You know what’s refreshing? Reading a lesbian fiction book that isn’t centered on romance.
Not that I have a problem with romance. I don’t. I write romances myself, and without them, there would be a very underserved market of readers out there. But it’s nice to read something about lesbians that isn’t strictly romantic, and this book fit the bill.
Outlaw Torri Rendego, Captain of the Far Seek, travels to the mining colony of Newburg on Old Earth. Along with her crew, she has to smuggle out rare black opals, in fulfillment of their latest contract, which skirts the edges of legality.
Everything goes as planned until Torri discovers that the hated Coalition is increasing security and that Kai Tinsdale, her former bunkmate at the prestigious martial training institution known as the Academy, is stationed in Newburg to break up dangerous but profitable smuggling rings. Kai is now a captain in the Coalition military forces, and she’s very, very good at her job.
They’d shared a connection once that deepened not so long ago, but will it mean anything now? Because in a city where allies can quickly become adversaries, Torri and her crew have to navigate both, and any wrong move may be a price too high to pay.
I’m not a huge fan of science fiction books because they tend to spend way, way too long on world building, and not enough time on characters. That’s not the case in this book!
The characters in Friends In High Places are rich, detailed, and believable. They’re not perfect, but most of them are damn good at what they do, which makes you want to root for them – and wince when they screw up or get into trouble. This is one of those books where you like the main character, the love interest, and the whole world they’re living in.
And there are no dead lesbians for the sake of dead lesbians! Woohoo!
There were a few parts where it got slow, but I stuck to it, and the last half of the book seemed to fly by. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the rest of the books in this series as they come out.
I give it four out of five stars. Well done, Andi Marquette!