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  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (5 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848451563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848451568
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.2 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Caine is the author of more than fifteen novels, including the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Pop-eye and Darwin, a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O'Malley, and a leopard tortoise named Shelly (for the poet, of course).

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'Thrilling, sexy, and funny! These books are addictive. One of my very favourite vampire series.' -- --Richelle Mead, author of the international bestselling Vampire Academy series on Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires)

A first class storyteller --Charlaine Harris

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Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season series. Rachel is married to award-winning fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, and has two iguanas as pets: Popeye and Darwin.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect from Devil's Bargain knowing it was very early Rachel Caine and reading through a large chunk of the novel that felt more thriller than urban fantasy didn't help me feel much more confident, but a little over halfway through the paranormal aspect of the story kicked in and I realised that this was another of Rachel Caine's urban fantasy greats, as well written and addictive as her others.

My biggest issue with Devil's Bargain was the lack of much of a paranormal aspect for the first half of the novel. This is very much a personal problem because regular thrillers are not my thing but it did spoil the read a little for me. My other issue was Jazz's antagonistic attitude. She seems adamant to push people who can genuinely help her away and I know this is a common character flaw in many urban fantasy heroines but I just can't understand the appeal. I mean, her first conversation with Lucia ends with both of them hanging up on each other because of it, yet later on we see them working together very well. It's such a dislikeable quality.

Once the novel goes into paranormal territory, I saw that Devil's Bargain is just as good as any of Rachel Caine's later novels. Jazz gets into a lot of trouble, and also gets herself out of it. I became so gripped that I couldn't put the book down for long enough to remember to take notes so excuse me if my review is missing anything but the good bit was really good. It is fast paced and even a little bit scary, particularly that ending. That sent goosebumps down my spine. You'll see.

To sum up? Devil's Bargain is a fast paced urban fantasy thriller that will have you unable to remove yourself from the world of Jazz Callender and friends. But then you knew that - it's a Rachel Caine novel after all.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tamilore on 1 Oct. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the first in a series and was suprisingly well written for a novel of its genre. I'm not a great fan of Silhouette romances. The overplayed themes of unresolved love and the great hardships that mysteriously befall protagonists in these kind of novels are very irritating. Rachel Caine succeeds in engaging my interest by focusing on the interpersonal dynamics of a small but well crafted group of characters, headed by the feisty Jazz, never Jasmine, Callender who is the quintessential female P.I. As you would expect, beneath her tough cookie exterior beats the requisite heart of gold of course but I believe Caine carries off the characterisation quite well. The plot is not as predictable as usual, however is not very well crafted and is definitely most unbelievable. But to be honest, if well-plotted suspenseful drama is what you're after, a romance novel is seldom going to keep you enthralled. If you just ignore all references to the Cross Society you'll enjoy the book a lot more!
With regard to romance, the relationship between Borden and Jazz is cute and entertaining and the author has allowed herself lassitude to develop it properly by planning the 'Red Letter Days' series. I'm not so sure about the plausibility of a budding love between Lucia and McCarthy but am willing to reserve judgement until the next installment. I hope to see more from this group of Kansas City misfits. Especially Manny Glickman!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amethyst Bookwyrm on 24 Oct. 2012
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Jazz's life has reached rock bottom, she has no job, her friend and partner has been convicted of a crime he did not commit. Until James Borden offers her a job, for a shadowy organisation called the cross society, which could be on offer that is good to be true.

I have been a fan of Morganville vampires for ages so I was interested in what Caine did in Devil's Bargain. It is a really good book with romance, psychics and action. The pace of this book is good because it is slow enough that you can understand everything but not so fast that it gets boring.

Similar to Morganville, Caine strength in this book is her characters. Jazz is a kick-ass person who is head strong and stubborn but also does not mind running into danger to save someone. However I did find it a bit hard to connect to Jazz mostly because we are in very different times of our lives as she is mid-thirties and I am early 20s. The other characters in this book are also awesome including James the mysterious lawyer and deliver of the red letters and Lucia who is Jazz's calm and sophisticated new partner.

The romance in this book is good but a bit obvious, because as soon as the love interest enters, it was clear that is what he what is meant to be in this book. That being said it was enjoyable reading about the romantic tension between the two of them.

If I have one criticism is that there is not enough paranormal romance in this book. There are a lot of unanswered questions in this book and I can wait to read the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who like Rachel Caine's books.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SimonW11 on 1 Jan. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wel I never expected to be reviewing a Silhouette Bombshell.
I got it because I had enjoyed her Weather Warden series
which is not marketed so directly at romance readers.
and ordered it with out knowing its publisher/market.
So no I am definately not the target market.
What I found was well written with some excelent one liners and
the occasional plot hole. Twice we are told simply that they thought of something convincing to tell the police. when she might as well have written "with one bound he was free"
But so what its not a police procedural. Its got a good cast a believable romance a fun and adventureous plot.
It seems this 45 year old man will be reading the next in this series even if it is a Silhouette Bombshell.
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