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The Devil You Know

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Maya has made a new life beyond the walls of Techcorp. With Nina and Dani she is leaving behind the Data Courier of a failed revolution and instead helping others build better lives, expect that she can't forget what happened at Techcorp. Grey is dying. The technology that made him an expert solider and assassin is failing and there is no way to fix it. With the team on the clock to save kids, Grey ends up partnering with Maya and the sparks between them start to build. But Grey has no future and Maya can't forget anything. 

So this feels like a different book from the first one. [book:Deal with the Devil|45046593] starts off with action and keeps running at that fast pace. The Devil You Know is a much slower book. It starts with a bang but moves at a more gradual pace, mostly because it is Maya's speed. The build up between her and Grey is slow because Maya needs to trust which takes time. 

The thing I struggled with the most was that this book drops you back in the plot. Its been a year since I read Deal with the Devil and I was "I don't know who this person is" over and over again. I do like that there are chapters from other POV's. I was also super ecstatic about the ghost appearance.  Yay!

So I can't wait for the next book.
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My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for making an eArc of this book available to me.

Nice, solid second book in this post-apocalyptic series.  Quite a bit more romance in the plotlines this time around (which works for me).  We get more background on some of the characters, and the overall us-versus-BigBrother theme is advanced fairly well.  Not quite as much action as the previous book in this one.  The ending makes it pretty obvious that the author plans more books in this series, and I will look forward to reading them.
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Set in a post apocalyptic Atlanta, The Devil You Know follows up Deal with the Devil. This time it's Maya's and Gray's story. 

Maya was a data courier for powerful people - her brain held all the secrets they couldn't set to paper. After escaping, she's been carefully protecting her mind against overstimulation and the breakdown she's sure is coming. Gray is a supersoldier with a brain implant that's slowly failing, which will also kill him. 

This book is surprisingly gentle. Though as I write it, I realize that's wrong. The romance is surprisingly gentle, set against a backdrop of danger, genetically engineered children, and torture. The book is not gentle. The romance is. Gray is  so soft with Maya. And Maya is discovering (with Gray's help), that she can surpass the strict boundaries she's set for herself. 

Super fun series. Spicy (but not as spicy as book one, and it makes sense for the character). 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I think the thing I love (and often need) in this series is that it manages to be some of the most hopeful dystopian fiction I’ve ever read? Even in absolutely despairing situations, with circumstances that threaten to overwhelm this little motley crew of misfits, this found family is always going to look out for each other first in the midst of everything blowing up around them. It’s the kind of optimism that keeps me coming back for more as a reader and leaves me absolutely hungry for the next book. Maya and Gray’s relationship is markedly different from Nina and Knox’s, that simmering slow burn that ultimately crescendoes to something as soulful as it is HOT, and I’m already looking toward the potential sequel hair of Ava and Mace. Kit Rocha can never steer me wrong.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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The Librarians and the Silver Devils have settled into a content family-style dynamic. However, that doesn't negate the fact that there's still work to be done. 

Maya still has a price on her head from when she escaped from TechCorps with all their secrets and the keys to a revolution. Despite this, when the group discovers a group of genetically enhanced children is being sold to the highest bidder, they'll stop at nothing to thwart whoever is behind the scheme. But this also has the potential to bring attention to Maya.

Gray is determined to keep Maya safe no matter the cost. And with his implant modifications acting up, he knows that cost might be pretty high, as in, his life. But where Maya is concerned he'd gladly sacrifice himself, little does he know Maya feels the same way about Gray. Both of them will fight to the end to keep what they've found with one another. 

Compared to the first book, I felt like this book was a little bit slower to progress. I think it's because that ever-present tension between the separate groups has settled now that they've formed one trusted group working together. Instead, this time around I feel like we almost get the opposite pacing of the first book with a lot of quieter, contemplative moments with a few action sequences peppered throughout. Make no mistake, however, the story does slowly build to a rather impressively explosive ending. 

