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The Devil to Pay

(Shayne Davies #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  127 reviews
When it comes to talented new recruits at the Federal Underworld Agency, Nora Jacobs is only half the story…

The Devil to Pay is the first book in Jackie May’s companion series to Nora Jacobs, set in the same urban fantasy Detroit, sharing several supporting characters (hello, Nick Gorgeous), but with a new main character, Shayne Davies. This series can be enjoyed on its
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Bluefields
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Jenna “Meadow”  | The Book of Meadow
I didn’t like this book as much as Jackie May’s other series of her character Nora Jacobs in the same world; Don’t Rush Me and Don’t Cheat Me. I felt like for this book May was trying too hard with the main character, Shayne Davies, to make her quirky and witty when she just became annoying.

Although there is a bit more action in this book, the secondary characters are not developed well. We meet a few similar characters from the other series and their personalities only come across if you’ve
Lissa Hawley
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful chaos and I loved every second.

A heroine with sass and street smarts, and action that never stops. So highly recommended.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Fox shifter Shayne stumbles into some criminal enterprise.
Nobody believes her so it's up to her to save the day and beat the bad guys.

I loved this book.
I think this is a book you'll either love or loathe. There won't be any in-between.
Download the sample. You will know from that which group you fall into.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a joke

I don't think I've been this let down by a book I had high hopes for in quite a while. First off the main character talks to the reader like she know we are reading her story, it is EXTREMELY annoying! Second chapter 3 is a paragraph saying we had sex all night long but I'm not going to even write about that cause it would be like 100 pages long, ugh that is even worse then undetailed or fade to black sex. If you are going to do something like that why even write about a sexualy promi
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, uf
There's a lot that could be fun in this series as it continues to play out, but something about this first book just wasn't clicking with me. I don't know if it was the general immaturity of the main character, or the way she made these logic leaps that seemed way out of left field and I just couldn't follow. I mean, to the point where I wondered if it was going to be revealed that she was psychic.

I think I was also miffed at the way other characters (I'm looking at you, Nick Gorgeous) treated h
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Overall Rating ★★★★
Plot ★★★
Humor ★★★★
Characters & Character Development ★★★
Narration ★★★★

Story: This was a pretty good story although I felt that Shayne was extremely immature, jealous and not too bright for most of the time. I was disappointed that she still felt loyal to her family considering they treat her like absolute trash. She got better towards the end but for the most part, I found her self centered.

Narration: Chandra Skyye - She's alright
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yuuuuuuuuus, Queen, I praise you.

UF. Paranormal. Comedic. MC is a fox shifter. I'm not going to say any more. I'm just telling you to read this. It's hysterical. It's clever. It's fast paced. It's everything you want in a Jackie May book.
DNF at 26%
It really does not bode well for a book if I have no problem putting it down, have no desire in picking it up again and prefer to to re-read some of my favorites
DNF'd at 26%

I really like this author's Nora Roberts series, but I just couldn't get into this one. I even pushed through longer than I normally would as I want to read these series together and as this is a spin-off set in the same time I don't want to miss anything. Maybe I'll give it another try later as now I know what to expected, but I am afraid this series just isn't for me and I'll stick with the Nora Roberts series.

A few of the things I struggled is what the pace of the story, Shayne's
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this new spin off from the Nora Jacobs series, especially when it itself is so new, but I wasn't disappointed. I think I actually like Shayne more then Nora as a lead female.

She's plucky, mischievous, headstrong and resilient. Shayne is also, and most importantly, a smartass. She IS NOT a damsel in distress or a Mary Sue. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at her antics and quips.

The only part I'm unsure about is the talking directly to the reader narration. It'
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A pretty interesting and unusual character. Shayne Davies is not your typical heroine. She isn't the strongest or the most liked individual in this book, but she perseveres where others wouldn't. ...more
Ty Nyrin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t read this book unless you’ve read Nora Jacobs first. Book 1 of Shayne and book 2 of Nora take place simultaneously. When Nora is getting strangled by a fairy, Shayne is getting some from a sex glutton.
When Shayne tells Gorgeous that there’s something brewing with the Huron River Pack he dismisses it, two days later he finds out she was right.
Shayne is the type of Underworlder that no one takes seriously. A Fox, or vixen if you want to get technical. She is actually living in her car and a
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book

Loved this book. Shayne was a total bad as s who was smart and tough but got scared and wasn't immune to getting hurt. This book broke the 4th wall so if you don't like that it's not for you. The.story line was almost too fast paced. Sometimes the scene would change with no warning inbetween paragraphs. It made it seem like the book was flying. I am excited to see where this series is going to go from here.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this book

