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Devil's Bargain (Red Letter Days #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,110 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
What's the price of a deal with the devil?

Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has cost.

Jazz Callender's whole life just got turned upside down. Her friend Ben's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces.

Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to wor
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published October 5th 2012 by Mira (first published August 1st 2005)
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Dec 02, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
3.5 Stars

Devil’s Bargain started out as a calm mystery and turned into an enthralling read. There is romance, a touch of paranormal, plot twists, and heart pounding action.

Jazz used to be a decorated homicide detective until her partner was found guilty of murder. No longer on the force and unable to exonerate her partner, she has reached a low point. While schlepping at a dive bar trying to drown out some of the depression, she is approached by James Borden. He’s handsome and completely out of
I was very excited when I saw this on Netgalley, being the massive Rachel Caine fan that I am. It's also quite different from her Morganville Vampire series. At the same time I was somewhat worried because of the similarities this particular cover bears to those of the Morganville books. I don't really know if that was a particularly rational concern, but there you go. However, Devil's Bargain proved to be an enjoyable read, Caine once again showing herself to be a superb writer. And this is the ...more
3.5 stars...

“If everything we do makes a difference, is this right? Are we doing the right thing?”(…)
“You could make yourself crazy, thinking these things.”

What I like about Rachel Caine is her versatility – she can write young adult books about vampires, an adult series about djinn and the weather, and some really original zombie conspiracy theory books. While I have not yet had the opportunity to read the Morganville Vampire series (I know! I should get on it right away), I really do enjoy her
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
*I received a free ARC of this book from Harlequin UK via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

This book is genius! Jazz and Lucia are two strong, honest women who are very good at what they do.

This and other reviews can also be found at (un)Conventional Bookviews.

Devil’s Bargain isn’t what it seems when you only read the title. But it does have a great story with a mystery and some things that are difficult to explain. Two strong women are the main characters, and this made Devil’s Bargai
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all ...more
3.5 stars

I am such a Rachel Caine fan! True, I've only read one other adult book that she's written, which was the first book in her Weather Warden series, which I loved, but I'm the biggest Morganville fan evah!!
And it's that simply fact that I wanted to read this book. See, I'm not a big reader on detective type books and I'm still easing my way into adult reads, but I'll read anything Caine puts to pen.

Devil's Bargain starts off with ex-cop Jasmine Callender (Jazz) at a local bar trying to dr
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Though I am a massive fan of the Morganville Vampires series, I have never read anything else by Rachel Caine. When I heard that Devil's Bargain was going to be re-released here in the UK, I thought it was definitely time to try some of her other work and I was very excited to do so.

From the blurb, Devil's Bargain appears to be a book that has a very strong supernatural/paranormal element to it. However, when I began reading the book, it wasn't quite what I expected. The story did flow well as i
Tammy  (Reviews by Tammy & Kim)
This was my first book by Rachel Caine and it was all right for me. I had a hard time staying focused and getting through it as it moved very slow and was a bit confusing at times.

I liked the premise of the book. Little bit mystery, little bit romance, and little bit fantasy. Each action they made meant something,meant life or death for innocent people. I would not classify this as paranormal, there was very little of that aspect to it. There was a slight other worldly feel to it, but other than
Rating: 3.7 stars

An advance copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

'Tis true, what they say- Deals with the devil never go well..

Emotionally tortured by the iniquitous condemnation of her partner with the charge of murder, and his resulting arrest, Jasmine aka Jazz Callender never expected life to turn out the way it did. At least, the psychic mumbo-jombo part she never imagined.. she already new life as a conniving bitch.
Approached by an enigmatic lawyer, James Borden, with an out
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for giving me a copy of this book to review.

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
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review

Jasmine spends her days drinking in bars; she is no longer a homicide detective since her partner was convicted of murder. One day while she is drinking in a bar a mysterious man comes to her, he tells her the company he works for is offering to set up a private investigator firm if she partners with a woman named Lucia. Whenever a red envelope arrives the women have to do what it says, at the same time Jazz is trying to find a w
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
2.5 stars

Jasmine “Jazz” Callender life is in a downward spiral. Her former partner, Ben McCarthy, convicted and sent to prison for murder taints Jazz’s stellar service as a homicide detective. Now she’s unemployed, nearly broke, drinking yet remains determined to prove Ben’s innocence using her dwindling resources. Her fate changes with a red letter offering her one hundred thousand dollars in seed money for an investigation agency with two stipulations: form a partnership with a stranger and in
Dec 24, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I'm not sure whether it's a function of authors I've previously known and adored in the fantasy realm, of the Bombshell line of romances being generally way more about the suspense and less about the romance, or both, but Rachel Caine's Devil's Bargain has joined C.E. Murphy's Cate Dermody novels in demonstrating to me that there are in fact category romances that I can read and enjoy. It is therefore a damn shame that the Bombshell line is now defunct.

Devil's Bargain has the same crackling acti
Joe Young
Dec 01, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasmine Callender is approached by a tall, skinny, lawyer dressed in new leathers while she was tossing shots in a biker bar. Naturally this lawyer caught the attention of a couple of belligerent, large bikers who butted into her business and accosted James Borden, the lawyer with their fists. Jazz intervened and quickly kicked the butts of both of the bikers and was tossed from the bar by the owner and his large club. He told her not to return and that the police were in route. The lawyer, Bord ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jazz is an ex-police officer whose life was well and truly derailed by her partner being arrested – and convicted – for murder. Quitting her job and leaving some hostile officers behind who would love to lock her away as well, she is determined to have him proven innocent and validate herself, her judge of character and the trust she placed in him. And silent that nagging doubt at the back of her own mind.

