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When hell reigns on earth, love is a luxury they can't afford. "Children of the Undying, Book 2" While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or When hell reigns on earth, love is a luxury they can't afford. "Children of the Undying, Book 2" While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or demon-touched doesn t hurt, either. The man she meets to arrange one of those under-the-table hauls is complicated and handsome as hell. Literally. A glimpse of the predator beneath his silver gaze and she s tempted to break her cardinal rule: never mix business with pleasure. Zel s first look at the wild-haired hauler threatens to distract him from his mission and reminds him just how long it s been since he got laid. As the leader of an outcast settlement, he can t afford to trust too easily. Devi s got a reputation for running a tight, disciplined crew, but her very willingness to deal with him means she has something to hide. Not to mention a hot, tempting package like her could be the cleverest trap his enemies have ever set. Warning: Contains demon bars, virtual (and literal) fights to the death, forbidden love, renegade AIs, a badass truck-driving heroine who will do anything to protect her crew and the half-demon warrior who will move heaven and hell to make her his. "


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When hell reigns on earth, love is a luxury they can't afford. "Children of the Undying, Book 2" While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or When hell reigns on earth, love is a luxury they can't afford. "Children of the Undying, Book 2" While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or demon-touched doesn t hurt, either. The man she meets to arrange one of those under-the-table hauls is complicated and handsome as hell. Literally. A glimpse of the predator beneath his silver gaze and she s tempted to break her cardinal rule: never mix business with pleasure. Zel s first look at the wild-haired hauler threatens to distract him from his mission and reminds him just how long it s been since he got laid. As the leader of an outcast settlement, he can t afford to trust too easily. Devi s got a reputation for running a tight, disciplined crew, but her very willingness to deal with him means she has something to hide. Not to mention a hot, tempting package like her could be the cleverest trap his enemies have ever set. Warning: Contains demon bars, virtual (and literal) fights to the death, forbidden love, renegade AIs, a badass truck-driving heroine who will do anything to protect her crew and the half-demon warrior who will move heaven and hell to make her his. "

30 review for Hammer Down

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pamela / SpazP

    After reading Demon Bait, the novella kicking off this series, I had to start this full-length Children of the Undying novel immediately. I knew I would like it, but had no idea how much. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD, YOU GUYS!! The setting and feel for me is very Matrix-Meets-Firefly. It has the network with virtual realities similar to that of the Matrix, but the comradery and post-apocalyptic feel of Firefly, only with trucks and demons. But don't let me box Hammer Down in to anything in specific, be After reading Demon Bait, the novella kicking off this series, I had to start this full-length Children of the Undying novel immediately. I knew I would like it, but had no idea how much. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD, YOU GUYS!! The setting and feel for me is very Matrix-Meets-Firefly. It has the network with virtual realities similar to that of the Matrix, but the comradery and post-apocalyptic feel of Firefly, only with trucks and demons. But don't let me box Hammer Down in to anything in specific, because it is all super unique to itself. There is so much more to it, and so much happens. 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. Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

  2. 4 out of 5

    Killian

    The world-building in this book was really interesting, although a bit sparse on a few important details which just made certain scenes confusing. Zel and Devi were a bit one-dimensional, especially Devi, but I can see where this could be a great series... If it's going to be continued that is. And it doesn't look likely since this was released in 2012 and nothing else has come out since. The world-building in this book was really interesting, although a bit sparse on a few important details which just made certain scenes confusing. Zel and Devi were a bit one-dimensional, especially Devi, but I can see where this could be a great series... If it's going to be continued that is. And it doesn't look likely since this was released in 2012 and nothing else has come out since.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie G

