Well, yesterday I finished reading Burn Me Deadly, the second book, and I'm still intrigued by the series.
The protagonist, Eddie LaCrosse, is a sword for hire. Sometimes mercenary, sometimes guard, sometimes something of a detective. In this one it opens with him offering to protect a woman he meets on the road. He fails in his duty, and seeking vengeance takes up the rest of the book. There's a prince and princess, a dragon cult, an underworld leader, a torturer. It's a page-turner, indeed.
Worth seeking out.
On to book three!