Genres: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 6, 2020
She thought she was a clanless loser who needed a big score when the treasure hunt of her life lands her in the sights of a ruthless enemy and a determined Coletti Warlord. A sizzling blend of sci-fi and paranormal romance and a treasure hunt adventure made Defying the Relic Hunter another rousing good time with the series.
Defying the Relic Hunter is book eleven of the Coletti Warlords series. It is a standalone adventure and romance, but the background and recurring characters in the story make it best to get the series in order.
Kizzy is the Dragos who never seemed to live up to the promise of her birth. Her mother was a powerful psychic and died a hero’s death protecting Spain during the first of the Tai-Kok invasions. Instead of inheriting her mother’s great telepathic powers and making her clan more powerful, Kizzy sees ghosts and talks to dead people. Not even her uncle’s support kept her from getting voted out of the clan and left to fend for herself one dead-beat job after another.
That’s when Kizzy decides a big score is needed and she knows just the one, Montezuma’s long-lost treasure. Too bad a fear-some Coletti Warlord, Ethan Jones, is after the treasure, too. Her schemes to outfox Ethan only seem to draw his attention to her psychic abilities and put her and her clan on the Coletti radar. Ethan is now pursuing her like his most prized treasure. Trouble is she has stirred up some powerful evil and other greedy types who want some of the powerful magical artifacts of the treasure so she needs Ethan and his Coletti family if she is to survive to the finish.
And, I thought the series was captivating mayhem when it was just the alien vampiric Coletti racing after the fighting women of the Jones clan to work together to save the universe, but now adding the mafia-like Dragos clan of thieves and their own brand of psychics ramped up the fun exponentially. The setting of the Southwest and the treasure hunting element along with the use of Aztec mythology were great add-ins.
Kizzy was a trip of a heroine and Ethan was a good match as he struggled to catch her at first and then keep her out of trouble. They were a spicy hot pair. Kizzy was made to feel ugly and worthless by an ex and some of her own family, but Ethan changed all that when he brought her into his Jones-Coletti family and friends to show Kizzy that family wasn’t only blood and she never had to go it alone again. But, it wouldn’t be the zany series I love if he also didn’t have to learn not to be domineering and over-protective so that Kizzy had to teach him a lesson or two about smothering strong, independent, intelligent women.
But, gotta say, ghostly Granny Annabel, who popped in and saved the day often and terrorized the bad guys and the good guys in turn, stole the show. I hope she’s a regular character as the series moves into this new season of stories. Fun to see appearances by Quinn Jones and his relic hunter warrior mate Xenia, Adan, Zarek, Uncle Saul, and Raj. Oh and new characters, Uncle Aldo the inventor of cool gadgetry along with some of the slicker members of the clan, too. It will be fun to see who gets their story next.
All in all, these fast-moving, spicy sci-fi romances are sheer entertainment for me. It doesn’t take itself too serious and always leaves me wanting more. I love the humor, action, and amusing characters who take it to the bad guys and fly off into the sunset. Those who want light romance laced with strong action and humor should give this book/series a look-see.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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