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The Devil You Know (Nick Englebrecht #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Not only does the devil have an only begotten son, but he’s currently residing in the rural town of Blackwater in northeast Pennsylvania.

Semi-retired from law enforcement, the handsome, if cynical, Nick Englebrecht becomes quickly caught up in a local missing child case that seems mundane on the outside, but when the sheriff requests his help as a psychic detective to help
ebook, 198 pages
Published October 13th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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Oct 31, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of urban fantasy, fast-paced and fun stories
Trigger Warnings: Child abuse, child molestation (implied, and in the past)

My Thoughts: This is a really fun book. I really enjoyed the premise that the son of Satan co-owns an occult shop in a small town in Pennsylvania and used to be a cop in NYC. I also love how the book opens in such a typical, pulp-fiction way, but self-consciously. I really enjoyed Nick himself—he has a wry
Experiment BL626
I wanted to like this book, but there were too many small issues to tolerate.

The Characters

+ the hero
The only noteworthy thing about Nick was that he was bi. Other than that, he was a stereotypical Urban Fantasy protagonist. He has a destiny he doesn’t want to face, a power he doesn’t practice to attain mastery, and a tendency to jump into trouble without preparation.

I had a hard time believing the character was an ex-cop, a psychic detective, and a prince of Hell. He frequently let the bad guys
Dec 03, 2012 Janny rated it did not like it
Goddammit. That pretty much sums up my feelings on a book that started out awesome and then took a sharp turn into weirdness territory. I was getting pretty bored by the usual Dresden Files type of protagonist, so when the main character here turned out to be a bi dude who also had a friends with benefits situation going on I was intrigued. But then things just went from interesting to what-the-hell when the sex scenes just sprung out of nowhere and went on for pages and pages. They just seemed ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Maxine rated it it was ok
I suspect this book will appeal more to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey than those of the Dresden files. And I have read every book in the Dresden series. Call me crazy or old-fashioned but, when it comes to fantasy (even urban fantasy), I prefer adventure and great world-building to new age hipster sex and snark. If I want sex and snark, I'll read Gore Vidal.
J. S. Turner
Feb 04, 2013 J. S. Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
I am not one for the procedural ex-cop turned "insert here" story line. I find it to be an easy out. There are a multitude of ex-cop this and ex-cop that novels in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, of which most I find to be a bore. However K.H. Koehler's, The Devil You Know, piqued my interest.

What makes this particular story interesting is the main character Nick Englebrecht, his hellish and heavenly associates and his moral juggling act. See...Nick is many things: ex-cop, bi-sexual, chain smoker, jun
Oct 25, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it
I loved this book, and at just under 200 pages it doesn’t feel short but just right. Nick is sexy, sarcastic, and complicated. The angel’s aren’t all good, and the demon’s aren’t all bad. It was the perfect mix of magic and mystery, with some very hot sex scene’s. There is so much more to come from this world and these character’s. And I can’t wait to find out what is the deal with Vivian, like Morgana I don’t trust her. Fan’s of the Dresden Files I think you will really enjoy this book. I am a ...more
by GZM

Angels... angels of light, angels of darkness, messengers of God or fallen angels. You know the old stories about the good and evil, about those who lead you on the right path and about those who lead you into temptation. But the author K.H. Koehler in her two novels of Nick Englebrecht series proposes us a little imagination exercise (let’s say it’s a fun and novel one) in which we change a bit the sides and see the story from another point of view.

With these two fantasy stories she flips
This was an absolutely fun read and one that I think people would compare to the Dresden files at first glance. Detective novel mixed with fantasy and a dose of Christian theology (don't worry, it's not proselytizing fiction at all) and a story that will keep you turning the pages, this was an excellent read. While there are some similarities in the protagonist, Nick Englebrecht is not just a witch, but a Prince of Hell. The Prince of Hell, in fact.

Although written by a woman, the narrative is
Jul 09, 2013 Roseanna rated it it was amazing
WOW, just wow. This is an awesome story. It’s original and very twisty turny.. love it! I highly recommend this book, but be prepared to read it all in a few hours like I did. I could not put it down. I am looking forward to read more in this series. This book was given to me for an honest review.
Erika Messer
Apr 16, 2014 Erika Messer rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of paranormal novels, and this did not let me down! Nick is an awesome character with so much depth - he may be the son of the devil, but he is so much more complex than just that detail. Nick hates his father and hates who he is but accepts it while still attempting his very best to keep his humanity intact.
This is an awesome read, very intense and can get a little confusing at times so you have to keep up and be alert while reading it :)
I love Nick but I also love Vivian as a
Jessa Russo
Oct 13, 2012 Jessa Russo rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Laura Thomas
May 18, 2014 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one wild read. The author gave me angels and angel-eaters, demons and daemons. witches and the big guy himself, the Devil.

The star of this story is Nick, son of Satan. He and his partner Morgana own the Curiosities Shop, an occult shop in a small town in Pennsylvania. But he used to be a cop and he still does some psychic detective work. Big daddy Satan isn’t too pleased with that. He wants Nick to quit with the human stuff and ascend to the throne.

So do the angels. They’re not thrilled
Ryan Snyder
Jul 16, 2014 Ryan Snyder rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
3.8/5 Stars

Nick. Nicky. Englebrecht. Scratch. Devil. Diablo. Demon. Call him what you will, but the man is freaking awesome.

