I read the latest Kris Longknife by Mike Shepherd. The women get her off Madigan's Rainbow. An oversight associated with increased security gives Hancock and opening to get Jack out of HellFrozeOver. They rendezvous. They decide they need to look in on one of the Longknife men. Antics ensue.
I have mixed feelings about the Japanese planet. Actually, I think it was just awful and colonizing, but I am sort of tired of giving up on series because of a major conflict with my morals/politics -- when I reviewed stuff I was buying for the kindle when it first came out versus what I'm still willing to read currently, I was a little shocked. It's been less than five years.
Amaranthe and the boys go chasing out into the countryside/mountains to find out what's gone wrong with the water. They find out, and discover a connection to Sicarius' previous activities. Good news: Books' bounty, added this entry, is removed by the end, and there's a teeny, tiny bit of hope that Sespian is getting information that might eventually lead to an improved relationship. Also --
SPOILERS HEY IF YOU GOOGLED IN HERE YOU NEED TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW I TELL ENDINGS OUT OUT RUN IN FEAR! Etc.
Where was I? Oh, in a shocking departure from standard storytelling practice, Amaranthe _tells_ Sicarius how she feels about him and they have a mature, adult conversation on the subject. There are some real obstacles (notably, that Sicarius really wants to have a relationship with his son Sespian, and Sespian was interested in Amaranthe, so, seriously tricky, even if Sicarius wasn't Sespian's secret daddy; Amaranthe sleeping with one of the boys might make things weird for the rest of the boys), so it's not like Buroker ended All Sexual Tension.
But wow. Kudos to Buroker.
I'll keep reading both series, but I'll probably be a wee bit more enthusiastic about Buroker than about Shepherd.
I'm currently in the middle of the second Kismet Knight novel, which is _also_ violating all kinds of storytelling conventions, in a truly awesome and fun way. There's good news here, but I don't think it's good news for the Big 6.