by Gail Koger
GENRE: scif-romance comedy
When she was barely eight, Mayhem’s berserker powers surfaced and wherever she went, pandemonium soon followed. To teach her control, and keep her from destroying the known universe, her fathers started a training program tailored to Mayhem’s unique talents. Now she is a formidable bounty hunter.
On her twenty-first birthday, her fathers gift her with her dream vacation, which quickly turns into an unmitigated nightmare. First, she butts heads with a cranky Coletti War Commander. To complete the fiasco, the Shebu, a stone of unfathomable power, is stolen. Now Zarek, the Coletti Overlord, demands she work with the cranky Coletti to retrieve it, or her fathers will be imprisoned on a penal colony. Can her Berserker skills save the galaxy? Can she avoid falling in love with the smokin’ hot War Commander?
Derek grabbed my tee-shirt and yanked me close. “Drop. Your. Shields. Or I will personally take your fathers to the Vesta Penal Colony and have them assigned to work in the mines.”
I head-butted Derek, knocking him back a step. “Over your dead body.”
“You little witch!” Derek lunged for me.
Goddess, he was as fast as Zarek. I ducked under his outstretched arms, wheeled around and Derek vanished.
His mocking laughter echoed in my mind. “You think you can defeat me? I’m three times your size and outweigh you by two hundred pounds.”
“I cheat.” Grabbing the pressure injector Shrek had used on me off a tray, I tripled the dose and waited. My berserker senses flared. Here he came again. I stepped to the left, ducked his swing, and pressed the injector against his side.
“Fuck!” Derek’s arms closed around me as he fell, dragging me down with him. He rolled, pinning me to the floor. “What did you inject me with?
“A tranquilizer. You seem overwrought.”
“You’re going to be a handful,” Derek mumbled, and his eyes closed.
“Hey! Get off me!” I wiggled, squirmed, and heaved, but I couldn’t move the three hundred pounds of dead weight. “Wake up!” I bit Derek’s neck. “Wake up! You’re squashing me.”
Derek began to snore.
Lord love a duck. I’m glad that I never drank anything while reading this book. I love sci-fi (Star Trek, Star Wars) but I have never found an author that I really liked in the genre. Either the story was way too detailed for me, or it was too over the top for me to finish. So along comes this gem of a book that had me laughing throughout. Not to mention it was action-packed, hilarious, sweet, heartwarming at times, and overall just a damn good time. Plus, there is a tree that reminded me of Groot. Not to mention the babies. Mustn’t forget the babies.
I honestly don’t know what to say about the book except that I loved it. Everything about it. The romance was hilarious at best but sweet at the same time. I loved how Ms. Koger used Earth at the beginning with the Happiest Place on Earth and trust me, those scenes are action-packed and funny. The aliens are extremely cool, too. Keep in mind that I came into the series at book 14, so some of the recurring characters were fresh to me but I felt like I needed more of the world-building to really get into those characters. But that’s on me, not the author. Ms. Koger lets you in on how the characters relate to one another and also into the story.
Both Derek and Mayhem are perfect for each other. They complete each other in so many ways. I loved their interactions that didn’t involve fighting but even that was spot on. I just didn’t want the book to end. Now, some of the plot points are NOT wrapped up, but some are. This is why I might need to read the series from the start, if not the next book. Yes, I’m THAT kind of reader.
If you are looking for a book that is funny, action-packed, and sci-fi, this is for you. If you are looking for something different, this is for you. Just buy the book. Read it. You won’t be sorry.
And you’re welcome.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea what a real emergency is. Take this for example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone I took up writing.
Author links: www.gailkoger.com
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:
Gail Koger will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.