In that way, we got to see more of the kind of everyday operations that the Librarians are involved in - their interactions with their "patrons" as the case may be. I kind of liked seeing the day-to-day, but also make no mistake this is definitely still a dystopian future with a maniacal megacorporation lording over the regular people. In fact, I'm kind of hoping the next book in the series gives us some more focus on what happens up in The Hill - where TechCorp houses its "lair". 

One of the bid standouts for me was just the character dynamics. I loved seeing the group interactions, loved seeing how they've created this family. I think that Kit Rocha has really nailed the way that they format their books in that this is definitely Maya and Gray's story, but they're so good about giving readers points of view from each other main character that you never feel like you've lost out on the previous characters like often happens in a series that features a different couple with each book. Nina and Knox are still so present, and Rafe and Dani are hard to ignore. Their build-up has been done especially well and really makes me excited for their book. 

Overall, while the story itself took a bit for me to get into this time around, it built up slowly enough that by the finish I was definitely not ready for things to end. I'm hoping this series will go further than just a trilogy. There's certainly some very interesting setups happening. I'd say if you enjoyed the first book, you'll like this one as well.
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Definitely don’t start this series here: if you haven’t read it already, go back and read Deal With The Devil first, because if you try to dive in here you’re going to be pretty confused about who’s who and what’s going on. There’s a good-sized core cast and the authors don’t really re-introduce them, instead diving pretty much straight into the action.

This book focuses on Maya, the savant trained to be a walking memory bank, and Grey, the sniper. We got to learn some more about Maya’s background, but I did finish the book thinking that Grey was still something of a cipher; he was still just a ‘team player’ and I wanted more of him as an individual.

The world-building in this series is truly excellent, and while it’s a dystopian future, what I’m enjoying about the series is that each book builds more hope that things are going to change. The crew get to take down a Big Bad here, though a post-epilogue stinger hints that the Big Bad may have actually been replaced by something worse, which will be fascinating in the next book - presumably Rafe and Dani’s story. 

I do feel like this one focussed a bit too much on the action and not quite enough on the romance. I do love the whole world and the overarching plot as the crew try to take down TechCorp, but I wanted more of those squishy feelings, especially Grey’s. I’m still thoroughly invested in the plot and I’m keen to keep reading - I think we might have got some hints that Ava will be getting a story after Dani’s, which would be awesome, because Ava is absolutely my favourite character in this series so far. I’ll give this four stars.
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This falls into what I call the second book chasm. It fills a need to get everyone on the same page. It sets up the next book. It gets two characters together. It just does not make that good a read. I kept waiting for the plot to reveal itself as I read the first half. The second half did get two characters together. There was danger and tension with the romance. It just took getting to the ending to set up the next book. I loved book one. Was somewhat interested in book two and have hopes that book three is a have trouble putting it down like book one. Not a stand alone.
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I used to devour romantic suspense but haven’t really read much in the sub genre in recent years. However, the second instalment of the  Mercenary Librarians series, The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha brings back all the love I had for this genre! 

If you love badass characters and competence porn, this book is for you! Maya, our heroine, doesn’t have the superpowered physicality of the other Librarians, but her perfect recall means that’s she retains everything she’s ever seen and heard. This is useful in a dangerous post-apocalyptic world where Maya’s life is in danger day to day, but comes with a risk of sensory overload. However, she learns to live life and since meeting Gray, our stoic with everyone but her sniper hero, Maya becomes more open to testing her limitations. 

But time is running out for Gray as his body is rejecting his cybernetic implant and the MCs cling to spend the remaining time together. All the while, they are racing to save trafficked children from an evil corporation. 

Needless to say, this book is ACTION PACKED! I really enjoyed Maya’s self-discovery and Gray’s unflinching care for her despite his own mortality was so beautiful. Their interactions the whole book made me smile as it was so adorable to see this badass assassin practically  swoon every time Maya smiled at him. 

The whole case of secondary characters were also amazing and I’m champing on the bit to get an Ava (the most murderous of them all) book! 

#kiterocha #mercenarylibrarians #thedevilyouknow #romanticsuspense #bookmages
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I really liked the first book in this series, Deal with the Devil, and was excited to get into this one. The action is there from the get go, and I appreciated being re-introduced to all the characters and the dystopic world. After the action and set up of the conflict, however, the narrative stalls. 