    Decades after the demon apocalypse, Devi and her crew make a living hauling supplies and people through dangerous lands. When they're attacked while on the way to make a delivery, Devi is saved by a man that is as dangerous as he is handsome. Zel hasn't been able to get the beautiful Devi out of his mind since their first meeting. The demon blood that runs through his veins demands he takes her but his human side knows he must put the well being of his settlement first. With unrest among his peo Decades after the demon apocalypse, Devi and her crew make a living hauling supplies and people through dangerous lands. When they're attacked while on the way to make a delivery, Devi is saved by a man that is as dangerous as he is handsome. Zel hasn't been able to get the beautiful Devi out of his mind since their first meeting. The demon blood that runs through his veins demands he takes her but his human side knows he must put the well being of his settlement first. With unrest among his people and enemies ready to attack, Zel will take a chance with Devi and hope he lives long enough to claim her. 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. -Stephanie

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susi

    Hammer Down is the first full length novel in Roger’s new Children of the Undying series. Even if you haven’t read the previous novella, Demon Bait, you won’t have any problem to jump into this new world with relish. We find ourselves in a world of screaming opposites after the apocalyptic rise of the demon-kind upon earth. The world lies in ruins and society as we know it is gone forever. We have the world of the humans who depend on their technology to escape from their post apocalyptic world i Hammer Down is the first full length novel in Roger’s new Children of the Undying series. Even if you haven’t read the previous novella, Demon Bait, you won’t have any problem to jump into this new world with relish. We find ourselves in a world of screaming opposites after the apocalyptic rise of the demon-kind upon earth. The world lies in ruins and society as we know it is gone forever. We have the world of the humans who depend on their technology to escape from their post apocalyptic world into a virtual reality that immitates life as they wish it to be. Their society is very restricted and ruled ruthelessly by the upper class. It’s a life without real freedom where the only escape is to the virtual world. On the other hand we have we have the magical society- a world of summoners and halfbreeds. The latter are the unwanted offspring of demons and either humans or summoners. They live a secluded life away from the human world who paint them as evil just because of their parentage. Hammer Down is set in Rochester, a community of these Outcast led, by Zel. He inherited this responsibility from his stepdad. He is a strong warrior and more than fitting to rule a bunch of temperamental halfbreeds. His kind soul with all its’ rough edges really did me in. He’s alpha and can be bossy but he tries really hard to be reasonable. When Devi enters his life he is nearly undone from day one. He never felt like this before and Devi being an outsider doesn’t really help matters. Devi is an hauler- she spends her days transporting cargo of any kind from one settlement to the next. It’s a risky life where she’s in constant danger of demon attacks while venturing into the wild and unprotected world which is left of our earth. She loves the excitement and constant movement. She and her crew are a very tight knit group- more like a family than friends. She would do anything for them and then some more. Devi and Zel are combustible in every way. The sexual tension rises exponentially with each page and well you will need some cold showers or ice-cubes for this read. I loved to see that their emotional connection developing shyly. It was a contrast to their sexual chemistry but it showed their consideration for the people around them and the influence of their relationship on them. I’m sure I’m saying this in all of my Rogers’ reviews but I adore the way Rogers creates a community of unique and vivid characters. As always I can’t decide who’s story I want to read next. They all do have their own appeal. I have to mention my two favorites though- the techies Trip and Cache. I do have a soft spot for the geeks. Cache’s background broke my heart and Trip well I can’t say much but I so wanted to hug him hard. Hammer Down is a great introduction into a new post apocalyptic world. The mix of science fiction and paranormal is very refreshing and the endearing characters are the cherry on top. I loved the mix of emotional intense situations and the action and suspense of the mainplot. I wasn’t able to put this one down. A must read for all those who do have enough of the same old genre tropes and aren’t scared to try something re-invigoratingly new. I give Hammer Down 4 1/2 stars!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rhea Rhodan

