Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Guest Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted October 4, 2018 by Jen in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Hidden by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Jen
Hidden (Deep Ops, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Deep Ops #1
Also in this series: Hidden (Deep Ops, #1)
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
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four-half-stars

Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .

Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .

Pippa lives essentially in the middle of nowhere, secluded except for the sexy new guy who moved into the only nearby house. Malcolm is also running from his life as an undercover cop and the demons of his past. It turns out someone wants Malcolm for a new operation, though, and Pippa is his target. She might be involved with a terrorist plot, and while Malcolm just can’t believe she’s a terrorist, he knows she’s lying and hiding something. Malcolm has to learn to work with his new team and get the info they need about Pippa, although that gets increasingly difficult as he gets to know her. Neither Malcolm nor Pippa can trust the other, but if they don’t they may not be able to stop an attack.

I loved this book. Pippa and Malcolm were richly drawn and interesting characters, both with their own baggage and their own hopes. Both of them were so damaged by their past, though both have channeled that in different directions. Pippa was traumatized by her childhood, experiencing panic attacks and terrible nightmares and largely cloistering herself in her house out of fear. In many ways, though, she’s better off than Malcolm–she is in (online) therapy, has a fulfilling job that doesn’t require her to leave her house, and isn’t self-medicating with alcohol like Malcolm. Malcolm has been working undercover for years, and the stress of being so deep undercover for so long has taken its toll on him. He’s got some serious PTSD and some unhealthy coping mechanisms, and it was tough to read about at first. The way Pippa sees Malcolm’s pain and wants to offer comfort was just lovely, and Malcolm realizes he wants to do the same for her.

There was a bit of a different tone from many of Zanetti’s other books. Malcolm is still WAY alpha, but he demonstrates a deep awareness of how he might appear threatening to Pippa, and he goes out of his way to avoid that not for self-serving reasons but because he doesn’t want to contribute to her fear. There’s also a lot more consent talk than Zanetti’s books usually feature. Of course, he still is bossy and gets off on dominating her in bed, but I honestly appreciated that Malcolm isn’t as much of a cave man as Zanetti’s usual heroes. (The book was still way sexy too.) I hope she continues that trend.

By far my favorite part of the book is Malcolm’s new team of “Homeland Defense Department” agents. They are all misfits and outcasts, people with secrets in their past that got them sent to the middle of nowhere to handle the cases no one else thinks are important. They start to develop friendships in this book, and it’s clear they will become a tight knit and top notch team. Each and every one of them is fantastic, especially the dog Roscoe who provides a ton of comic relief. I CANNOT wait to read about all of them in future books.

This book did have a few inconsistencies, like how Pippa warmed to Malcolm and started falling for him so quickly. I also would have liked Pippa to find out the truth about Malcolm a little earlier. She does find out early enough to resolve some conflict and have a role in stopping the attack, but I would have preferred just a little more time for her to come to terms with Malcolm’s lies.

These are pretty minor quibbles, though. Mainly I just had a great time reading this book, and I am beyond excited to see it continue.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

Deep Ops

four-half-stars


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Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted September 27, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Hidden by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Hidden (Deep Ops, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Deep Ops #1
Also in this series: Hidden (Deep Ops, #1)
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
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four-stars

Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .

Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .

Pippa is hiding. Forced by her mother to join a cult when she was young, Pippa finally escaped. She has basically turned herself into a shut-in. When her new neighbor spots her spying on him while he’s moving in, she has the mother of all panic attacks. She doesn’t know who this new neighbor is. Only that she doesn’t know him. She doesn’t trust people she doesn’t know, anymore than she trusts people that she does know. What she soon learns about her neighbor is that he has his own demons.

Malcolm West is fresh off an undercover job. He was under for two years and became good friends with the person he was bringing down. In the end, Malcolm had to kill the guy that had become like family to him. After that, Malcolm is out. He wants nothing to do with undercover or police work. That changes when he meets his sexy new neighbor. Suddenly he finds his house invaded by Angus Force, a federal agent in the HDD. Angus tells Malcolm that Pippa is actually a sleeper. She’s waiting on an order from the cult (she escaped) leader to go blow some shit up. Malcolm doesn’t buy it, especially when he starts getting to know Pippa. He can’t deny that she is lying to him, but he’s doing the same thing. Because now he wants to prove that she’s innocent and he can’t do that if she keeps lying to him.

