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The Devil in the Saddle

(Princes of Texas #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  54 reviews
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London brings readers a charming, sexy contemporary western, where a Texas princess learns that love may burn brightest for the devil who steps in your path...

No one cheats on a Prince and gets away with it. And Hallie--Texas socialite, would-be ballerina, and the only daughter of Cimarron County's renowned Prince family--is rea
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Berkley Books
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Netgalley
The Devil in the Saddle is a cute and endearing second chance at love romance.

Hallie Prince’s fiancé cheated on her right after she lost her father and discovered that her father had left the family with gambling burdens. Distraught over the betrayal, Hallie returns home to lick her wounds only to be caught off guard by her childhood friend Rafael.

Rafael is a retired Army Ranger who has returned home to assist is father with the Prince’s family ranch, Three Rivers Ranch. Rafael has always been in love with Hallie
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I had read the previous book in this series and enjoyed the characters, so I was eager for this one.

I liked Hallie and Rafe well enough. They’re both good, honorable people and I liked their history together. They had some great chemistry and I loved reading them figure out how a new facet to their friendship would work. Of course, Grandma Dolly stole everything and it was delightful to see Luca again.

Plot wise, it was a bit dramatic. Lots of push and pull, loads of inner
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ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

This is only my second Julia London read (and no, the first read was not the first in the Princes of Texas Series, however this did not affect my reading of book 2).

Hallie Prince is the princess of this family. However to me, for a lot of the first half of the book, I was more inclined to think spoiled brat. I found her quite unlikable for a long time, however she did get better as the book progressed.

Rafe, sometimes he annoyed me, but mostly I adored this guy. Even when I wanted to
Ann Lorz
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

If you haven't yet started this series I have no clue why not. It's been so good so far. I love flawed families. I think because who's isn't? I don't want the perfect family all the time, sometimes I want to ones that are so messed up you wonder why they get up in the morning.

The Princes have whats called 'rich peoples problems'. At the moment they aren't as rich as they thought they were but they are also not poor either.

Heather andrews
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rafe's woman doesn't need to speak more than once, “what are we doing on the floor? We should find a bed.” He stared down at her with surprise. Yes, a bed. A big bed so they could roll all over it. He stood up, then reached down and picked her up off the ground, swinging her up into his arms." Rafe is a sentimental mam, "...and I don’t want to ravish you in your childhood room. Or mine. Or in a car. I want to ravish you in a soft bed with clean sheets.” I liked this book, I loved Rafe.
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The Devil in the Saddle is a friend to lover story and is one of my favorite tropes. Hallie has just cancelled her wedding after catching her fiancé cheating. Now she is adrift and doesn’t know what to do with her life. She finds herself getting support from her lifelong friend Rafe Fontana. Rafe is helping his father on the Three Rivers Ranch while he waits for his job in Chicago to start. He doesn’t mind helping Hallie figure things out but finds it hard to keep his love for her a secret. Shou ...more
Norah Gibbons
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Devil in the Saddle is the second book in Julia London’s contemporary cowboy series The Princes of Texas. Hallie Prince is at a crossroads with plans for the wedding of the year in ruin after she catches her fiancé in bed with her bridesmaid while still grieving the the loss of her father. She feels like a failure at everything she’s attempted and is unsure of what to do next. When her childhood best frie ...more
Jacquie Hamilton
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hallie Prince is the princess of the Prince clan but ever since her father died she's been restless. She broke her engagement when she walked in on her fiance and one of the bridesmaids and has been drifting since then. Rafe is Hallie's lifelong friend, son of the ranch majordomo, former Army Ranger and general good guy. He splits his time between Chicago and San Antonio where he's working on a project with some fellow vets. Hallie doesn't know what she's supposed to do in life. She starts proje ...more
Lorraine Hill
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading The Devil In the Chaps and I have to say it was my favorite Julia London book ever. The 2nd in the Princes of Texas series Rafe and Hallie’s book was a heartwarming, romantic, and funny story. The book starts off with laughter at Hallie’s broken engagement and resulting reaction, then onto a friendship that has stood the test of time, to long time secret love. I hated to see this story end, but know that it will continue into The Billionaire in Boots, Nick Princes story a ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jeep-diva, netgalley
I loved The Devil in the Saddle. Julia London creates the most loveable characters in this story. Hallie is finding herself. Being a Texas socialite isn't working for her. Her father's death and the financial fall out makes living the easy life much harder and her breakup with her cheating fiance makes her rethink her life of volunteerism and shopping.

