Razor Wire

Lauren Gallagher. Riptide (www.riptidepublishing.com), $15.99 trade paper (194p) ISBN 978-1-62649-188-5

Naval police officer Reese Marion doesn’t have much use for women like Kim Lockhoff, who give military women a bad name by trying to sleep their way to military promotion. At least, that’s what the rumors say, and she believes them—until Kim turns to her for help. Kim is trapped on the Okinawa Naval Station, subject to the authority of the officer who raped and impregnated her, and desperate for an ally. She’s also everything Reese wants: gorgeous, smart, and tough as the razor wire that was once her nickname. As the two women become friends and then lovers, they find mutual healing, but when they refuse to play by the rules of the male-dominated military hierarchy, their relationship gets turned against them. Gallagher (The Princess and the Porn Star) really makes the short novel format work: spare, lean, and erotic, without a wasted word. (Dec.)