    4.5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Joint review with E originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/01/03/... Publisher: Samhain Publish Date: Out now How we got this book: ARC from the Author MinnChica: When Bree and Donna first announced the Children of the Undying series, I was sooo excited. The moment I got my copy of Hammer Down, I read it immediately and couldn’t even begin to express just how awesome I thought this book was. There were so many amazing things about this, and the set up for the series that it instantly Joint review with E originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/01/03/... Publisher: Samhain Publish Date: Out now How we got this book: ARC from the Author MinnChica: When Bree and Donna first announced the Children of the Undying series, I was sooo excited. The moment I got my copy of Hammer Down, I read it immediately and couldn’t even begin to express just how awesome I thought this book was. There were so many amazing things about this, and the set up for the series that it instantly became one of my favorite books and most anticipated new series! E: Like Minn I was really excited about this new series but I decided to wait to read Hammer Down until right before we were going to write this review. It didn’t help that work got crazy and I thought I would need a treat once things calmed down again. I am very glad I wanted because I think the anticipation of this book made it even better! MinnChica: We first met Zel in the novella Demon Bait, and although we didn’t get to know his character very well, I knew back then I would love him like crazy, and of course I was right! He was an alpha to the extreme (and we all know how much I love my alpha heroes!) and the thing that I loved most about him, was despite how alpha he was, he also loved the fact that Devi was just as strong, just as alpha, just as kick ass. He didn’t worry about putting her in a bubble or hiding her away. There is just something very sexy about a man who let’s his alpha heroine be just as kick ass as he is. E: Zel *fans self* he was certainly sizzling from the taste we got to see in Demon Bait and I was rather curious to see if he was going to live up to my first impression. He certainly did! I could see how responsible he felt towards his people and how frustrating he found diplomacy but when the time called for it he clamped down on his demon instincts and let his word talk for him. Those moments when he let everything out were just amazing! Like Minn I was really impressed that almost despite his Alpha-ness he let Devi do what she needed to do. He didn’t always like it but when the chips were down he didn’t waste time trying to stop her. I think it takes a pretty impressive leader to let others use their skills even in danger, especially when they are someone you care deeply about. MinnChica: Oh definitely! Sometimes with really alpha heroines, I have a hard time getting on board with their character, but to me Devi was the perfect woman for Zel. She fought for him, and when her people needed her to, she fought against him for what she believed in. Watching her with the other truckers was great as well, she really came across as being the mother hen. She was their protector, their boss, their family and for me, that brought her character to a whole other depth. E: Devi was a great complete character too. She never tried to prove that she was more of a man then any of the men. I loved how she portrayed that you don’t have to do that in order to be an alpha woman. You could see the depths of the trust and how deeply her fellow truckers cared about about her by how they acted. She knew when to push them and when to let them snarl without taking it personally or getting into a testosterone match. In other words she wasn’t portrayed as guy with a double X chromosome. But she wasn’t the only character who really intrigued me. What did you think about Tanner? MinnChica: Oh Tanner… Oh Trip…. Oh what a kick ass cast of supporting characters! One of the things I love most about Moira Rogers’ series is that I know that I can always count on them to bring me an incredible cast of characters that are developed from the moment they step onto the page. Between Tanner and Trip and Cache I just know that we are in for an AMAZING series that will feature heroes and heroines that will continuously blow us away. I need to know more of Tanner and all his secrets! I need to know what is going to happen with Trip! I’m hooked!! E: I agree their cast of supporting characters is always a treat. I really enjoy how you get to see glimpses of who they are and what they can do as the book progressed. They are not used as just placeholders. I enjoy their growth as much as I do the main hero/heroine yet they never overshadow the main action. I think the tension between the truckers and the outcasts isn’t completely settled yet. