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Devil's Bargain Rachel Caine

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Jasmine "Jazz" Callender is on the downhill slide to ruin. Once a decorated homicide detective, she's lost it all: her former partner's been convicted of murder, she's been cashiered out, and she's drinking away what little self-respect she's got left.

But Jazz has a talent for trouble, and somebody knows it. When a mysterious, sexy stranger comes looking for her with a fateful red envelope in his hand, she's about to make the deal of her life...for good or bad.

The deal requires her to enter into a partnership with a stranger and investigate cases that arrive in special red envelopes...which is odd enough, but gets weirder as she and her new partner Lucia realize that they may be working for someone with supernatural abilities.

And maybe they're not on the side of the angels anymore.


Tammy's Rating:
3 out of 5 Stars

Tammy's Review:
This was my first book by Rachel Caine and it was all right for me. I had a hard time staying focused and getting through it as it moved very slow and was a bit confusing at times.

I liked the premise of the book.  Little bit mystery, little bit romance, and little bit fantasy.  Each action they made meant something, meant life or death for innocent people. I would not classify this as paranormal, there was very little of that aspect to it. There was a slight other worldly feel to it, but other than that not much else.  The story line was good but it need more…I do not know if it needed more mystery or romance, just more of something. The characters were well developed and while it was not an intense connection, I could feel some chemistry between all of them.

My main problem was that it was a slow moving read, and not much happened until about 3/4 of the way through the book. Once the book started to pick up on the action and the love interest, I felt like it ended too quickly. I wanted more of that style writing.

I liked the characters. Jazz and Lucia were a kick ass girl team. They were offered a deal that in the end they could not refuse.  Jazz was a take action now and ask questions later kind of girl. Lucia was just as lethal but very level headed. Both loyal and I will say it again kick ass.  I loved them as a team. Their personalities so different but yet the same really complimented each other.

James and Jazz, now there is a couple I liked. Their relationship started off on the wrong foot, Jazz was snarky and James well not so much. She is a kick ass chick and he is a lawyer.  She literal kicks ass on the streets and well he does it in a courtroom. The two of them had some great witty banter.  I liked that their relationship built slowly. You could feel the two of them fighting it, and the tension between them growing while they slowly warmed up to each other.  By the very end of the book you finally got to see them together as a couple, I really wanted to see this a lot sooner because they were good together and it would have been a great element to the book. Hoping to see more of them in Lucia’s book.

With that said, I would have to say that my favorite character in the book was a secondary character by the name of Manny. He was so intriguing and eccentric, but there was a reason for that. You got bits and pieces of his story but I wanted more. As the story progressed with Jazz Manny started to come out of his shell and you saw a totally different Manny from start to finish. I will pick up Lucia’s book if for no other reason than to get more of him.

I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

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