It's not completely without purpose - new characters are introduced, main characters are developed. We see more of the neighborhood and get a sense of the Mercenary Librarians' and Silver Devils' mission. All good... but it was a lot, and the vague sense of purpose doesn't propel the narrative. I would drag myself back to the page to chip away at it, and when we get to 75% finally, finally, the plot proper kicks in. 

And wow, Rocha can write a fight scene. These characters have amazing abilities, some learned over the course of the novel, and it's exciting and satisfying to see them put to use. Not too little, but it did feel too late for the story to get moving.

The lack of plot doesn't take away from the characters, though. I don't know why I didn't realize it earlier, but nearly all of the main characters are neurodiverse due to the implants and "enhancements" they've been saddled with. There are people with touch aversion, ADHD-esque thought processes, chronic pain, desensitization to pain, and more. Many have experienced abuse, some even torture, in their past. One torture scene is in the present. Rocha creates a loving, found family environment for all of them while also building a larger community. 

The great and the meh ended up leveling out to good for me. I'm still looking forward to reading more about these characters, and hope that the plot of the third book is more like the first.

Content notes: torture, death, mentions of past abuse, violence, PTSD-esque flashbacks. Full content notes available on the author's website.
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I absolutely adore this series! Kit Rocha has created a thrilling and dark world for their characters to navigate through as they continue their quest to save the people around them in a post-apocalyptic Atlanta. Maya is a technological genius who has used her skills to maintain their precious Library and provide those around her with the knowledge necessary to keep the community fed and safe. Of all the Mercenary Librarians, Maya is definitely my favorite. She doesn’t have the typical super strength and fighting skills the other Librarians and Silver Devils have, but what she does have is a perfect memory and a level of empathy that makes her the perfect addition to their crew and community. She’s also a gorgeously curvy and soft heroine who finds herself obsessed with book scanners. 
Her relationship with Gray develops in such a gentle and respectful way and is at complete odds with their surroundings. They have both been treated horribly in the past, and yes, horribly is a vast understatement, but are still able to overcome that abuse to develop a true level of trust. Also, these two show us that there is nothing sexier than consent. 
The Devil You Know also gives us a truly cathartic story of a really bad guy who gets all the consequences coming their way. There is some true justice served that is incredibly satisfying. 
This fast-paced, thrilling adventure is a perfect balance of dark and light. There is a true sense of community between the Mercenary Librarians and the Silver Devils that really shines in this novel. A little something that is much needed in our current climate. 
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Tor Books for the advanced copy of this title. All opinions and mistakes are my own.
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I read the first book in this series, and I thought it was great. I was excited to start this second book. It took me a minute to realize that there was a different protagonist especially since it had been a while since I read the first one. At first, this one was a little slow, but after we got to know a little bit more about Maya, and a big thing happened, the pace picked up quite a bit. I really love the different POVs as it helps me to get into the head of the characters and learn more about their characters, their motivations, and to see the other characters in a different light. This is a very unique urban fantasy, and I quite enjoyed it. Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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This is the second book in the Mercenary Librarian's series. This is Maya and Gray's book. Maya has had a price on her head from the day she escaped the TechCorps. She is Genetically engineered to be a  genius and trained for a revolution. Gray, like his team, has broken free of the Protectorate, but he can't escape the time bomb in his head. His body is rejecting his modifications and he is fast approaching death. 
Maya discovers an operation that is trading in genetically enhanced children, which is a major trigger for her, she'll do anything to stop the people behind it, even if she ends up back in TechCorps hands. Gray will do anything to keep Maya safe. Whether it is training her to take care of herself or being there to protect her. 

This book has a nice pace and the characters are both a little broken, but they are putting each other back together. They are a perfect combination and a sweet romance. There is enough action taking place and it is always nice to see the characters from the previous book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy Rebecca Zanetti's Deep Ops books or Christine Feehan's Ghostwalkers series.

