Release Date: Oct 29, 2019
Series: The Princes of Texas
Heat Level: Sensual/Hot
Publisher: Penguin Group
The Devil in the Saddle is the second book in the Princes of Texas series by Julia London, it can be read as a stand alone, and revolves around the story of Hallie and Rafe.
Hallie Prince, a well-known Texas socialite, has called off her high society wedding after finding her husband in bed with one of her bridesmaids. She decided to escape society for a bit and camp out at her family’s mansion in the county where she is delighted to find that one of her closest friends is back in town.
Rafael Fontana is an ex-Army Ranger who is back in his hometown to help out his dad at the Prince ranch. Rafe has been in love with Hallie for as long as he can remember, but he has always held back since him and his family are technically the “help”. Hallie and Rafe get back into their old best friends rhythm and both begin to notice the subtle change in their relationship and the new sexual tension that is getting harder to ignore.
This was my first Julia London novel and it was okay. Okay is the best way that I can describe this book. When it came time for me to write this review, I had in all honestly forgotten what it was even really about, and had to go back and read through the first bit to remind myself. That in itself should tell you a lot about the book. It is good, but to me it just was not very captivating, I read it and then went away and immediately forgot all about it. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of the characters or the writing, but it was all just a bit blah to me.
I liked Hallie a lot, even though she really is a big spoiled brat in the beginning. But this is to be expected from the only female child of an extremely wealthy southern family. Even with her not quite realizing her privilege, I think she really grew as a person throughout the course of the story. She went from being dependent on others to starting to value herself as a person and respect her own wishes for her future. I also liked Rafe, he was the sort of guy that I don’t think actually exist in real life: quiet, very handsome, can work with his hands to fix things, and was very nice. I did not really know who exactly the “devil in the saddle” was supposed to be in this story, as Rafe is quiet the angel and Hallie is not really devilish herself. Even though Rafe has always known that he has loved Hallie, I enjoyed going on the journey with Hallie as she slowly discovered the same for herself.
Overall, the story is a good one, but just a bit bland for me. Nothing really stood out as extraordinary but nothing was really terrible about it either. I recommend if you are just looking for a nice and easy read.