Review // Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

November 19, 2021

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

She was good.
Fast, tough, smart.
A fearless warrior.
But her strength was also a weakness.
Nina was willing to throw herself at the world because she was so damn competent, she'd never lost.
She had overcome every obstacle and out-thought every opponent.
Until him.

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Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Standalone? - Mercenary Librarians #1
Release - July 28, 2020
Genre - SciFi Romance / apocalypse
Multiple POV - 3rd person
Heat Level - 3.5 / a few scenes
Format/Source - ebook purchase from Amazon / hardcover purchase from Book Outlet
Length - 336 pages
Publisher - Tor Books

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 supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he's fighting to survive.

They're on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process...

Or they could do the impossible: team up.

Find it here: Goodreads * Amazon

My Two Cents

4 "Who's the bigger badass" stars

After plenty of recommendations to read this author duo, I finally took the plunge. Mind you, I waited until this book was available for a decent price because HOLY COW IS IT EXPENSIVE?! Like seriously... on Amazon Canada... it's $11.99 just for the kindle copy.

I bought the hardcover a while back from Book Outlet (thanks Book Outlet for always saving me money) and when the digital copy went on sale for 99 cents (was that a glitch that I was lucky enough to catch?), I grabbed my copy and promised myself that one day... ONE DAY... I would read it. And finally I did!

And I really liked it!

Seriously, what was there not to like?
📚 lethal librarians - Nina's a deadly clone, Maya is a human computer, and Dani... well, she's just crazy!
📚 mercenaries - they're the Silver Devils and when someone they care about is taken and threatened, they prove they're willing to do almost anything to get her back
📚 chaos - who doesn't love chaos?
📚 destruction - again, who doesn't love it?
📚 enough plot to carry over into another book and characters I want to get to know better
📚 there was even the apocalypse version of romance

So why didn't it get all the stars? Well, here's the deal: I was told that these authors write some seriously filthy sex scenes. So when I realized that there was something building between Nina and Knox, I expected a lot of bow chicka wow wow and instead got some whomp whomp. Aside from calling his penis a cock like it should be, the sex scenes were pretty tame. And I felt let down. I know, I'm terrible for docking a star for lukewarm sex scenes. I'm such a fictional hoebag. And I'm sure there were more valid reasons to dock a star, but this is the one that keeps sticking out for me.

Will I read from these authors again? Yup. I'm planning to continue this series. And yes, I do know that the authors have a truly filthy menage series out there, but I'm not interested in books like that. I'll stick to the traditional relationships I've found here and muddle through the young adultish intimacy.

Favorite Quotes

Evil wasn’t afraid of good. Because good people always expected evil to play by the rules, and by the time they realized the game had changed, evil had won.

She was going to hate him. But she’d still help him. Maybe not for him, but for his men. For Conall. For Luna. She’d help him pull off this impossible job, she’d help him save the people counting on him. And her heart was so damn big. She might not hate him forever. Someday, she might even save him.

Knox touched her as if he needed her more than the oxygen swimming in his blood, as if— As if it was the last time.


Find chapter one of Deal with the Devil here:

About Kit Rocha

Kit Rocha is the pseudonym for co-writing team Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. After penning dozens of paranormal novels, novellas and stories as Moira Rogers, they branched out into gritty, sexy dystopian romance.

The Beyond series has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, has been nominated for best erotic romance in the RT Reviewer’s Choice award five times, and won in 2013 and 2015. Their most recent adventure is partnering with Tor to launch their critically acclaimed Mercenary Librarians series.

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  1. Okay, this one sounds really cool even though it's not something I would normally read. I love the whole lethal librarian thing! I'm writing this down for when I'm in a slump and need something different. I loved how you reviewed this one.

    1. Thanks so much, Deanna! 🌺
      It was definitely a bit different from what I'm used to, but it was too good to resist!!

  2. oh wow!! I had no idea how pricey this book is even for kindle. Personally I think its ridiculous the prices of kindle books. Thanksfully I got this one from my library. I am happy that you liked this one, it was an enjoyable read for me as well. And those quotes are some of my favorites too.

    1. Well, I'm always glad when we have books in common. And both like them! 🌺
      Yeah, the kindle price is ridiculous. Usually when I see prices like that, I search elsewhere for the title. Like you I check the library or I'll get it cheap from Book Outlet or some other kind of thrift shop. I wish I had people in my life who read like me, but alas, I'm all alone here. If you know of any great resources for books that I can get even in Canada, let me know!!


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