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens as everyone tries to find their places in their changing world. Another thing I enjoyed was the inclusion of not just external tension — humans vs demons vs half-human/half-demon but the internal politics and how should Zel’s community be run. MinnChica: I can’t wait to find out everything about the world. I think that this world-building is one of the best post-apocalyptic worlds I’ve ever read. There are so many different aspects that I love: the technology, the paranormal, the dynamics between humans and demons, the half-bloods, the politics… I could go on and on. I really just can’t say enough good things… All in all Hammer Down was one book that absolutely blew me away. Everything that I’ve come to expect and love from Moira Rogers was here: wonderfully developed characters, an interesting alternative world and some steamy lovin’. From the first page on I was engaged and in love with the story. I give Hammer Down an A E: Moira Rogers packed some very interesting twists and turns in their world. It is amazing the amount of detail they have provided and yet there is still so much more to be discovered. I really liked how technology, mental skills, a certain ‘flexibility’ as well as everything that Minn mentions above has been integrated. Yes this is a dangerous post apocalyptic world but it isn’t complete devastation and lawlessness. People still go on living, satisfying elemental urges and cherishing their dreams. I completely lost track of time while I was reading this which I find to be a wonderful treat. I give Hammer Down an A.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/201... A LASR BEST BOOK! Moira Rogers has built a futuristic, post apocalyptic world filled with humans, demons and those who are somewhere in between the two. The futuristic technology is fantastic, and the characters are all well crafted and complex. I love this world, and the people who live here - the good, the bad and those who straddle the fence between the two. The demon Armageddon created chaos in the world. Fifty years later, life is Originally posted at: http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/201... A LASR BEST BOOK! Moira Rogers has built a futuristic, post apocalyptic world filled with humans, demons and those who are somewhere in between the two. The futuristic technology is fantastic, and the characters are all well crafted and complex. I love this world, and the people who live here - the good, the bad and those who straddle the fence between the two. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Demon Bait was a novella and the first in this series. Hammer Down is the second in the series, and a full length novel. In some ways Demon Bait is the appetizer, still amazing on it's own, but Hammer Down is the entree. You think "Yes, THIS is what I waited for!" We learn about those characters we got a peek of in the first story, plus so much more is revealed about the world. Twists and turns abound. The story revolves around Zel and Devi, two strong, stubborn, intelligent and self-sacrificing Demon Bait was a novella and the first in this series. Hammer Down is the second in the series, and a full length novel. In some ways Demon Bait is the appetizer, still amazing on it's own, but Hammer Down is the entree. You think "Yes, THIS is what I waited for!" We learn about those characters we got a peek of in the first story, plus so much more is revealed about the world. Twists and turns abound. The story revolves around Zel and Devi, two strong, stubborn, intelligent and self-sacrificing leaders who don't think they need a partner. How much can people give without taking something in return for themselves? How much responsibility is too much? The authors give us emotional, steamy romance mixed with post-Apocalyptic adventure, cyberpunk virtual intrigue, kick ass fight scenes and plot twists.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chauntika

