Coletti Warlords: Wulf and the Bounty Hunter

Gail Koger

Wulf knows Yakira is his soulmate. Now he just needs to convince her. But with intergalactic terrorists on Yakira’s trail, there’s little time for romance. What’s a hot-blooded Coletti warlord to do? Yakira feels safe and...
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Wulf knows Yakira is his soulmate. Now he just needs to convince her. But with intergalactic terrorists on Yakira’s trail, there’s little time for romance. What’s a hot-blooded Coletti warlord to do?

Yakira feels safe and cherished with Wulf, but he is a Coletti; the ultimate predator with a taste for blood, a passion for battle and the need to control everything in his life. The big question is: how does she make Wulf understand she’s a powerful psychic with kick-ass bionic limbs and quite capable of taking care of herself?

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The glittering blue transporter light faded, and we stood on the Igator prison’s visitors’ platform. Or as I liked to call it, the kill zone. We were surrounded by dozens of automated laser canons. If we failed the prison’s body scan, we would be incinerated.

A mechanical voice commanded, “Do not move until the scan is complete.”

Ziyad and I exchanged worried glances as a yellow beam rolled over us. Igator prison was carved out of a mountain of pure Rhyolite obsidian. One of the toughest rocks in the galaxy. Add in a grade ten force field, and it became an impenetrable fortress.

Even if we made a run for it, we wouldn’t last ten minutes in the hellish wasteland that encircled the prison. The warden had left the remains of escaped prisoners rotting on the black sand. The message was clear. The only way out was in a body bag.

“You are cleared to proceed to the visitors’ booth,” the mechanical voice announced.

“I told you my disguise would pass muster.” Ziyad chortled. The holographic image she projected was of an elderly Bjarke female, complete with purple hair and long black tunic.

“Yee-haw! I get to live another day.” I eyed the laser canons warily as we walked over to the plastisteel cubicle.

“Yee-haw?”

“It’s an Earth term of exhilaration.”

“I like it.”

“Why am I not surprised?”
As soon as we stepped inside, a computer console appeared.

The mechanical voice said, “State the nature of your visit.”

“I’m here to bail out prisoners 888888965, 888888966, 8888888967, and 8888888968.”

“Their bail is one million credits. Insert your chip into the second slot.”

I did as it instructed. The computer clicked loudly and spit out my credit chip.

The voice warned, “The prisoners will be released into your custody. Failure to appear at the district court at the appointed time will result in credit forfeiture.”

“We wouldn’t dream of missing our appointed time,” I assured the voice solemnly.

A door appeared out of thin air.

“Proceed to the waiting room,” the voice commanded.

Ziyad and I walked through, and the door vanished. “If something goes wrong, getting out of here is going to be a bitch,” I groused.

“Not a problem. I haven’t eaten today,” Ziyad informed me gleefully.

Oh Goddess. With Ziyad, mayhem and carnage was always a possibility. “What made you think that was a good idea?”

“I fight better when I’m hungry, and I’ve always wanted to taste an enforcer.”


I rubbed my suddenly aching head. Ziyad was ten years older than me, but it always felt like I was the adult and she was the kid. “You eat or even taste an enforcer, and they will hunt you forever.” I patted her shoulder. “But look on the bright side—you can eat all the Tai-Kok you want.”

“They give me indigestion.”

“Spit out the metal parts, and it won’t be a problem.”


Ziyad came to an abrupt halt.

Bam! I crashed into her armored-plated back. “Ouch!” I massaged my nose. “Why did you stop?”

“Isn’t that Pindick, the galactic terrorist?”


I peered around her and examined the wizened male standing in the middle of the room, tufts of orange hair protruding from his wrinkled yellow skull. His frail body was draped in a loose white tunic. “Hmmm. Kinda looks like him, but I thought he was younger, bigger, and meaner-looking.”

Ziyad sniffed. “He smells like Pindick.”

His mental shields sucked. There were all sorts of interesting information floating about in his sick, twisted mind. “It’s Pindick, all right, and he’s got a holographic device in his pocket.”

“It isn’t as good as mine. See?”
Ziyad pointed as Pindick’s clothes changed from the white tunic to battle armor and back. “The image is fluctuating.”

“Big-time. What I want to know is why he’s here.”

“To break his brother out.”

“He’s here? In
this prison?”

Ziyad rolled her eyes. “Where else would they put a dangerous terrorist?”

I tried to calm my jumpy nerves. She had a point. Since I was the one who sicced the enforcers on Pindick’s brother, the nasty gunrunner, this could get ugly real fast. “But…no one has ever escaped from this place.”

An explosion rocked the prison. Pieces of the ceiling rained down on us.