Well I only made it to chapter five. The main characters dialogue is ridiculous and the way chapter three is a paragraph explaining why there isn't a chapter is idiotic. After Nora Jacob's which is great then to read this one it's very disappointing.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF Don’t like the h.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is a hard one to review for me. First of all, kudos to the author for writing a character that is absolutely nothing like her debut character, Nora, in the original series. This series happens in the same world and as far as I could tell fairly parallel time-wise to book one of Nora's series. Secondly, this book is well written and really funny. Shayne, the MC, is also the narrator and, at numerous points in the story, does the book version of breaking the fourth wall. Shayne is also, as sh ...more
Sadie Forsythe
This book tricked me. When it first started I groaned and wondered if I'd manage to finish it. I didn't have high hopes. I was annoyed that the main character broke the fourth wall to speak directly to the reader. I disliked that it seemed so focused on sex (though I appreciated that she was allowed to be sexual). I thought Shayne seemed too silly to relate to and I disliked that she was basically lying to everyone about actually working for the agency. It felt very child-like. As did the fact t ...more
Sep 08, 2020 marked it as dnf
Dropped it after realizing it was a companion to nora jacobs. I can't get past the bitter after taste of that one. I know, it's in the blurb but it took me until the first appearance of Nora herself for the weird familiarity to snap into place and everything came back to me. Names are not the anchors my brain uses to recognize people so until that lightbulb moment I had no idea who nora jacobs was supposed to be <.<

I feel like I am doing the book an injustice somehow especially because breaking
Heather Gilbert
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4th wall kind of lol funny

For once our MC is not the best, brightest, strongest or most bad butt thing around. Rather, she’s crazy, funny, small and foxy... as in an actual fox. In a world of predators, she’s submissive and easily prey. Those around her are far more dominant and aggressive - all she has is a mouth and a brain that fits pieces together a little too quickly. It’s a combination that makes this paranormal fresh and inviting - there’s nothing fated here nor some secret queen crap, ju
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this so much, buying hard copies of books

I am so much in love with this foxy lady and her unique character voice! Serious girl crush. Shayne is EXACTLY the kind of fast-talking, anxiety-ridden, awkward-yet-sexy antihero that I want to be. Her relationships - from the hilarious banter with Nick Gorgeous, to her sassing off to her Mom, to the back-and-forth tennis match convos she has with Hellerman - are so convolutedly complicated, they are more fun to watch than the plot of demons trying t
Rebecca French
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well that was refreshing!!

Often with authors their stories have the same feel, no matter which characters are allowed out to play. Not so with Shayne Davies... I can only liken her foxy nature to a whirlwind.. on steroids.. after drinking lots of red cordial. I was DELIGHTED!

This book is just ever so much fun! It is light hearted, involved, action packed and just dips its toes into the shallowest end of the puddle that will be these characters.

I am totally bamboozled by Shaynes quirky nature, an
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
The beginning was all over the place, but eventually it got interesting

So, Shayne has ADHD, and the first half of the book reads like an ADHD sufferer that forgot to take their meds. The story jumps all over the place and is fast paced, but makes very little sense. Eventually Shayne slowed down some and we got to see that underneath all that chaos is a smart, strong character that is impulsive and a bit flighty, but also has a good heart.

I'm not real sure I will like this series, but I'm going
Ashley Marie
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting start

I enjoyed this book, devoured it as soon as I got the email stating Jackie May had a new release.. I love how we got to see an expanded version of the Nora Jacobs world but from a snarky, funny, crazy Shayne Davies. I laughed so much but I was hooked from the first chapter. I am excited to find out if Hillerman makes any more appearances in future books.. How that partnership is gonna work out with the attraction & & what happens with her love life.. I'm just excited to see more
Dana Williams
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this.

So someone tried to say this book was terrible because it wasn't like Norah Jacobs, of course it isn't , it's in the same "world" but all new character, some familiar but still. I enjoyed this new look on the underworld side of this universe Jackie May has created, I enjoyed Shayne and I really enjoy the complex workings of Brenner. I'm excited to see where his goes.
Dawn Gee
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good start to series

Shayne is interesting and much smarter than she lets everyone believe. There's some good humor but also awkward silliness. The action is fast paced and exciting. Some of the scenes with Brenner left me baffled. I really like the Detroit world that's built in this and Nora Jacob's world. I kind of like Nolan and Ben so not sure why Shayne seems to present them.
C.J Donais
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it

Okay first few chapters I was dying of laughter. The first one alone was the best, in a deadpool way. That being said, it was a bit slow for me after. If that same sense of humor was in the whole book, I would have given a better review. The Nora Roberts series is more intense and keeps my interest. Nick Gorgeous was a teaser, not like they really had any spark of love interest, and Shayne goes to pursue a guy, but no real relationship material has come to light.
Rachel The reader
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Not sure

The style of writing in this is very different to the Nora Jacob series. I know it’s because Shayne’s character is so different but I found this much harder to read and follow. The storyline was interesting with lots of twists and turns but I had to really concentrate to understand what was happening.
Although I loved the Nora Jacobs books, I’m not sure I will be reading any more Shayne Davies stories.
Ms. Cyn
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun and exciting

I was surprised that this story was related to Nora's in "Don't Cheat Me". Shayne is nothing like Nora though. She is telling the story and her personality shines throughout.

The fox shifter angle has some similarities to Mercy's story and is even remarked upon, but Shayne is a very different fox than Mercy. She is definitely crazier.

This is a fun and exciting story.
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Jackie May is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. Josh and Kelly live outside Phoenix, Arizona with their four children and their cat, Mr. Darcy. Jackie May is their only daughter. (And she keeps asking for her cut of the profits since we’re using her name.)

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