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Devil's Bargain (Red Letter Days #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,169 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Jazz Callender is an ex-cop struggling to prove her partner's innocence after he is sent to prison for murder, and she's willing to take whatever help comes along ... but she's about to make a bargain with the devil. Approached by a mysterious, attractive stranger with a check and a business offer, she finds herself plunged deep into a world where nothing is as it seems - ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 7th 2005 by Silhouette (first published August 1st 2005)
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Dec 02, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2016 Tracey rated it it was amazing
And how disappointed was I when I discovered that, although I received this book from Netgalley, it is not the beginning of a new series but in fact the first of only two books written in this world, and the second book was published over six years ago? I was a bit crushed, is how disappointed.

Out of the blue one afternoon, Jazz Callender is handed a red envelope by a handsome man (in a ridiculous outfit, but I'll let that be a surprise). She's not in the mood for a Valentine from a stranger, a
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
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
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
Tammy  Zautner
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Nov 30, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 02, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ornella (Nyx)
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
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
Sep 09, 2012 Julie-anne rated it really liked it
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
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.
Gemma Mcvitie-birch
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.
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
Jan 06, 2017 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has a cost...

How high a price is she willing to pay...?

I underestimated Devil's Bargain... I admit that freely (although, I'm fairly positive I promised myself that I'd stop premature judgements of a book).

I expected a solid, young-adult novel with supernatural stories and teenage angst.

Oh, how I was wrong...

Devil's Bargain, the first entry to Caine's Red Letter Days series (I think it's a duology, but don't quote me), is an astounding adult t
Jan 09, 2013 Annabell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Side Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley but in no way had influence on my feelings and thoughts for the book.

Extra Side Note: This book is ADULT. There is violence, kidnapping, shootings, profanity, and minor sexual scenes.

Review: Jasmine “Jaz” Callender is sitting at a bar, minding her own business and determined to drown her sorrows. Her ex-partner was found guilty of murdering five people and she no longer works on the police force. But just as she’s beginni
Dec 10, 2016 Bookworm18 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really did like this book! God, just thinking about how I tried to explain the plot of the story to someone with all that mention of 'actors' was tricky so that's why I just had to tell them to read it! Why wouldn't you? Great plot, great development of characters and wonderfully original down to every detail! That is why Rachel Caine remains the best author! Glad I was able to meet her in person :p
Slug Master30
Jan 18, 2017 Slug Master30 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to explain if you ever asked me about the plot. But, I can tell you, I loved this addition to Rachel Caine's collection of novels.
Kathy Davie
Nov 15, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
First in the Red Letter Days paranormal-suspense series based in Kansas City and revolving around a new private investigation agency funded by a New York City law firm for a former FBI agent and a former KCPD detective.

My Take
The main theme in Red Letter Days is fine-tuning. Psychic fine-tuning. Allowing some people to die while preserving the lives of others depending upon what the future reveals about their actions. Of course, this information takes a while to trickle down to Callender and G
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