Title: Why the Devil Stalks Death
Author: L.J. Hayward
Series: Death and the Devil #2
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 12/9/2018
Genre(s): M/M Military / Law Enforcement, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Multicultural, M/M Multi-Cultural Romance
Page Count: 380
Heat Level: 4 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.
This series has my number
The Death and the Devil series has held me firmly by the throat since this spring. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I was as on the fence about it as I was after the first book. Now, two novels and four novellas in, Ethan and Jack have become one of my very favorite couples who I simply can’t get enough of. Heading up to this release, I was incredibly excited to finally see the couple living together and making an attempt at a functional, committed relationship. I should have known Miss Hayward would never make it that easy. While I definitely got some looks into the life I envisioned for these two, it wasn’t without plenty of strife, fights, gun battles, and car chases.
Why the Devil Stalks Death vacillates between two timelines, and while it is a little jarring at first, the transitions are clearly notated and work to reveal the event that led to the new trouble Ethan and Jack find themselves in. Once again, the action and suspense had me glued to my book and the twists kept me guessing from start to finish. While I wasn’t completely expecting Why the Devil Stalks Death to go the way it did, I loved it and couldn’t have envisioned a better ending for these boys. Plus I got what I’ve been waiting months for- and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. For now and until I hear otherwise, I’ll be hoping there may be a few more adventures for this couple yet.