Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review ~ Payable On Death (The Jax Rhodes Series, Book One) by Rachel Rawlings @RachelsBooks #UrbanFantasy

Payable On Death
The Jax Rhodes Series, Book One
Rachel Rawlings

Print Length: 207 pages

Publication Date: April 5, 2016


Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

A deal with the Devil. Demons haunting your every step. When an Angel offers you the chance to redeem yourself, you take it. Because eternal damnation isn't all it's cracked up to be.

But the Devil always gets his due.

On the streets of Baltimore redemption is..... Payable On Death.

My Review:

When Jax is 17 she does what she thinks it right in order to save her mother - and now the devil owns her soul.  Jax spends the next 5 years trying to redeem the mistake she made by way of good deeds and volunteering until one day the world as she knows it crumbles down around her feet.  Her friend Tommy, the appearance of Dane, and the mind-bending reality of Jax's new world are almost too much to bear.  Especially when the Devil is breathing down her neck and beckoning her home.

Welcome to Jax's new life - until the Devil comes to collect!

Payable On Death is an engaging, action packed urban fantasy novel.  Jax is a strong, independent woman that has learned to take care of herself.  She is no-nonsense and kick ass.  Her guardian angel is a secret keeper and has earned no gold stars from Jax when she learns the truth.  She's also thrust into the arms of Dane, a sin eater.

Some of the book seems rushed and there are areas where topic shifts are abrupt and uncomfortable.  I realize that this is the first book and there is a lot of world building and character development that goes on to get readers up to speed.  The author's world, while tumultuous, is crafted pretty well despite some of the hiccups.  I found myself not wanting to put the book down, very interested in what Jax and Dane were going to become involved in next.

I liked the book for the most part.  I was on the edge of my seat through many of the action scenes, including near the end.  I look forward to the next book in the series and am excited to see where Jax and the Devil tangle with each other next.  Many reviewers have likened this book to Constantine and there are many similarities; however, the author does include a lot more original content.  Don't let the resemblance dissuade you from checking out Payable On Death.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable Rachel Rawlings' angels vs demons storyline is in this new adult urban fantasy novel.

Review copy courtesy of the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author:

Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn't until 2009 that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna.

When she isn't writing, Rachel can often be found with her nose buried in a good book. An avid reader of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Horror and Steampunk herself, Rachel founded Hallowread- an interactive convention for both authors and fans of those genres.

More information on Hallowread, its schedule of events and participating authors can be found at and .

She still lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

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