Devil's Bargain (Silhouette Bombshell #53)

Devil's Bargain (Silhouette Bombshell #53)

by Rachel Caine

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Jazz Callender — don't ever call her Jasmine — is an ex-cop with a goal: opening her own private detective agency and proving her former partner is innocent of murder. Too bad no one will lend her the money. Until a sexy lawyer with the devil's own grin appears with an offer she can't refuse.…

$100,000. A savvy new partner. And an agreement to make any case arriving via red envelope a top priority. But if Jazz accepts, there's no turning back. Because once she opens that envelope, all hell's gonna break loose.…

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ISBN-13: 9781552543467
Publisher: Silhouette
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Series: Red Letter Days , #53
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 740,950
File size: 231 KB

About the Author

Rachel Caine has been writing and publishing novels and short stories since 1991. She is a former professional musician who has the distinction of having played with such musical legends as Henry Mancini, Peter Nero and John Williams...she's also an avid movie buff, a TV-holic, and prefers a good stout Guiness to wimpy American beers.

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Devil's Bargain (Silhouette Bombshell #53) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Devil¿s Bargain Rachel Caine Silhouette Bombshell, Aug 2005, $4.99 ISBN: 0373513674 Milo Laskins, partner at Gabriel, Pike & Laskins, LLP, sends employee attorney James Borden to inform former cop Jasmine ¿Jazz¿ Callender that a not for profit organization wants to fund her in opening a private investigative firm. The only stipulation is that she partners with Lucia Garza, a former USAF Security Police Officer Law Enforcement Supervisor who she has never met. Though she does not like knowing more about these enigmatic benefactors, she agrees to their terms. After a less than amiable first call between the two tough females, they agree to meet though they are across the country from one another as neither trusts their unknown benefactor. However, the 100K check they already received is good so the duo agree to the terms. As the two sleuths conduct an investigation for their new employers, the case turns dangerous. James tries to help the women, but neither Jazz nor Lucia wants a civilian in the way. Someone wants the inquiries stopped or else but these two tough females are too obstinate to back down over a threat even if it is to them..................... Though the investigation is convoluted and starts relatively late, readers who appreciate strong female action heroines will want to read DEVIL¿S BARGAIN. The testosterone flows on every page in which either Lucia or Jazz appear starting from the beginning the latter kicks butt in a bar and never lessons until the final kick butt climax even when Jazz and James make love. Fans of strong women starring in a wild investigative thriller will enjoy this dynamic tale.............................. Harriet Klausner
JosephLYoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jasmine Callender is approached by a tall, skinny, lawyer dressed in new leathers while she was tossing shots in a biker bar. Naturally this lawyer caught the attention of a couple of belligerent, large bikers who butted into her business and accosted James Borden, the lawyer with their fists. Jazz intervened and quickly kicked the butts of both of the bikers and was tossed from the bar by the owner and his large club. He told her not to return and that the police were in route. The lawyer, Borden followed her to the street, still trying to press the red enveloped card he had on her while also trying to control the bleeding from his mouth and nose. She was surprised by the card when she opened it as it was a generous offer from a non-profit foundation to fund her Private Investigation office providing their conditions were met. Taking on a qualified partner they had chosen and taking cases from them, usually short and well paid. Her proposed partner, Lucia Garza was competent but different in many ways, fastidious dresser for one and no former partner in prison for twenty five years after a murder conviction. Jazz still thought Ben McCarthy had been railroaded and had made it her mission to prove Ben's innocence. After a period of guarded reservations and a dance between them while trying to decide whether or not to accept the conditions of the partnership, they jointly decided to not bend to the manipulators and go their own ways without the commitment and contract. That's when outside forces took action and shot Jazz who's life was saved by Lucia. Both their lives were threatened, making them angry and determined to find the source for these threats and promising to deal with it in an appropriate fashion. The took the check, made the commitment and opened an office. Both had scores of intimate friends (and enemies) along with valuable resources both financial and human. They thrived together and managed to be that competent support, covering each others backs. This story introduces a number of interesting characters and an intriguing web of their benefactors as well as a counter organization that is like the opposing side to a chess game using people as board pieces. No satisfying conclusions to this story but plenty of action and enough curiosity to drive you to immediately pick up the sequel, "The Devil's Due". This is an engaging two book series worth the effort of picking up them both!
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jazz Callender is an ex-cop, but not by choice. When her partner was framed for the murders of three people Jazz went down by association. Now Jazz has no money, no resources and no way to prove her parnter innocent and get him out of jail. Enter sexy lawyer James Borden, with a red envelope and a deal Jazz is having a hard time refusing. The deal is a mysterious agency fronts her the money to open a PI agency with a new partner on the condition that all cases, earmarked by the arrival of a red envelope, take top priority over anything else they may be working on. Jazz's new partner, Lucia, is a definate perk to the deal but as things begin to get stranger both women start to get the feeling that maybe taking the deal for the agency was more an act of making a bargin with the Devil.This was a romance that should have been marketed as a mystery. That certainly doesn't make it a bad story but people going in to the story thinking they will be reading a steamy courtship tale are going to be surprised. Devil's Bargin was much more a story of mystery, suspense and the build-up of the business partnership and friendship between Jazz and Lucia, than a romance between Jazz and James. Once I got past the idea that the romance was secondary I really started to enjoy the story, although mysteries aren't usually my choice.Now that I've finished Jazz's story in Devil's Bargin, I'm interested in also reading Lucia's story in Devil's Due so expect a review on the second book of this duo in the not too distant future.
