Saturday, January 5, 2019

ARC Review: Where Death Meets the Devil (Death and the Devil, #1) by L.J. Hayward


Where Death Meets the Devil (Death and the Devil, #1)From the 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.


Ky's rating:




The first thing you need to know about this book is that nothing happens for no reason.

I think that if I read the story a second time, even especially right after the first time, I would find so much more information in it. There are layers upon layers of deception here. Nothing is as it seems. There are so many secrets and hidden agentas that you never know what's going to be revealed next.

At first I wasn't very happy with the way the book was structured. The chapters alternate between past and present and, in the beginning, I felt that it pulled me out of the story. Just when I was getting into the story and enjoying the plot, the chapter ended and I was dropped at another place and time where something else was happening. As I kept reading though I got used to it and I realised that the story couldn't have been told any other way and still have the same impact. So, if you are like me and are frustrated with the back and forth in time, just be a bit patient. You will get used to it and see the importance of this writing style and how fitting it is for this story.



I don't want to give anything away about the plot because, as I said, this story is filled with secrets and mirages so just to be safe I'll avoid any mention about what happens. The important thing is that this was a great story with a lot of fast paced scenes, perfect for those who like action, some mystery thown in the mix and some romance on the side.

This is just the first book out of three, so this is just the beginning of the story and the romance is practically non existent here. The characters are amazing though and very very interesting with strong back stories and entirely seperate voices. There is a sci-fi element, which I normally don't like, but here it is woven very well into the story and doesn't distract from the plot. It's not the main element, just something here and there to make the story flow more easily and to make some impossible things a bit more possible.

The ending leaves you hungry for more from this couple but it isn't a cliffhanger. I'm glad that I knew there will be sequels when I started this story because I can't even imagine how frustrated with the ending I would have felt otherwise. As it is now, I'm excited for the rest of their story.




*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *




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