Where Death Meets the Devil (Kirstin’s Audio review)

Title: Where Death Meets the Devil (Death and the Devil #1)
Author: L.J. Hayward and Rowan Scott (Narrator)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 11th 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Suspence
Listening Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Jack Reardon, former SAS soldier and current Australian Meta-State asset, has seen some messy battles. But “messy” takes on a whole new meaning when he finds himself tied to a chair in a torture shack, his cover blown wide open, all thanks to notorious killer-for-hire Ethan Blade.

Blade is everything Jack doesn’t believe in: remorseless, detached, lawless. Yet, Jack’s only chance to survive is to strike a bargain with the devil and join forces with Blade. As they trek across a hostile desert, Jack learns that Blade is much more than a dead-eyed killer—and harder to resist than he should be.

A year later, Jack is home and finally getting his life on track. Then Ethan Blade reappears and throws it all into chaos once more. It’s impossible to trust the assassin, especially when his presence casts doubts on Jack’s loyalty to his country, but Jack cannot ignore what Blade’s return means: the mess that brought them together is far from over, and Ethan might just bring back the piece of Jack’s soul he thought he’d lost forever.

“As you wish, Jack.”

L.J. Hayward turned those words into romance in the middle of the desert, with a camel as a pet. Just magical.

I really didn’t want this book to end. Told in 3rd person from Jack’s viewpoint, I loved getting into his head. He asked so many questions and pondered so much on Ethan’s motives, it never got dull.

There was so much action. I will admit that at first, switching from Now and Then each chapter was frustrating and confusing, once I got into the story I was hooked and found myself needing both perspectives at once.

The narration by Rowan Scott was brilliant. This was my first book with him and I’m going to have to find more. There was never any voice confusion with characters or waivering. The tones were distinct and clear and I loved the added chuckles and freshness that he provided for Ethan’s voice. It made him more real and raw.

This was one audio book that I’ll go back to and listen again. I have a feeling I’ll uncover even more the second go around, but the story was enthralling and the characters intriguing. Very well done.

Death and the Devil series

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Galley copy of Where Death Meets the Devil provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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