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Hammer Down Paperback – Dec 4 2012
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“From the first page on I was engaged and in love with the story.”
—The Book Pushers on Hammer Down
“Hammer Down is a great introduction into a new post apocalyptic world.”
—Book Lovers Inc
“…fast-paced future-setting romance is an engaging and quick read for lovers of romance…”
—Library Journal on Demon Bait, Book One of Children of the Undying
The handsome devil Devi meets to arrange a smuggling run through earth’s demon-infested wasteland has a predatory silver gaze that defines tempting. Too bad she has one cardinal rule: never mix business with pleasure.
One look at Devi almost distracts Zel from the life-or-death mission at hand. He can’t afford to trust the safety of his outcast settlement to just anyone, especially a wild-haired hauler with something to hide. Not to mention a hot, tempting package like her could be the cleverest trap his enemies have ever set.
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In book one of this series, we only get a little taste of Zel's character but it was enough to make me want to know more about the leader of the Rochester settlement. Half demon and half human, Zel is all business when it comes to taking care of his people. Not an easy task when citizens have constant concerns and there's talk of wanting different leadership. Zel's demon blood has him craving for a bloody fight or sex and he's worked hard to keep this under control. Control that Devi threatens just by being in the same room with him. I loved Zel because he's so committed to his people and protecting them but you can also feel the more dangerous side that's lurking just below his surface, waiting to get out. His fight scenes were great but it was the explosive moments he'd share with Devi that had me hanging on his every word.
"Sweet Devi, you could make a man sin and a demon pray."
I just love that quote from him. Like Zel, Devi also takes the responsibility of taking care of her crew seriously. Her rule of no mixing work with pleasure doesn't stand a chance against Zel. Devi is no wilting flower and just the woman strong enough to take on all of Zel. I would have liked to know a little more background on her but I was happy with what we got. Zel and Devi's intense and sexy relationship was amazing. These two make a really memorable couple.
In Demon Bait, we're first introduced to a land where demons roam the earth and people have been driven into underground cities. They connect with one another through a virtual world and anyone caught in a city with mixed blood is thrown out and left to fend for themselves. The lucky ones find outcast settlements like Rochester and people like Zel to help take care of them. In Hammer Down, we go into the settlements and learn what it's like living underground. As with the first book, I didn't care for all the technology and would skim parts that would talk about the giant virtual computer network. It was watching how these people lived and seeing that the biggest threat didn't always come from demons but from other humans that had me hooked. I was also glad to learn more about demons and how they ended up on earth. The world in the Children of the Undying series really opened up in this book and I hope to see more of it in future books.
With Zel and Devi leading an intriguing cast of characters and a story that sucks you in, Hammer Down takes this series to a new level. I really hope to see Zel and Devi in future books. I'd recommend this to fans of sci-fi, paranormal romance. If you're not really into all the technology jargon then you may want to try out Moira Rogers Southern Arcana or Red Rock series' first.
The hero, Zel, is very very (very very) alpha. He is the leader of the outcast underground city of Rochester and all that inhabit it. He is also a halfbreed, part demon, and all warrior. In Rochester, half-breeds are openly accepted, one of the only places they can live in peace. Lately, however, that peace has become challenged because people have simply forgotten what it was like a century ago. He and his side-kick techie come to the rescue of Devi while her crew and their trucks are enduring a very bloody demon attack, and they discover that there was a spy in their crew, unbeknownst to them.
Devi is the master of her own journey, always traveling, finding comfort in her maps and home on the road in her trucks. She is fiercely loyal and protective of her crew so when their team of haulers end up holed up at Zel's outcast city of Rochester, she is terribly conflicted over the desire to take off, and the desire to stay. The sexual tension between Devi and Zel is smooookinggggg.
She opened her mouth to give him a kind lie, to tell him he didn't matter in the least, not to her. "No. I wish I didn't give a damn about you."
"You don't. You don't know me." He pressed closer, nothing but hard muscle and heat stretched out against her. "We both got it bad, sweetheart. If you want to take me for a ride and get it out of your system, I'm game."
And that's just the beginning! There are challenges made (Zel fights for Devi's honor), demon daddy issues faced, and some crazy revelations uncovered. There are some very scary moments topside, and some fantastically violent and gorey battles. Fantastic pacing, and awesome secondary characters made Hammer Down thoroughly engrossing, as well. Devi's right-hand tech geek, Cache, is blind and her story made the book incredibly fascinating. Each secondary character had me connected and I felt very invested in the story at the end. The mythology and world building is top-notch and unlike anything I've read before. And it was hella complex, too. Additionally, a major tip of my hat to this incredible writing duo for addressing the importance of safe sex, even in a totally made up world with half-breeds and virtual realities. It's an important conversation to have in any reality, ya'll, and one responsibly had by Zel and Devi.
