THERE ALL ALONG
These two stories are both set in nondescript locations, and it takes time for the underlying stories to develop. The bedroom scenes are well written, but the conflicts with the societal enemies are not given enough depth to make them cohesive. More details would be helpful, but Hart’s tale turns into a decent thriller by the time all is said and done.
In “Land’s End,” by Dane, Loyal is a lawman charged with protecting the civilians at garrison towns, and he has developed a soft spot for Verity at one of the stops. She dreams of leaving home and, ultimately, making a life with Loyal. They are sure of their love but must find a way to make it happen. In Hart’s “By the Sea of Sand,” Teila is a lighthouse keeper who cares for the injured of Sheirra. Her latest patient is an amnesiac affected by the horrors of war, whose recovery is dicey at best and who possesses implants possibly triggered by violence. Meanwhile, implanted traitors are trying to destroy the outpost. (HEAT, Dec., 352 pp., $15.00)