Review: Defying the Relic Hunter by Gail Koger

Posted January 6, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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Review: Defying the Relic Hunter by Gail Koger
Defying the Relic Hunter

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Series: Coletti Warlords #11
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 6, 2020
Pages: 187
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

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.


Review

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
9 months ago

Gald you enjoyed it Sophia Rose it looks like there is a lot going on so yes I can see starting at #1

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

It sure did. These get fast-paced and keep you hopping. Yes, starting with the earliest books in the series gives the reader background perspective although I started at book three and did fine. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
9 months ago

This sounds like a lot of fun and a ghostly granny, that’s awesome.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

For sure, Mary! A good time was had by all and I laughed a few times over her granny. 🙂

Gail Koger
Gail Koger
9 months ago

Thanks for the awesome review!

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Gail Koger

You betcha, Gail!

Jenea's Book Obsession
9 months ago

I like that thisis a fast paced read with plenty of action. I think this would be a good one for me to pick up.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago

They’re quick and so entertaining. I get excited each time a new one is due out. Hope you like it if you get the chance, Jenea. 🙂

Melliane
9 months ago

It looks good there and I think I saw this one around

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

I had a good time, Melliane. 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Sounds fun. Thank you for the review!

Sophia Rose
9 months ago

It was a hoot, Angela! 🙂

Nadene
9 months ago

I am loving the sound of this book. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Light entertainment in a quick sci-fi romance. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Wow, Kizzy’s former clan sucks! Glad the Jones-Colletti family brought her into the fold. I do enjoy a fun spicy romance, one that I can breeze through here and there, so I’ll look into the series. Wow, eleven books? 187 pages isn’t very long, though, if that’s the average length.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago

Yes, most of these are quick reads and move along swiftly. Great if you don’t want something too challenging and just fun mayhem. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Wonderful review! It sounds like the right combination for me. Humor is always a plus.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago

Thanks, Anne! These are zany, but I do have a good time with them. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Oh this looks fun, as does the series which is new to me Sophia.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago

They are! Easy, quick, and a hoot. 🙂

Carole Rae
9 months ago

Interesting find here! Sounds pretty good.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Oh yes! I can’t remember how I came across this series. Maybe a blog hop and I won a copy…

Carole's Random Life in Books

I haven’t heard of this series before but it sounds like a ton of fun! The characters sound great and I love romances with some humor.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago

They are! I de-stress the second I click on a new one and get lost in the zany world. 🙂

Lola
9 months ago

I like the sound of that treasure hunt theme combined with some romance and sci-fi. Seems like the author handles the elements well too. Great review!

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Lola

It was a blast. 🙂