Series: Haven Colony #2
on March 23, 2021
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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When she came to Haven Two Dr. Saffia Mandell expected to grimly do her five years of medical service as the colony’s only doctor, work off her medical school debt and leave. Then she’d fallen in love, handled an epidemic and become an accepted member of the community. Now, in her second year, she faces new challenges as the tinder dry planet heads into a fire season and a mysterious food allergy threatens the local restaurant’s reputation.
Chief Ranger Micah Navonn of the Calinurra never expected to fall in love with a human woman but Saffia was a special person who captured his heart and now means everything to him. Not all of his people are as enthusiastic about the situation and his efforts to handle the politics are getting complicated. Add to that an infestation by insects from another world, causing portions of the forest to die off and his plate is full.
Back on Haven Two colony with another exciting sci-fi far future adventure. I was thrilled Veronica Scott revisited this planet and romance pair for a follow-up story and, after swiftly reading it, my expectation was not disappointed.
Set in The Sectors’ universe in the newer sub-series, Haven Colony. This is a follow up on the earlier Interstellar Plague so should be read after that, but it isn’t necessary to read the other The Sectors books first.
Dr. Saffia Mandell has settled in nicely at the colony clinic and in a committed relationship with Micah Navonn, leader of the mysterious Calinurra who allowed a human colony on their planet with conditions. She has her work and he has his as ranger policing the back country and leader of his people. She does wonder that they rarely talk over important matters when it comes his people or their acceptance of her, but hopes to have a convo about that. Meanwhile, she’s got her mobile clinic ready to take up to the remote mountain village and Micah is fighting forest fires and tracking down a bug infestation eating at the trees that came in from an off-world tourist. Then events take a dangerous turn and they are facing off against another disaster and the chance at losing each other.
I enjoyed that Colony on Fire explored new adventures on a frontier planet, a bit more about the Calinurra people and their history, updates in the colony, and further growth in the romance. Saffia and Micah have a great love, but now they need to make it work with two big-responsibility careers and coming from two different races. I appreciated the conflict without unnecessary drama. There are a few points of suspense that built and resolved in exciting ways. The story was complete, but there is fertile ground for more adventures on Haven Colony and with the Calinurra. All around this was another exceptional installment in a series that sci-fi romance fans need to have on their wish lists.
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