Santuario Series Spotlight!


Police teniente Alex Rukow has spent his life trapped on Santuario, his people’s isolated home-slash-prison-island. They’ve been living in poverty under the tyrannical regime of their own elite familias for the last two-hundred years,  ever since their generation ship landed on the planet and found it already populated by earlier Earth settlers, the Skanians, who banished them to the inhospitable south.Increasingly shamed by the decisions of their ancestors, the Skanians seek to open their borders. But dissent exists on both sides, and in the midst of this explosive political situation, a dead body appears on the island.

Bengt, a Skanian investigator, is shipped to Santuario to lead the murder investigation—which, he quickly realizes, the local teniente wants nothing to do with. As far as Bengt is concerned, things can’t get worse than the brutal climate, his own memories, and a growing attraction to a partner who will barely say two words to him. But then he and Alex run afoul of the local familias, and the problems with their investigation and their budding relationship seem like nothing compared to just getting out of this whole mess alive.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15849760-santuario?ac=1
Ok, so this is one book that you have to dedicate quite time to read. No TV noise, job noise, life noise in the back ground while trying to read at least the first few chapters.  Or you’ll find yourself confused and will either have to start again or you’ll give up altogether. And over all it’s a good read, so don’t give up. The premise of this is one is so unique, I think that’s one of things that’s hard to wrap our minds around, than the futuristic wording that is used.  The two MC’s are very good together, both in solving the case and in working their way through a relationship that isn’t allowed or welcomed. And the secondary characters, just sinister enough.  Over all if you enjoy a good murder, mystery with a Sci-Fi back ground. This one is for you.
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Not all wounds are visible.
Skanian investigator Bengt fell in love with fellow policeman Alex Rukow in a week. But that was a year ago, and they’ve been apart ever since. Then Alex escapes the corrupt and destitute island nation of Santuario and
comes to live with Bengt. Happy ever after . . .?
Alex’s lifelong dream of leaving Santuario has come true at last. But he finds himself adrift in a society he doesn’t understand. Worse, past nightmares come back to haunt him, and after so many years of suspicion and
self-reliance, it’s harder than he imagined to trust someone else.

Bengt just wants Alex to share his comfortable life. But the more he tries to give, the more Alex pulls away. Their physical connection couldn’t be better, but Bengt can’t seem to get through to his difficult, taciturn lover outside the bedroom. Meanwhile, he has his own demons to confront—not to mention a serial killer on the loose.

Bengt and Alex must dig deep for the courage to face their pasts, but it may be too late to save their relationship or their lives.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24017587-the-other-side-of-winter
This is book two and should be read in order. Unlike book one, Santuario, this one wasn’t as confusing. Although still a very detailed read a very involved read, with lots of secondary characters and storylines going on, not just Alex and Bengt trying to start and then save a relationship, but also solves a case and brings justice to and for some families.  As well as other people and other issues. I did find that the story did drag in places I do understand we were trying to
build a foundation, but the first thirty pages detected to Alex and a welcome home party (basically) was a little much. Also in some other places it seemed a little strained.  I very much liked the fact that Alex had a hard time dealing with culture issues and that wasn’t glossed over. And that people did have predigested about “his kind” made everything seem more real.  Over all a good read, a good second story.