Valor's Choice (Confederation #1), by Tanya Huff
A fun space opera/mil-sf book about people being competent and about cross-species interactions! It was great. Not deep literature but an enjoyable time, and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.The Better Part of Valor (Confederation #2), by Tanya Huff
These books are really in a lot of ways about a variety of competence porn, watching Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr be hypercompetent at everything she does, which is pretty great. I particularly enjoy watching her competence at managing up (manipulating her superior officers to make sure things work out correctly despite the superior's incompetence) which is something I have some familiarity with in my work history so it's particularly fun to watch.
The books are also highly dedicated to getting the largest ratio of snark-to-dialogue possible, which is largely fun but gets a bit much occasionally.
Relatedly, the constant offhand references to how sexual the di'Taykan are is mostly fine but also I'm just SO CURIOUS whether there are any di-Taykans who don't fit in with this monolithic understanding of the species, whether being less sexually inclined, less sexually adventurous, interested in only their own gender or their own species, or uninterested in sex entirely. Somehow I doubt this is ever going to come up BUT ONE CAN HOPE.( oh am I actually getting around to plot spoilers? apparently I am! )