I was provided a copy of this ARC by NetGalley for an honest review, but purchased a copy because I wanted to have a copy to own forever.
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A great second addition the Mercenary Librarians series. This book is a little calmer than the first, but that isn't a bad thing. We get a glimpse into the domestic life of these two groups now that they have joined forces. It's not all happy home life however. There is still action, post-apocalyptic trouble for them to deal with, and the always present threat from TechCorps.  This is definitely a series where you have to read the first book to understand what is going on in the second. The main characters have already been established, so instead of an focusing on all the parts of the group we get a deeper look into the main couple - Maya and Gray. There is growth in the characters, and an ending that sets up even more adventures that you won't want to miss out on.  I know I can't wait to see what happens next.
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The Devil You Know is the anticipated sequel to Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha. It’s set in a dystopian/apocalyptic future and continues where the first one ended off. 

While the world building and action has died down from the first book, the tone that The devil You Know has set is clear that this is the stepping stool book of the series. 

Many favourites continued into this one - found family, grump/sunshine, slow burn, secrets, new allies. This was a chaotic good time.
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I’m a longtime Kit Rocha reader, so of course I was beyond excited to see the next book in the Mercenary Librarians series. I went in expecting lots of found family goodness, steamy scenes and maybe a little murder-by-fork. And, oh boy, did I ever love this book! As a warning, this is the second in the series, so there will be spoilers for the first book.

It’s basically super soldier Brady Bunch in Five Points these days. Knox and the rest of the Silver Devils have settled in well with Nina, Maya and Dani, enough that they’re deep in construction of a new living space for them, complete with a med clinic. Everything seems almost idyllic, until an unexpected mission outcome leads to two unwelcome surprises. The first? Gray’s rejecting his implant, and his diagnosis is terminal. Even worse, there’s evidence that Tobias Richter, the head of Executive Security, believes that the Silver Devils are alive. Since Richter is the person who personally killed her patron and then tried to force Maya to reveal her secrets, the crew is understandably worried about drawing attention to the fact that Maya is alive as well. And then there’s the chemistry between Maya and Gray whenever they’re near each other… But with Gray’s death looming over them all, is it worth the risk to Maya’s heart to fall for him?

“Uh, have you met me? I mock evil clones to their faces and stab bad guys with forks. I don’t do serious.”

Maya was one of my favorite characters in the first book, so it’s no surprise that I absolutely loved her. Maya’s a data courier, genetically enhanced to have perfect recall of anything she’s heard, seen or read. All her life she’s been carefully sheltered and spoiled – at least, until her patron was killed and Nina rescued her – and told that too much experiences or knowledge will hasten her brain’s eventual failure. She gets overwhelmed sometimes by too much auditory or sensory input. But these things aren’t viewed as a burden or a hindrance by her friends, she’s just her, and like the rest of the motley crew, she’s accepted for who she is and on her own terms. But she still feels like an afterthought. Sure, her memory allows her to basically memorize repair manuals, meaning she’s the go-to person for fixing everything that breaks, from A/Cs to ovens, and her thirst for knowledge means that she’s constantly looking for new ways to streamline their bootleg library (now including 2030s container gardening DIY books!), but she’s not a BAMF like everyone else. Maya is surrounded by super soldiers, while she calls herself a glorified filing cabinet for the secrets too dangerous to put down on paper. Of course Nina and Dani – and the Silver Devils – have trained Maya to not be helpless, but compared to their feats of super soldier strength, she’s basically powerless. It’s Gray who recognizes that her abilities may have a tactical advantage, and who unlocks the door to her growing beyond the cage that was built around her, the one she thought existed for “her own good.”

“Gray had sacrificed so much for the right to decide how he lived his life.
He had the right to decide how he died, too.”

Gray was the orphan kid who wasn’t good enough to get picked up by any of the folks stopping by the orphanage to find apprentices, until finally his only option was joining up with TechCorps. That feeling dogs his steps, still, even after he’s proved himself repeatedly with the Silver Devils, and it extends to his hesitation to start a relationship with Maya. The pining level is absolutely sky high, but it’s adorable to watch the two of them navigate their attraction, especially Maya. She works herself up into the awkward crush stage, which always dissipates when she’s around Gray, because being herself with him is natural for her. And if that isn’t the best thing in the world, I don’t know what is.