As she and Malcolm start spending more time together, Pippa finds herself falling deeper and deeper. Malcolm is the kind of man she has fantasized about. Then she realizes that something about him just doesn’t add up. He tells her he is in requisitions, but gets emergency phone calls in the middle of the night. She finally figures out that he has been undercover and she has been his assignment. Pippa is devastated. Especially when she understands that she has been nothing but a job to him.

Malcolm doesn’t care what Pippa thinks of him. He knows she’s innocent and he’s going to prove it with or without her help. Oh and another thing? He’s not going to let her go.

I really enjoyed reading Hidden. It was a great start to a new series by Zanetti. She’s introduced some great characters and I’m really looking forward to reading more. Malcolm and Pippa were both so damaged, they were naturally drawn to each other. Pippa tries to help Malcolm at the risk of her own safety which really showed her true character. I can’t wait until the next book!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Deep Ops

four-stars


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Review: Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted August 31, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #8
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2), Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3), Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4), Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5), Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 290
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three-half-stars

"The Dark Protectors are Back!

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn't supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn't supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn't supposed to finally touch the woman who's haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they're hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy--that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

"Hot and fast from beginning to end." --Kate Douglas on Fated

"Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast." --Publishers Weekly on Claimed

"A fast-paced, excitement-filled explosion of action... Zanetti keeps getting better." - RT Book Reviews on Marked, 4.5 Stars Top Pick"

Ronan Kayrs wakes up in the twenty first century having no idea where he is. What he does know is that he isn’t supposed to be there, he’s not all full strength, and he’s found his mate. All in about five minutes. There is sort of an off-brand of the Kurjans that are even more evil than the Kurjans. Ronan and his fellow warriors did a spell five hundred years ago to trap their leader. The fact that Ronan is awake means that it’s only a matter of time before that world collapses and he is free. Now Ronan is awake and facing the woman that he has dreamed of for hundreds of years. The only problem now is that vampires are not only hidden, they’re treated as myths. So how is he going to get Faith to see him as he truly is.

Dr. Faith Cooper is called in when a perfectly health man appears to be in a coma for 25 years. Faith immediately suspects a prank when she sees the shape he is in. Imagine her surprise when the patient wakes up, starts talking about vampires and demons, then tells her that she is his mate. Laughable. Faith is a woman of science and in her world, vampires don’t exist. Things start changing when the off-brand (I can’t remember their name for the life of me) Kurjans start coming after Ronan and Faith. It’s then that Faith is brought fully into the world of the Realm, vampires, witches, and demons.

So the main problem here is that Ronan and his circle are trying to find three keys. AKA three women. Faith’s sister happens to be one of those women and she keeps it quiet. Her sister has been in coma herself ever since an accident and Faith has been unable to reach her, even with her gift. See, Faith can talk to people in comas. Weird, right? She’s never been able to talk to her sister however.

This book was unusual because of Ronan. He was a throwback to the time where men took care of women and women did what men told them. Faith rebels at that more than other women probably would because she’s always been so independent. I did like this book despite the almost weirdness of it. It’s kind of hard to explain without going into major spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed it and hope that we don’t have to wait other handful of years for the next Dark Protectors book.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Dark Protectors

three-half-stars


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Review: Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted August 6, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Shadowed by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #6
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2), Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3), Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4), Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5), Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 290
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four-half-stars

Jase Kayrs was the fun brother. The warm, charming, easy-going brother of the vampire leaders. Until he was taken and tortured by demons with their evil mind tricks for nearly five years. Upon his return, he’s dark, violent, and not the man they all thought they knew. Not the man he once was. He’s haunted that the only reason the demons would have let him live was to use him as a weapon against his family—but he can’t figure out when or how he’ll explode. Plus, once again the demons are after Jase with a vengeance…or rather, a female demon he rejected is out to destroy him.

Then the king asks Jase for a favor… a big one. To mate with one of their allies in order to save her. She’s everything that’s good and light in the world… while he’s at home with darkness. Yet he agrees… knowing mating may be the only chance to save them both.

This was one of my favorite books of the series. I adore Jase and Brenna. They are both so damaged and trying heal. While their mating is an arranged one, their feelings for each other are anything but arranged. One of the only things that kept Jase anchored to the real world during his captivity by the demons were Brenna’s paintings. While being tortured, he would see her paintings on the wall and remember what a good soul she had. It was the only thing Jase had to hold onto. Now Brenna is dying and Jase is the only one that can save her.

