It’s been twenty years since the Sion arrived on Earth, changing everything, and Sasha Morency has spent her life avoiding their notice as best she can. She’s grown up with a collapsed population, unstable climate, and the bare minimum of survival necessities, all while the conquerors thrive. When she’s caught up in an investigation of the theft of rare jewels at the Reliquary where she works, she becomes the focus of a cynical Sion who is charged with solving the crime.
Banished from his Sion clan and his squad in the police department for not following orders, Dram Opano is not surprised to be assigned a basic theft case at an obscure Earther museum. A young woman working there knows more than she’s telling, so Dram decides to stay close. Sasha has a talent for climbing walls, confronting authority, and digging for information, much to his surprise-and-delight.
Sasha and Dram expect to distrust each other, but as they pool their resources to discover exactly what happened, a bond of respect and passion develops between them. When Dram is kidnapped by the people behind the theft, Sasha has to call on all her skills to save him. It’s a question of survival, for both their lives and their love.
“Stop. It’s fine.” Dram grabbed her hand and held on, not surprised to find she was trembling.
Sasha huffed out a shallow breath, and her cheeks flushed bright pink. “I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. I’m upset about Omer and scared of what might happen, and it’s just making me stupid. Clumsy stupid, and I can’t be that. If I’m stupid, they’ll get me, and if I’m clumsy…I’ll fall.”
Dram shook his head and eased closer to her. She regarded him with wide eyes. The bruise on her cheek reminded him of all the other hurts she’d suffered in the short time he’d known her.
“You didn’t do anything,” Sasha said quietly. “This is the way the world is.”
“I wish I could do more.” He reached out and traced his fingertips below the bruise on her cheek, then ran them down to the abrasions on her chin. Her skin was so clear and soft the injuries stood out in stark relief. She breathed out and leaned his way. He went blank for a moment, as if balancing on a windy peak and waiting for a gust strong enough to make him fly. Quiet filled the room, giving him the opportunity to explore all thoughts and ideas about what might happen next.
4 out of 5 (very good)
Trusting Justice is a dystopian mystery. The Sions invaded Earth about 20 years ago, and the native humans have had a rough ride since then. Sasha keeps her head down and does the best she can, but her quiet life is about to come to an end when some jewellery disappears from the Reliquary where she works. A Sion with no Clan is there in his capacity as Liaison Officer, and these two quickly become enmeshed in the questions surrounding the jewellery.
The relationship between Dram and Sasha is slow building, but deeply satisfying because of that. There are many layers of intrigue with this story, which are only fully explained at the end.
I loved the differences between how the Sions live and how the humans do, but I would have preferred a bit more history about the Sions - Dram says they are humans who wandered. Why? How? Where? Why did they come back to Earth?
On the whole, this book is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed to disrupt the reading flow. It is a wonderful mystery, and plenty of spicy moments to keep the romantic happy. Definitely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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