Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil, #2) by L.J. Hayward

Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil, #2)

Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-State spy is pretty good at it. Or rather he thought so until he met Ethan Blade—assassin, warrior, enigma. The unlikely pair have decided to give living together a shot, but Jack’s not entirely certain what he’s gotten himself into—or exactly who he’s in it with.Jack’s worries are compounded when he’s assigned to a police strike force hunting a serial killer. With each new pu...

Details Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil, #2)

TitleWhy the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil, #2)
Release DateDec 9th, 2018
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Mystery, Lgbt

Reviews Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil, #2)

  • Simone
    MIND. BLOWN. AGAIN. I'm pretty sure there are still sparks circling around my head... There really was only one person Jack wanted at his back these days. And he was part of the reason why Jack needed someone at his back. At this rate, Jack Reardon will probably swear off his birthdays for the foreseeable future... It's been two years since he 'celebrated' one in a torture shack in the Australian Outback looking death aka Ethan Blade in the...
  • Shile
    This one gets 5++++++++++++ starsI am in love with this series. “It’s nothing to be worried about, Jack. I’m just . . . it’s a surprise. For you.”Jack feathered his lips over the newest bruise, a purpling patch under Ethan’s ribs. “What sort of surprise entails this?”“A good one, I hope.”“Nothing is worth you getting hurt.”Ethan cupped his hands around Jack’s face, holding him still and staring into him so deeply Jack t...
  • Renée
    Who is Ethan Blade?We, along with Jack, find out in this book.Hayward continues to blow me away with her writing talent. She's just so clever! Every minute of this story entertained me, especially the relationship development. This is going straight to my best of 2018 shelf.The mystery in this one, once again, hits a little too close to home. Jack is especially vulnerable when forced to work with a past hook-up, which he doesn't want Ethan to fin...
  • Wendy
    I have been hooked on this series ever since I read the first page of "Where Death meets The Devil". I fell in love with both Jack and Ethan (though Jack is the one that really cranks my engine) and I couldn't wait to see what was gonna happen next. This is not a figure of speech...I literally couldn't wait, and so I kind of ...stalked the author :P Now, I don't want to give too much away about this one, because this is a suspense series and I ...
  • Christelle
    **5 +++ stars** 😍I’m **ADDICTED** !!! I lOVE this series. It’s as if this author, after getting into my head, wrote this series to hit all my buttons…spooky !! That’s why I love reading : to get immersed and tag along with the MCs, experiencing their feelings, without a moment of boredom nor confusion.Jack, Jack, Jack…Yes, what has been holding you for so long while being so attuned to Ethan and seeing the best of him ???Ethan, Ethan...
  • haletostilinski
    Man, I was SO stressed out reading this until about 80 percent when everything was coming to light and we were learning all these things. Mostly because of this line early on that made me FREAK OUT. And then until it was revealed exactly what happened, I was tense and worried and freaking out. It got better the more we learned, but I was a MESS okay. Because in the 1.8 book, Jack and Ethan (view spoiler)[agreed to commit to each other, as in, jus...
  • Fabi
    I'm going to have to think about this one. RTC...later...I finished this morning but I still don't know how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I love, adore, and can't get enough of Jack & Ethan. I love their unusual relationship and all of their life risking adventures. Two alpha males who are as smart as they are tough, making it even more special when we catch a glimpse of either of them letting down their defenses with each other.The f...
  • Jewel
    Everything I hoped for. ❤❤Thank you Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd for gifting me this! WOOT! You just made my Monday!!
  • Ele
    Best of the best. Mystery and romance are perfectly balanced. Hayward has some mad skills. Can we get a story for Adam too, please?
  • ∙ Teal ∙
    **** 3.5 stars ****What an entertaining mess.But before I say anything more about that, here's a public service announcement: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK WITHOUT FIRST READING THE INTERVENING SHORT STORIES/NOVELLAS, i.e #1.2, #1.4, #1.6, and #1.8.For that matter, don't read this without having read Book 1 first -- but you would never consider doing such a thing, right? Of course not. This series must be read in order, and the short stuff between Books ...
  • Ky
    *5 stars*Definitely one of the best series I've read this year, The Death and the Devil are back with some mystery, action and a good deal of jealousy and angst.Jack and Ethan have come so far from their first meeting in the desert and their relationship is slowly but steadily moving forward. These two are perfect together, not because they are destined to be so, but because they see each other for who he really is and they don't back down, they ...
  • Ariana
    Waiting for this one was really hard.Was it worth the wait?Well, that was me once I started and it says it all. I was glued to my seat from the very first word to the last.Just like in book one, L.J.Hayward takes us on a journey between two timelines: before and after.And again she uses this to maximise the tension and emotional turmoil of both, the mystery plot and the relationship development between Ethan and Jack.Seeing the two men happy and ...
  • fleurette
    I’m confused, I have so many mixed feelings after reading this book. I love it but I’m still disappointed at the same time.I’ve been waiting for this book so much! I’ve even read the short stories in between that I normally rarely read. And the shorts are so good, I expected something spectacular from the second full book in the series. But mostly what I expected were Jack and Ethan living together, working together and generally working ...
