Friday, January 11, 2019

ARC Review: Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil, #2) by L.J. Hayward

Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil, #2)
From the Blurb:

Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-State spy is pretty good at it. Or rather he thought so until he met Ethan Blade—assassin, warrior, enigma. The unlikely pair have decided to give living together a shot, but Jack’s not entirely certain what he’s gotten himself into—or exactly who he’s in it with. 
Jack’s worries are compounded when he’s assigned to a police strike force hunting a serial killer. With each new puzzle piece, Jack considers the true nature of a serial killer—and how similar it is to an assassin. To one particular assassin who’s having trouble adjusting to retirement. Jack’s unsure how to help Ethan—or if he even can.
When the killer strikes close to home, Jack must race against the clock to stop another murder, despite the price someone has put on his head. Could the matters be connected? Is a certain assassin at the centre of both? Surrounded by killers, the only one Jack wants near disappears, leaving Jack drowning in secrets. He’ll have to do what he does best—unravel the secrets, including Ethan’s—to stop the killer and save the life he and Ethan have only just begun to build. 

**Content Warning**
Child abuse and child sexual abuse in a character’s history and not depicted directly on the page.

Ky's rating:

Definitely one of the best series I've read in 2018, "Death and the Devil" are back with some mystery, action and a good deal of jealousy and angst.

Jack and Ethan have come so far from their first meeting in the desert and their relationship is slowly but steadily moving forward. These two are perfect together, not because they are destined to be so, but because they see each other for who he really is and they don't back down, they don't want to change the other in order to fit them. They are vulnerable together and they aren't afraid to be real. Ethan doesn't back down in the face of Jack's supposed actions in this book, but soldiers on and fights for what they have. Likewise, Jack sees Ethan for who he is and wants him for everything - his faults, his good qualities, his burdens...

In "Why the Devil Stalks Death" we get a lot of background information about Ethan and finally a few answers about him. There is still so much mystery surrounding him, he is Ethan after all, but after reading this story I feel like I can understand him a little bit better. Did you ever wonder why Ethan feels so strongly about always keeping his socks on? It certainly isn't because his feet are cold, and that's far from the only thing we learn about him. We also get a delicious little Coda at the end of the book that is narrated by Ethan!

Only the second book in the series and so much has happened already! A lot of that is due to the novellas that take place between the events of the main books and are essential to the plot, the characters and the progression of their relationship. Another part is L.J. Hayward's quality to pack her books full of interesting scenes and meaningful events instead of bland pages that are just space-fillers.

Little tip-warning: Don't even try to read this as a standalone, other than the fact that you would most likely be lost, you also would make a huge mistake in missing out the whole amazing story of Jack and Ethan. Start at the beginning and enjoy the journey!

There's no cliffhanger at the end, but there is a clear indication that this is far from the end of the road - that little word at the end was full of promises and possibilities!

Now I'm going to very patiently sit on the edge of my seat and anxiously wait for the next part in Jack and Ethan's story. With the way we left them it's bound to be very interesting!

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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