Then there comes an offer that seems more than too good to be true. Funding and guaranteed
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 aspec
Nov 30, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
I was provided with this book from the publisher for free via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Originally posted at: Geekery and Book Reviews
Devil's Bargain is a dark and fast paced story that you won't be able to put down. Jasmine (Jazz) Callender is a tough as nails ex-cop at the end of her rope. She is approached by the James Borden, a lawyer with a unique deal for her. Jazz must team up with a stranger, Lucia, to accept missions delivered in a red envelope. Lured by the promise of
Seen at Scott Reads It
Devil's Bargain is a book written by Rachel Caine of Morganville Vampires fame. I didn't really have any high expectations going into Devil's Bargain and yet I was still disappointed. I was looking for a fun, and light paranormal mystery that I would enjoy but Devil's Bargain just didn't fit those requirements. Devil's Bargain takes the cake for being my least favorite book of 2013 (so far).

Jazz's partner in crime been committed of murder and she is pretty much a wreck. S
Ornella (Nyx)
Sep 10, 2012 Ornella (Nyx) rated it liked it
I love Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire Series, and I was hoping this one would be just as good, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The book isn't bad, but it isn't great either, probably cause I was expecting something else.

The blurb says "But as she's thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn't just bargain for her friend's freedom. She's bargaining for her soul too." So I picked it up expecting some serious psychic mumbo jumbo and dark powers (which i
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
An interesting premise similar to The Adjustment Bureau, but the execution's iffy, with a mean and bitter protagonist leading the way.

Devil's Bargain isn't urban fantasy, not the way it's written. Nothing paranormal is introduced until the second half of the book. A little late in my opinion. And despite the genre classification on Goodreads, it's not romantic. Expectations and enjoyment while reading suffered as a result.

The paranormal lowdown: (view spoiler)
Sep 09, 2012 Julie-anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jazz is a former cop who is determined to clear her ex-partner of a murder charge, unfortunately she needs money for that. Luckily for her, James shows up with an offer of $100,000 to start up her own PI company with a partner of their choosing. All she has to agree to is to take on the assignments they send her - all of them in a red envelope. Soon Jazz and her partner, Lucia, start to wonder about their benefactors and their seemingly useless assignments.

So it seems this is a series I didn't k
Oct 02, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it
Ex-cop Jazz Callender is trying to drown her sorrows in a biker buy when James Borden walks into her life with a strange offer. Dressed in brand new, squeaky leathers, she can’t take him serious but he’s offering $100,000 for her to set up her own private investigation company. She can’t help but be intrigued and the resources would help her find a way to prove her ex-partner’s innocence. The catch is, she’s got to partner with a woman she’s never met and Borden refuses to tell her who he’s work ...more
Nov 29, 2009 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoy Rachel Caine's writing. This was a very interesting story about a former police officer who is partnered with an FBI agent to try to stop the deaths of people (Actors) whose lives will make a major impact in the world. No, they are not big league scientist or doctors they are just ordinary people whose ordinary actions change the course of events in our world for the better. I cannot wait to read the second book.
Nov 17, 2014 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Rachel Caine. I was first introduced to her work by reading the Morganville Vampire books, and then went on to read her Weather Warden series. So when I heard about this book I was quite excited to read it. The title of the book was right up my ally, so when I started to read the book I was confused. I decided not to judge and to carry on reading the book, maybe it would become clearer towards the middle of the book. I have now finished the book, I did enjoy it. The mystery in it is perfe ...more
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Romance only plays a minor part in this book, and that’s a good thing. Detective Jazz is on a downhill slide, but when she gets a red envelope from a mysterious stranger, proposing her the deal of a lifetime, it’s her way out of this mess. The deal requires her to enter a partnership with a strange, and investigate cases arriving in red envelopes. Things get weirder soon, and Jazz finds herself in a complicated moral
Oct 11, 2012 Kadbury added it
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Hm... HOW to rate??

This wasn't a great book but it wasn't a bad book either..

A little disappointing

Not sure if I'm going to continue the series.

I think this book is ADULT though
Gemma Mcvitie-birch
Jun 08, 2013 Gemma Mcvitie-birch rated it really liked it
I love Rachel caine and this book was really good the beginning really drew me in i have to say it got alittle slow in the middle but the ending was great really want to read the next one.
Dec 23, 2015 Abbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great. At first, when the psychic aspects were introduced, I was unsure of how well they would fit, but Caine integrated them very well. I loved all the characters - I found the use of two strong female leads admirable and interesting. It was written well, with well-described action scenes and a slow-burning romance, which was actually a nice addition to the story. If I'm going to be picky, it seemed that Caine was kind of just trying to pair everyone off with everyone else and place al ...more
Leanne Crabtree
3.5 stars.

I've read a lot of Rachel Caine books: 13 of 15 of her Morganville Vampires series, all of her Weather Warden books and 2 of 3 in her Revivalist series.

This and it's sequel, Devil's Due which I'll start any minute,are nothing like what I've come to expect, but they were written several years earlier than the books mentioned above. This wasn't as paranormal as I was expecting, what with the name of the book but even so I wasn't disappointed with the story at all.

It centres on two female
Apr 06, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I normally avoid anything to do with devils, I usually find it uncomfortable to read, and very often quite cliched. But I adore Rachel Caine and I got sent this book a while ago to read, then last week I got book 2 from Netgalley so I thought it was time I dived in.
And I am pleased to say I LOVED it, and the whole making a deal with the devil was more of a metaphor, she doesn't actually meet the devil or anything like him, instead she deals with someone who likes to play with power and is very d
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