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Review of Dance with the Devil

The Mercenary Librarians series has rarely been about lending books.  Oh, there is the occasional acquiring of books and subsequent lending of them.  But what is really going on is all about the need for people like the mercenary librarians. 

In a futuristic post-apocalyptic Atlanta, those in power are obscenely wealthy and viciously powerful.  They hoard technology and use unscrupulous methods to control the masses.  The heroines and heroes of this series amass a book collection while they protect their community and strive to fight the good fight as they reset the balance of power. 

While all that is going on, there are romances blossoming.  Before Dance with the Devil begins, Dani and Rafe have already begun to hopelessly fall for each other.  You know.  I know it.  Their friends know.  It just takes the pair a while to give in to the idea.  While they infiltrate Atlanta power circles, they do the dance (with each other and the devil).  While under cover, they happen upon Rafe’s sister Tessa, who is in her own world of trouble.  The addition of Rafe’s family, along with Rainbow (from the last book) top off the story with a lovely layer of heartwarming emotion.

This third book in the series brings back almost every character from the first two books.  I’m not a fan of a crowded cast of characters, but in this case, one might argue it was necessary.  The story appears to build to a possible series ending showdown, but the last few pages tease the reader with a conceivable future storyline. 

Fans of post-apocalyptic fiction who like a little romance in their scifi should consider this series.  Dance with the Devil is best read after reading the first two books.

Through NetGalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion. 

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About Dance with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Tobias Richter, the fearsome VP of Security of the TechCorps is dead. The puppetmaster is gone and the organization is scrambling to maintain control by ruthlessly limiting Atlanta’s access to resources, hoping to quell rebellion. Our band of mercenary librarians have decided that the time for revolution has come.

Maya uses her wealth of secrets to weaken the TechCorps from within. Dani strikes from the shadows, picking off the chain of command one ambush at a time. And Nina is organizing their community—not just to survive, but to fight back. When Maya needs to make contact with a sympathetic insider, Dani and Rafe are the only ones with the skill-set and experience to infiltrate the highest levels of the TechCorps. They’ll go deep undercover in the decadent, luxury-soaked penthouses on the Hill.

Bringing Dani face-to-face with the man who turned her into a killer. And forcing Rafe to decide how far he’ll go to protect both of his families—the one he was born to, and the one he made for himself.

Victory will break the back of Power. Failure will destroy Atlanta.

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