SimonW11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh dear another romance how will my reputation as a tough guy survive.I had enjoyed the Books in Ms Caine's the weather warden series a lot and ordered this just on the authors name it turned out to be a ¿Silhouette Bombshell¿ and so I approached it with trepidation but I was rewarded with a good story containing good lines and plenty of action. A well drawn cast and most amazingly a believable romance.No writer should try and get away with ¿they though up something to tell the police but I don't know what¿ twice in one book but what the hell its not a police procedural
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jazz Callender is an ex-cop who has a talent for getting involved with bar fights. She really has no hope for the future without some money and would love to have a private detective agency of her own. When a mysterious group offers her a chance at this she's tempted. When she takes the offer on, she finds herself paying them back in mysterious ways. Her enquiring mind won't let her just run with it.Interesting and I really should have read this one before reading the sequel, things would have made more sense.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Romance only plays a minor part in this book, and that’s a good thing. Detective Jazz is on a downhill slide, but when she gets a red envelope from a mysterious stranger, proposing her the deal of a lifetime, it’s her way out of this mess. The deal requires her to enter a partnership with a strange, and investigate cases arriving in red envelopes. Things get weirder soon, and Jazz finds herself in a complicated moral dillemma. Excellent writing and character development – I absolutely loved Jazz, and wouldn’t mind reading more books in this series. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Rachel Caine Published By: Silhouette Books Age Recommended: Adult Review By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Series #1 Rating: 4 Review: "Devil's Bargain" by Rachel Caine was the first in this series of the Red Letter Days and had some paranormal, mystery and thriller ...all in this urban adult read. This novel will have some supernatural going on and full of action. I thought that the plot was somewhat complex then with a mix of the urban paranormal which became interesting by the 'Cross Society' the idea of the Leads and Actors that was explained toward the end of the read. Now, to really see what is going on you must pick up "Devil's Bargain" to see where, how, why and what of it all by this author. "The catch to this story is that Jazz has to become partners with a woman she doesn’t know and go on investigations for a mysterious company, no questions asked." The characters were all intriguing...Jazz, Lucia, James, Ben, Manny, and Pansy were are likable in some form or another and very realistic. Was their a blossoming romance between James and Jazz? That remained somewhat strange to me but it did clear up somewhat as I continued with the read. I found this read somewhat strange at times but since this is a series I am sure it will catch up especially with that cliffhanger ending. If you are in for a paranormal, mystery thrillers, with detectives and a female lead you have come to the right place for "Devil's Bargain" would be recommended to you as a good read.
WVRAuthor More than 1 year ago
A great book, Confusing, but still a great book. I love Rachel Caine and own a few of her books. How ever this book left me wondering what was going on. 1st thing that through me off a little bit was the level of ... for a lack of a better word right now... macho-ism was completely switch. I found Borden, sexy, but very Sissy, and Jazz tougher then nails. But opposites do attract, right? He kinda grows on you after awhile. Anyways The Plot and pace was another place I had some problem getting into it. there was a lot of setting up of the investigating business, and not too much action going on. There was a hint of romance. I was hoping it would go on a little more, but it ended. So my conclusion is maybe this is just a book to set up the series. The writing style was excellent. I have the 2nd book. Both provided for an honest review, so Stay tuned to see what the next book has in store. - Were Vamps Romance
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
I like the way Caine has stepped away from the YA feel of the Morganville Vampires for this series. As usual she has created a strong female lead, who is rough around the edges and a bit of a troublemaker. I enjoyed the subtle complexity of the plot. An interesting mix of urban fantasy, with a pinch of paranormal and perhaps a possible element of sci-fi. It is actually far more intricate than you would think, if you regard it from purely urban fantasy point of view. If you start thinking about the possible implications of the time/event versus change and domino reactions, that's when you realise how clever the plot really is. Whether you open the letter or not you change the course of a life and Jazz is left wondering whether any choice is the right one. Caine has created a set of solid likeable characters, and the odd villain or two, that will keep the reader coming back for more and a plot that has as yet many undiscovered facets. I received a free copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin Uk Ltd and NetGalley.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