“Knox surveyed them all, looking happy enough to burst. So did Nina, for that matter. Just a proud mom and dad overseeing their misfit band of rogue supersoldiers, fugitive criminals, evil clones, and one random [redacted].”

This would not be a Kit Rocha book, and I would not love it so much, if not for the focus on found family. Whether it’s pulling off another heist or just gathering around the dinner table, they’re one big family now, and that means dealing with occasional stabbings and supersoldier moods. They accept each other for what they are, broken messes and all, and the amount of love and caring they each give to the others is so sweet. Despite this being a dystopian book about a corporation who considers starving the city a reasonable form of control, this book is ultimately hopeful. Maya muses that TechCorps thinks that being compassionate is the enemy of “progress” when everything in her life in Five Points has show her the opposite. There’s also a lot about justice, about how to make real change when the world is so broken. For instance, Birgitte, Maya’s boss, is someone I found hard to empathize with to begin with (I mean, dragging an 8-year-old into a rebellion where you’re almost certainly going to die in a horrible way will do that) but the epigraphs in this book softened me a little to her. Intentions aren’t everything, but she was trying to fix things from within a broken system. And that’s basically what Maya and her family are doing every day, on a smaller scale.

“I’ll keep your secrets. You keep mine.”

Besides Birgitte, it was wonderful to have a POV chapter from Ava’s POV. Ava, the “psychotic evil genius clone,” who refers to her kidnapping of a woman in the previous book “inconveniencing” her. Her sense of morality is all shades of grey, but she’ll move heaven and earth to not disappoint Nina. What can I say, I’m trash for the morality chain trope. There’s also opportunities to catch up with Nina and Knox, to explore how the events of this book affect their relationship and that with their teams. As for new characters, without being too spoilery, I also want more Savitri and Adam!

“Rescuing people, faking their deaths, taking them in, and convincing them to help her build community resources. Real dastardly criminal shit.”

The action takes a while to get rolling; there’s a lot of buildup not just in the romance but in the rest of the plot. But that’s how many of the new and extremely interesting characters (and places) were introduced, so that didn’t bother me. Plus, the payoff (minor spoiler: [Ava and Nina kicking butt together!!]) was well worth it. The shape of what will happen in the last (sob) book of the trilogy is taking shape, and it looks amazing.

“You don’t know how many forks I’m packing.”
His reply came in a whisper. “I always assume that answer is enough to get the job done.”

Overall, I absolutely adored this book and I’m already champing at the bit for the next book, which I’m guessing will be Dani and Rafe based on the setup. Definitely one of my top-ten books of the year!
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Not your average librarians…

I have never read any books by the writing duo behind Kit Rocha, but I’ve read lots of good things about them on an e-book forum I belong to, and in a couple of other authors’ blogs.   So I was pleased to receive an advance review copy of The Devil You Know from the publisher, Tor Books.  

I was half-in-love with this book before even reading the first page, because the idea of “Mercenary Librarians” tickled my imagination – as it would for most avid readers, I suspect.   But I hadn’t imagined anything like these post-apocalyptic librarians.   Yes, Maya and her friends, Nina and Dani, provide “library services” to their Atlanta community.   But they don’t just provide access to books, or scans of books – they also provide a bit of a calm spot in a tough world, and sometimes even provide actual help derived from the knowledge in the books, anything ranging from tech repairs to gardening.   

At the same time, though, they are an essential part of the resistance to the amoral TechCorps, especially when teamed up with the escaped super-soldier Silver Devils – a partnership which apparently got its start in the previous book.   So when the Librarians and Devils learn that TechCorps has been trafficking in genetically-engineered kids, naturally they are going to do something about it, even if it means facing their nemesis, TechCorps Security Director Tobias Richter.    And of course, since this is a dystopian romance novel, there’s an apparently doomed relationship between Maya and Gray (the Devils’ sniper) to follow as well.   Although I tended to skip over a lot of the steamier parts, Maya and Gray are an engaging couple, and I found myself rooting hard for the two to overcome the obstacles stacked against them.  

