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


38734485Title: Where Death Meets the Devil
Author: L.J. Hayward
Series: Death and the Devil #1
Page Count: 395 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: February 26, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮


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.

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I am a big sucker for mystery/suspense romance books and when they also include some “man on man loving”, it makes me a very very happy camper! So this series is definitely right up my alley. 😉 happy gif

What I enjoyed most about this book was the back and forth between past and present. Normally I am not a fan, but somehow the author really made it work…I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen on the next page.

Jack works as a “secret agent” of sorts (Australian Meta-State asset) and Ethan is like a “gun/killer for hire”. These two don’t meet in the best of circumstances…but sometimes those are the most important ones. 😉 

This storyline has so many twist and turns, secrets, and betrayals, that I am not even going to attempt to get into it…You should just read it yourself, the fewer spoilers the better!! It is also a very slow build…and even when things do get HOT (and boy do they)…there is no real romance in sight…yet…

I fell in love with both these characters and even though most everyone loves Ethan most…😍 I am partial to Jack… I think the mystery/suspense was very nicely done in this one and it had me on the edge of my seat. I never once skimmed or felt bored. The book just kept me guessing and I love it when an author surprises me like that.

The second book “Why the Devil Stalks Deathwill be out soon ( December 9th) and the author has done us the awesome pleasure of writing some novellas, though some of them have a wonderful page count, can’t really be called novellas.

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This was a wonderful “enemies to lovers” story…or I think it will be once the “love” comes into play. 😉 

Highly recommended!!💕 

This review is cross-posted on Wendy´s Wycked Words




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