Devil’s Bargin by Rachel Caine

When everything you do matters, would you make different choices?

Jasmine Callender, aka Jazz, is haunted by the conviction of her ex-partner and is bent on proving his innocence, no matter the cost.  James Bordon is just the Messenger, until he is forced to act. Lucia Garza has her hands full working for the government and is growing weary of the cloak-and-dagger routine, until she received a red envelope.

From the author of The Morganville Vampires comes a new series of intrigue and mystery. Rachel Caine’s Devil’s Bargain snags you from the moment you open to the book. The chemistry between her characters are volatile and smart. Just when you think you have it figured out, Caine throws in another twist, keeping the reader guessing.

The spark between Borden and Jazz was palatable and just when I had enough of the push-and-pull dance, Caine advances their story. While it felt a bit disjointed and sloppy, and their union a bit rushed, the sweetness of first love is still there. As a reader, I felt Caine threw the romance between Borden and Jazz together as an “Oh, yeah, I need to do something about that!”, and felt the tension between the two could have either waited until the next book, or addressed earlier in the book.

We give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery suspense novel. While there is a bit of romance, it is not the main focal point of the story.

Devil’s Bargin is the first book of the Red Letter Days series. This 304 page book was first published in 2005 by Silhouette Publishing, an Imprint of Harlequin.  It is currently being printed for the United Kingdom under Harlequin MIRA , an Imprint of Harlequin, and is scheduled to release October 5, 2012.

Follow Jazz and Lucia as they take on one of the biggest threats of their lives, in Devil’s Due.  Available now.

Rachel Caine is the best-selling and international author of The Morganville Vampire series, The Weather Warden series and many more.  Caine has been received the Paranormal Pearl Award, an RT Booklovers Award, and the Career
Achievement Award from Romantic Times. She also has a degree in business administration from Texas Tech University (source: Rachel Caine: About Me).


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