I wasn't sure what to expect from a book with a cover of a guy with a wifebeater on, slouching with his hands in his pockets. I was initially attracted to this book from the blurb, about a WWII vet who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his wife's life, many decades ago. I'm so glad I picked this up, because the contents are amazing - crisp writing, a solid blend of just the right amount of action and romance, and engaging characters.
Peter Blackstone is our man, an Indebted (to the Devil), having bargained with ol' Lucifer and now forced to act as mercenary for the Horned One. Peter has superhuman strength, speed and reflexes, and is looking for his last kill, the Meaningful Kill that will break his contract with Lucifer and get him some rest. Our gal is Dr. Allison, who also happens to possess a few powers of her own; specifically, she has visions of people's impending deaths if she happens to touch you. (So why do I find it so ironic that she works in an ER? Wouldn't this complicate matters? I'd think Allison might have wanted to pursue a career in elementary ed, where contact sport might be engaged with 8 year olds, not trauma victims.)
Pete and Al meet up in the ER, sparks fly - literally - and the story is on. The secondary characters are fun, particularly Peter's sometime Indebted partner, the huge Swede Dante, full of arrogance and charm. Also interesting is Barnaby, the aged former Indebted mercenary who somehow figured out how to break his contract with the Devil. Here's a story waiting to be written.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, much more than I anticipated. Great plot, excellent writing skills, fun characters. Good times all around for this reader.
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.