Series: Dark Protectors

Review: Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted July 17, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Claimed by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #2
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1)
Published by Brava
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 321
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three-stars

A Daring Rescue Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she's also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who's been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires' mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of "lovesick".

A Deadly Decision As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it's taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he'll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind...

I think something is wrong with me. How can I enjoy a book where the male completely takes over the female’s world? I just don’t understand that. If a man did that to me, I can’t imagine that I would find it sexy. Emma sure as hell didn’t find it sexy when Dage took over her life. She found it pretty appalling actually. I didn’t blame her, yet I found myself getting annoyed with her, rather than him. To my defense, she was annoying as fucking hell. The woman was never happy. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve read this book, but I know that I was really annoyed when I was reading it and it was because of Emma.

Dage is the King of the Vampire race. His race is in a war against the Kurjans, which is a race of evil vampires that are trying to infect the mates of vampires with a virus. They are also trying to infect shifters in order to turn them into mindless werewolves (werewolves are killers in this world). They have succeeded thus far. Emma’s sister, Cara (Talen’s mate), has been infected with Virus 27. Virus 27 attacks the 27 chromosome of a vampire’s mate which takes away the mating. In Cara’s case this is not a good thing since she is carrying a vampire baby and needs the immortal strength that mating Talen gave her. Not to worry, Emma is on the case! And Dage won’t let anything happen to his sister-in-law. Ego much?

Backing up a bit, Dage has been dreaming about Emma for three hundred years. Emma has been dreaming of Dage for years. They’re both psychic and have a link. In Dage’s dreams, Emma is his mate. In Emma’s dreams, Dage dies. Emma will not let anything happen to the man she is falling in love with. In her dream, Dage is happy. Right before the world explodes. The only thing she can sees that makes him happy is her (there is that ego). Therefore, in her logical brain, she can’t mate him. Like she will stop a Kayrs? Bitch, please.

A lot of stuff ensues, which moves the series along. That’s why I didn’t this “book” against the wall. I enjoyed the interaction of the other characters. I love the brotherly love, their relationship with the shifters, and Cara and Emma’s relationship. I was really looking forward to Conn and Moira’s book. I’ve since read it and loved it. Don’t let this review get you down if you are thinking about giving this series a try. It’s a must-read to understand the movement in the series, but you can skim. I loved Dage, I really did. Emma just wasn’t for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

three-stars


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Review: Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted June 22, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Fated by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Fated (Dark Protectors, #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #1
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2)
Published by Brava
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 299
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three-half-stars

Marry Me! Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem.

Or Else! Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice. . .

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was my first look into the Dark Protector series and I have no idea why I waited so long to dive into it. I’m hooked on Zanetti’s Scorpius Syndrome series, love paranormals in general, so why did I wait? I have no clue. There were a few parts of this particular book I wasn’t down with, but…shrug. I got past it.

Cara Paulson is a special type of person. She has been an empath since she was a young girl. So it makes sense that she would give birth to a very special child. She had no idea that her child would be prophesied to save a race of evil vampires. Vampires that she had no idea existed until one burst into her home to save her and Janie’s lives. Cara isn’t having any of it even when Janie tells her that Talen is the one that is going to save them. All she sees is a strange man coming into her home trying to kidnap her and her baby. Forget the fact that she has this inappropriate and completely confounding attraction to the man. Being disgusted with herself can come after she gets away from him.

Talen had no idea that Cara was his mate until he comes to her rescue. And come to her rescue he does because he can sense the Kurjans, the evil counterpart to his vampire race, coming to get them. Three hundred years of peace are broken because of Cara’s young daughter Janie. They have no idea what’s coming for them. Before he knew she was his mate, it was his job to protect Cara and Janie. Now it is is duty and honor. He can do nothing less that protect the woman he has looked for over the centuries and the little girl that is now his daughter. If only he could convince Cara that she isn’t getting away from him.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. I liked the instant connection between Cara and Talen. Talen was very sweet. The love between the two was very sweet. Talen really cared about how Cara felt. He knew that she had a hard time living in their headquarters below ground and made sure she had plants that she loved to help her cope. He just did little sweet things that really made me like him. Other the other hand, I really disliked how he referred to her as “mate” all the time. Like it was her name. It made her sound like a possession. I didn’t enjoy that all. As for Cara, she was a strong heroine, but made stupid fucking decisions. Including a TSTL one that almost got her killed. Just because she was mad at Talen over a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING. TSTL decisions always happen after stupid BIG MISUNDERSTANDINGS, don’t they?

