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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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Review: Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted July 30, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Consumed by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4) by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #4
Also in this series: Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Fated (Dark Protectors, #1), Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2), Hunted (Dark Protectors, #3), Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5), Marked (Dark Protectors, #7), Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6), Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: July 5, 2012
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
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four-stars

SOMETIMES YOU MATE FOR LIFE

Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She's good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won't back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there's no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she's ever cared about—a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .

SOMETIMES YOU MATE TO STAY ALIVE

For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan's guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .

Katie and Jordan literally exploded onto the page in Fated when they saved Cara. They were very prominent in both Fated and Claimed. I loved getting to know the two of them. While it was made clear that they had a long history, the story of how they first met was never fully told. What was clear was that Katie was sure that Jordan saw her as the cub he rescued. What was clear to the reader is that Jordan was fighting an internal battle not to claim Katie for his own.

The major change from Hunted to Consumed was we jump ten years into the future. That is nothing in vampire, shifter, and demon years. In that time, the virus that is slowly killing the mates of vampires has started to affect shifters and not in the way that it affects mates. This virus has been twisted to turn shifters into werewolves. As I’ve said in previous reviews, werewolves not good in this series. Werewolves bad. Shifters turning into werewolves even worse. They eventually go crazy, return to their pack and try to kill everyone in it.

After ten years, Jordan has decided it’s time for Katie to come home. When he comes face-to-face with her, he is not prepared for the powerful punch of attraction he feels. Actually, attraction doesn’t really do his feelings justice. Jordan has known exactly where Katie has been in the time she has been gone. He also knows exactly what she has been doing. He has come to collect her and tell her that there will be no more hunting werewolves for her. Why he thought she would listen to him, I have no earthly clue. Honestly. Men.

Katie has had a sense about werewolves ever since she was infected with the virus in Fated. She also lost her ability to shift, the biggest part of herself. When Jordan comes to tell her that he’s taking her home, she laughs. Then goes hunting the werewolf she has named Fluffy. She soon learns that Fluffy is not your normal werewolf. He walks and talks and said he knows Jordan. He also says that Katie is his mate. She decides he really has to die.

If that’s not enough, Katie learns that Jordan has been infected by the virus. As alpha of the Pride, it’s slower moving but it’s only a matter of time before he turns. Katie is convinced that mating her will save him. But will it? Maybe.

I really enjoyed the battle of wills in this book. I loved finally learning how Jordan and Katie first met. I just loved everything about this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Protectors

four-stars


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Guest Review: The Howling by Erin McCarthy

Posted June 26, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Howling by Erin McCarthyReviewer: Tracy
The Howling by Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Format: eARC
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 100
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two-stars

For six months the nightmares have been chasing Liv Lugaru out of her sleep. The same terrifying dream, the same fevered wolves panting after her, their hot breath getting closer and closer as a full moon hangs heavy in the night sky—until she wakes up drenched in sweat, with her fiancé, the brother of the man who broke her heart, gazing down at her . . .

Six months ago, Sebastian was almost killed by his brother in a power struggle within their werewolf pack. His disappearance opened the way for his brother to console Liv, win her trust . . . without ever telling her of their true heritage. Now Sebastian is ready to reclaim his rightful place—to rise up with the moon and claim the only woman he’s ever loved . . .

Liv has been having dreams for the past six months about wolves.  In the dream it seems to be her as the central figure, but it’s set in the 19th century so she’s confused.  She chalks it up to nerves because of her impending wedding.  A wedding to Scarborough, the brother of the man who disappeared on her six months ago, along with all her money.  Scar had been there for her and when he’d asked her to marry him, she thought it was the best idea.  After these dreams she’s thinking that maybe marrying him wasn’t such a great idea.

Sebastian, the man who broke Liv’s heart, didn’t just disappear.  He was attacked and left for dead and has been recovering and in hiding since that time.  Now that Scarborough is out of town he can finally talk to Liv and tell her how much he loves her, and they can live happily ever after.  But when Liv finds out who she really is, and what exactly happened to Sebastian, Liv’s life changes forever.

This was a super short book that is a reprint.  It was previously in an anthology called The Beast Within but is now being republished as a standalone novella.  I didn’t realize when I started reading that this was a reprint and lo and behold, I’d read it before.  I did finish it the second time so that’s a point in its favor.

The story almost feels like you’re being dumped into a book that’s already in progress.  I didn’t like that at all and while it wasn’t confusing, I did find it frustrating.  This can’t really be termed a romance novel because the H/h are really already in love and have just been separated.  More of a reunion story, imho.

The scenario that Liv found herself in might have been more interesting if this had been a longer story.  Add Sebastian in first, have Scar come along and take over, then have the H/h reunite.  That would have been awesome.  I also think that because this was so short that not a lot of depth was added to the characters and that was disappointing.

In the end I found this to be just an ok read.

Rating: 2 out of 5

two-stars


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Guest Review: Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

Posted April 13, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Hot and Badgered by Shelly LaurenstonReviewer: Tracy
Hot and Badgered (Honey Badgers Chronicles #1) by Shelly Laurenston
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Format: eARC
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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four-stars

It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .

Charlie, Max and Stevie are all half-sisters.  They all have the same no good, thieving, idiot father who is constantly getting himself into trouble.  The problem with that is that people think they can get to their father through his daughters.  Not!  Charlie, Max and Stevie were all raised first by Charlie’s mother and then when she died, by Charlie’s grandfather in a wolf pack.  Charlie is half honey badger and half wolf.  Max is all honey badger and Stevie is half honey badger, half tiger.  They’re all incredibly dangerous and can take anyone who comes after them.  That doesn’t mean they want to.

When the girls’ father once again gets them into the middle of things, Charlie, Max and Stevie take help from an unlikely source.  Berg is a bear shifter and completely smitten with Charlie.  He offers to help house them and they end up renting a house in an all bear neighborhood. Berg just happens to live across the street so this is convenient for him to be near Charlie as much as possible.

When the girls finally figure out what they father has done to get people after them they try to remedy the situation, but a wedding their not invited to, twin aunts who have no idea they’re shifters and a psychopathic cousin make this incredibly difficult.  With help from a bunch of unlikely sources the girls try to make their lives as normal as possible.

I love honey badgers. LOL  They are tough and don’t take anyone’s shit.  They can fight anyone and probably win and have a blasé attitude while doing it.  This particular group of honey badgers made me laugh constantly.  I love the way that Laurenston writes and her characters are always so alive and so incredibly irreverent.

This was Charlie and Berg’s romance but their relationship was so entwined into the story that it was more about everything else going on.  That actually worked for me.  There was SO much going on in this book that to add more of the romance wouldn’t have felt right.

I adored Charlie, Max and Stevie’s relationship. They were constantly at war with each other, yet they loved each other dearly and would have each other’s back in a hot minute.  Charlie was very protective of her sisters and especially Stevie as she kind of had her head in the clouds.  She’s a complete genius and was in her head a bit more than she was in reality.  When people try to take Stevie for her big brain Charlie does everything she can to stop it.  The girls may not hug each other on a regular basis but I could feel the love between the three.

I can’t tell you all the little bits of this book because A) there are a lot of bits! And B) you need to read it for yourself in order to get what’s going on.  This was a fun and crazy book and I really enjoyed it.  A great start to a new series that still includes people from other series that we already know and love.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars


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