Not buying it.
And Rikers number of sexual relationships is as overstated as you claim Kirks was in another thread.
And for all you dress it up, the entire "Picard Baby Thing" comes across as Beverly bitching about wanting a child at one of the most inopportune moments.
It drags on the novel tremendously.
T'Ryssa is hideously immature.
Once again, she should be a PROFESSIONAL with PROFESSIONAL standards.
How did she ever get through Starfleet Academy much less promoted after that with such a slacker attitude?
And the battles scenes are poorly written at best.