Trusting Justice

J.J. Lore
Trusting Justice
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Loose Id
Release Date
January 2017
Erotic Romance, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

It's been twenty years since the Sion arrived on Earth, changing everything, and Sasha Morency has spent her life avoiding their notice as best she can. She's grown up with a collapsed population, unstable climate, and the bare minimum of survival necessities, all while the conquerors thrive. When she's caught up in an investigation of the theft of rare jewels at the Reliquary where she works, she becomes the focus of a cynical Sion who is charged with solving the crime.

Banished from his Sion clan and his squad in the police department for not following orders, Dram Opano is not surprised to be assigned a basic theft case at an obscure Earther museum. A young woman working there knows more than she's telling, so Dram decides to stay close. Sasha has a talent for climbing walls, confronting authority, and digging for information, much to his surprise, and delight.

Sasha and Dram expect to distrust each other, but as they pool their resources to discover exactly what happened, a bond of respect and passion develops between them.  When Dram is kidnapped by the people behind the theft, Sasha has to call on all her skills to save him. It's a question of survival, for both their lives and their love.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Aug 14, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
103 people found the following review helpful
Telling the story from the loser side colours the book a bit more grey. For Sasha, the world is bleak and depressing. After two decades of oppression and being treated as less than intelligent, she finally clawed her way into a good spot. Or at least as good as it gets with aliens as the conquerors on Earth. She is basically a janitor at an Earther museum. She has barely enough to eat and a place of her own. This is several steps up from her original life, stealing for food and running with a crowd that definitely crossed the line of legal, with or without aliens. When her place in life is threatened, she thinks there is nowhere to turn because it isn't as if the aliens, Sion, will take the word of an Earthling. To her surprise, the investigator Sion, Dram Opano, is a bit more receptive to humans than other Sion.

This cross lifeform love interest starts out slow and brimming with distrust. This is to be expected as the two races definitely have unresolved issues that lead to hatred. I liked how the author showed the lack of trust between the two. The tentative actions which led to a bit more understanding and friendship is nicely done. This story does ramp up quickly as Dram and Sasha narrow down the real thieves. The twists and turns that take Sasha to her past is bittersweet. Sometimes the past is best remembered with fond nostalgia than to revisit in person and be disappointed. Still, Sasha's past helps her with skills needed to assist Dram and ultimate prove her worth.

This story is smooth with its transitions between past and present. The characters are likeable with their flaws and strengths, specifically their loyalty. It would be nice to have a bit more world building and for Ms. Lore to turn this into a series. There is potential for a dynamic world between humans and Sion. This book is recommended to space opera readers who enjoy a dystopian setting.
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