Where Death Meets the Devil

Where Death Meets the Devil

by L.J. Hayward

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Jack Reardon, former SAS soldier and current Australian Meta-State asset, has seen some messy battles. But "messy" takes on a whole new meaning when he finds himself tied to a chair in a torture shack, his cover blown wide open, all thanks to notorious killer-for-hire Ethan Blade.

Blade is everything Jack doesn't believe in: remorseless, detached, lawless. Yet, Jack's only chance to survive is to strike a bargain with the devil and join forces with Blade. As they trek across a hostile desert, Jack learns that Blade is much more than a dead-eyed killer--and harder to resist than he should be.

A year later, Jack is home and finally getting his life on track. Then Ethan Blade reappears and throws it all into chaos once more. It's impossible to trust the assassin, especially when his presence casts doubts on Jack's loyalty to his country, but Jack cannot ignore what Blade's return means: the mess that brought them together is far from over, and Ethan might just bring back the piece of Jack's soul he thought he'd lost forever.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158955457
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 395
Sales rank: 345,749
File size: 1 MB

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Where Death Meets the Devil 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NatReadsMM More than 1 year ago
What an outstanding, riveting and exciting adventure this book is! I read this a couple of weeks ago, then waited to read it a second time, just so I could enjoy it again. Elements I adore reading are all here; spies, assassins, secret government and criminal organizations, non-stop action, betrayal, lust and redemption. Oh, plus a pack of dingoes and a camel named Sophia. The complex plot pits Jack Reardon, undercover government agent, against Ethan Blade, infamous assassin, turning Jack’s assignment into a mission he never expected. I sensed this being set in the near future, as the government agency and some of the tech sound advanced, but it could simply be secret and unknown to the public. The narrative begins in the present, and chapters alternate with events from a year prior, when Jack and Ethan first encountered one another. It was quite easy to follow, even when the impact of events isn’t always clear until later. It’s also a romance, although it’s secondary to the action, but there’s loads of chemistry, and sex is passionate and sometimes bittersweet. Aside from those interludes, high-tension suspense does not let go until near the very end, as you’re never quite sure who, or what can be trusted. I added this immediately to my best of 2018 and Endless Re-reads lists. The dynamic between Ethan and Jack reminded me of couples in some other widely known, popular MM series. I would be delighted if the author chooses to make this a series, or even provides a sequel or two. I plan to recommend this widely among my fellow book lovers!
amatate More than 1 year ago
I’m a sucker for romantic suspense novels, so Where Death Meets the Devil was an automatic read for me…and that was before I saw all the high ratings and praise pouring in from other readers and even some authors. As this was the first book I’ve read by the author, I wasn’t sure what to expect from her writing style, but I enjoyed it a lot. The pacing is brisk, the action scenes intense, the descriptions complete but not lingering enough to slow the speed of the scene, and the characters incredibly intriguing. And yet, I kept waiting for that special something to grip me so hard it wouldn’t let go and it never really happened. Perhaps it was a case of too much build-up from outside sources, but as much as I liked this book and appreciated that it is different from most romantic suspense novels I read- with the suspense and story being the prime focus and the romance playing more of a second fiddle- it never quite swept me off my feet like I expected. Where Death Meets the Devil had a different approach to a timeline, with the story and chapters alternating between the heroes first meeting 1 year ago and the present. The back and forth in the storyline successfully built the suspense and reinforced the cat and mouse theme the book revolved around, but for me it also disrupted the tempo enough that I could walk away at the end of every chapter. While I was eager to get back because I found the characters and plot intriguing, I wasn’t pulled in so much that I was desperate for answers. That said, I did like the resolution, I liked the slow unearthing of details and players, and I liked how Ethan was a bit of an enigma right to the very end. I also liked that the ending was a bit open ended. It left room for interpretation and reinforced the unknowing elements that was a hallmark to Ethan and Jack’s relationship. In some ways it made for a perfect happy-for-now ending even though there wasn’t much romance in the traditional sense of the word, and while it left many readers clamoring for more, I’m just fine with this being a standalone book…thought I could definitely see myself eagerly picking up any future books with these two. As it stands now, I quite enjoyed Where Death Meets the Devil and, even though the book didn’t wow me as much as I expected, I won’t hesitate to read more of this author’s suspense novels. *eARC provided via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*