“The Devil you Know” follows Nick Englebrecht, a forty- four year old man who happens to be the only son of the devil, and the heir to Hell. I know what you are thinking. He’s a Demon? Does that mean that there is sex, cursing, blood, guts, and gore in this book? Yes. *grins* Yes, there is. And plenty of it. No, this book is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, b
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mar 21, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was ok
Nick is a daemon, and not just any daemon – he’s the son and heir of Lucifer himself. Yet he tries to avoid all that, focusing instead on being a witch and part owner of an occult shop with his friend and business partner Morganna.

Until Vivian enters his life, a fellow daemon, hunting by Seraphs (warrior angels with no sense of humour who would very much like to pound daemons into the dirt). Sparks quickly fly between the two daemons, even if Morganna doesn’t approve.

Nick’s also an ex-detective
Feb 05, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book with a different take on angels, daemons, demons, the devil and god. Nick is the son of the devil and therefore has to watch his back as angels are always gunning for him, even though he isn't evil or bad. Well no more bad than the next guy, he likes to smoke and have sex, nothing wrong with that.

When he meets Vivian, he finds himself falling fast for her but there is a small problem, she's like him. She's also running from Malach, an angel that is known for killing da
Candace Wynell McHann
This title is really what got me scratching my chin and thinking that this is a book I want to read. And it started out amazing. Then…I started having mixed emotions about our hero Nick.

Nick had a good voice with amazing one liners and descriptions, however, there were times that I felt that he was a little too creepy for me. And to me, he didn’t sound handsome. At one time, K.H. Koehler described him as David Bowie from the Labyrinth. I like David Bowie, but not really my cup of tea. Also, ther
Zita Martin
Jul 10, 2013 Zita Martin rated it it was amazing
Review: When I started this book, I did not have any expectations for it other than the normal ones like: full story, full detailed characters, and a great pace of all story lines flow smoothly.

This book did not disappoint!

Nick Englebrecht is a bisexual, chain-smoking, ill repute that wants to be known as the “Prince of Darkness” but lacks the tough exterior of it. When the local Sheriff, Ben Oswell, asks for his help to find a missing girl, he does it without much thought of it being good or ba
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Debra Dunbar
Jun 11, 2014 Debra Dunbar rated it really liked it
At first I had a tough time identifying with the protag - it read a bit like a noir detective novel, but after the first few chapters I was hooked. Good, solid plot. Interesting main character. People liking my Imp-girl might want to give this one a try.
Would have been five stars, but I don't like his girlfriend at all, LOL.
Mar 01, 2014 Bronwyn rated it liked it
Interesting look at how the son of the Devil might be if he was sympathetic, and honorable and cared about saving people from Angels. Nick is witty and charismatic and appealing. The story moves quickly and the alternate reality of angels and daemons is well desccribed
Oct 07, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nick is the son of Lucifer. He lives on earth with humans until he finally ascends to his father's throne, which he does not want. While on earth, he was a cop and an occult store owner. He is asked by the local precinct to assist in a search party for a missing disabled child. He tries not to live up to his father's reputation as the Devil, but he is still pursued by Angels who want to bring him before the Throne.

TO avoid giving
Sally Bisbee
Feb 27, 2014 Sally Bisbee rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great book! I'm usually partial to male authors, but Ms. Koehler has nailed it! Sometimes it's not such a bad thing to be home in bed with a migraine...
Jan 25, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
There's the bones of a great story here, but it really needed another edit. The wish fulfillment of the protagonist--son of Lucifer, ex-cop witch--is extremely heavy handed. (Was it really necessary to point out how well endowed he is? Repeatedly? And being repeatedly assured of the hotness of his new fling and their resulting sex also gets old, fast.) We're told instead of shown quite a bit. The whole book is a bit too brisk--we could have used a few more twists as well as a lot more character ...more
Stephen Ormsby
Jan 07, 2013 Stephen Ormsby rated it really liked it
Curiosity Quills has a knack of finding the wierdest and strangest books to publish. As with my previous review of ‘The Last Donut Shop’, this is another crazy laugh-out-loud adventure.

Let’s start with the premise. The sone of Satan owns an occult shop. Yep. And then it gets funny!

This is a short book that just zips through. There is the odd editing issue though these can be overlooked in favour of this bonkers story. It is almost a crossover between 50 Shades and mixed with angels and devils bu
Jul 16, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
I loved the fact the devil runs an occult shop. He is funny as hell and sounds hot too!

This book has just the right amount of paranormal, sex, and mystery.

It was a quick read for me but I have been known to be a fast reader.

I look forward to more from this author.
Duane Herdman
Sep 13, 2013 Duane Herdman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, was shocked and enticed by the gruffness of the book. reminds me of the Dresden Files books series. I enjoyed reading and hope for a book two.
Review to come. After I get back home from Greece, or find a decent wi-fi connection... ;-)
Jan 19, 2013 Beate marked it as i-want-you-to-want-me
I want to read this, but I ain't paying $8 for an ebook...
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K. H. Koehler is the author of various novels and novellas in the genres of horror, SF, dark fantasy, steampunk and young adult. She is the owner of K.H. Koehler Books, and her books are widely available at all major online distributors. Her covers have appeared on numerous books in many different genres, and her short work has been featured on Horror World, Literary Mayhem, and in the Bram Stoker ...more
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