Deal With the Devil, The Reckless Damned #3 by Lark Taylor

If making a "Deal with the Devil" gets me a man like Mori? Sign me the f*ck up!

From the blurb:

When you make a deal with a devil, you must prepare to face the consequences…


I’ve loved and lost once before, and it nearly destroyed me.

One might think I’d be scared to try again, but since discovering the existence of fated mates, I’ve waited on tenterhooks for mine to appear.

Fate, apparently, is content to keep me in suspense.

When a nervous human brokers a deal to find his brother, I can’t refuse. My tracking days are over, but there’s something about River that makes me want to get back in the game. Besides, it’ll be a good distraction from waiting for my dream guy.

It quickly becomes clear that River isn’t all he seems. And even worse…I can’t deny the attraction between us. But can I go there when I can’t promise River forever?


I’ve always been a liar…but this might be the most dangerous lie I’ve ever told.

Making a deal with a son of Lucifer to track my brother is a bad idea. Especially since he currently holds the number one spot on Mori’s hit list.

I’m asking for trouble.

But I’m out of options. Blaise’s death creeps closer every day, and despite his past misdeeds, I have to save him. Even if it means pretending to be a human, when I’m anything but.

The more time Mori and I spend together, the harder it is to hide my true identity. How can I when he’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a partner?

There’s no point dreaming of a future with Mori. Even if he forgives my deception, he has a fated mate out there somewhere.

And it isn’t me.

Deal With the Devil is an exhilarating, forced-proximity M/M paranormal romance with a HEA and no cliff-hanger. It is the third book in The Reckless Damned series, which is best enjoyed in order due to the overarching plot. Each book focuses on a different couple and will have a HEA.

CW: references to off page domestic abuse and anxiety attacks. Includes references to torture, murder. One scene of homophobia, including the use of a homophobic slur.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"Fate hadn't decided to gift me a partner who needed me to care for them, who wanted my protection. No, they'd decided what I really needed was a lethal fucking mage who could drain the blood from multiple supes at the same time."

I just love the total shock factor Mori gets when he realizes his mate is nothing like the timid, sweet mate he expected. As we are well aware from previous books in the series, Mori has loved before, but the River is nothing like Eric. I liked that fact because it sort of made it impossible for Mori to truly compare the two men and his relationships with them. Eric gave Mori someone to care for and dote on, but he never truly challenged him. He didn't make Mori work for it. Eric was the catalyst to Mori wanting more out of his life, but he would never be the man who was perfect for him.

River got under Mori's skin. He gave Mori that battle for dominance he craved. Life together would never be boring with those two. It was exactly what Mori needed. Someone to revel in his possessiveness, to bask in his jealous tendencies. What made it even better was that River was as codependent as he was. Was it slightly unhealthy? Maybe. Did I love every second of it? Hell yeah I did. Not to mention how hot their dynamic made things between the sheets as well. *fans self*

Plot wise things are moving forward. We have some answers, yet still too many questions. Dagon is the last brother left to find his mate, or rather finally step up and claim him. Or should I say them?😉 All I can say is things are about to get even more interesting in the world of demon fated mates, very interesting indeed.

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

Deal with the Devil by Lark Taylor is a thrilling and slightly dark story telling the story of River and Mori. 

Ever since Mori and his brothers found out that fated mates existed, he's been imagining what his fated mate would look like, how they would act and behave, how they would be the perfect person for him. He never expected his fated mate to be Riley, he wasn't prepared for him. But the fates decided he was.

Riley needs to find his brother, and he's exhausted every other way to try to find him. So, as a last resort, he lies and hides not only who he is but also who his brother is. I hoped that Mori will help River find him before it's too late. 

During their journey, neither of these men were expected for a connection to start between them, nor were they expecting an attack from wolves. Mori knew River was hiding something, but he never expected that River was a mage, and that his brother, the one Mori was supposed to help save, was the same guy who attempted to kill Mori's brother's mate. 

I really enjoyed this story. There was action and mystery and such a slow burn! Lark... You know how to master the slow burn between characters. I loved the banter between River and Mori on their road trip. It was amusing and how River kept pushing Mori's buttons added such a nice compliment to the story. It helped break up the mystery and action. 

I'm not going to lie. It took me a bit to get into this story. But once I got invested in River and Mori's story I couldn't put the book down! 

I really appreciated Lark not rushing the relationship between these characters. They didn't rush into anything. And yes, they most definitely were stubborn and you wanted to smack them around to get them to wake up at times, but that's what made the story so great. 

I haven't read the books that came before this one in this series, however; I do think this can be read as a standalone. That's how I read it and I still really enjoyed the story. 

I hope that Blaise and Toby will get their own story at some point. But in the mean time I'm super excited for Dagon's, Dimitri's, and Lucky's story!!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

SNik's Review:

Third in series (The Reckless Damned), best if read in order due to overarching storyline and continuing characters. Paranormal. Fated mates. Found family. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

River needs the demon Mori to help track down his brother, so the mage lies about being human, about who his brother is, and about his attraction to the demon. Mori is waiting for his mate to appear, but his attraction to River is undeniable, and there is no way someone like River would accept a jealous, possessive demon like Mori for eternity, right? 

I’m not a big fan of deception between the main characters, but once that was resolved, I really enjoyed the push and pull between Mori and River, two equally powerful, confident, and possessive men. I did wish there was more background on River and being a mage, but really enjoyed all the interactions between Mori and River, the banter and the steamy scenes. 

This book had plenty of action, with the continuing supportive family in the secondary characters, and the overarching storyline which remains a danger to the demon princes and their mates. 

Very entertaining read and a great addition to the series.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Holly's Review:

This story had me hooked from the prequel and kept me turning the pages until the wee small hours of the morning when I reached the end, more keen than ever for Dagon’s story. 

Mori, the grumpy, tattooed club owner, still aching from the loss of his human love Eric, feels oddly drawn to River when he comes looking for help to find his brother. 

River, forced to disguise his true nature, is desperate to the point of pain to find his brother before it’s too late. 

The tension between these two is palpable in every page as they dance around their feelings and each other. 

The story starts back in time, giving us a better idea of how the brothers came to be on earth in the first place and then a glimpse into Mori’s soul to get things started. 

An almost instant attraction between River and Mori causes immediate tension, a tension that ebbs and flows, a perfect dance of desire and lies. 

It’s not until Mori is in danger that the walls come down and the story goes from nail biting to downright intriguing. I can’t say more without giving spoilers, but you won’t want to miss this. As always, Lark delivers heat, spice and all the good things when these two finally get their act together. 

And the story ends with a pretty decent teaser of what we can expect from Dagon’s story!

Rating: 5 Stars

Miki J's Review:

Wonderful.  Love, love, love this series and yes, you do need to read them in order to understand each character and the ongoing storyline.  For me, this one seemed gentler compared to the first two novels – it's more about the relationship between the MC’s learning to trust and hope for something.....   We get to know Mori a bit better - that opening scene....really did tug on my heartstrings and that dream !!!!...swoon..... And River - bloodthirsty bugger....but oh so funny ....those post-its !!!  Fits right in with the family !!!   Entertaining book - could not put it down !!

Rating: 5 Stars

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