Rafe has worked hard. He's been special forces in the Army, is finishing his college degree, setting up a charity and helping his dad
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How lucky was I to get an ARC of Devil In The Saddle? This is the second in Julia London’s Princes of Texas series and it’s every bit as good as the first. I was grinning like a loon before I’d even finished the first page of this story. It is oner of those books that has the ability to lift your mood immediately thanks not just to the witty conversations that swirl across the pages but also to the situations in which the hero and heroine find themselves in and the imagery that goes along with i ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caro

The Devil in the Saddle
Princes of Texas, Book #2
by Julia London
ISBN: 9780451492371
Author Website: julialondon(.)com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro


No one cheats on a Prince and gets away with it. And Hallie–Texas socialite, would-be ballerina, and the only daughter of Cimarron County’s renowned Prince family–is ready to give her two-timing fiance a piece of her mind. But fate plants hot, sexy ranch hand and ex-Army Ranger Rafael Fo
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it

Publishers Weekly just named this one of 2019's best romances, describing it as an "interracial, friends-to-lovers story that turns typical romance novel power dynamics on their head." That description intrigued me, so I picked it up and gave it a read, despite not having been all that impressed by London's historical romances. Unfortunately, I found Devil hardly lived up to this description, or to its title, given that its male protagonist, Rafe Fontana, is a quiet do-gooder type, not a devil at all. O/>Publishers
Debbie Lester
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julia London is an author I haven’t read too much from. She’s very popular and has won many accolades. I have enjoyed every book of hers that I have read but the opportunities have been few for whatever reason. That being said I would definitely recommend her new novel, The Devil in the Saddle. This in the second book in the Princes of Texas series. London brings readers a friends to lovers story that is both heartwarming and steamy. With tons of witty banter and characters that will win your he ...more
Barb Lie
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Devil in the Saddle by Julia London is the 2nd book in her Princes of Texas series. Hallie Prince, our heroine, is a socialite daughter of the renowned Prince family, who in the first book lost their patriarch and the family has been living in hard times due the father’s gambling debts. Hallie recently broke off her engagement to her cheating ex fiancée, and has been totally in disarray, even drinking, which is not her norm. But when her best friend since childhood returns home, she immediat ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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 tow
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Hallie Prince thought she life all planned out with a high society wedding to become a doctor’s wife flitting through life as a social butterfly. As the only daughter of a wealthy ranching family, Hallie learned early on what was expected of her in that rarified atmosphere. After having given up her dream of being ballerina, Hallie pinned everything on this relationship. Everything comes crashing down when her fiancé turns out to be a lying cheater. Now Hallie is quite adrift at the family ranch ...more
Harper Hamilton
The Devil in the Saddle is the second book in the Princes of Texas series by Julia London. The heart of this series is set at the Three Rivers Ranch where stereotypes and family expectations have set the course for decades. Without equal, it’s also one of the best modern romances Ms. London has ever written as she manages to capture the delicate balance of family expectations against being true to oneself. It was such a heartwarming, entertaining story to read.

