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Deal with the Devil

(Mercenary Librarians #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,690 ratings  ·  542 reviews
Deal with the Devil is Orphan Black meets the post-apocalyptic Avengers by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author duo Kit Rocha.

Nina is an information broker with a mission--she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America.

Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldie
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Tor Books
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Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Leigh Kramer
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.

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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
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
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
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
**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
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
TABI⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ

I think I'm already 99% in love with this.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Safe!
Great Heroine and love the bond with her friends.
The hero's gang is good and there is some push and pull.
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
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

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
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
Francesca ❆
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lisa Lynch
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
*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
Lynn Spencer
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
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
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
This book is what happens when Authors get their "big break" with a mainstream publisher. It's good but it's washed out and passionless compared to the Beyond series. The zest for life and the determined fight for happiness amongst the fight for survival are nowhere to be found in this book.

Maybe Kit Rocha's writing team second guessed themselves about writing for a larger market or maybe the editors made suggestions about how things would play out with the mass market. Either way, this
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for an action-packed, post-apocalyptic, steamy romance, look no further. Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha is your answer. It has strong, badass characters, interesting worldbuilding and politics, and, of course, a passionate love story. And did I mention, the main heroine and her crew are mercenary librarians, who collect and preserve books ad other media from before the apocalypse? As soon as I saw "mercenary librarians," I wanted to read this book! And I am happy to say it d ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this ARC for awhile and started it several times but simply could not get into the story. It starts off with a strong opening scene but then just kinda settles for a bit into a generic dystopian action with generic action figures for characters. But then around the 50% mark it shifts and the story suddenly becomes really, really good and the characters fill out and it ends great.

This is set in Atlanta in some future time after a series of solar flares have decimated the world and it ha
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
...I'm finished...and it dosnt come out till next month....AND THEY WANT ME TO WAIT A YEAR!? Oh my goodness this is an amazing and fresh take on a post apocalyptic world. Super soldiers, love, humor...the chooses that have to be made and the turns that had been taken...ah, I cant keep rambling otherwise I'll need to add a spoiler alert.
So, just to finish off, I went into this story not having one clue that it was an actual romance. That is a pure plus in my book, and I want wait to see what hap
True Rating 3.5 stars!

Super soldiers, clones, genetic manipulation, and romance, if those words pique your interest then Deal with the Devil is a story that you will enjoy. The setting for this story was a dystopian United States after the solar flares of 2042 had thrown civilization into utter chaos. TechCorp was in control of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Protectorate was in charge of squashing the morale that was starting to bubble up on the outskirts. Unfortunately, not much was explained about
Monica Hills
This was a novel that featured some tough characters living in a dystopian future in Atlanta. Almost all of the characters have enhancements that make them extraordinary. The main character, Nina is my type of lead character. She is a librarian, knows how to kick butt, has a great heart and is also a clone. The other main character is Knox. He also has enhancements but his are going to kill him unless he can get help. The problem is he is a captain of other soldiers who also have enhancements th ...more
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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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