Series: Red Letter Days #1
Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published on October 5, 2012
Published by Harlequin
Format: eBook, 336 pages
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First sentence: Sol's Tavern was a place for serious drinkers.
I requested Devil’s Bargain on NetGalley because I liked the cover and it was tagged Romance & Sf/Fantasy. After reading about 50% of the book I was sure that there was some error in tagging and that I am reading a standard detective novel. This was a surprise, I was expecting paranormal romance. So be warned: there is a little bit of romance and light paranormal elements in the second half of the book but nothing much, so don’t get your hopes up.
So what is this book about? Jazz Callender is ex-cop who has a rough time finding the next job. Then she gets a dream job offer from lawyer James Borden in the name of some never-heard-before company: 100 000$ for founding a private detective agency, partner with perfect credentials and only conditions is that when they send a case it will have top priority. Sounds too good to be true and Jazz stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago.
We get to discover the truth and lies behind this offer together with Jazz and her new partner Lucia. This is the mystery that has a focus of the book, not some specific criminal case.
I did not feel any special connection with any of the characters, but I liked that they are ordinary people who have just their strength and intelligence to rely on.
I could best describe Jazz as the female version of Bruce Willis from ‘Die Hard’. While I was reading I expected to hear her say ‘Yipikaye Motherf****r!’ (although it never happened).
Lucia, her partner, is her opposite. It was interesting watching them interact.
Devil’s Bargain was very easy to read. The writing is clean and straight-forward – perfect for a detective novel. I never read anything by Rachel Caine before, but after reading this one, I will definitely check out her other books.
Rating Devil’s Bargain was hard. I was in the middle between 3 and 4 but in the end, I went with 4 because it held my attention and kept me intrigued and interested although the mystery is not one of my favorite genres.
I recommend Devil’s Bargain to lovers of detective novels with strong female leads.