“I think that’s about to change,” Ziyad said as we backed slowly away from Pindick.

The wizened guy was suddenly replaced by a tall, brawny yellowed-skin male.

“He’s got a thermal grenade!” Ziyad shoved me to the floor and jumped on top of me.

Boom! The left wall blew outward. Smoke filled the room.

I kneaded my ringing ears. I could barely hear the prison’s wailing alarms. Ziyad’s heavy weight made it difficult to breathe. “Get off.”

Ziyad moaned and rolled off me. “Did he blow himself up?”

“We can only hope.” I crawled over to the shattered wall and looked out. Pindick popped up from behind a pile of rubble and fired at several of the prison’s enforcers, forcing them to take cover. “We aren’t that lucky, and he has a laser pistol too.”

“Pindick had to bribe a lot of high-ranking officials to get weapons into this prison,”
Ziyad growled, picking a piece of shrapnel out of her leg.

“You hurt?”

“It’s just a scratch.”


Across the debris-filled courtyard a door opened, and three turncoat prison guards ran out and blasted away at the enforcers.

“Look, your brothers,” Ziyad exclaimed, pointing at the doorway.

I caught a glimpse of Loki inside a holding cell. My entire body shook with fury. Pindick was going to get my family killed. “We’ve got to get them out of there.”

Glittery blue lights abruptly engulfed the courtyard. When they faded, a dozen armored planetary enforcers stood there. They unleashed a deadly volley of laser beams.

The traitorous prison guards’ bodies disintegrated into a million fireflies when the laser beams struck them.

Pindick made a mad dash through the open doorway. Thirty seconds later, the corrupt prison guards turned on the laser cannons. Red energy beams flashed wildly. The courtyard became a kill zone, the cannons incinerating anything that moved.

Ziyad surveyed the debris-laden courtyard. “I’m not fast enough to beat the cannons.”

“There has to be a way to save them.”

“There is,”
Wulf announced in my head.

I glanced over my shoulder and groaned. Wulf, Voss, and about twenty Coletti warriors filled the room.

Ziyad licked her lips. “Yum. Fresh meat.”

Voss laughed. “Who is this delightful creature?”

Delightful? Ziyad usually scared the crap out of people. Maybe the big, bad battle commander thought he could handle her. I grinned. This should be fun. “Ziyad, this is Voss, the Coletti battle commander. Battle Commander, may I introduce you to my best friend, Ziyad.”

“It is a pleasure to meet Yakira’s partner in crime,”
Voss replied politely.

He had no idea. I looked Wulf dead in the eye. “Let me guess. Out of the goodness of your heart, you’ll teleport my family to safety?” I threw up a hand. “Oh wait! Coletti warlords aren’t benevolent do-gooders. There is always a price for your help. So, what do you want?”

Wulf’s mouth tightened into a hard line. “My mate.”

Mate? Was he talking about me? One look at the burning need in his eyes, and I knew he would do whatever it took to possess me. No wonder he had my family in such a dither. Coletti never, ever stopped hunting their prey. But I wasn’t prey. I was as much of a predator as he was. I let my gaze roam over the room. “Gee, I don’t see another female here. Oh Goddess, you don’t mean Ziyad, do you? You might want to rethink that decision.” I leaned in closer to Wulf and whispered, “She bites.”

Ziyad snapped her jaws at Wulf.

“Surrender is your only option.” Wulf’s menacing tone made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Talk about cranky. Maybe he had what my brothers called blue balls.

“Surrender now,” Grumpy repeated.

“Not a chance. I can take you,” Ziyad said. She turned and gave the other warriors a toothy grin. “And them.”

Every warrior’s right hand immediately dropped to the hilt of his sword.

I suppressed a smile. Ziyad was such a tease.

An immense power rippled the air. A second later, the biggest, meanest-looking warlord stood there. His black battle suit emphasized his huge frame. He wore large gold warrior’s bracelets with an elaborate design. An etched gold headband held back his gray warrior’s braids.

Holy Goddess! Zarek! The vids didn’t do him justice. He was definitely scarier in person.

Zarek’s ruthless amber eyes surveyed Ziyad and then me. “You will come with us willingly. If Ziyad makes one aggressive move, we kill her, take you, and leave your family here to die.”

Horror rocked me. He meant it.

My crazy best friend jumped in front of me. “I won’t let you hurt her.”

“If I truly wanted to harm Yakira, there is nothing you could do to stop me,” Zarek answered coldly.

Multiple explosions shook the building. The roof buckled, and pieces of obsidian crashed down.

Wulf pushed Ziyad and me to safety. A large chunk of obsidian missed us by inches.

