Title: Devil in the Details (Death and the Devil #4)
Author: L.J. Hayward
Publisher: self published
Release Date: October 31, 2018
Page Count: 195
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
If there’s one thing assassin Ethan Blade knows, it’s how to plan a job. How to study a target, find the weak spot, and strike. He keeps his guns clean, his knives sharp, and his heart sealed away behind more locks than his precious cars. Alone but safe. Until Jack Reardon burrowed his way into Ethan’s life, his car, and his heart. This may just be the deadliest mess he can’t plan his way out of.
Jack wasn’t sure he’d see Ethan again—not after the less-than-stellar ends to their previous hookups. Even finding the assassin skulking about his apartment isn’t as reassuring as it should be, especially when he works out Ethan’s motive for being there might not be personal. That said, Jack will take any chance he can to salvage their relationship, assuming he survives whatever plan Ethan is cooking up.
Ethan and Jack had a bargain, but the parameters changed and neither are certain how to move forward—together or apart. But before they can start to renegotiate, lives, trust, and hearts are endangered by ghosts from the past. Even if they dodge their enemies’ bullets, there’s a risk of friendly fire, and when you let someone get too close, even small knives can cut deep.
Ethan’s POV! Now that is a switch from previous books but I wanted into Ethan’s head since then so this was great discovery. It was enlightening getting Ethan’s take on his and Jack’s relationship. He is definitely show-not-tell guy as he is willing to help Jack with his job, but not about to tell him WHY he is doing that. Sadly it leaves their relationship in no one’s land as neither is willing to take a plunge and admit his feelings. That’s not to say that issues they have stop them from being insanely hot together. (Not at all!)
Ethan is being tricky giving Jack only bits and pieces of information while doing his own thing. Jack on the other end is trying to make sense of Ethan’s behavior on both professional and personal front. I was on tenterhooks waiting to see which one of them was going to reach the target first. And boy, did the story deliver! I was about to fall asleep before I started reading the book. By this point I was wide awake as situation escalated fast. It’s a gripping story, fast paced and with unexpected twist.
The second part of the story deals with the aftermath. They are both mess. They also finally start to talk to each other so there is some progress in their relationship. The end left me hungry for more. They are on the right path but once again outside world butted in.
Waiting impatiently for the next one!