A cunning and clever Faren warrioress relic hunter joins forces with a fearless and ruthless Coletti warlord to rescue her father from relic thieves and save a powerful relic from getting into the wrong hands. Sci-fi action, spicy characters, a quirky cast of alien characters, a mouthwatering hero and a sassy heroine round out some of the reasons I grabby hands each new entry in this series. Light and fun yet seasoned with some sizzle.
Crossing Quinn is the eighth of the Coletti Warlords series. It could be read out of order, but works best in order since the hero, Quinn, has been a regular as have several of the minor characters. The plot itself will stand alone nicely.
Xenia is the daughter of a Berserker and a Faran. She has the best gifts from both races and loves her quirky parents and their family relic discovery work dearly. Betrayal nearly takes it all away from her and now Xenia is on the path of retribution while working to keep her parents and the galaxy safe. This requires her to finally give in to the Coletti Overlord’s demand that she join with one of his warlords and help the Coletti Empire. Quinn the Overlord’s hunter is ruthless and unshakeable and she needs him now. Xenia discovers he’s not quite what she thought and might actually be the male of her dreams.
I enjoyed Xenia’s spunkiness and her clever wit as well as the banter between her and Quinn. Quinn can be a domineering hot head, but he seems to have matured quite a bit over the course of the series and now is a great blend of tempered strength and restraint. He quickly sees the treasure that Xenia is and seeks to both follow his orders from the Overlord and help her with her quest. Now, its not so easy for this pair of strong-willed types and of course some of the dregs and baddies of the galaxy are set on getting the powerful relic no matter what and will destroy her family to have it.
This was exciting, but perfectly paced. I read it quickly and was engrossed the entire time. I wasn’t sure how it would go since a major story arc finished out in the last book, but this new one was fantastic and captivated my interest right away. Loved the comedic moments mostly provided by Xenia’s oddball mother and, yes, Adan gets big screen time to wreck his particular brand of havoc. In fact, though Xenia and her parents are new additions, the story brings a few fun regulars into the mix. Fist pump for Uncle Saul (incidentally, we need a bit of silver fox romancing there, some day).
Speaking of romancing, I loved that though this was a very action-oriented piece that there was some good development of why Quinn and Xenia were great for each other. They are both fighters and have guts, but they share a love for history and preserving it. It was sweet, but the pair were also pretty combustible together, too.
All in all, this was a fantastic installment of the series and might have passed up Vexing Voss and Wulf and the Bounty Hunter as my favorite story. I recommend this book and series to those who appreciate light comedic sci-fi romance.
My thanks to the author and Loose ID for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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