Even with the things that bothered me, I did find this book enjoyable and am looking forward to continuing this series.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted January 29, 2015 by Jen in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Marked by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Jen
Marked (Dark Protectors, #7) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #7
Also in this series: Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2)
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: December 22, 2014
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 304
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four-stars

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…

Pararnormals aren’t really my thing, especially when they involve vampires. (This dislike probably has something to do with my general aversion to the whole blood sucking thing and being totally creeped out by Interview with a Vampire as a kid. Don’t ask.) But I know there are many, many devoted PNR fans out there, so I’ve been exploring to see if there are any parts of the sub genre I might enjoy. I’m a fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s non-paranormal Sin Brothers series, and when I saw Marked pop up for review I grabbed it without much thought. It was only when I sat down to read it that I realized it is the seventh and final book in a series, and it is about vampires. I was immediately worried that I’d hate it and/or be completely lost and wouldn’t be able to really grade the book. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised!

I should note that since I haven’t read the whole series, I am not 100% sure what will be a spoiler. I only discuss facts that come out early this book, but if you’re really worried, you may want to skip my review.

The book is about Janet (Janie) Kayrs, the human daughter of the first heroine in the series. The Kayrs are the rulers of the vampires, and Janie was adopted by her vampire dad and fully accepted into the family. She has visions, and since she was a kid everyone has known she would play a role in peace, although no one knows how or why. (The vampires, witches, shifters, demons, and Kurjans have been at war for a long time, but in this book some of them are at least making an attempt to negotiate peace.) She’s also been friends since childhood with a mysterious boy named Zane in her dream world. She knows Zane is part vampire, but she doesn’t know until this book starts that he’s also part demon. The demon leader is a horrible psycho named Suri, who also happens to be Zane’s uncle. Suri has been threatening to kill Zane’s mom and brothers in order to get him to be his personal assassin. For his part, Zane has been plotting to kill Suri forever, and he knows he and Janie have a special connection that has to mean something. The demons and Kurjans both want to exploit whatever special role Janie might play. Zane needs to protect Janie, rescue his family, kill Suri, stop those trying to sabotage peace, and somehow lead the demons to a new era. And what is Janie’s role in all this? Is she the key to peace? Throw in a killer virus with no known cure that’s attacking vampires and things really get tense.

There is so much going on in this book, which is to be expected in the final book in a series about a world as detailed as this one. I am sure I missed out on some of the nuances and history that would have given me a fuller picture, but I was definitely able to understand the major conflicts. I imagine those who’ve read the previous books would love catching up with past heroes/heroines. We see a LOT of those previous couples here, including a sweet little epilogue for each pair at the end. In fact, there was so much “catching up” that things really dragged in some parts. Maybe page time with your favorites would be right up your alley, but I thought it stretched the story out unnecessarily.

As someone not already invested in this world, for me the book was all about Zane and Janie. Zane is a bossy, domineering, occasionally dickish alpha. It’s not my favorite kind of hero, but I can appreciate the type if he has other redeeming qualities. Zane gets my sympathy because he is juggling an incredible amount of stress. He’s trying to save everyone he loves, and his failure would mean everyone else’s death. It’s that love and devotion that makes him somewhat likeable and highlights how much he has to lose. I love how he is completely and madly devoted to Janie, and I love his heart stopping strength. Janie is kind of inexperienced and young–not exactly immature, because she too is bearing the burden of “saving the world,” but she definitely is a young woman, not a battle hardened warrior. I appreciated that her cleverness makes a real contribution, though. The Kayrs family is just a delight to read about because they are so utterly dedicated to their mates and to each other.

One thing I did NOT love is how Zane occasionally bullied Janie into doing what he wanted, and I downright hated one instance where he physically punishes her because he didn’t like her behavior. (Not sexy, consensual punishment, but a one-sided spanking.) He says he does it “for her own good,” but I really can’t stand when heroes treat heroines like naughty children. I wanted her to give him a swift kick in the junk, but instead she ends up thinking he was right. Hmpf. I somewhat reluctantly pushed the incident aside, but it really didn’t need to be in the book. I also thought some of the battle/fight scenes were kind of over-the-top. Zane, for example, gets shot more times than a firing range target. It got a little ridiculous.

I can’t say how this book completes the series or stands up to the other books. All I can say is that I had a good time reading it. I’m not sure I’d actually recommend starting the series here, but if you have even a tiny bit of familiarity with the universe, I suspect this book will hit the spot.

Grade: 4 out of 5

Dark Protectors

four-stars


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