Where Death Meets the Devil (Death and the Devil #1) by L.J. Hayward

NEW M/M AUTHOR ALERT!!! Sadly I don’t remember anymore how I found this author, I would love to thank the person who made me aware of this series – because I’m hooked!


Where Death Meets the Devil

by L.J. Hayward

(Death and the Devil #1)

ebook, 395 pages
Published February 26th 2018

Where Death Meets the Devil – L.J. Hayward


Where Death Meets the Devil – L.J. Hayward


4.25 stars


Sadly I don’t remember anymore how I found this author, I would love to thank the person who made me aware of this series – because I’m hooked!!

I got this book a couple days ago and all I want to do is read this series. It’s a fact, I can’t get enough of Blade and Jack. And might even call myself a teensy bit obsessed. Additionally I can add L.J. Hayward to my new author list of 2019.

There are a couple things I adored about this book.

Slow burn

Beautiful writing

Unique voice

Charismatic characters


This book couldn’t have been more different to all the other M/M books I usually read. The romance was there but it was much more in the background than I’m used to, at least for the majority of the first book. Definitely slow burn – but it was oh so good!!

It was a kind of enemies to lovers trope, wrapped in an exhilarating secret agent/assassin plot that kept me glued to the pages. 

The writing was fantastic, and it hooked me from the very first page. Combined with a unique plot, and incredibly fascinating characters, this novel had everything I like.

I had actually no idea that I needed this novel in my life – but boy am I glad that I found it.

It’s no secret that I love anything unique, different and original and this novel had it all in spades.

One thing that stood out the most was the way the author structured this novel. The story was told in NOW and THEN chapters, but each chapter ended in a mini cliffhanger. I don’t think I ever read a book structure quite like this before. I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages, and every interruption was met with my scowling face. Just to clarify, I’m not the biggest fan of flashbacks, but the way the story was written worked perfectly for this plot and the author couldn’t have done it any better.

I’m planning on reading the rest of this series ASAP – I’m just hoping that my schedule  won’t throw too many hurdles my way. Because this couple is my new obsession and I need to read more about these two highly entertaining characters.


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Where Death Meets the Devil – L.J. Hayward


Where Death Meets the Devil - L.J. HaywardJack 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.


L.J. Hayward has been telling stories for most of her life. Granted, a good deal of them have been of the tall variety, but who’s counting? Parents and teachers notwithstanding, of course. These days, the vast majority of her story telling has been in an honest attempt to create fun and exciting ways of entertaining others (and making money).

As such, she is still a mad (always provoked!) scientist in a dungeon laboratory (it has no windows. Seriously, the zombie apocalypse could be going on outside and she’d have nary a clue) who, on the rare occasions she emerges into the light, does so under extreme protest and with the potential hazard of bursting into flames under the southeast Queensland sun.



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