Starheart

(Starheart is set in the same universe as the Iron Admiral but the events occur a little before the Iron Admiral books)

Freighter Captain Jess Sondijk thought she had her life under control until Confederacy Admiral Hudson stops her ship in search of contraband. Although he’s taken with the lovely Jess, Hudson’s after bigger fish than a small-time smuggler; somebody’s trading with the alien Ptorix – and offering them a large enough prize to induce them to part with their beloved starhearts, the jewels they call the windows of the soul.

Hudson’s questions open old wounds for Jess. She decides to investigate the circumstances of her husband’s not-so-accidental death. Soon her life’s headed into an increasingly dangerous spiral – for her, her friends, and her family.

Only Hudson can help. But in this deadly game of political intrigue, murder, and greed, one false step will cause inter-species war. Hudson is forced to make difficult choices – Jess, starhearts, war, and his commission.

This book contains sex scenes and strong language.

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Space Opera/ Science Fiction Romance. Features non-humanoid aliens and some non-specific sex scenes. There’s action adventure and politics.

A few comments:

“Thank you Greta!! The world you created had me fascinated and so impressed at all the details which made it so believable.”

What really gives this story (and others in the Ptorix Empire series) some solid depth is the well developed background. The politics, the economics and the cultural tensions between the various human and alien groups have been properly thought through, as has the resulting effects on the individual characters. It all makes for a very satisfying story which I completely enjoyed.