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.
I rarely get books from Net Galley any longer because I can’t spend 24/7 reading. I would if I could but I can’t. When I saw a novel with Rachel Caine’s name on it, it was a no brainer. I’ve put Ms Caine’s Weather Warden Series as one of my all time favorite series.
Devil’s Bargain has been around for a while and I’m not sure how I missed it. (Ah, evidently it was a Harlequin UK release originally) If you’re looking for all the intricacies of The Weather Warden series, you won’t get it. This is a good easy read. The novel is of course well written with all the main points included. A little bit of a paranormal, two kick butt heroines, a bit of mystery, a love interest and action. You know, just your typical book that anyone would want to read. Just kidding. It is an excellent read just not as involved as I had come to expect from Ms Caine.
I love the characters in Devil’s Bargain. Jazz and Lucia are wonderful as partners and their working relationship quickly becomes a good and trusting friendship. The only part of this novel that I regret is the lack of relationship building between Jazz and James. It felt too rushed and under-developed. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed Devil’s Bargain. It didn’t totally engross me but that wasn’t what I wanted to read at the time.
I’m getting ready to start the next book, Devil’s Due. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Lucia, Jazz and the gang.
My Rating: 3.75 Stars