Hallie Prince is the da
Kerry Croucier
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had me from page one! Rafe’s reminders to Hallie of what she had done the night before had me laughing so hard there were tears. Hallie Prince broke her engagement when she walked in on her fiancé and her one of her bridesmaids in the middle of things. For Hallie, it was just the icing on the cake after losing her father and finding out the family wasn’t as rich as they thought they were. Unmoored, Hallie realizes it’s past time to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Luckily ...more
Luz Trevino
4 stars to this great story!!!
The Devil in the Saddle is the second book in the Princes of Texas series. I truly enjoyed reading about how Hallie Prince found her HEA with Rafe Fontana. Hallie has had the worst recent months. She has lost her father and she caught her fiance cheating on her with one of the bridesmaids.
Hallie feels distraught and out of sorts. It is during this time that she reaches out to Rafe. He has been one of her closest friends since they were young. His family has w
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author, netgalley
Hallie and Rafe’s story is an emotional and moving tale in Devil in the Saddle by Julia London, book two in The Princes of Texas series. After the death of her father, Hallie Prince finds her fiancé cheating with one of her friends. Well, no one cheats on a Prince and gets away with it; Hallie breaks off her engagement and flounders for a bit. She tries getting drunk, becoming a hermit, and an instagram account about deconstructing a wedding before she lets her best friend Rafael, Rafe, Fontana ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
For over half the book, I really disliked Hallie. She came off as a spoiled, bratty, entitled, pushy and manipulative (no means no goes both ways, ladies) brat. I wanted Rafe to get as far away from her as possible. Thankfully she changed, grew up it seemed.
Now don’t get me wrong, Rafe was no angel. He and Hallie weren’t in a relationship, and despite his ‘undying love’ for her, he is with another woman. I can’t root for an H after that. Perhaps I am naïve, I still believe that if you claim to
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hallie Prince has been the spoiled princess of the Prince famly for her entire life. She is set to marry an up and coming doctor in a big old Texas wedding until she discovers said doctor in a rather compromising position with one of her best girlfriends. End of wedding planning on to wallowing in self pity. Enter Rafe Fontana, Hallie's best friend since forever. Rafe has spent his entire life on the Prince ranch outside of his stint in the Marines. Rafe and Hallie grew up playing together and b ...more
Sandy Kelly
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in the Princes of Texas series and while you probably could read it as a standalone, I would read book 1 first so you not only understand how this book comes about but the things they speak of that happened in book 1. In this one we get Hallie Prince and Rafael (Rafe) Fontana's story. Rafe and Hallie have been best friends since they were kids. Hallie has called of her wedding and is feeling sorry for herself and the life she is living. Rafe is home to visit his parents while tryi ...more
Rosemary K
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hallie Prince is struggling to get her life back on track. Her fiancé cheated on her with a bridesmaid. Her dream of a perfect wedding was destroyed. Now she's living at home and has no purpose. She rekindles her friendship with Rafe. His father is the Prince Family's majordomo. He understands Hallie and has always loved her. I felt their connection. The interaction between them seemed playful and light hearted, but was really hiding deep emotions. I didn't want them to be kept apart by their so ...more
Nancy Ku
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Devil in the Saddle (Princes of Texas, #2) by Julia London ...Another great book Julia.... Thanks to Julia, the publisher and #NetGalley for letting preview this book. This is a wonderful series but this book can be read as a stand alone if you have not read the first book... But I do suggest you read The Charmer in Chaps (The Princes of Texas Book 1). Hallie Prince (has her hangups ..failed ballerina, cheating now ex-finance, trying to find herself) Rafael "Rafe" Fontana (he has loved Halli ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From reading the previous Princes of Texas book I wasn’t sure that I would like Hallie Prince,
but I was wrong. Julia London artfully look what could be considered a high society snob and made her so relatable. With the brutal demise of her engagement Halie sets out to discover who is Hallie. However she wasn’t expecting long time friend Rafe Fontana to make a reappearance in her life.
Rafe has lived Hallie for most of his life, but has always kept his feelings buried. So imagine his surpri
Dottie Legatos
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in Julia London's Princes of Texas series was, as usual with her books, so entertaining. Scorned by her cheating fiance, Hallie Prince needs to find a different future for herself. Moving back to her family's ranch she confides in her life-long friend Rafe, whose family works for the Princes. Rafe, home from Afghanistan, is also trying to find what the future holds in store for him. Of course, both realize how much they've loved each other from childhood, but neither will come forward wit ...more
Linda Rea
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hallie Prince is the spoiled princess to a tee but finding her fiancé in a compromising position sent her home to her family.Rafe Fontuna has been her best friend forever and he just so happens to have come home to see his mother. Hallie hasn’t seen Rafe in a while but he sure has changed or maybe Hallie has because all she knows is she can’t understand why he didn’t seem like dating material. Rafe has a dream of opening a martial arts studio in Chicago for underprivileged kids but it seems to k ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite types of romance, childhood friends to adult lovers. Julia London knows how to weave just enough comfortable history into steamy angst. Hallie grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth and Rafe, "the help". But people change just as much as situations do and we get to see over the course of this novel just how true that is. It's always refreshing to see a strong female lead, and the kind caring nature of her man Rafe. While sometimes frustrating to see how he kept his feelings ...more
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