Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Adult Review: Devil's Bargain(Red Letter Days #1) by Rachel Caine

Adult Content, beware if you are under 18

Goodreads summary:
What's the price of a deal with the devil?

Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has cost.

Jazz Callender's whole life just got turned upside down. Her friend Ben's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces.

Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to work for The Cross Society, a shadowy secret organization, he'll help her save Ben.

But as she's thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn't just bargain for her friend's freedom. She's bargaining for her soul too.

And how high a price is she willing to pay?

So, I got an early copy of this book from NetGalley (one from Harlequin MIRA publishing that's coming out early October). I don't really know where to begin. From the summary we get the first picture of the book and it is about Jazz, an ex-detective with no job, little money left in the bank and then we meet her sitting at a bar drinking the little she's got left, net exactly impressive but I was interested to see where things will go from there. It was a brief wait because that's when it all changed. That first night we met her was the night when a man walks into Sal's bar looking absolutely ridiculous in his new leather, looking for her.
That's when Jazz finally had hope that things could get better.
After everything that happened at her work, the trouble with her partner Ben, she was even more suspicious than usual so the totally unexpected visit from a lawyer that she doesn't know, giving her the money she needs to start a PI company is a little too unrealistic.
Jazz is a woman that fends for herself. She fights her battles and she stands her own and she was a pretty interesting and mature character to read about. She has learned from her experience but she is still a hot-headed person that acts first and then thinks about it later. She is just the right combination of sarcastic, serious and mostly angry person and it was a joy to read from her P.O.V
Unlike Jazz, her new partner Lucia Garza is composed, calm and rational... She is also a very strong character and she and Jazz made the perfect team. They didn't over-think their situation, but they didn't rush into things and they worked pretty good together.
Another similarity between them is that even though they signed the agreement for the money, which stated that they would have to take some contracts by the lawyer firm, they soon found themselves questioning the foundation of this agreement more and more. The tasks seemed ridiculous but also it wasn't enough to save a life...
I wasn't sure where things were going with this book and I was just following the flow. It was one of those books I liked but I wasn't sucked into it unable to resist. It was just the right amount of interesting to keep me hooked and I really liked it.
The book was well written and the characters were developed and interesting and even then they were growing in front of us. The book was kind of short but I'm a big fan of Rachel Caine's and I would love to read the rest of the series. I definitely want to find out what happens next!

 I give it:

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