Review: Where Death Meets the Devil

Author: LJ Hayward

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Riptide & Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: 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.

 Review:  This book captures your attention right away. Jack is an agent for the Australian intelligence agency. He’s a spy. Jack was sent undercover to infiltrate a group of very bad men. He climbs the ranks over the months but then his cover is blown by Blade. Blade is a well known assassin. He’s sent to torture information out of Jack. And everything just gets hectic and crazy from there. I won’t spoil the details but lets just say it’s complicated. Jack is injured in the middle of the dessert with no way to contact his people for help. He’s being hunted by some very angry men led by a baddie with an ego. He has to rely on man with with a reputation for carrying out some daunting assassinations if he wants to get out alive.

I liked this book. I liked how you never really knew if you should or shouldn’t trust Blade. Or anyone else for that matter. I enjoy the mind games. There is tons of action in this book. Jack and Blade are attracted to each other but they try to keep from acting on it because they’re in enough trouble as it is. They each have an objective and getting laid isn’t one of them.

The book alternates from past to present through the POV of Jack. Parts of it are purposefully vague so you have to keep reading to put everything into place. I have to say normally I like this. For me in this book it was jarring. I think it diminished some of the tension being built up. Blade’s character was interesting. He’s a very polite and fearless murderer that you really can’t help but like. I personally didn’t get too into the romantic relationship that was beginning between them. It’s initially supposed to be sex only but then they have to admit their feelings. The job and finding the traitor take priority since neither will be safe until they do. Over all I liked the book. I’d definitely be interested in reading the next one.

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