This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on November 16, 2018
Was I ready for another quirky, comedic sci-fi adventure involving a psychic, tough as nails human heroine and a determined alpha alien warlord out to save the world? Really? You have to ask? I was more than ready.
Hothar’s Folly is book nine in the oft hilarious and definitely exciting light-sci fi Coletti Warlords series. This is a series that works best in order though I suppose one could get one out of order in a pinch. The worldbuilding and backstory of the series does build from the earlier books and some things only make sense or have significance when read in order.
So, this is young Hothar and Casey’s stories. Hothar was introduced in book three and Casey along the way. It was neat getting a better look at Casey’s background and what her particular psychic gifts could do. Instead of taking the adventure offworld like most of the books do, Casey and Hothar are part of the group rooting out betrayers and opportunists on earth who are selling out their own people to man-eating Rodans and traitorous Coletti while plotting to take over the planet. There are moles in both the earth defense military and within the Coletti and they have a part in discovering who those folk are, too.
Casey is on a mission to discover who the head of the Earth First terrorist organization is when she is made and is in a dangerous spot with no back up. Hothar, on his own mission nearby, arrives and helps her out of a jam. He figures out fast that she is his mate match and Casey gives him sass because she has no plans to be carted off by one of the Coletti. They are both too young so Casey has some time if they can manage to keep their hands off each other and stay alive when someone ruthlessly plans to kill Casey. Casey and Hothar soon learn that fighting alien and human adult enemies with weapons is nothing compared to babysitting duty, but somewhere along the line, Casey might have gotten attached to the big lug.
I had so much fun with this one. Hothar was a favorite side character earlier in the series and I was tickled that it was his turn to find his match while getting some action. Casey is definitely a challenge. She is a trouble magnet and she comes with some powerful psychic gifts. She was also adopted by Uncle Saul just as Hothar is the Coletti High Commander’s nephew. They were fun together and had me laughing when they can’t stay out of trouble whether it is the amorous or the adventure kind. It was fun getting the scenes with Kaylee, Adan, and a feisty newcomer who seems to have Uncle Saul’s number.
The pacing is swift, but not at the expense of story development. The humor is fun even- maybe especially- in the face of tight situations. The romance was less spicy in this one because of their age, but not absent.
This was an all-around good time. I continue to look forward to ongoing stories in the Coletti Warlords’ universe and thoroughly enjoy the light sci-fi romantic comedy style. I can definitely recommend these to others who want an easy and laugh out loud read along with an alien romance.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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