Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
Reviewed by Sam!
**We picked up an advanced copy of this at ALA. We’d like to thank the authors and Tor Books for the opportunity to read and review. This book comes out on July 28th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore**
What I drank prior: we went out to an actual restaurant today. For the first time in 14 weeks. I had two Rose sangrias and a frozen Moscow Mule. Then got home and had 3 glasses of wine. I am tired. Not as tipsy fun as I usually am, but still drunk.
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 any means. At any cost.
Nina is an information broker with a mission: to bring hope to the darkest corners of Atlanta. She and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to help those in need. But altruism doesn’t pay the bills—raiding vaults and collecting sensitive data is where the real money is.
Knox is a bitter, battle-weary supersoldier who leads the Silver Devils, an elite strike squad that chose to go AWOL rather than slaughter innocents. Before the Devils leave town for good, they need a biochem hacker to stabilize the experimental implants that grant their superhuman abilities.
The problem? Their hacker’s been kidnapped. And the ransom for her return is Nina. Knox has the perfect bait for a perfect trap: a lost Library of Congress server. The data could set Nina and her team up for years…
If they live that long.
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Drunk Overview: this is a romance book in case you were deceived by mercenary librarians like I was. Basically in this post apocalyptic world, Nina and her two gal pals support their community by providing literary services. Nina and the ladies are biologically modified humans… of course… that are mostly on the run, or have faked their own deaths. Captain Garrett and his dudes are a rouge military unit who are also biologically engineered… except they have ticking time bombs in their brains. The medic who can keep them from blowing up has been taken hostage and they want Nina. So what does idiot captain do? Tricks Nina into thinking they’re taking her to the biggest hidden library ever. With me? Cool. There’s also a lotta fucking.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I feel real stupid because I had no idea this was a romance book. Was I upset by it? Absolutely not. But I was stupidly surprised. There was instalove which I hate but otherwise cool concept.
Characters: they’re all “unique” but cliche at the same time? Literally all of them fall into a trope and I find that maddening. Plus Captain and Nina basically immediately want to bone. Which is fine, except then feelings get involved which usually ruins everything. It was also annoying that it was boys v girls. Come ON.
Plot: It is a whole lotta finding ways to get those two alone. They’re on a journey and then they have to be alone for something and lala. I do like the story and swing the characters grow but damn the plot was fluff.
Writing Style: good, consensual, female first sex scenes.
World Building: honestly, while I love a good bone, I want to know more about the world and how they take this gawd awful Corp down.
What to pair it with: a chocolate cake shot. You think it’s gonna be a lemon but then it tastes like chocolate.
Rating: 2.5/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,