Beyond Varallan - S.L. Viehl What an ending! It kept me up literally for hours and had me crying just thinking about it.

Cherijo is on her way to the Joren planet as an adopted daughter. On the way, they're attacked repeatedly by the League mercenaries. She also has to fight a Choice (engagement) forced on her, a doctor who doesn't like her, her feelings for Reever who appears not to reciprocate. I loved the first book, this one was better.