Brenna was injected with phankite, which is a mineral that is deadly to witches. Although they had successfully kept the mineral under wraps for hundreds of years, the mines have been uncovered and their enemies now know their weakness. Months of blood transfusions are no longer helping. The only thing that may help is mating with a Kayrs vampire and sharing his strength. Jase has nothing to lose and this will only cement the relationship between the Coven Nine and the Realm. It’s only political, you know.

As the eighth daughter to a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Brenna has always been somewhat of an oddity. Now there is a comet circling the earth that people think will bring Brenna immense power. Some groups don’t think she should have that power and set forth trying to kill her. Some groups think that she’s the second coming of witches and want her to be their queen. Jase just sees a woman who is sick, but strong. One that won’t give up easily. A woman who will do anything for family, just as he would.

While their contract stated they would live apart, Jase invokes a clause that says Brenna has to come with him because her safety is in jeopardy. They slowly start getting to know each other. They do start falling, but Brenna can see that Jase’s need for revenge will always come before any love he may come to feel for her. That feeling comes to fruition when Brenna asks him not to go after the demons, to stay and help her, but Jase goes anyway. It was pretty heartbreaking to watch what Brenna went through. Jase realizes he loves Brenna, but it’s too late.

Kane thinks that the power that the comet will bring Brenna will potentially let her cure the virus that has infect vampire mates for so many years.

Of course things don’t end like that, but you’ll have to read it to find out what happens. If you haven’t read this series, you are really missing out!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

four-half-stars


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Review: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted August 3, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Marked by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Marked (Dark Protectors, #7) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #7
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2), Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3), Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4), Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5), Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6), Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Publication Date: December 22, 2014
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 288
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four-stars

“If you want hot, sexy, dangerous romance…this series is for you.” —Paranormal Haven

Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

Love is about to start conquering…

“Paranormal romance at its best!” —Cynthia Eden

“Hot and fast from beginning to end.” —Kate Douglas on Fated

“Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast.” —Publishers Weekly on Claimed

Janie has been prophesied by oracles and seers and witches to change the supernatural world as everyone knows it. The Kurjans oracles have said that Janie will be the savior of their race. The demons seers have said that Janie will bring death and destruction to their race. The vampires don’t care about any of that, they just want to protect her as they have been doing since Talen rescued Cara and Janie from the Kurjans when she was four years old.

As a child, Janie built a world that she could access in her dreams. It was there that she first met Zane. As a child, he was her best friend and she his. Then their respective responsibilities start weighing on each of them and they don’t see each other for years in their dream world. By the time they see each other again, they are both adults and Janie no longer has to go to sleep into her dream world. Nor does she have to get an invitation to bring someone into her world.

The third visitor to their dream world is Kalen the Kurjan. Also known as The Butcher. Also known as the ruler of the Kurjans. It is Janie that Kalen has been prophesied to mate with and he has been waiting for her for twenty years. Going into her dreams has been a nice distraction while she was growing up, but Kalen is ready to physically take her for his own.

After decades of war between the races, the time for peace talks is finally upon them. Deep within the core of the earth, the vampires, witches, demons, and Kurjans meet. They all have demands of each other and it’s clear that peace won’t come easily. Janie is at the peace talks and it’s readily apparent that she knows her fate very well may be to die to bring peace. Then Zane walks into to the talks. In the flesh. With Suri, the ruler of the demons. The demons that tortured her uncle Jase for five years and almost killed him.

Zane has a plan and it definitely includes Janie. It also includes keeping Janie away from Kalen. Killing his once. Saving his mother and brothers from his uncle. Just little things like that. He has a few things to do, Now that the vampires know who he is, they want to kill him. Then he accidentally mates Janie and all hell breaks loose.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I adored Janie at the beginning of this series. She was such a sweetly serious little girl. Then she turned into a little brat. I guess I can understand that, but it was annoying as hell. Redemption came when she was willing to die to bring peace between the four races. In my opinion any way. I could never figure out who Zane was and was (of course) surprised that he was part demon. It was perfect.

I did end up liking this book more than I thought I would. The closure between Zane, Janie, and Kalen was perfect. I had always been fascinated by Kalen and I think what happened and all that transpired between the three of them ended in the perfect way. I still love, love, love this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

four-stars


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