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The Devil You Know (Mercenary Librarians Book 2) Kindle Edition
Praise for The Devil You Know:
“The stakes are high, the danger is imminent and the sexiness is through the roof.”―BookPage
“This series entry begins to peel back the layers of the characters that make up the Mercenary Librarians and the Silver Devils, while giving hints to deeper secrets and conspiracies of the corrupt TechCorps and its plans for control.”―Library Journal
Praise for Deal with the Devil:
“A full-throttle read! I can't wait to see what happens next!”―Jeaniene Frost, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Night Huntress series
“Hard-hitting, unflinching, brutally, beautifully written, and surprising even in the last act. It pulls off a few tricks I would have called cliches past redeeming. I am SO impressed.” ―Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author
“A roller coaster of nail-biting thrills combined with top-notch world-building, palpable heat, and real emotional stakes. You're going to love it.” ―Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
“High-stakes action and plenty of chemistry, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL absolutely crackles!”―Chloe Neill, New York Timesand USA Today bestselling author
“The sizzling sexual tension is simply the icing that makes DEAL WITH THE DEVIL one of my favorite SF reads ever.”―Alyssa Cole, award-winning author
“My advice? Cancel your plans so you can get swallowed up in Kit Rocha’s exciting new world.”―Thea Harrison, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“An exhilarating start to what promises to be a compelling series... bring on the next Mercenary Librarians adventure!”―Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
“Complicated characters, complex stakes, and worldbuilding on a grand scale, I loved this book. Pre-order--and get multiple copies for friends, too!”―Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series
“Nina is everything I love in a heroine―smart and badass, but with a core of hope and kindness. And Knox is jaded, honorable, and so very conflicted. I loved it!”―Jessie Mihalik, author of Polaris Rising
“An explosive start to a brilliant new series. Tough, gritty, and smart, with sharp sparks of humor, and overflowing with heart and hope. I loved it. I can’t wait for more.”―Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling author
“A risky and frisky adventure.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Rocha capably deploys found family and forbidden love tropes while keeping readers on their toes with unpredictable action beats. This postapocalyptic tale of espionage and romance will have readers eager to know what happens next.”―Publishers Weekly
“Rocha slide into traditional publishing with a high-action, high-stakes sf romance. Intriguing characters, tragic backgrounds, and a few twists comprise a strong launch to this new series.”―Library Journal
About the Author
- ASIN : B0879FF8J1
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (August 31, 2021)
- Publication date : August 31, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 9491 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,539 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Mercenary Librarians do more than make sure their community gets books, education, entertainment, and a safe place to go during times of need and extreme weather. They also save children being trafficked, give people alternatives to being ground under the heel of corporations, and will sit on you until you choose hope over despair. TechCorps and the other corporate entities that control the East Coast in the post-apocalypse want to make themselves the only choice for survival. A desperate, dependent populace is more likely to allow TechCorps to modify them to best suit TechCorps needs. The Mercenary Librarians are working to provide options, to give people the freedom to make choices and be human beings, not malleable, replaceable resources.
Deal With the Devil established the outline of this found family. Like a sexy superpowered Brady Bunch, Nina and Knox’s blended family can do more good together than they could alone. Nina is the heart of the group, the love that binds everyone together. Knox and the Silver Devils have taken to domesticity like a duck who can kill you 10 ways takes to water. One of the great joys of reading Kit Rocha is that the books build on one another. Though the focus may shift to other characters, the world, the family, and the community are integral to the story. Characters adopted into the family in this book will continue to grow and develop through subsequent books.
Maya doesn’t have the physical abilities of the others, but she holds her own among the murder ladies and supersoldiers. Her enhanced brain means she remembers everything she hears, reads, learns, experiences. Sensory overload is a danger for her, but she’s learned to live life and take care of herself. Grey is dying. As the Silver Devils sniper, he is used to keeping a distance and watching the action. Grey wants to use the time he has remaining with Maya and making sure she is safer when he is no longer there to protect her. Grey’s impending death acts as a catalyst for two very careful people to take chances. The romance is slow, careful, and sweet. There are no big betrayals, only a recalibration of expectations.
The Devil You Know is not as adventure heavy as Deal With the Devil. It feels like the turning point though. Maya has thought of herself as a refugee, fighting to make a bright corner in an overlooked part of Atlanta. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that bigger changes need to happen and the Mercenary Librarians will be at the heart of it.
So, this is not really a standalone. You should definitely read the first one so that you are aware of what is going on with the story and the main characters. The prime couple in this is Maya and Gray. We do get chapters and peeks into other people, but they are the main thrust.
I like Maya. She is really a sweet soul, a little tortured maybe, but very sweet. She thinks that her amazing brain is going to implode at some point, so she tries to limit the stimulation that she gets. But then there's Gray. She knows that she likes him, but she is afraid because of overstimulation, but Gray.
Gray is definitely a very stoic soldier. He does what he is supposed to. He hides everything, including the fact that he's rejecting his implant. When his secret is found out, everyone is upset. Especially Maya.
These two are just amazing on their own, and I think that they are great together. Gray really does support Maya so well. There is just so much there. I think that he gives her something that no one else has ever given her, even Dani and Nina, who love her so much.
I can't wait for the next book.
Do you want to read a story where a group of genetically altered and very smart super soldiers work together to improve the life of their neighbors? Read this book.
Do you want to read a slow-burn romance? Read this book.
Do you want to read a story where consent is sexy AF? Read this book.
Do you want to read a story that contains found-family, references to quantum physics, and industrial strength food dehydrators? Read this book.
Fans of The Beyond Series should read this book for the well buried Easter Egg.
I guess what I am trying to say is READ THIS BOOK.
Note to Tor: I need more stories in this post apocalyptic dystopian world of Atlanta.
ARC review copy via NetGalley. I also purchased an e-copy as well as a hard copy for my bookshelves.
Top reviews from other countries
Love the characters , you get to know them all.
Can't wait for the next book to come out .