    I loved this one. My all time favorite movie is The Matrix and this had a Matrix feel to it. Kick-ass, unique and quirky characters and fascinating world-building. Loved the world they created, plus a scorching hot romance. So this was win. And I really like Rogers' writing: great pacing and very realistic and easy flowing dialogue. Really enjoyed. I also love their Southern Arcana series. And I'm going to start their Bloodhounds series next. Definitely recommend it. It has a little of everything I loved this one. My all time favorite movie is The Matrix and this had a Matrix feel to it. Kick-ass, unique and quirky characters and fascinating world-building. Loved the world they created, plus a scorching hot romance. So this was win. And I really like Rogers' writing: great pacing and very realistic and easy flowing dialogue. Really enjoyed. I also love their Southern Arcana series. And I'm going to start their Bloodhounds series next. Definitely recommend it. It has a little of everything: science fiction, paranormal, action and romance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Secretly Reading

    Excellent book with compelling plot with plenty of twists and turns. I adored the world building and a believable but sexy romance. Highly recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    R *is for Relentless*

    good scifi alternate reality apocalyptic type story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    Much potential - I'd like to see Moira Rogers revisit this Much potential - I'd like to see Moira Rogers revisit this

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ally

    While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or demon-touched doesn’t hurt, either. The man she meets to arrange one of those under-the-table hauls is complicated…and handsome as hell. Literally. A glimpse of the predator beneath his silver gaze and she’s tempted to br While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or demon-touched doesn’t hurt, either. The man she meets to arrange one of those under-the-table hauls is complicated…and handsome as hell. Literally. A glimpse of the predator beneath his silver gaze and she’s tempted to break her cardinal rule: never mix business with pleasure. Zel’s first look at the wild-haired hauler threatens to distract him from his mission—and reminds him just how long it’s been since he got laid. As the leader of an outcast settlement, he can’t afford to trust too easily. Devi’s got a reputation for running a tight, disciplined crew, but her very willingness to deal with him means she has something to hide. Not to mention a hot, tempting package like her could be the cleverest trap his enemies have ever set. I really enjoyed Hammer Down, I felt as a reader we were given a lot more information about humans, outcasts and demons than we were before in Demon Bait as Demon Bait was more about summonours, outcasts and demons. I can’t say that I enjoyed Hammer Down more than Demon Bait because I found I couldn’t connect to the heroine of Hammer Down Devi, as well as I wanted too. I could understand her situation and her position and even her feelings for herself and her crew and even for Zel but I didn’t feel really connected to her as I did some of the secondary characters which surprised me as I found Devi to be the kind of heroine I would normal be able to connect with and root for but I just wasn’t able to do that with Devi in Hammer Down. Maybe because I’d connected so well with Marci in Demon Bait that I wasn’t enjoying such a strong and determined heroine in Hammer Down, I’m not entirely sure but I enjoyed the other characters immensely and thought that Moira Rogers did a wonderful job drawing the reader into a new series that is full of unknowns and something different from what they usually do. However, I feel that it’s really unfair to label Hammer Down as a paranormal romance because oh my god it is so much more than a paranormal romance. So many other genres would fit into this category for this series that I really think it could appeal to many different people. I wasn’t overwhelmed with the sex scenes either. There are a few of them but they fit in with the storyline (which is one of my main reasons for liking Moira Rogers so much! They don’t just shove sex scenes into their work for the sake of it, just to fit into the romance genre they put them there because they work and fit the storyline and characters well! Nor are they over played.) and help you to see the blooming romance between Devi and Zel is something more than you thought it could be (or more than they thought it would be) which is what I enjoyed a lot. The Moira Rogers duo are a brilliant pair and I don’t think you have to read Demon Bait first to be able to read Hammer Down but I would suggest you do because it’s a good story not because the series has to be read in that order, which is another reason I enjoy reading Moira Rogers work because like Hammer Down and Demon Bait some of their work does not have to be read in the series order (although it does help if you want to follow everything that’s going on ;) ) I’m excited after Hammer Down explained so many twists and interesting details to see where this series will go and how it will all turn out and who will be the next hero and heroine in this series. I’ve really been enjoying reading some of the apocalyptic type stories in the past two months and have to admit Hammer Down has been one of the best to date yet!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cecile

