Huff, Tanya -- The Truth of Valor (Confederation 5) [e-book purchase]

Ex-Gunnery-Sergeant ("there is no such thing as an ex-Gunnery-Sergeant") Torin Kerr attempts to settle down to a quiet life of civilian salvage operation. Then there are space pirates. This goes bouncing along with verve, fistfights, and explosions. My only reservations are, one, her relationship with hunky boyfriend is mostly a plot device; the romance is an excuse for her to turn into a pirate-stomping ex-Marine terror when Craig is kidnapped. Which is fun to watch, don't get me wrong. It's just a lot of I will find him and steely glares rather than, you know, an on-screen relationship. And two, the author is awfully casual about the di'Taykans and their sex-pollen pheromones, when used by bad guys. I wouldn't raise the issue except that the last Huff I read (Enchantment Emporium) also had this cutesy-ha-ha-sexual-abuse theme. Someone needs to raise an eyebrow at her.

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