Book Review: A Deal with the Devil by Louise George

deal with the devil

When the only thing worth fighting for is love …

There are two things ex-boxer and casino tycoon Rey Doyle is an expert in: fighting and gambling. He trusts no-one, but he needs a fiancé to help seal a business deal and part-time casino waitress Kate Wilkinson agrees to the pretense.

Kate is on a mission to expose Rey Doyle for the pitiless criminal he is, but the more she learns about Rey and his past, the more she begins to admire the man. When the chance to bring him down arrives will she take it? Or will this bad boy claim her heart instead?

From the publishers Tule Publishing via Netgalley

Kate Wilkinson is an investigative reporter looking for her big break and believes she’s found it in investigating Rey Doyle, an ex boxer and now casino owner. Kate believes that his past is even shadier than people suspect, including illegal fight clubs that have had a negative impact on the people that Kate loves. She goes undercover in an attempt to uncover enough to expose him, not expecting to get closer than she dreamt of when Rey needs a fiancee to help close a deal with the Chinese.

Rey’s past as a boxer is clear on his face, due to the punches he has taken to win all the titles he did whilst boxing.  His interest in fight clubs is on the wane and whilst they have principles and rules, the one time that something went wrong has shaken his belief in the clubs doing good, and he decides to shut them down. He is also trying to win a new contract for Hong Kong, and so needs the backing of the Chinese in order to land the approval.  With Kate on the scene instead of his usual waitress, he has to wing it, and finds that Kate is a lot more interesting, but also dangerous than he ever thought possible.

The book shows that there is more to Rey that Kate gave him credit for, and that perhaps her need to expose him is misguided.  Since the death of his mother years before, Rey has shut himself off from all but a few people and when he finds that Kate has been investigating him in order to write an expose, then he shuts down even more. It’s only the piece she writes subsequent to their breakup that makes him realise what he’s missed out on.  The novel is a quick read, there are few surprises, but a novel take on a standard romance novel (boxing, casinos, fight clubs etc).  Recommended for anyone wanting a decent romance for an afternoon.

About this Author

Having tried a variety of careers in retail, marketing and nursing Louisa George is now thrilled that her dream job of writing romance books means she gets to go to work in her PJs.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Louisa now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband, two sports-mad sons and two male cats. Writing romance is her opportunity to covertly inject a hefty dose of pink into her heavily testosterone-dominated household.

When she’s not writing or reading Louisa loves to spend time with her family and friends, enjoys traveling, and adores eating great food (preferably cooked by someone else). She’s also hopelessly addicted to zumba.


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