Deal With The Devil by Kit Rocha

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


by Kit Rocha
Series: Mercenary Librarians #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: July 28th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

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 group of mercenary librarians (duh!), Nina, Maya, and Dani, who deal in information. While each of the librarians plays a substantial role in this first book, Deal with the Devil, primarily centered on Nina's story. If you look up the definition of badass heroines, I reckon you'll find Nina's (and Maya and Dani, tbh) photo right next to it. Life has thrown curveball after curveball at her - she was part of a genetically engineered trio of clones, had experienced a tremendous amount of loss, and she was living in a completely decimated society. Despite the lack of kindness that the world had shown her, Nina was fiercely loving and generous. There was a lot that she grappled with throughout the book and I do mean a lot, but she remained so loyal and kind. The sisterhood between Nina, Maya, and Dani, was a fabulous addition to this book. I thought it helped the world seem not so bleak. These women were wildly devoted to each other. You wouldn't want to cross one of them because the other two would come for your throat in your sleep. This is the kind of female friendship that I never tire of reading.

On the other side, we have the Silver Devils, a group of genetically engineered soldiers, who used to be under the Protectorate's leadership until they defected. The group consisted of Knox, the leader, Rafe, Gray, and Conall. Knox was the one paired with Nina as a love interest in Deal with the Devil, so he is the one we intimately become acquainted with. He was the strong, stoic, and silent type - a giant grump! I'm a sucker for this kind of hero, especially paired with a bright and lovely woman like Nina. Like Nina, Knox had his own responsibilities to shoulder and his own guilt to deal with. I bet you can already imagine just the immense power when the mercenary librarians and the Silver Devils were pushed to team-up. Nina and Knox's chemistry, in particular, was sexy and potent. I was very into them as a couple and could not get enough of their opposites-attract personalities. And oh gosh, the sexy times! Folks, we have a thunderstorm sexy times scene that was just RIVETING. Kit Rocha also endlessly teased readers with interactions between the future couples, and I can't wait to dive into their stories!

Since this is a science-fiction book, I feel compelled to mention the world-building in Deal with the Devil. Well, it was fabulous. This is a gritty and dangerous world and that we get to discover as the characters venture on this road-trip. There is still a lot we don't know as readers about this world and the evil corporations and I'm excited to learn more in the subsequent books. The plot was high-stakes and there were so many twists and betrayals that I won't go into, but they made the book a very tense page-turner. The last chapter, in particular, was super RUDE and months later, I am still reeling from it.

If you're looking for a good time, I highly recommend Deal with the Devil! I, for one, can't wait to read the next book whenever it releases.

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