WITH HER SECRET BACKGROUND AND STREET SMARTS, LUCIA GARZA HAD FEW QUALMS ABOUT TAKING THE DEVIL’S DEAL…
The money Lucia and her new partner received to open their detective agency had come with strings: any assignment delivered via red envelope had to be top priority. No sweat. No one could make Lucia do something she didn’t believe in–right?
Wrong. Lucia soon learned that every choice she made meant life or death for innocent people. No one could be trusted, not even the ex-cop she’d hired–and fallen for. In fact, Ben might be her fatal weakness, if the powers warring to control the future used him to control Lucia….
I read Devil’s Due immediately after Devil’s Bargain. I really enjoyed Devil’s Bargain, but this one made me appreciate all the groundwork Ms Caine did in it. It made Devil’s Due an excellent read.
The storyline continues with little time passing between the end of one and the beginning of the second. Devil’s Due is more heavily devoted to Lucia’s character and POV. Jazz and the crew are there but not the main focus.
I didn’t think I would like Lucia as a main character but she appealed to me in a completely different way than Jazz. Jazz is impulsive and smart and a fighter to the core. Lucia is more mystery and caution and not quite as good of a street fighter as Jazz. They complement each other. The tension between McCarthy and Lucia is a smoldering fire. It smolders for most of the novel. That’s a good thing in this case.
The good versus evil works very well and a more definitive explanation is given how how each side works. I was a bit confused in evil’s
Bargain but this novel fleshed things out. I expected the same pacing in Devil’s Due as I had in Devil’s Bargain. Totally mistaken on that issue. I could not put this one down. It’s a quick read but there is no good stopping point. I read this in two sittings. The pages just flew!
From what I’ve been able to find out, this series was released by Harlequin UK so maybe it wasn’t originally meant for US readers. Not sure. I’m also wondering if with the availability of both novels on Net Galley if another novel is planned. Devil’s Due has a concrete ending but I could see where another book or two might be added. Not necessary but possible. I really enjoyed both books and by reading Devil’s Due right after Devil’s Bargain made both novels better.
My rating: 4.25 Stars