All-in-all, I very much enjoyed The Devil You Know, and am now planning to go back and read the first book, Deal with the Devil.   In fact, I very much wish that I had read Deal with the Devil first, because I definitely was a bit lost at times in this second book – feeling now and then as if I were missing some bits of background that I should have known.   In the end, this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of The Devil You Know, but if you have the chance to read the first one first, you should!   And I’m also looking forward to the third book, Dance with the Devil, which (although it’s hard to think that far ahead) is due out in August, 2022.  Please keep in mind that I don’t give many five-star ratings, and so my four-star rating for The Devil You Know is a very solid “read this book” recommendation.   And finally, my thanks again to Tor Books, and to NetGalley for the advance review copy.
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I love Kit Rocha. I have read all of the books published by this talented author. The world building is just totally amazing. The characters are so real that you feel like you might right into them when you are just out and about. The setting is just really rich and you can practically see and hear everything. 

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.
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I am such a huge fan of the first book and was more than delighted when I got a chance to return to this world in the second book. Kit Rocha is extremely talented at building dystopian worlds with HEAs and this book proved to be no different. The chemistry between Maya and Gray is undeniable and we are introduced to a whole new cast of characters to flesh out the growing world. However, I wish that Kit Rocha had either decided to fully flesh out the new characters (by adding more pages) or just concentrated on the characters that we already know and love. While Maya and Gray have a great relationship and sizzling chemistry, their relationship does not quite explore the same depths as Nina and Knox, which dropped my review from a 5 to 4. Overall a wonderful entry to the series and I am incredibly excited to read whatever comes next. 

ARC courtesy of NetGalley.
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Being a Kit Rocha fangirl, I’m super excited for pretty much any new release by this author duo. The Devil You Know is the second book in the Mercenary Librarians series, and focuses on Maya and Gray.

Maya’s brain is a weapon, she was trained to carry data, and anything she has seen, heard, read, and experienced is stored in her memory and she literally can not forget. She is also believed to be dead by the higher-ups at TechCorps and if it is ever discovered that she is alive and well would be a liability since she knows all their secrets.

Gray is a sniper. He is one of the best to ever leave the supersoldier program, but he’s running out of time. The implant in his brain is about to short circuit and there is nothing the team can do about it. Realizing and accepting that this is the end for him, he just wants to get closer to Maya and spend what little time he has left with her.

This second installment had much slower pacing than its predecessor, Maya and Gray are such a different couple as far as temperament, a lot less fighting, and more slowing getting to know you better even though you might be gone soon. It’s not until the second half of the book that the action really picks up, with the return of a team member thought to be dead, the rush to save Gray’s life, and the big bad villain making an appearance. That ending though, WOO but do I love a good kicking ass and taking names fight scene.

One of the things Kit Rocha does best is creating a found family with incredibly talented and capable members and then throwing them into the turmoil of a dystopian future and the start of a revolution to change society for the better. With the developments in this latest installment, I am now even more excited about what comes next.
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This second book in the Mercenary Librarians series was definitely a lot slower plot wise and even relationship wise than the first book but I still ended up really loving it! I’m not usually one for slowburn romances and plot but this one was just so sweet that I couldn’t help but adore it.

My favourite parts of the book were every moment Gray and Maya had together of course— they’re literally one of the most adorable and perfect couples that I have read about in awhile— but those specific moments where Gray helps train Maya and really shows her that she can do more. That she’s more than capable of being a “superhero” like the rest of the gang are. The two of them really brought out the best in each other and I loved that so much. 

I was getting kind of bored with how slow the plot was moving because at 60% not much had occurred when I immediately regretted my words when some plot did come into play. Stressful, stressful plot! It made me curious for the next books for sure after a couple of incidents happened near the end.

Overall, I had a great time with this as I expected to, I love Kit Rocha’s writing and characters so much. If you’ve read the first book, hold onto your seat because this second book packs a punch by the end! I cannot wait for the third book!


TW: death, murder, attempted murder, strangulation, torture, blood, gore, violence, sexually explicit scenes, gun/knife violence, surgery/medical procedures, kidnapping.
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