Review: Devil’s Cut by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

I was really on the fence about whether to read this book. I made no bones about the fact that I was very disappointed in The Angels’ Share. But one of the biggest reasons for that is because I expected a very different kind of book than I got. In this case, what I was looking for was resolution to those threads that were built up in the two previous installments. I got what I was looking for.

When I first started this book, I will admit that I was slow to engage. The simple truth is that I’m not really big on women’s fiction, or whatever you would categorize this as. I am a romance fan and I am used to the template that follows. The ramp up here was slow. But the book did eventually pick up.

Obviously we all know Edwards did not kill the family patriarch. The big question is, who did and why. Well, that is finally revealed. And while it is definitely neat and tidy, it was an ending I could live with. Honestly I was far more interested in getting a resolution between Edward and Sutton, and of course Gin and Samuel T.

Edwards spends most of this book in jail. Maybe I should say that’s a spoiler, but the reason I point it out is because it’s hard to focus much on a romance when one of the main characters is behind bars. We get a resolution here, but I felt like it was rushed. I would’ve liked more satisfaction after all they went through in book 2.

There was a lot more focus on Gin and Samuel T… and the awful man she married. Honestly this storyline was the most compelling part of the book. Like the murder mystery, it all wrapped up a little bit neatly, but it was probably the most satisfying element of the story for me.

Things with Lane and the mysterious biker brother Max were pretty meh. Max was such a superfluous character I’m not even entirely sure why he was there except as a red herring. And I felt like Lane and Lizzie story was pretty much told in book one so they were just kind of there. I mean, there was a story, but I just wasn’t that invested.

Overall, it was OK. Better than the second book, pretty much on par with the first. If you like those, you will like this one too. But I have found this just isn’t my genre, even if this is an author I usually enjoy.

*ARC provided by publisher

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Devil’s Cut
by JR Ward
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Ballantine


  1. I’m so sorry you were disappointed in book 2. I really enjoyed the entire series. I decided to listen to the audiobooks and I had a blast. It was over the top drama with a huge entertainment factor. I’m sad to see it ending. But I can see how people might not have enjoyed it as much as I did. I would love to see her writing more series outside her brotherhood which I didn’t care about at all;-) so for me loving this series was very surprising.

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