my skin tingle and my mouth salivate, the slow-bulding was torturous but so, so delicious. There was also an umistakable and deep connection between them, that made me all warm and fuzzy. *dreamy sigh*
6. The greatest grandma of all time.
She's a matchmaker. She has limitless energy. She can use a shotgun and even though she adores her grandson, she won't hesitate to reprimand him for his rude behaviour. She is Edith, and she's the sweetest.
7. Jack McNight, Arrogant Devil and Hot Cowboy extraordinaire.
I have to be honest, during the first half of the book I had a hard time liking Jack. He was judgemental, mean and selfish, and treated Meredith like a spoiled brat because of what he heard of her. The thing is, though, that this particular behaviour was the reason Meredith grew a backbone and stood her ground. And as the story progressed, and he revealed his softer, vulnerable and caring side, well let's just say that Meredith wasn't the only one who fell for him.
And don't forget his sharp jaw. His tanned skin. His bulging biceps. His wicked smirk. Oh my, I'm about to swoon.
(Yup, that's how I pictured him. You are allowed to drool.)
Arrogant Devil is a sexy, funny and adorable read that will indulge all your cowboy fantasies!
*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*