This is a review for the second book in the duology. To read the review for SANTA OLIVIA, click here.
Genre: science fiction: urban
Queer Representation: cis bisexual, cis lesbian
Freshly escaped from Santa Olivia, Loup and Pilar are two hot young women on the run from the US government. One is part genetically-engineered wolf, the other quite buxom. That’s… basically the plot.
The sequel to SANTA OLIVIA sends the duo first south to Mexico, where they meet a group of other wolf-hybrid escapees. They’re all men, of course, which further isolates Loup. After a both exciting and depressing vacation with people who finally get her, but will never really know her, Loup and Pilar decide to take a job offer as Super Secret Agent Bodyguards.
The agency that hires them wants them to go through rigorous training first, which Loup aces but Pilar struggles through. Pilar works through her inferiority complex (and finds out she’s got killer aim with firearms) and the two then proceed through a number of celebrity bodyguard jobs. There’s more cute language, ear blowing, licking, and adorable endearments. I like mush with my action. So too, apparently, does Carey.
While Pilar and Loup are out being Super Agent Bodyguards, an investigation into Outpost 12 (Santa Olivia) rages through the US government. Pilar and Loup eventually use their newfound fame as bouncers for a rock band (no, seriously) to drum up public support to free the outpost, and run into some old friends along the way. There’s yet more kidnapping, a deeper look into the science of Loup, and a lot of Pilar reading fashion magazines.
SAINTS ASTRAY is a more than worthy sequel to SANTA OLIVIA, and once again strikes a great balance between mushy love and ‘shoot em in the face’ action. Again, if you can get the audio version, do it, as the reader is amazing and those mushy scenes are about a billion times hotter when they’re being read to you.