Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Red Letter Days: Devil's Bargain

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Devil's Bargain is the story of Jazz, and ass-kicking former cop who is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to form her own detective agency funded by a secret organization. The only catch? She has to take on a full partner of their choice, Lucia, who is the Yin, to Jazz's Yang.

Devil's Bargain was initially published in 2005, which makes me think that Caine is writing this series again. The new cover is certainly attractive, though honestly, all the red lipstick and sleek hair could not be Jazz. But really, who cares. It's a good looking cover that sticks with the current trend.

The plot moves at a good clip. The idea that a secret organization is hiring you and your people to do odd jobs for gobs of cash is strangely compelling.

The characters are pretty wonderful. Jazz, though tough, doesn't follow the stereotypical chick in all black. She's more of your fleece and jeans kind of girl. And yes, she'd rather read Guns and Ammo rather than Elle, but that doesn't mean she can't put on heels and eyeliner every once in a blue moon. I appreciate that in a character. Layers, yo!

Red Letter Days is a ass-kicking good time.

ARC provided by Silhouette Books and Netgalley.com

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