    I am fan of Ms. Rogers writing and her sci-fy series is seriously becoming an addiction of mine. If you come to my blog home you will not see many sci-fy reviews... I'm not sure what it is about the outer world that does not make me run to read them, I haven't figured it out. But I am very picky about the sci-fy world reading material I put on my iPad. And Ms. Rogers series is one you will definitely find on my iPad. Ms. Rogers has created a world with the right mix of creativity, intrigue, myste I am fan of Ms. Rogers writing and her sci-fy series is seriously becoming an addiction of mine. If you come to my blog home you will not see many sci-fy reviews... I'm not sure what it is about the outer world that does not make me run to read them, I haven't figured it out. But I am very picky about the sci-fy world reading material I put on my iPad. And Ms. Rogers series is one you will definitely find on my iPad. Ms. Rogers has created a world with the right mix of creativity, intrigue, mystery, fascination, and dark secrets to keep me, the reader, satisfied and dying to know more. She also gives me the sexual tension that I crave, the hot - hold no bars - sex that truly is out of this world. But she also give the tender touches, the soft embraces and the sweetest love to come. But love does not come easy.... At least not for Devi and Zel (aka Dominic).... No, love does not come easy for them. Actually to be honest with you, it could cost them both their lives. Is love worth your life? Well, let's see if it would cost them their life.... Devi is a woman that makes me want to genuflect in devotion of what she does. She is a woman that is devoted to her crew. They come first, they are what push her to be the best she can be. Hauling might be her life, but her crew is her family. She is a strong willed woman, but she does have a soft spot. One that not to many people know about, hell... I don't think anyone knows about that spot. Because you see, in the world that Devi lives in... if one knows your weak spot... Well, you are as good as dead. And in Devi's job, dead is no good. She is fierce through and through and would die doing the right thing. But when she meets Zel.... is could be in danger of that soft spot being found and then what..... Zel, aka Dominic, is a kickass man on a mission. To keep his people safe at all cost. He is the leader of the settlement his step-father left him. Did he want it... Maybe not, but he knew that was the right thing to do. But protecting his people from the outside world might prove the death of him. But he will die protecting them. But who will protect him? He does not allow anyone inside because he is not sure what the beast within would do. He is all alpha and 100% delicious. But just like everyone else... Zel has dark secrets... Would they be the death of him... or the woman that steals his heart and heals the demon within... Ms. Rogers has a way of making me crave things I had no idea I wanted. Her world of the demons and humans is something that I want more of. Her characters are amazing in their own way. All are built with a tender side, but they all would not hesitate to kick your ass if you tried to do harm to them or their family. She has crafted them with a hint of darkness that makes then the badasses they truly are. Her series just keeps getting better and better. If you love a good story with strong characters, strong family ties, deep dark secrets, some serious hot men and some hot loving, then Ms. Rogers series is something you need to pick up! I promise you, it is just that good. It is worthy of a hussy reading it and purring!

  15. 5 out of 5

    PepperP0t

    Since the Fall, a rude, restrictive existence leads the downtrodden humans and demon-kind is the ruling class in this adult post apocalyptic world. Prequel novella, Demon Bait, introduces the world and takes the reader through several genres. I'd recommend reading the prequel first for more clarity though this installment can be read as stand alone. Devi, lives topside and ekes out a living leading a tight knit rag tag crew hauling supplies and the occasional contraband over dangerous terrain to Since the Fall, a rude, restrictive existence leads the downtrodden humans and demon-kind is the ruling class in this adult post apocalyptic world. Prequel novella, Demon Bait, introduces the world and takes the reader through several genres. I'd recommend reading the prequel first for more clarity though this installment can be read as stand alone. Devi, lives topside and ekes out a living leading a tight knit rag tag crew hauling supplies and the occasional contraband over dangerous terrain to other barely human cities. After a meeting with heart-stopping, part human, part demon, all kick-a** alpha warrior, Zel, leader of an outcast underground caste, Devi and her crew run into the kind of trouble they can't handle on their own. She seeks refuge for her and her crew with Zel and his people. Torn between staying in the relative safety in the underground city with the sheet burning chemistry she has with Zel against the take lust as she found it and ever dangerous hauls and demon battles on her own. Zel is definitely a game changer for Devi as she wars within herself. No wimpy romance in an apocalyptic world for this couple, battle is the order of the day. Challenges for leadership, their relationship, betrayal and that chemistry put enough obstacles in the way to keep this fast paced read moving. Techies, Cache and Trip are strong secondary characters in this unique world and just happen to be best friends with the leads and have enough personality for the reader to want to know more about them. I should've left well enough alone but I finally gave in to the pull of this read having read the novella when it first came out and impatiently waiting for more installments because this is a binge worthy world. Alas, there've been no more and for my taste, there really should have been. 4.5stars actually

