Aurora Blazing

Harper Voyager. (Consortium Rebellion, Bk. 2). Oct. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9780062802415. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062802460. SF
Bianca von Hasenburg fulfilled her duty to her family when she entered a loveless political marriage. Now widowed under mysterious circumstances, Bianca stays single, using her wealth and influence to help other young women, in return for information that would rival any spy ring. When Bianca is almost killed and Ferdinand, her oldest brother and heir to House von Hasenburg, ends up missing, Bianca is determined to find him, against the wishes of her father. Ian Bishop, head of security for von Hasenburg, is sent to retrieve her. Bianca uses all her skills to elude him, but when she and Ian finally meet, Bianca realizes that they could find Ferdinand together, if only Ian would stop thinking of her as a superficial princess. Working together means dealing with all of their past emotions—and the truth about Bianca’s marriage and its long-term consequences.
VERDICT This second book in the “Consortium Rebellion” trilogy (after Polaris Rising) is another exciting, action-driven read. Strong female characters, a slow-burn romance, and interplanetary adventures will draw in both sf and romance readers, especially fans of Ilona Andrews, Becky Chambers, and Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Lady Astronaut” series.
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