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Week ending April 28, 2017

starred review starBachar, Robyn. Relaunch Mission. Carina: Harlequin. (Galactic Cold War, Bk. 1). Apr. 2017. 162p. ebk. ISBN 9781488028199. $3.99. SF ROMANCE
relaunchmission042817Capt. Lindana Nyota and her crew are living mission to mission, acting as privateers for the Alliance by stealing Soviet supplies. Now they are down one crew member, and the replacement is the last person Lindy ever expected to see again. Lt. Gabriel Steele, an intelligence agent for the Alliance, has spent his career in deep cover and has sacrificed almost everything, including his relationship with Lindy. When they receive knowledge of a superweapon, Lindy and Gabriel become enemy number one on everyone’s radar, including the Alliance’s. To survive, Gabriel must gain Lindy’s trust and possibly rekindle what they lost so long ago. Bachar (The Sephra’s Tear) does an amazing job of building an alternate history in which the Cold War never ended and has expanded across galaxies.
Verdict Lindy is a strong, relatable character who doesn’t easily depend on others but is loyal to those who have actually gained her faith. Gabriel has depth; he knows he is trying to make amends for the past and at the same time remains his confident and cocky self. A great read for sf romance fans.—Colleen Sargent, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, IL

Harmon, Elizabeth. Heating It Up. Elizabeth Harmon. (Red Hot Russians). Mar. 2017. 65p. ebk. ISBN 9781370182220. 99¢. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
After being fired as lead architect on the Glacier Bay Lodge project, Nora Bradford runs to the deserted lodge to hole up for the winter and recover from a broken heart. She has lost her fiancée and now her job…and Amity Bay, Antarctica, is certainly remote enough to give her time for thinking and healing. What Nora doesn’t count on is Alexei Zaikov, the manager of Amity Bay, who spots a light on in the deserted building and decides to investigate. Surprised to find a lovely, green-eyed stowaway, Alexei must suddenly decide whether to trust this beauty or turn her in. And while Nora is instantly attracted to the tousled-haired Russian, she is the reason that Amity Bay may be shut down and fears revealing her secrets to Alexei. Can these two make sparks in the coldest terrain? Harmon’s “Red Hot Russians” series (Turning It On; Getting It Back; Pairing Off) continues with a special visit to Amity Bay. In this latest series installment—a novella—Nora and Alexei heat up the frozen climate and add fire to those cold nights.
Verdict A perfect, quick read for those with way too much to do and a bonus for romance readers with a passion for the icy tundra over the sweltering beaches. The next entry, Shining Through, comes out in September 2017.—Judy Garner, Strayer Univ., Glen Allen, VA

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