I am so excited for this series, and cannot wait for the next book. This is not typically a genre I would go for, but I am hooked bought and sold.
The demon Armageddon created chaos in the world. Fifty years later, life is lived in virtual reality, and in underground cities. Summoners and half bloods live apart from humans, surviving the best they can manage. There's money to be had if you are brave enough, or foolhardy enough, to provide services to both sides.
Devi and her crew are truckers, bringing much needed supplies to the humans in their underground cities; and to the outcasts, she offers valuable commodities as well. When the humans jeopardize her crew and her livelihood by planting a spy in her transport to the Rochester settlement, Devi has to make a decision: leave the area or join with the outcasts at the settlement, at least temporarily, to regroup and clear her reputation.
Once she meets Zel, the half blood leader of Rochester settlement, she feels something that hasn't happened to her before: desire, strong and not easily ignored. When it becomes obvious Zel feels the attraction as well, Devi decides to stay a while and explore this new thing happening between them.
Devi is independent, strong and courageous, leading her small band of truckers through the wasted landscape that used to be Minnesota. She has a strong sense of loyalty to her friends, the people she trusts. She only has one rule: don't mix business with pleasure. But Zel tempts her more than anyone ever has. When things start to heat up, Devi decides some rules just aren't worth preserving. I love Devi, with her strong sense of loyalty to those she calls friend. I also love her open mind, willing to give folks a chance, regardless of their heritage.
Zel is strong, handsome, and all male. His father was a demon, but Zel never knew him. The man who raised him and cared for him was fully human, and Zel honors his memory by leading the settlement the way he believes he would have wanted. He has a strong sense of loyalty, and will fight to protect what is his, whether it is friends or the settlement itself. When Devi gets under his skin and things start to get crazy, Zel has to keep her safe from both sides. I love Zel, and his wicked sense of honor and loyalty. I love his possessiveness once he decides that Devi is his, and the lengths he will go to ensure the safety of everyone under his watch, including Devi and her crew.
Hammer Down is part of a new series from Moira Rogers, and I love the atmosphere of this new world. The action in this kept me on the edge of my seat as I read, and the scenes between Devi and Zel are hot beyond volcanic. The secondary characters are all strong and I hope to see more of them as the series grows. There are several sub plots here: what are the humans after? What is Tanner? Are all of Devi's crew really fully human?
I found the demon code of honor as followed by Zel's true father to be interesting, and hope that he finds a way back at some point in time too. Hammer Down is a hot look at life after the demon apocalypse, and filled with action, passion and danger. If you like your romance with a hard edge and a thread of danger, this is definitely for you.
Originally posted at LAS Erotic Reviews
While most of the world prefers to live virtually Zel is just fine maneuvering the real world. As a half-blood demon it pains Zel to spend much time in virtual reality. He is the leader of a rogue community. His community has been under attack of late and he needs Devi to supply him with the means to protect his people. However, he never counted on Devi becoming such a distraction. One look at her and every protective, possessive instinct in him surfaces.
As Devi and Zel circle each other danger strikes swiftly. They must join together to defend the people they love if they wish to survive the imminent war. Can love be found between a human and half-blood? Will they live long enough to find out?
Hammer Down is freaking fabulous! This pulse-pounding thriller will have you on the edge of your seat and begging for more of this gritty story. Hammer Down takes the reader on an out of this world adventure. I am a huge fan of the duo that makes up Moira Rogers but I must say after reading the first book I wasn't certain I would fall in love with the Children of the Undying series. I was left feeling a little lost after Demon Bait but after reading Hammer Down I can say that I am utterly in love with this series. In Hammer Down we get a more defined view of what happened to bring the world to this point and there is one hell of a love story. The action is top notch and very intense. There are so many characters to fall in love with. I love it when I get to experience many emotions during a story and Hammer Down did not disappoint.
Devi and Zel are an extremely passionate couple. I could feel the lust pouring off the pages of Hammer Down. I am drawn not only to this couple and the characters but the seriously cool world created by Moira Rogers as well. I have yet to read anything quite like this post-apocalyptic world. In this spine-chilling world demons fly out of the sky and take over bodies, it's freaky and enthralling. I love that there is all this chaos and then you have Devi and Zel, a fierce couple, trying to live and find love amongst it all. I felt as if I was running, fighting and falling in love right along with the characters, I absolutely love when that happens!! I will definitely be taking another trip into the world of the Children of the Undying.
Reviewed by Miranda
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