The-Devil-Inside-by-Ali-ValiThe Devil Inside by Ali Vali was a book I read because of a challenge on twitter. Di challenged my top 10 list by saying I needed to read The Devil Inside by Ali Vali.

I took up the challenge and read the book. I had actually tried the sample a while ago and never made it past page one. This time I persevered and I am glad that I did.

I originally stopped reading because the first chapter is full of adverbs and adjectives that are not needed. They clutter the text and make it feel like walking through mud. Once you make it past chapter one you get a surprising, fun story about a mob boss and her estranged wife.

This is not a typical love story.

It is a novel about two women with a complicated history. Add in a little bit of the FBI trying to catch the mobster and other mobsters fighting a territory war and you have a multi layer story with a lovable hero/villain (Cain Casey), her wife (Emma) and their son (Hayden).

The Characters

The three main characters are written with a sensitivity that is rare. While Cain is angry, she also still holds a candle for Emma.

It would be easy to vilify Emma, yet Vali writes her as a strong woman who has made bad decisions.

Even Hayden was written with an understanding that comes from knowing what a young man is like when he feels betrayed.

The Writing Style

Once you get past chapter one you will discover a well paced, unique and well written book. I enjoyed Vali’s story tremendously.

The Pros

This was a good book.

The Cons

Chapter one.

The Conclusion

Well worth it. Be prepared, though, to spend money on the rest of the series as you want to know what happens to the characters.

It was a good book but it didn’t dethrone any of my top 10 lesbian books.


Excerpt From The Devil Inside by Ali Vali

“I don’t think about you enough to hate you, so get off your soapbox. It isn’t going to gain you any sympathy. What do you want?” Cain watched a blue Jay out on the patio fly away with a forgotten straw and pretended Emma being there wasn’t affecting her. Next to her sat the woman who had managed to do what none of her enemies has accomplished. She has cut deep and left a wound that still festered.

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Cain Casey Series

The Devil Inside

The Devil Unleashed

Deal With The Devil

The Devil Be Damned

The Devil’s Orchard

The Devil’s Due


Bits and Bobs

  • ISBN: 978-1933110301
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books


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She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from to her home in South Africa.

Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born