Mako's Bounty by Diane Dooley
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aster
For nine long months, at the behest of the evil Ravenscorp, Mako Dolan has been hunting the space pirate they call The Saint. Now she’s finally lured her prey to a one night stand with a mysterious woman—herself. But Vin Sainte is not at all what she expected. Far from being a ruthless space pirate, his main occupation seems to be rescuing nuns, adopting orphans and praying like a champ.
For nine long months Vin Sainte has been fleeing the bounty hunter from one temporary refuge to the next. Now he’s got Mako exactly where he wants her: weak from gravity sickness and ripe for conversion. Problem is he didn’t expect a foul-mouthed, hard-as-nails bounty hunter to be such a devoted daughter. His head on a platter is Ravenscorp’s price for her mother’s freedom.
They have less than twenty four hours. One will win; one will lose. Mako might be a fearsome predator, but Vin has the Lord on his side. Who will win the bounty?
Who would be the ideal match for an infamous galactic criminal? Why, the bounty hunter chasing him, of course!
Makiko "Mako" Dolan, also known as 'The Shark,' is a talented bounty hunter, but is frustrated the man she's been chasing for nine months continues to slip through her fingers. She holds nothing personal against the thief she chases, but desperately needs the bounty his capture would fetch to help secure the release of her mother, who's been held as a slave for payment for the ship Mako stole years before. To assure a meeting, Mako has the wonderful idea to subscribe to Madame Eve's 1Night Stand service in hopes of a date with him. What she doesn't know, however, is all is not as it seems.
Vin 'The Saint' Sainte has been hunted throughout the galaxy for crimes against the powerful Ravenscorp organization. But Ravenscorp is not what it appears to be and Vin has figured it out. The 1Night Stand set up was not coincidental, nor a surprise. He's well aware of the bounty hunter who's been chasing him, and he takes full advantage of the opportunity he's given in meeting her.
I loved the connection between these two, and I enjoyed the detail-packed story that was squeezed into only a handful of pages. Ms. Dooley does an excellent job of creating the familiar, yet extra-galactic environment Mako and Vin live in. Mako has not spent much time on Earth, and the descriptions off her experience is very well done, and made me appreciate the effect a different planet would have on someone from space.
I think I would have enjoyed the sexual relationship between these two a bit more if not for one thing - the prayers. Vin is nicknamed 'The Saint' because he was raised by a nun, and because of his religious beliefs - that's understandable. But, it was a huge distraction in what otherwise would have been powerful physical attraction, to have the male character stop to pray repeatedly in the middle of sexual acts. It took a lot away from the heat of the moment, and since much of the book revolved around the sexual connection the two shared, it was very distracting.
That said, Mako's Bounty is an enjoyable short story with two great characters and an enjoyable surrounding story. If you want a quick read combined with a well-developed story, this is a great one to check out.