This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on April 11, 2019
A spicy, intense and convoluted spy thriller will always entice me into its pages and this one held me riveted all the way through to the breathtaking conclusion.
Where Death Meets the Devil introduced me to Australian former SAS soldier, Jack Reardon, and top level assassin, Ethan Blade, in a tale told in alternating past and present time lines all from Jack’s perspective. Jack tangled with Ethan and his mission got turned on its ear along with everything else he thought he knew. A year after the events in Australia’s desert tracking down a crime lord and potential terrorist Jack is still writhing under the minatory eye of his boss and the psychologists. That’s when Ethan appears again and shatters even more illusions and sucks Jack back into his twisting, morally gray world. Ethan betrayed and lied to him so can he really trust him now when his life and career and the lives of innocents are on the line?
This is the kind of story that is best enjoyed when the reader/listener goes in with the least amount of fore-knowledge possible- hence, my vague description. It’s a spy thriller and has lots of nice convoluted plotting and twists to make anyone who loves ambiguous characters and missions happy. Jack is the narrator so the reader/listener gets to know him well. He is a natural protector and he’s extremely capable after his time in the special forces. He’s damaged from an op gone wrong and with family not supporting his choice to go in the military. Now, he’s done his best, but his boss thinks he might have been turned by the mobster and an assassin. Jack is in a turmoil and his contrary feelings about Ethan Blade the assassin for hire with the cold killer eyes that are paired with occasions of depth and feeling and his own code of ethics. He shouldn’t want the man, but he does.
There is a great deal of action, intrigue and excitement, and the slow-build to the spicy hot encounters between Jack and Ethan. It makes it more exciting that these encounters tend to take place at interludes of peace during the most stressful dangerous moments.
The main conflict of the story wraps up and leaves things in a good place, but it is also obvious that this book was the introduction and set up to a series. This I am thrilled to know. I want more Jack and Ethan and more of the spy thriller plots I got a taste for with this one.
Rowan Scott was a great match as narrator for this story. He gave both main characters distinct voices and vocal mannerisms. He managed a few Australian and British accents for the cast of characters. But, he also worked well with the exciting thriller tone and the pacing, the introspective and emotional moments, and the hot and spicy scenes. I hope he continues to narrate the series.
On a side note, the author offers a free short story Coda to this book on Smashwords that gives the reader an additional epilogue that wraps up a few loose threads related to the events during the big end scene.
All in all, I stumbled upon another winning thrilling romantics suspense series that I can anticipate each new release. Those who enjoy spicy hot m/m spy romances should give this one a go.
My thanks to Riptide publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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