Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Deadmen are back…

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine’s hands. He expects no mercy or rescue.

Yet Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it’s her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn’t seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron’s resolve.

RATING: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

I swear Kenyon-verse is like a paranormal version of Game of Thrones except while Sherrilyn likes to torture her characters, she’s not in the habit of killing my favored characters willy-nilly. Or if she does, she usually finds a way to bring them back to life again, which I much appreciative of. GOT SPOLIER IF YOU HAVE’T READ OR WATCHED THE SERIES!!! I’m still salty over Margery Tyrell’s death. I liked her. Well, I liked her on-screen version as I never got to that part of the books that she was in.  I swear Natalie Dormer likes playing characters who get killed off. Case and point, The Tudors, Game of Thrones, and The Forest.

Anyways, another reason Kenyon-verse is like Game of Thrones is the insane amount of characters that you have to keep track of and as well their allies and enemies, which is multiplied because, except one or two series, all of the other series are connected in some shape or fashion. I bow down to Sherrilyn’s ability to keep track of the madness and that of the staff she probably has who’s constantly on their toes updating time charts and family trees.

It took me a little bit to get into the book, but mainly because I was trying to remember the main cast of characters for this story and how they relate to the other characters I know as well as the timeline. From what I understand, using our main heroine in this book, Cameron, the Deadman’s Cross books are probably set up during the colonial period of history, but somehow thanks to the crazy powers of characters overlaps a bit with the current Dark-Hunter timeline and sometime before it since the Malachai they’re dealing with is our favorite Cajun’s bad ass evil daddy.

As always, there is a lot of baddies gunning for our crew and our required romance where it’s not precisely HEA since certain things that will not be spoiled happen at the end. However, one of the great things about Sherrilyn’s books is that while they make you laugh, cry, gut certain characters and strangle them with their own entrails, and a whole boatload of other emotions, they always have a romance that is realistic (well as realistic as can be with paranormal species and major powers, which may or may not be possible in our world) because while the couple is happily together, you know that their life won’t be perfect. It will be filled with ups and downs and bad guys crashing in during dinnertime (totally rude) and maiming or possibly killing someone for a short period of time before they get revived in some manner (well we hope this is the case), but in the end there is always a love that stays strong and rides it all out.

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