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The Devil to Pay

Shayne Davies Series, Book 1
Written by: Jackie May
Narrated by: Chandra Skyye
Series: Shayne Davies Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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When it comes to talented new recruits at the Federal Underworld Agency, Nora Jacobs is only half the story....

As a fox-shifter, Shayne Davies gets no respect in an underworld run by the fearsome and powerful - werewolves and vampires, sorcerers, demons, and mythical faerie creatures. Even at home, Shayne is still treated like the brat of the pack. Her mom constantly nags, her intended (but unwanted) mate ensures plenty of awkward silences, and Shayne is even expected to act submissive to the pack's future alpha...a six-year-old.

Yeah. Time for Plan B.

All Shayne wants is to prove that she's got what it takes to run with the big dogs, which is why she is constantly hounding Nick Gorgeous to make her an agent at the "Double D", the Detroit Division of the FUA. That's an easy "No" for Gorgeous, who keeps a strict "No Shayne Davies" policy. Well, never say never. 

When mysterious underworld criminals steal a load of bomb materials, the FUA picks up a messy case nobody wants to touch. It's bad enough that a demon horde is involved, but now the annoying FBI has sent out an agent to babysit the investigation. To make matters worse, the notoriously uncooperative master vampire Henry Stadther has control over what may be the only key to breaking the case: a handsome human detective. The whole thing's a hopeless disaster. So guess what, Shayne? You're hired!

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Joshua Oram (P)2019 Tantor

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Nope

The author usually has an interesting street-wise feel to her work with crisp humour in the dialogue, but this book was sporatic and choppy, and the character development was often disjointed and illogical. At times it was even a little difficult to follow the basic plot thread. It was not assisted in any way by the narrator's voice, which was practically robotic most of the time. She also has a habit of mumbling the pronunciation of words with the letter "d" or "t" in the middle. I had to force myself to finish the entire book.
I will absolutely be avoiding this narrator in the future completely.

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  • Anita Bonghit
  • 2019-06-16

Surprised me

I enjoy the Nora Jacob series so it was easy for me to give Shayne a try. I hated her at first, but she grew on me & I'll definitely keep with this series. It is nice to see a different perspective of this Detroit universe, & while there are familiar characters, this is mostly new people & a new story with a few tie ins. I definitely recommend, just get past chapter 5.

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  • merc
  • 2019-04-15

Meh....

Alright so baring in mind that I listened too the original books this book was just meh. The story at times was bland and jumped a little at the end. As for the character of Shayne she was irritating and a lot of the time she frustrated the day lights out of me, then again I believe that was the point of her. The other two mains I kinda liked the detective, he being my favorite character in the whole book, he was a dork and I am very intrigued by his story. One other thing I like about this book was the character dynamics they were nice if not difficult too see how they work at times. Over all this book was just ok and I might give it another listen on a long road trip if I ran out off other things to listen too.

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  • gamerX
  • 2019-02-14

Love it

Omg it just the first 5 min of this Book !
This book is fun audio book and I can't wait for more

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  • Granny6033
  • 2020-02-15

Movie Rights

Jackie May team should have movie rights so they can start production on a movie. The high speed scenes and the intensity of a half crow, half woman demon barreling down on you and that Hillerman FBI agent and her secrets would make good scenes. I wonder who would play Miss Davies?

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  • Supermom
  • 2019-12-16

Employable

Main character was funny. can't wait to read 2nd book.Keep up the great work. Awsome

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  • D Oberlin
  • 2019-12-08

Not Nora Jacobs...

I have really enjoyed the Nora Jacobs series, and am looking forward to number 4. Am not so crazy about this series, unfortunately. The narration is lifeless, and the pitch of action is very different. While the characters are unusual and interesting, I found myself fast forwarding through the chapters without focusing on the action, which is a bit like a shoot-em-up movie with too many adrenaline high action stunts and insufficient plot complexity.