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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.
Trusting Justice by J.J. Lore brought the excitement of suspense and mystery in a world where humans have a shaky co-existance with an alien race that have taken over the world.
Although I felt that there wasn’t much backstory about the Sion and the historic events that led to the way the earth is in this story, it was still an interesting read. You won’t find info dumping , in fact there were times I wish there was more info!
I’d never thought I’d say that an alien would sound sexy, but they are humanoid after all. Dram exudes that quiet sexy that really is the best kind. Right off the bat, he definitely does not act like the Sion around him. He’s more (excuse the pun) down to earth. The Sions that we are introduced to in the beginning sets the tone for the story because of their clear dislike for the humans. It really is a different perspective; humans are not on top of the food chain anymore.
Sasha, to that effect, hides her appearance by wearing baggy clothes and sticks in the shadows. So when she is accused of jewel theft, she gains that unwanted attention. Dram becomes the one Sion she can eventually trust, because of the major attraction they both have to each other. I loved the feel of a forbidden romance and both of them thinking that it’s not a good idea.
The suspense is great, and the author throws your suspicions around a little bit. So it’s rife with nasty characters and tense situations.
Hope there will more stories from this world, because the Sions seem like an interesting race. Plenty of romance to be had with the perfect balance of drama and intrigue.
“In either case, I’ll be in custody. Then it’s over.” She blinked rapidly and set her glass back down so suddenly it spilled. She cried out in surprise, then apologized as she attempted to mop up the liquid.
“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.