Meanwhile, based on whitemunin's recommendation, I checked out Bettie Sharpe's Ember. Pointed, sexy and driven, the novella was a complete treat. I eagerly awaited Sharpe's Samhain release, "Like a Thief in the Night". The story did not disappoint. I read it in one sitting. Transcending the often childish tropes of erotic SF romance, the characters pulled you into a fascinating world. I hope she'll set more stories in her future.
I hope I get to read more of her stories, period. And soon!