Why the Devil Stalks Death (Maya’s Review)

Title: Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil #2)
Author: L.J. Hayward
Publisher: self published
Release Date: December 9, 2018
Genre(s): Suspense
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Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-State spy is pretty good at it. Or rather he thought so until he met Ethan Blade—assassin, warrior, enigma. The unlikely pair have decided to give living together a shot, but Jack’s not entirely certain what he’s gotten himself into—or exactly who he’s in it with.

Jack’s worries are compounded when he’s assigned to a police strike force hunting a serial killer. With each new puzzle piece, Jack considers the true nature of a serial killer—and how similar it is to an assassin. To one particular assassin who’s having trouble adjusting to retirement. Jack’s unsure how to help Ethan—or if he even can.

When the killer strikes close to home, Jack must race against the clock to stop another murder, despite the price someone has put on his head. Could the matters be connected? Is a certain assassin at the centre of both? Surrounded by killers, the only one Jack wants near disappears, leaving Jack drowning in secrets. He’ll have to do what he does best—unravel the secrets, including Ethan’s—to stop the killer and save the life he and Ethan have only just begun to build.

**Content Warning**
Child abuse and child sexual abuse in a character’s history and not depicted directly on the page.

Well, now, that’s certainly intriguing beginning. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s a sure way to keep me reading and I wasn’t even two pages into the book!
The story has specific set up, as it moves from After to Before, giving just enough information to keep tension in the story high. I was biting my nails entire time waiting to see what happens next. Also even if Ethan doesn’t show up in first few chapters, there are plenty references to him bringing his relationship with Jack into focus. Hello! I want to know what’s going on and want to know it now!
Bad idea starting this book when you don’t have enough time to finish it whole. Ugh.

There is more information about both Jack and Ethan and both suspense and romantic plot upped the stakes. It’s a thrilling ride. I never knew what was around the corner! There is adrenaline filled motorcycle chase, murder case, a hidden enemy and Jack’s own blunders to spice things up. This series gets better with each book!
The pacing is great and shifting from one point in time to another is exquisitely done. I was literally hanging on every word and enjoyed each moment!

Jack and Ethan are trying cohabitation thing. Considering Ethan’s job, that doesn’t go swimmingly well. Jack is frustrated and his current assignment doesn’t help the matters. As the book progresses, we find more about Ethan’s past and the way it decided to interfere in his life now.
The ending is stunning! Yes they get a bad guy, and it’s exciting, but it also shows how much their relationship has progressed and how much they love each other despite everything.

I can’t recommend this enough! I’m so glad I found this series!
(Yes, I’m gushing. Believe me, the book deserves it!)

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Galley copy of Why the Devil Stalks Death provided by L.J. Hayward in exchange of an honest review.