Book Reviews

Heights of Green (On Deception's Edge 2) by Lise MacTague at Bella Books

Genre Lesbian / Science Fiction / Other Planets / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Kym Palmer on 24-December-2016

Book Blurb

Torrin Ivanov’s homecoming wasn’t the smooth, triumphant process she’d imagined. She almost killed her girlfriend Jak Stowell in their escape and now that they’re planetside, the intrigue of her business occupies all of her time.

Jak believed all of the lies that Torrin told her—that things would be better when they got home. But then she walked in to find Torrin in a lip-lock with one of her exes, and that was more than she could stand.

Shocked and betrayed, Jak dedicates herself to training militia-women, spending her days as far away from Torrin as possible. But Jak’s new friends have their own agendas and now her internal compass has gone haywire, severely compromising her safety in the field.

When a militia member dies and Jak disappears, Torrin begins a desperate race against time. This time around, Jak’s life depends on her.

 

Book Review

What a rip-roaring sequel this is to ‘Depths of Blue’! Having rescued each other from a desperate situation on Jak’s home planet, she and Torrin are now back on Torrin’s home, and things are not going smoothly at all.

Torrin is working all hours to get the new technology deal off the ground, while Jak is recovering from her injuries. The more time they spend apart, the more insecure Jak feels – suddenly living on a new planet, where she has more attention paid to her than she’s comfortable with, and feeling like she has no real purpose in life anymore, she’s adrift. Torrin is, unfortunately, blind to this as she is so wrapped up in her latest venture, albeit a noble one that could save her planet.

Jak’s life changes abruptly again one day when she stumbles across Torrin in a compromising position with another woman. Feeling utterly betrayed by the woman who brought her to this strange land in the first place, Jak signs up for the planet’s militia, and her new best friend, Tanith, couldn’t be more pleased…

There are layers within layers in this book, and the subtle ways they are revealed is brilliant in its execution. It’s clear something is going on, but MacTague teases this out, strand by strand, and brings it all to a stunning ending. There’s politics, intrigue, action, and lots of emotion. Both Jak and Torrin’s actions and reactions are explored in just the right amount of detail alongside the story itself, and it’s a fantastic blend. Jak’s position, in particular, is very well written – MacTague does an amazing job of showing just how difficult it is for someone to be plucked in an instant from everything they know and slammed down into a new world, a new culture, and a new society. Torrin’s home planet is populated entirely by women, so all sexual relationships are lesbian. Jak is only just getting used to the idea that women can love each other when she’s introduced to this culture, and it sets her head spinning. Couple that with the loss of her job, plus her fame for being the woman who ‘tamed’ Torrin, and Jak has a pretty rough ride.

Torrin, on the other hand, is struggling with her own demons around love and relationships. Her reputation as a player is broadcast almost daily in front of Jak, but caught up in her passion for the project that she hopes will save the planet, she’s slow to realize just what is happening to Jak. MacTague balances this carefully – it would have been easy to write Torrin as somewhat insensitive and blasé about Jak’s position, but Torrin’s innermost thoughts show that this is far from the case. Her problem is her inability to express those thoughts, and although it’s a common trope, MacTague writes it well.

The book finishes on a great cliffhanger, ready for book three, and I can’t wait to get started on that.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 332 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-November-2015
Price $9.99 ebook, $17.95 paperback
Buy Link http://www.bellabooks.com/9781594934582e-prod.html