Ziyad’s tentacles danced madly around her head. “Pindick isn’t going to stop until he levels the prison. We surrender now and live to fight another day.”

Now she had common sense?

A growl issued from Voss. “Pindick?”

Kaboom!
A fireball rose high into the sky.

I flinched as a laser beam sizzled past my face. “Yes, Pindick. And if he realizes I’m the one who got his brother arrested, it won’t be good. Can we go? Now. Please?”

“Yes.”
Wulf grabbed Ziyad and me in a bone-crushing grip. There was a fleeting instant of blackness. The next thing I knew, Wulf had shoved both of us into a holding cell and engaged the energy barrier. Awesome! Now we were trapped on a Coletti warbird.

“Don’t go anywhere.” Wulf smirked and vanished.

“Now that’s just rude.”

Ziyad grinned evilly. “The idiot forgot to search us.”

I grinned back. “Or take our communications devices.”

“If you make any attempt to escape, your family pays the price,”
Zarek warned in my head.

“Yes, my lord.” I sagged down on the narrow bed. “They have us right where they want us.”

“For now,” Ziyad said complacently. “We do have a very large ace up our shirt.”

“Sleeve, and is it still tracking us?”

“It is.”


Copyright © Gail Koger

Reviews

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Fabulous Book Review by Rhonda
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I enjoyed this book so much that I stayed up all night reading it. Yakira is a kick ass heroine who competes with Wulf on getting bounties. Wulf knows Yakira is his soul mate, but she was too young when they first met so he has been biding his time as she grew up and earned a reputation as a bounty hunter. Things come to a head though when Yakira's life is on the line. This book was action packed and so very funny in many places. I loved it. (Posted on 11/12/2016)
Full of Fun and Action Space Opera Review by Sandra
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Yay! Loved the action packed Jones girl & Coletti warrior wooing. As always Gail's books are full of fun, hilarity & lots & lots of action, snappy dialogue & kidnapping & rescues.

This time Yakira has a best girlfriend, Ziyad, as well as a Tabor to assist in her Bounty Hunter business. She isn't convinced that Wulf will be an asset in the long run, and he has his work cut out for him.

As always our Jones girl is a trouble magnet but she has bionic limbs & lots of gadgets thanks to Ziyad, who just happens to be half Rodan & half Askole.

Once again our villain Malik, the bad seed of the Overlord Zarek, is terrorizing the universe.

Lots of previous couples appear and add to the story which has evolved over the 6 books so far. Looking forward to the next one.
(Posted on 10/29/2016)
A non-stop read Review by Dawne
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What a delightful and exciting read! I love all of Koger's characters they are always so well developed and the storyline is always exciting and never a dull. Wulf and Yakira have a whirlwind romance that keeps getting thwarted by Yakira's penchant for trouble. Never One to back down from a challenge, Yakira and her "sister of the heart" take on the Coletti overlord and anyone else that gets on their way. Wulf must convince Yakira he is worthy of her , while trying not to get killed and defeating a mutual enemy. A non-stop read! (Posted on 10/23/2016)
Coletti Warlords ROCK! Review by Nae Nae
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Another hit in the Coletti Warlord series!

I would give 10 stars if I could, but Loose Id only allows 5.

The adventure begins when 10 year old Yakira, alone and hungry steals from Wulf. He feeds her and then she manages to best him and disappear. Wulf realizes that Yakira is his mate, but he cannot claim her because she is not yet an adult.
10 years later, we meet up with a grown upYakira, who is now a fearless bounty hunter going after a bounty and low and behold, who is also going after the same bounty. You guessed it….. Wulf! The sparks fly between the two. We get to see Yakira time after time help Wulf and Wulf (being the possessive alpha male that all the Coletti men are) trying to keep Yakira from doing what she does best.
This books brings back some of the characters from the previous books and introduced a new character in Ziyad. She is the best friend and sister of the heart to Yakira. Ziyad is also a genius. She has come up with many new toys and inventions that Yakira and she use throughout the story. The Overlord wants them to give him Ziyad’s toys.
This book is full of the action, comedy, romance and adventure I have come to expect from the Coletti Warlords series. It, like all the rest of the series is a standalone book, but I recommend you read the rest of the books in order so that you will know who are the characters from the previous books that came to visit this one.
It was well worth the wait and I am eagerly awaiting “Game On Askole” (Sarah’s story).
(Posted on 10/23/2016)
loved it wow Review by Maryalice
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awesome sauce! I love this series. funny from beginning to end. don't start before you go to bed or you wont until you finish the book. (Posted on 10/22/2016)
Sci-Fi Action Romantic Comedy At Its Fun and Irreverant Best Review by Sophia
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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 the 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 most scary 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.
(Posted on 10/10/2016)

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