Book Reviews

Depths of Blue (On Deception's Edge 1) by Lise MacTague at Bella Books

Genre Lesbian / Science Fiction / Other Planets / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Kym Palmer on 08-December-2016

Book Blurb

For Torrin Ivanov, life is a bargaining table. Every planet is a new business opportunity. Legality is optional and supplying one side in a local civil war always adds up to profit. 

Jak Stowell is at war within a war. A woman hidden in the heart of a male-only army, her brother’s murder has left her desperate for vengeance. Her skill as a sniper gives her both the disguise she needs and paves the way ever closer to her real goal. She kills efficiently, without remorse. Putting down an off-world smuggler will be no different. 

A moment’s hesitation. A flicker of doubt. Two women on a collision course set off a chain reaction of intergalactic intrigue—and awaken a dangerous passion that could cost them their lives.

Book Review

Torrin Ivanov is a smuggler, bargaining her way around the galaxy in search of the next big deal—and that deal doesn’t necessarily have to be legal as long as it’s profitable. She works alone, using her many skills to keep her out of tricky situations. She’s smart, can look after herself in a fight if needs be, and isn’t afraid to use the idea of possible access to her gorgeous body to gain any advantage she can. Offered a lucrative deal to sell arms to the army on one side of a civil war, she sniffs a big payout and sneaks down onto the planet to strike before anyone else can.

Jak Stowell is passing as a man in the army that’s on the other side of the civil war. She’s a sniper, and a very good one. She used to work with her brother as her spotter, but since he was murdered, she’s been on a grief-induced and almost suicidal bid for revenge. When she’s tasked with taking out an off-world smuggler, it’s just another job that she expects to complete without a moment’s thought. But then she gets the smuggler in her sights and realizes it’s a woman, and something stops her from carrying out her allotted task. Her decision sets off a chain of events and intrigue that bring her and Torrin together.

This is a proper sci-fi/action/adventure story with two very strong female leads and I absolutely loved it! Both Torrin and Jak are kickass women, and that was such a refreshing change—there’s no tough butch here rescuing a weak femme damsel in distress. They can both look after themselves and they therefore have a lovely tension between them from the start.

The story itself is a great mix of action and mystery, with conspiracy theories flying all over the place but all really easy to follow, and it had me turning pages really fast to find out what happened next. Jak is a sorrowful character to begin with—devastated at the loss of her brother, expending huge amounts of energy hiding her real identity, and struggling to deal with her feelings for other women, as they are not considered at all right in the society she comes from.

Torrin is larger-than-life, bold, and sassy, but terrified when she finds herself out of her depth on this deal that goes horribly wrong. So while she is grateful that Jak has saved her from that situation, she’s furious that Jak won’t let her go afterwards, and the sharp interchanges that occur between them as a result are wonderful. And Torrin’s attraction for this “man” also makes for a great twist in the story, especially when Jak’s true gender is revealed, along with her mutual attraction for Torrin.

This is part one of a trilogy and I cannot wait to get into book two—I love MacTague’s story-telling, her narrative and descriptive skills, and the universe she’s created. Excellent lesbian sci-fi, of which there isn’t enough, so this is a brilliant addition to that genre.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 288 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-April-2015
Price $9.99 ebook, $16.95 paperback
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