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Deal with the Devil

(Mercenary Librarians #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,196 ratings  ·  648 reviews
Orphan Black meets the post-apocalyptic Avengers in the vein of Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author duo Kit Rocha

The United States went belly up 45 years ago when our power grid was wiped out. Too few live in well-protected isolation while the rest of us scrape by on the margins. The only thing that matters is survival. By
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Tor Books
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Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, english
***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Wow, I cannot believe that it's been two years since I've read the last Kit Rocha book.

To be honest, I had a bit of a hard time with this book. The idea is good. It's set in the same post-apo/dystopian world as the Beyond series. But except for the Flares, there is very little in common. It takes place in a different part of America, and I could not find any direct reference to the previous series.
Chelsea Humphrey
New US Pub Date: July 28, 2020


What a fun apocalyptic romp! I'm new to team Kit Rocha's books, but I'm definitely invested in not only continuing the series, but checking out their previous novels as well. Reading this was curious timing, with the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world, but I didn't feel that it added to the anxiety I feel by our unknown reality. How these authors were able to take the ramped up action scenes and blend them flawlessly with the steamy romance is
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Oh, this is FUN! I had expected a sexy sci-fi/dystopian romance with intricate world-building and exhilarating adventure, and that's exactly what I got. Per the blurb, "Orphan Black meets the post-apocalyptic Avengers" is a very good description.

You might like this book if you like the following things:

- Found family! There are TWO sets of found families that meld into a bigger found fam
Kit Rocha has a THREE BOOK DEAL with Tor for a new series set in the same world as their Beyond and Gideon's Riders books!

pitched as a cross between Orphan Black and the Avengers, in which a trio of MERCENARY LIBRARIANS are approached by a team of rogue super soldiers in order to seek out a treasure trove of lost 21st century data while facing raiders, betrayal, and the danger of falling in love.

Sign up for more info at!!!
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I’ve been wanting to read Kit Rocha’s fantasy/post-apocalyptic/dystopian romances for years. I own a bunch of their Beyond books in audio but for some reason haven’t gotten to them yet. But when I saw they were writing a new dystopian romance series, about mercenary librarians of all things, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Deal with the Devil is the first in this epic new series and I enjoyed it! It’s action-packed and there is plenty of romance to go around. It’s a solid first installment, ...more
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Hmm... I'm not sure what to think about this novel. I was able to read a few chapters to develop a first impression. That impression is a far cry from what I really think now that I've read the entire novel.

Sure, there's enough action in this dystopian sci-fi novel. There's also some humorous moments which lighten the dark moments that the characters have to endure.

What I found out of place were the r-rated sex scenes. Maybe there was a purpose to having them in the story, but I found them to ju
h o l l i s
I have so many mixed feelings about this one! I mean, like, what a surprise, though, right? No one is shocked.

But seriously. This read was so strange for me. I was totally sucked in to this world and Rocha's words, was consumed by it for the majority of a sunday afternoon, but nothing about the book had a wow factor, no character was particularly compelling or amazing, the plot itself didn't feel too different from any other post-apocalyptic-esque-dystopian (obviously some elements differ but th
Marta Cox
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mercenary Librarians ? Well this really called out to me ! If like me you've read the Beyond or the Riders series by this talented duo then this the first of a new series will definitely go on your shopping list. Yes its dystopian which seems to be their forte and whilst perhaps not as erotic as some of their previous work it nevertheless was a very interesting start to the series.
Nina is a perfect foil to Knox because she's full of heart and such an optimist who truly wants to help others. Knox
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars -- I think this is a really intriguing start to a series, though I do think I suffered somewhat for not having read the previous books set in this world. That said, this is certainly an action packed SF/dystopian romance and I think my fellow Ilona Andrews fans will have a lot of those same itches scratched in this one. I think this could be read as a standalone, too, if you don't want to commit to a full series, though the door is certainly open for future books. All in all, this is a ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 46%

Despite being one of my most anticipated reads for the year, this was just not doing it for me. I knew it was dystopian romance, I knew it would be sultry, but I wasn't there for all of Knox's staring at Nina's ass every two pages and I'm not jiving with the writing style.

I think if I had read this 10 years ago I would have loved it, but it's not working for me now.

I know this is going to be a five-star read for others. It has a lot to offer! It's just not for me.

I received this ARC fr
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kit Rocha are great at characters and their interactions, the banter is brilliant, the emotional core incredible, and the world building wonderful. Enough so that I did not really mind the clumsy pacing and the uneven plotting. I cannot wait for the next one.
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Deal with the Devil is an action-packed, humorous, engaging, and sexy sci-fi/dystopian novel. I thought this book was a great introduction to the Mercenary Librarians series. First impressions are everything, and I think the authors did a great job in laying the groundwork for this series. The world-building was done in a very clear and interesting way, which kept me intrigued until the end. The main characters Nina and Knox were very
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha is a dystopian adventure with strong undercurrents of sexual tensions, featuring the clash of two mercenary squads forced to form an alliance amidst hidden agendas and secrets until an unexpected spark between their team leaders ultimately leads to a reckoning. It is the year 2086 and the country has become a crumbling wasteland following a catastrophic event called the Flares that wiped ou
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I had been excited to read Deal with the Devil ever since the book deal was announced. It promised mercenary librarians and how freaking cool does that sound? I haven't read a lot of post-apocalyptic romances but after having fun with Deal with the Devil, I'm thinking this is a subset of science-fiction that I desperately need to explore more of. This book was super entertaining! I found myself speeding through it as there was plenty of action and plenty of fun twists!

The series focuses on a gro
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May 09, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

I think I'm already 99% in love with this.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely Safe!
Great Heroine and love the bond with her friends.
The hero's gang is good and there is some push and pull.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"He was utterly focused, every tiny shred of attention dialed in like he wanted to drown in her."