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    *stares at the computer* *attempts to gather thoughts* *stares some more* This is a darn hard book to write about. There is so much awesome. SO MUCH. And it's all over the place as far as genres go. In an entirely good way. It has the post-apocalyptic things going on. It has a touch of paranormal romance/urban fantasy. It has demons and ... truckers? AND IT WORKS! IT WORKS LIKE SOMETHING THAT WORKS REALLY WELL! Zel and Devi have definite, undeniable chemistry. He wants her but he has a passel of *stares at the computer* *attempts to gather thoughts* *stares some more* This is a darn hard book to write about. There is so much awesome. SO MUCH. And it's all over the place as far as genres go. In an entirely good way. It has the post-apocalyptic things going on. It has a touch of paranormal romance/urban fantasy. It has demons and ... truckers? AND IT WORKS! IT WORKS LIKE SOMETHING THAT WORKS REALLY WELL! Zel and Devi have definite, undeniable chemistry. He wants her but he has a passel of people looking to him to keep them safe. She wants him but she has a rule about getting involved with those she works with. Circumstances throw them together and they fight the attraction for all they're worth. It's a lost cause, as you can well imagine, but they don't give in easily. It is a sweet ride, let me tell you. The secondary characters are fabulous. I am so intrigued by the secrets they keep and stories that can be told there. The post-apocalyptic setting is wonderful. This book was the perfect blend of broken cities and worn down people trying to make the best of a bad situation. Zel's settlement is overcrowded and teetering on the edge of self-implosion. Zel is a strong leader but while most of his people believe in his vision for the future, they think he's going about it the wrong way and it's causing tension. Zel is both strong enough and smart enough to find ways to make things work but it's touchy and Devi's presence doesn't help matters. A truly fantastic genre-crossing read that blew my socks off. Moira Rogers has crafted a world that stretches the imagination and keeps you glued to its pages. Fabulous, dark, wonderful and kick-ass! More, I say. I WANT MORE! -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    From authors' website: "While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or demon-touched doesn't hurt, either. The man she meets to arrange one of those under-the-table hauls is complicated...and handsome as hell. Literally. A glimpse of the predator beneath his silver From authors' website: "While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or demon-touched doesn't hurt, either. The man she meets to arrange one of those under-the-table hauls is complicated...and handsome as hell. Literally. A glimpse of the predator beneath his silver gaze and she's tempted to break her cardinal rule: never mix business with pleasure. Zel's first look at the wild-haired hauler threatens to distract him from his mission--and reminds him just how long it's been since he got laid. As the leader of an outcast settlement, he can't afford to trust too easily. Devi's got a reputation for running a tight, disciplined crew, but her very willingness to deal with him means she has something to hide. Not to mention a hot, tempting package like her could be the cleverest trap his enemies have ever set. Warning: Contains demon bars, virtual (and literal) fights to the death, forbidden love, renegade AIs, a badass truck-driving heroine who will do anything to protect her crew and the half-demon warrior who will move heaven and hell to make her his.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheap and Lazy

    4.5 stars. This book is an excellent example of what I look for in small press. Love the fresh feel, raw, off-the-page characters, and tech talk. Exceptionally tightly written, fast-paced, tough heroine, dangerous hero, romantic plot balanced well with the rest of the story. I was especially enamored of the love scenes: steamy, but not wholly explicit. The world-building was excellent, except that I felt disadvantaged at the start. I stopped reading after the (action-packed) first chapter to che 4.5 stars. This book is an excellent example of what I look for in small press. Love the fresh feel, raw, off-the-page characters, and tech talk. Exceptionally tightly written, fast-paced, tough heroine, dangerous hero, romantic plot balanced well with the rest of the story. I was especially enamored of the love scenes: steamy, but not wholly explicit. The world-building was excellent, except that I felt disadvantaged at the start. I stopped reading after the (action-packed) first chapter to check the author’s website in order to find out if I really needed to read the preceding novella. She/they said it was really only a prequel and this book stood on its own. I’m not so sure. I did manage to suspend my confusion and just embrace the story until things became clearer (rather like I did watching “The Cloud Atlas” movie, if that helps). Although the ending was quite satisfying (a sticking point for me), I do hope another book in the series gets published. There were a number of intriguing secondary characters from which to choose and the epic story arc remains open.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bookwormgirl

