Thursday 25 October 2012

Devil's Bargain - Rachel Caine

Devil’s Bargain – Rachel Caine

Pages: 331
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Release Date: 5th October 2012
Edition: UK paperback, review copy

Playing by the psychic underworld’s rules has a 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 organisation, he’ll help her save Ben.

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

And how high a price is she willing to pay?

Those of you who’ve been readers of this blog for a while will know that my love for Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series is undying. Devil’s Bargain did nothing to lower my obsession level.

One of the strongest aspects of Caine’s novels is her heroines. She really knows how to write a character who’s completely bad-ass and who has you routing for her from the very beginning. Jazz Callender is up there with the best of them. She’s spunky and brave and can kick some serious ass. But Jazz also has a vulnerable side and she’s a bit of an underdog really.

James Borden sees all of these things in Jazz and more. I was shipping them from the moment he walked into the bar, head to toe in leathers. They have some seriously crackling chemistry and there were some very intense scenes that had me begging for them to finally, finally kiss! Alas, no. It took around three hundred pages for that to happen...

I have to admit that even though I championed Jazz and Borden from the beginning, I wasn’t always sure I could trust him until Jazz finally relented and began to trust him herself. In fact, Devil’s Bargain is the kind of novel where I rarely knew who to trust and what to believe which is always fun. The whole premise of a sketchy sounding company dealing in psychics, fate and destiny is very unusual and Rachel Caine kept the intrigue up throughout the novel.

Devil’s Bargain is the first of Rachel Caine’s adult books that I’ve read and it definitely won’t be the last. It was everything that I’ve come to love and expect from her: bad ass ladies, gorgeous guys, non-stop action, high stakes and captivating and original mythology.

I loved Devil’s Bargain and I’m really looking forward to the release of its companion, Devil’s Due.

Thanks to Mira for providing me a copy for review.



  1. I wasn't sure if I was going to read this book as it is an adult book .. might just try it though, seeing as how you enjoyed it so much!

  2. This is next on my list! Looks so good!

  3. I read this and liked it too. Have you read her Revivalists Series? I think it's even better.

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  5. This was an incredible page turner. I thought that I was going to be reading a mystery , typical to Lisa Scottoline. This was anything but. Each chapter brought more suspense. The twists kept me guessing where the story was going. I was actually exhausted once I finished this book, since I realized that I was holding my breathe and reading at the speed of light. I thoroughly enjoyed "Most Wanted".

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