Look at that glorious cover with ALL THE BOOKS! I guess I would describe this as a pulpy urban science fiction romance novel?

For a book supposedly about mercenary librarians, there was a surprising lack of, well, mercenary librarians.

Although there *are* some wicked sexy scenes. So there's that! 🥵🥵

Not to mention assassinations, soldiers, thieves, data couriers, clones & superhumans. Sure would have b
Ever since the Beyond Series I have loved Kit Rocha and the world that they have created.

Colour me surprised when a new series arrived and it also is set like Beyond after the Flares but has a completely different and fantastic vibe to it.

Admittedly I haven’t seen Orphan Black, yes I know shame on me. But I have heard only brilliant things about it and then the tough one mentioned was post-apocalyptic Avengers in the vein of Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series, as a huge Ilona Andrews fan it w
sil ♡ the book voyagers
As you can see I've been reading contemporary romances A LOT, or only tbh, since I came back from my slump. I'm still afraid, somehow, of getting into other genres outside contemporary because of the slump and I don't want to have to hate a book only because "I'm not feeling it" or my slump isn't messing with me. So contemporary was my saving grace. YET!!! YET... Kit Rocha's attention to storytelling is amazing and I trust them completely to give me the best reading experience (The Gideon's Ride ...more

Kit Rocha has returned to writing dystopian that’s a similar to world that they have built in the Beyond series. However, I should warn readers right off the bat that although there are some similarities, the style is quite different.

The Beyond series took a more erotic approach whereas this new series still has the same worldbuilding style and new characters, but has a more true dystopian theme to it. It reads much more like an Urban Fantasy to me, which makes a lot of sense given the publ
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 13, 2020 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
I'm dropping out of this really early because I fell out of the mood before the hold came in. Dystopian is a hard-sell for me anyway, so that's not a huge surprise. No rating because it's not the author or book's fault that my mood shifted. ...more
Lisa Lynch
*I read an ARC of this book that I got for free from my public library*

Every year I make a reading goal to "try something new". The whole purpose of this goal is to... open my mind to things outside my comfort zone. This is something that is fairly difficult for me. I've found that, when I attempt to steer too far from what I like, I end up frustrated instead of enlightened.

I had planned to read a historical fiction book this year.

I've NEVER considered reading a romance...

Until I found Kit Rocha
Francesca ❆
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much Tor Books for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

A cute, hot, engaging beginning to a very promising series.

The characters were very captivating: the main protagonists, Knox and Nina, are both complex people full of secrets and with a turbulent past.
Knox has been a captain and responsible for his Silver Devils since the unit was started, he would sacrifice everything he owns for them.
He wants his guys to have a satisfying life
Ivy Deluca
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve long heard good things about the Beyond series by the writing duo known as Kit Rocha, but I’d never really dived into it because starting a long running series is like trying to jump on a moving train. Kind of exciting, probably exhausting, and I’m not sure if I wanted to take the chance. Did it stop me from hoarding several Beyond books in my TBR pile? Hell no because like a dragon with gold, if it’s shiny, I want to keep it near and clutch it close to my breast.
It worked out well, since
Long ago I read the first book in the Beyond series by Kit Rocha. I enjoyed the heck out of it, loving the subversions, the world, the characters. But for some reason - probably because I was getting burnt out on erotica and sex-heavy books - I didn’t read any further. I kept meaning to go back, but I haven’t yet. I will soon, because Deal with the Devil reminded me how of the awesome worlds that await me in Kit Rocha’s books.

This series takes place in the same world as the authors’ Beyond and G
May 07, 2020 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe I didn't already have this on my TBR seeing how it's been described as 'Orphan Black meets the post-apocalyptic Avengers in the vein of Ilona Andrews Hidden Legacy series' AKA absolutely written for me ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2020
Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha delivered a fast-paced, action-packed, swoon worthy, heart-stopping science fiction post apocalyptic tale and it’s all narrated by Lidia Dornet.

Nina and Knox are the principal characters of the story, but we soon learn about their crews.

Knox, the leader of the Silver Devils and his men; Conall, Rafe & Gray were soldiers in the Protectorate. The team is now rogue and in trouble after a mission went south.

Nina and her friends, Maya and Dani, were part of a governme
I held on to this advance copy for a while, sure I would like it - and what'dya know, I like it!

The good:

- Yay for science fiction to take us away from our current world. Sure, it depicts an America where government has been taken over by corporations, infrastructure has collapsed, and it's every chemically and mechanically enhanced person for themselves... but at least it's not our reality! I kid (kinda...) but it was nice to be so fully immersed in another world, even one as gritty as this.

- T
Jen Davis
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve been reading books by this author pair for years now and this latest new venture does not disappoint. Donna and Bree (the Authors behind the Rocha name) are great world builders and weavers of a found family tapestry. It’s been true in every series I’ve read from them, including this one.

This is set in the same dystopian world as the Beyond series, but if you haven’t read those, don’t worry, the story doesn’t really reference those books at all. And has a little bit less of the extra spice
Lynn Spencer
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars Post-apocalyptic adventures? With librarians? Sign me up. Ever since I heard about the new Mercenary Librarians series, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. And with 2020 being, well, 2020, post-apocalyptic fiction felt very on point for me right now. While not perfect, Deal With the Devil is a strong series opener and I already know I want to read book two.

As this one opens, we learn that the power grid has collapsed and what was once the United States has descende
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Once upon a time, two best friends decided to write paranormal romance. And while that was awesome, they also sometimes wanted to write insanely dirty stuff that wasn’t paranormal at all. This is that stuff.

Kit Rocha is the dystopian-erotic-romance writing alter-ego of writing duo Moira Rogers.

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