Where Death Meets the Devil by L.J. Hayward

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.

Just a quick FYI – I have one really, really big complaint with Where Death Meets the Devil… I want more… I would most definitely not object to a sequel (or 2 or 3 😉 )

I honestly have no idea where to begin with this review. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book in the beginning. There are a few unique twists to Where Death Meets the Devil, the most notable is the fact that the chapters alternate between “Then” and “Now” and that’s exactly how they were titled. At first, I wanted to hurry up and get through the “Then” chapters to get back to where the previous “Now” chapter had left off… then, it got to the point where I didn’t want the “Then” chapters to go by quite so quickly. It was like an entire book full of mini cliff hangers and that’s not an exaggeration.

Those “Then” and “Now” chapters were more than just a way to give readers a glimpse into the past, they built the suspense. There were times that you thought you were missing something, only to realize that you weren’t supposed to know everything. Where Death Meets the Devil wasn’t only hard to put down, it kept you on your toes.

Even though I’m a huge fan of books that give readers more than one POV, that wouldn’t have worked with Jack and Ethan. Having Ethan remain a mystery throughout the book made it more intense and in many ways brought the reader even further into the story.

Where Death Meets the Devil is one of those books that will stay with you for a while. I’ve read a couple of really good suspense books in the last few years and this one is pretty close to the top of my list of must reads that I want to recommend to everyone. It’s also one that I’m sure I’ll probably re-read. Especially since the author recently revealed that we’re going to be getting more from Ethan and Jack. ❤

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