Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

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)
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 290
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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.

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Guest Review: A Crazy Kind of Love by Mary Ann Marlowe

Posted November 27, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: A Crazy Kind of Love by Mary Ann MarloweReviewer: Tracy
A Crazy Kind of Love by Mary Ann Marlowe
Series: Flirting With Fame #2
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That's a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders of a helpful bystander, the only thing she notices about the stranger she straddles is that he's seriously hot. Only later does Jo learn that he's also Micah Sinclair--one of rock's notorious bad boys...

Soon Jo is on the verge of getting fired for missing a Micah Sinclair exclusive. Until she's suddenly being pursued by the heartthrob himself. But how can she be sure the musician's mind-blowing kisses are the real deal? Her colleagues claim he's a media whore, gambling on some free PR. But something has Jo hoping Micah's feeling the same powerful pull that she does. A pull so strong, she can't resist becoming his latest love, even if it means she might become the media's latest victim . . .

Josie Wilder is not cut out to work for the paparazzi.  Her boss is an ass that skews anything she submits and she’s not vicious enough to get the good dirt on people.  She takes amazing photographs but according to her boss that’s nothing without a quote to go with it.  She’d love to quit but she needs her health benefits because she’s has diabetes.

Micah Sinclair is a rock star who loves the press.  No one ever really gets dirt on him because he’s always so open and transparent.  He’s had “girlfriends” in the past but the word is that he always lets them go.

When Jo and Micah meet it’s pretty great but there’s constantly miscommunication.  Jo thinks that Micah only invites her places so that she can take pictures. Micah knows that Jo is a paparazza so therefore always invites her to bring her camera along – anything to get the girl there.  Because of this misunderstanding it takes them a while to get close but when they do break through it’s really good.  Unfortunately Jo’s job and boss might get in the way of their happily ever after.

A Crazy Kind of Love was a cute book.  I hadn’t read the first book in the series but didn’t necessarily feel like I needed to in order to read this one.  Sure, it includes characters from the previous book that play a large part in this book but the author did a great job of incorporating them and I think this book can easily stand on its own.

I really liked both Micah and Jo in this story and of course the secondary characters, Eden, Adam, Zion and Adrianna were excellent as well.  In fact, I might have liked the secondary characters better.  The romance between Micah and Jo faltered a little for me.  The misunderstanding between Micah and Jo lasted too long for my liking and when they finally got together, I didn’t feel the pull between them as strongly as I wanted to.  In the ending it was a satisfying, fun read, but not too deep.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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