Paranormal mystery/ crime drama. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin UK Ltd and Netgalley.) 34-year-old Jazz Callender is an ex-cop. Her ex-partner Ben is in jail for murder, but she’s sure that he’s innocent, she just can’t prove it. One day she encounters a man in a bar called James Borden. He’s a lawyer with Gabriel, Pike and Laskins (GP&L), and has a letter in a red envelope for her. The deal – she has to go into business with another woman who she has never met called Lucia, start a detective agency, and then do jobs for GP&L. In return – they’ll give Jazz and Lucia $100,000 to set up their business, and $5000 per case which they then work for them. Neither Jazz nor Lucia can decide if it’s a good idea to take the deal or not. But when someone then tries to kill them, they figure that they’re targets already now, and take the deal. The deeper they get, and the more they find out Gabriel, Pike and Laskins, the less dealings they want to have with them though. The cases they are sent on are simple enough, but it seems like someone can see the future, and is trying to prevent events before they happen. How do GP&L know what is about to happen before anybody else? What are Jazz and Lucia getting themselves involved in? And should they continue to follow the instructions delivered in red envelopes? This was an interesting story, which was part crime drama and part supernatural mystery. The messages in the envelopes where all quite strange requests, that didn’t seem to have any bearing on anything, but when followed, revealed occurrences that Jazz and Lucia couldn’t overlook. Both Jazz and Lucia were quite strong female leads, and both knew how to look out for themselves and one another. They also had strong ideas about right and wrong, and weren’t happy to blindly do as they were told all the time. Borden was an okay character, but I didn’t fall for him the way Jazz did. The romance angle in this book was very brief though, the story was mainly concerned with the mystery of where the envelopes were really coming from and how someone knew what was going to happen before it happened. If anything, this book most reminded me of the TV show Angel, as there were several similarities. Angel’s a private detective – Jazz’s a private detective, Angel ends up working for a law firm Wolfram and Hart – Jazz ends up working for a law firm GP&L, Angel has his sidekicks – Jazz has her sidekicks, and ultimately, something supernatural is going on. Overall; a paranormal mystery/crime drama. 6.5 out of 10.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
Devil’s Bargain Red Letter Days Book One By Rachel Caine All Jazz wants to do is drown her sorrows, her partner is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, she has been shunned by most of the cops in the city, and she has just enough money left to get really drunk. While she is minding her own business a man comes up to her in his brand new leather outfit making him stick out like a sore thumb in the biker bar, but what is truly weird is the man knows her name and has an envelope for her. She has never been to this particular bar before and only just decided right before arriving. I have to say it, I loved Jazz, she is a smart mouth who can back it up but there is so much more to her than just that she is kind and caring even if she pulls her gun first and asks questions later. I wasn’t sure what the story would be about as the synopsis I had read was fairly vague but it turned out to be a unique and fun read. I know Rachel Caine has also written the Morganville Vampire series, even though I have only read two of those I have to say that Rachel Caine is a truly surprising author. She has come up with two of the most original series that I have ever come across but not only that none of her books that I have read even come close to anyone else’s. This book in particular you have great characters an amazing storyline all surrounding the good versus evil premise. This is certainly a must read and I look forward to what Rachel Caine has in store next. I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
2.5 With a juicy carrot dangling before Jazz’s eyes, she does the smart thing, investigate. Jazz’s credibility as a decorated detective shines through and slows the story’s pacing to a crawl. Under the impression Devil’s Bargain was a paranormal romance, I waited for the paranormal. Then I waited for the romance. It was a long wait! The relationship receiving the most development was Jazz building a relationship with her new partner Lucia. Both women demonstrated skill, quick thinking, and courage under fire. Then their plotline faded and moved in several directions - Jazz investigates Ben’s case, the Cross Society, and the mysterious red letters & cases. It’s rich in mystery. Ultimately, little is revealed by the story’s end and my sense of this series’ direction remained very vague as to its purpose. The Devil’s Bargain settled comfortably into mystery fiction in an urban setting. The paranormal is tucked in the dialogue and alluded to in peculiar investigative cases. The romance made impractical appearances, especially with the lack of development between Jazz and her love interest. (I had to check the blurb to verify the hero.) The romance had unexplored possibilities – her dominance, their roles in the grand plan, his fateful choices - and short cuts were taken. Overall, book one of Rachel Caine’s Red Letter Days showed it had an interesting seed at its core; unfortunately, there were a few too many underdeveloped possibilities. (This galley is courtesy of Harlequin UK Ltd. via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)
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Lightning strikes again for the talented Rachel Caine (author of the best-selling Weather Warden series) in this snappy and tense thriller. Devil¿s Bargain is an honest to goodness face-hugger of a read, and very much a cut above the rest of the pack in the Bombshell line in terms of quality writing. My hat is off to the publishers for breaking out of the box and bringing in skilled writers of this caliber who can deliver edgy, believable characters and a page-turning plot. Make sure you set aside enough time to read it in one sitting. I¿m not kidding here, it made me late for work! Theme series can get bogged down by their limitations, but this book is more than strong enough to stand on its own in the mystery/thriller genres. Jazz, the heroine, is by no imaginative stretch a shrinking violet. How many dames do you know who can take on drunken bikers on their own turf and win? The hero is a match for her, balancing out her raw power with quiet courage and a glint in his eye. There were times I wanted to toss a net over Jazz and jump his bones myself, he¿s so hot. It¿s clear to everyone he¿s fallen for her at first sight, but Jazz is the last to figure it out. (Hey, she¿s BUSY taking on bad guys!) In lesser hands this wouldn¿t fly, but Caine gets away with it, make you love it, and leaves you hungry for more. I hope there will be more to come from this writer!