R.S. Grey has done it again! I don’t know what I can say about her books that I haven’t already said about the last seven books I’ve reviewed of hers. The bottom line is, I haven’t met an R.S. Grey book I didn’t like, with most books boasting a strong five-star rating on Goodreads from me. Arrogant Devil was no exception.
Even though I live in Texas myself, R.S. Grey has the most charming way of describing the settings and the nature of people in our home state. Oftentimes, she has me cracking up over her quips regarding the more cliche aspects and stereotypes of The Lone Star State, such as the number of churches on every corner in each small town.
As always, I absolutely adored the characters in this story. Meredith and Jack, despite their disdain for each other, were SO MUCH FUN to read about. The relationship between these two was everything I love in a story: enemies to lovers, plenty of angst, and a SL-O-O-O-OW burn. As always with Grey’s female characters, Meredith was a character I would want to be friends with in real life. She’s down-to-earth, easy going, and ridiculously funny. Her determination to make the best of a bad situation had me silently cheering her on! Go girl!!
Jack, in my opinion, was the best male lead Grey has ever dreamed up! He’s totally my type of guy, even if he is totally arrogant. His arrogance is more of a hidden tortured soul, which makes him all the more appealing. Not to mention, I love a man who’s not afraid to get to work in some Wranglers and a ball cap. Drool.
I think my favorite character, despite how much I loved Jack and Meredith, was Edith! She was the perfect example of a feisty, Southern granny! Her silly turns of phrase were surprisingly insightful, though they seemed crazy. I can picture so many different women I’ve known through the years as Edith, making her all the more realistic. My dream is to become an Edith myself by the time I have grandchildren. 😉
R.S. Grey has a way of making even the heaviest subjects feel a little lighter and fun, all while allowing her characters to show tremendous growth. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m always impressed her stories can have a strong message while still being hilarious. Arrogant Devil tackles the tough topic of emotional abuse without ever becoming overbearingly painful to read about.
If you haven’t read an R.S. Grey book, what the heck are you waiting for? I could read a book by her every day and never get tired of the stories she creates. Her stories feel like girls’ night in, with pints of ice cream, laughing until your stomach hurts, and comfy PJs. I’m sold, and you should be too!
As you probably know by now, R. S. Grey is one of those authors I blindly click the ‘1-Click’ button without so much as reading the blurb. Just like Ashley I was lucky enough to snatch an ARC for Arrogant Devil and I was really excited to find out what the book was about.
Although most of Grey’s stories are simple, all of them have something unique, they have the typical R. S. Grey vibe going, and so did Arrogant Devil.
The heroine of this story, Meredith, was like most of the female characters in Grey’s stories: witty, smart, a little clumsy, but most of all real. But Meredith was more. Due to certain circumstances I won’t mention now, Meredith was more vulnerable and fragile than Grey’s other heroines and I really liked that part of her. She had to deal with some serious issues and it was great to see how she overcame them little by little throughout the story.
Jack was… the arrogant devil. He was a really unlikeable character in the beginning. He was moody, mean, bossy, and so annoying. Although the reader found out why he was the way he was, I wished Grey would’ve gone even deeper, I was missing something.
As I mentioned in the Off Topic Tuesday post about “Our Favorite Authors” in the beginning of May, R. S. Grey is the queen of Romantic Comedies. Arrogant Devil had a few really fun situations and dialogue which had me cracking up quite a few times.
“Chris gives me detailed directions for how to get to the grocery store. “Take the third left after the Lutheran church, and then the next right after First Baptist, and now, if you see St. Mary’s, you’ve gone too far.” By the time I hop up behind the wheel of an old Ford truck, I think I’ll just let Jesus take the wheel.”
Nevertheless, some of the supposedly funny situations and dialogue were not funny at all in my opinion. It felt too staged and way too much as if Grey tried to be funny on purpose because the book needed to be a romantic comedy.
Unfortunately, I had hoped for a different kind of story when I picked up Arrogant Devil. I just couldn’t warm up to the story 100% which is why I give it 3 stars only.
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About ARROGANT DEVIL
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.
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About R.S. Grey
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com