Monday, February 26, 2018

Where Death Meets the Devil by L.J. Hayward

Title: Where Death Meets the Devil
Author: L.J. Hayward
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series
Main Characters: Jack and Ethan
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot




Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
This book was absolutely one of the most brilliant romantic suspense books I've ever read. Wow, the way that the author wrote it was truly fantastic. 

So...a bit of an explanation. The entire book is written so that one chapter takes place in the "now" and then the next chapter takes place in the "then"...and the reader is there trying to figure out what the heck is really happening. I'll admit I never did feel like I had a handle in what was going to come next. At every turn, the story surprised me. At the end of every single chapter, I was screaming because of the cliff-hangers...because then the story would jump to the other timeframe. Seriously and truly...the book is brilliant! I loved it so, so much!

So, Jack is an agent for the meta-state...a highly secret Australian government agency. Ethan is an assassin for hire. They should never ever be on the same side, but something happened a year ago so that they formed a loose alliance...and then a relationship of sorts. Neither of them completely trusts the other, and as the reader, you sure don't know what is going on. 

The entire book is told from Jack's point of view and it was truly brilliant. I loved how the author chose to slowly reveal the story. The relationship between the guys is truly questionable for a lot of the book, but the suspense is so well done, I didn't even notice the missing aspects of the romance early on. For this romance girl, the romance truly was secondary in the story (but never fear, it was there in the end when it mattered). 

Now, I'm hesitantly begging for more. Hesitantly, because I loved these two characters so much, it would be brilliant to see more of them. But the author would truly have a hard time matching the intensity of this first book. Honestly, I'd really love to see a second book telling the same story, but this time from Ethan's point of view. 

But regardless, the book was amazing and I highly, highly, highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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