Wulf and the Bounty Hunter is the latest addition to the Coletti Warlords series. These sci-fi space adventure romances are sheer laugh and snort out loud fun. The stories build on each other as a battle rages between a crazed, power mad son who seeks to bring down the Coletti Empire while giving his allies earth as a feeding ground. They could be read out of order or standalone in a pinch, but I would recommend reading them all just because they are not to be missed for the great entertainment value.
This time, its Wulf who is celebrating another Coletti hunt gone well when he encounters his future mate in the sassy, fearless, young girl prepared to steal from him because she is hungry after being left to her own devices after her father gets hauled in again. Yakira is a young orphan girl who has bionic limbs since she was captured by the Tai-Kok who sought to eat her. Her adopted father and brothers rescued her and brought her into their boisterous and not so law abiding family.
Years later, Yakira is better able to take care of herself and has her best friend and sister of the heart beside her as they go into the bounty hunting business to earn the money needed to bail her father and brothers out of jail. Unfortunately, the Coletti Warlord she has been ducking for years is after the same bounty prize. One thing leads to another as they often do for trouble magnet, Yakira.
Wulf is unexpected. His actions and words work on her and touch the dark and damaged places in her even as she struggles to teach him that she is no helpless Damsel in Distress. Wulf and the other Coletti need her to use her pyschic gifts as she helps them track a ruthless crazed traitor and his allies. Danger happens and Yakira along with her friends and family duck, dive, shoot, and scramble their way through each situation.
The story is exciting and non-stop action, but fun and passionate. The humor is a full range of comedic flavors and colors the story so it is light and amusing even while the moment in the story may be otherwise. The plots are simple, but move swiftly. The development is simple and doesn’t go deep, but for all that, there is so much there to enjoy and escape into.
The romance, likes the rest of the story, is hilarious and fun though is sizzling hot. Wulf is alpha to the core, but once he encounters Yakira, he discovers that bossing her around or trying to tame her is a futile effort. He rushes in and gets stubborn about protecting her and she pushes back insisting she can protect herself and be a part of the team effort. Meanwhile, he courts her and makes her know that she is safe with him just as she makes him know that she cares for him and loves him.
It was fun to get back into the Coletti Warlords’ world and encounter familiar faces. A Quinn Jones sighting in his new role. And oh yes, I did enjoy the Jones’ family reunion and meeting the other Coletti couples again. I have come to appreciate the alienness of the surrounding cast of characters that are creative in their strange appearance yet are not so alien in their feelings and motives. Even the scariest looking races can become friends and even find romance. Tabors and Gorum and Askole were a delight. Yakira’s encounters with the Overlord were hilarious. She is young and has that whimsical and mischievous quality that gets big bad bruisers to go a little soft.
All in all, I was excited to snatch this up and disappointed when I saw the end. I love this series and anticipate the fun adventures and hilarious dialogue and situations set in the Coletti Warlord world. I am anticipating the next release and happily recommend this book and the others in the series to sci-fi romantic comedy lovers.
My thanks to the author and to Loose ID for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.