    Excellent world building and good character development. Two things that are very important to me in order to like a book. The dialog was interesting and sometimes funny, and the pacing of the story was good as well. It was a nice surprise to me to see that Zel got his story first. He was the most interesting secondary character (to me at least) in the short story that introduced us to this world. But, as the leader of the settlement the writing team of Moira Rodgers could have made us wait for h Excellent world building and good character development. Two things that are very important to me in order to like a book. The dialog was interesting and sometimes funny, and the pacing of the story was good as well. It was a nice surprise to me to see that Zel got his story first. He was the most interesting secondary character (to me at least) in the short story that introduced us to this world. But, as the leader of the settlement the writing team of Moira Rodgers could have made us wait for his story. The world building and over arcing plot development in this novel is a good solid foundation for the next books in the series. I look forward to the next stories this team produces for this world. So, to sum up, a good hot and steamy paranormal romance with some good world building and story telling going on between the sex.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    3 1/2 stars Difficult to rate this mix of urban fantasy, futuristic post apocalyptic world with a strong dash of PNR. Pros: -- Good world-building -- Plot: clear, intriguing, without any hole -- Good characters development, no black or white card-boards, but real fictional people with flaws. Con: --None really. It's my preferences that fault this as a PNR more than UF story (which I prefer). I found the team Rogers a hit or miss for me, but this series (like Wilder's Mate) is definitely my cup. 3 1/2 stars Difficult to rate this mix of urban fantasy, futuristic post apocalyptic world with a strong dash of PNR. Pros: -- Good world-building -- Plot: clear, intriguing, without any hole -- Good characters development, no black or white card-boards, but real fictional people with flaws. Con: --None really. It's my preferences that fault this as a PNR more than UF story (which I prefer). I found the team Rogers a hit or miss for me, but this series (like Wilder's Mate) is definitely my cup.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Another fantastic read by Moira Rogers! Once again we are given truly fantastic characters and a situation that will forge unending partnerships or leave destruction in it's path. Fast-paced, action-packed, well-written, fully-developed characters, and a diverse, carefully built setting all put together with a fantastic story. The technology and world building in this one is different from anything I have read recently. Cleverly planned and creatively designed - this is one you don't want to mi Another fantastic read by Moira Rogers! Once again we are given truly fantastic characters and a situation that will forge unending partnerships or leave destruction in it's path. Fast-paced, action-packed, well-written, fully-developed characters, and a diverse, carefully built setting all put together with a fantastic story. The technology and world building in this one is different from anything I have read recently. Cleverly planned and creatively designed - this is one you don't want to miss out on.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Saritza

    The world building in this series is so incredibly rich you forget you're reading at times! I can certainly see this series as a movie or TV series, its imagery is that rich! I wasn't fond of the first book as I felt like much of what was going in the post-apocalyptic world had not been detailed enough for me but this one... This one tied it up nicely. I'm really looking forward to more installments in this world. The world building in this series is so incredibly rich you forget you're reading at times! I can certainly see this series as a movie or TV series, its imagery is that rich! I wasn't fond of the first book as I felt like much of what was going in the post-apocalyptic world had not been detailed enough for me but this one... This one tied it up nicely. I'm really looking forward to more installments in this world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Edie

    Woot! A new Moira Rogers books, am in happy place... And it was a top read, which has successfully sucked me into the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hollie

    Just when I was ready to give up on Moira Rogers I read this book. It was a cross of Matrix meets Mad Max. I really enjoyed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Amazing. Review to come

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    Enjoyable. I love the world building. Just enough world building and romance. I want more in this series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  28. 4 out of 5

    CC

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lily

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