  • Natalie
    Excellent! Ethan & Jack are my favorite book boyfriends right now. Like the very first book, the chapters alternate between two time periods, months apart. Maybe it’s just my brain being extra fuzzy but I found it more confusing than the first one. I think I still have a couple of things mixed up. That brought my rating down but when I read it again, maybe it will be easier. We’ll see. Ethan has “retired” to live with Jack and they’re g...
  • Chris
    Wow what an intense ride ... I adore Ethan Blade, his ability to compartmentalize and yet show such loyalty and vulnerability to Jack. He is all things dangerous and all things beautiful. While the writing style of past / present was bloody frustrating, it kept me holding on for so long as I was trying to piece everything together... a fabulous installment..Jack & Ethan are simply perfect together in their imperfections ❤ Wow what an intense ...
  • Alex
    I'm completely mind blown by this series.This second book was everything I was waiting for and more...We finally reunite with our 2 badasses.- Ethan Blade, Assassin extraordinaire. who decided to retire to be with Jack. But the life of an Assassin is not that easy to escape.I ADOOOOORE Ethan. So deadly and yet so cute and adorable when it comes to Jack! - Jack Reardon, Agent for Australian intelligence. Go undercover with a law enforcement agency...
  • rowenalovelace
    Finally! I just can't express my love for these two enough... Such an exciting and rewarding story!(view spoiler)[I LOVED Ethan's POV and I want to read more from his POV. We all knew Jack was a dumbass but God, it was even more obvious when I read that final scene and see from Ethan's eyes. Not that there was anything other than adoring and loving coming from Ethan but you see it more clearly when Ethan described the intimacy of their love makin...
  • Christine
    Another great installment. I just love these guys. The before and after style of writing didn’t work as much in this book as it did in the first (IMO). I was confused at times and a few things still aren’t clear to me. But that could totally be a case of “it’s me not the book”.No matter though because I still love these fellas!!And we all know by now that Ethan is not going to kill Jack. Why doesn’t Jack know that? The constant mentio...
  •  ⚣ Marco ⚣
    This was close to perfection. Still not a fan of the two timelines narration ('Before' vs. 'After') though, but that didn't really diminish my enjoyment of the book and this author's brilliant writing.
  • Lisazj1
    Everything I could have wanted, except for more!
  • Sahitya
    Everyone… I am in love!!! I already loved Where Death Meets the Devil, thought it was a very one of a kind romantic suspense action novel, but this book has truly cemented it’s place in my heart. Wow what a journey this was. It was a roller coaster of feelings and I’m still trying to get down from the high, so I apologize in advance if I go on rambling here.The author has a way of writing that keeps you on your toes for every single page an...
  • Qin
    I feel let down by this second large-scale novel devoted to everyone's favourite pairing of Indian-born Australian spook Jack and his loony bin of a boyfriend, international assassin slash neat freak, animal- and -luxury cars-loving Ethan. The various novelettes which lead from the first full-blown story (which I enjoyed a lot) to this one had demonstrated an increasing tendency to all over the place confusion, breezy plotting, and unartful outra...
  • Amanda
    I am in love with these books! Ethan has to be one of my favorite characters and I adore that we get some of him in the last two books (although I am hoping for more of Jack and Ethan🤞🏻). Ethan and Jack have definitely had their ups and downs. They start to figure out each other’s feelings and then lack of communication, half truths, secrets and doubts set them three steps back ( I wanted to throat punch Jack for a minute in this one). Th...
  • Zuzu
    I love Jack and Ethan so much. And I love this series so much. But . . . the "before and after" chapters in this book didn't work as well for me as they did in the first book.I guess it may be because the timeline was so close together, but I kept getting lost. I couldn't remember what happened previously when the timeline changed with each chapter and I kept having to go back to the end of the odd or even chapter to keep up with the storyline. T...
  • Nazanin ex-Profile
    The before/after timeline didn't work for me. It's a shame because Ethan and Jack are still one of my favorite M/M couples of all time. I wish the story was written in the same format as the novellas.
  • Stephanie GooglyEyes
    This is one of my absolute favorite series of this year, and pretty much all time, and there is a reason for that. L.J. Hayward GIVES GREAT STORY!!! I think my favorite part of this story was how each chapter rotated between the "Before" or "After". You're probably wondering: Before and After what? I won't be the one ruining that for you though :)It kind of starts in the middle of the story and one goes backwards through the before chapters while...
  • Elsbeth
    My gawd, I was so tense reading this installment. I'm so in love with Ethan. (view spoiler)[Who would've thought in the end he would initiate the move... *cheeky devil. (hide spoiler)]The mystery had me on edge all the time. Was so scared for some of the characters. But I'm very satisfied with this read. It was everything I could hope for. "Crazy basterd.""Half right, Jack." There will be more Jack & Ethan. I'm sure of it.#ping
  • Bev
    Just a few words...brilliant, booshit [I like that one, it's Aussie apparently 😉], fantastic, outstanding, magnificent, superb. An absolutely AWESOME book 2...just couldn't be bettered. Honestly.
  • Alex Alden
    This was very disappointing. I really, *really* enjoyed the first book, but this one went in a totally different direction. The characters became too fluffy and lovey-dovey, completely contrary to the characters established in the first book. I also despise how much the author keeps trying to keep BIG BAD SECRETS from the reader. If a POV character has the information, then the reader should have the information. This is not how you successfully ...