AudioBook Review ~ Fated: Dark Protectors # 1 by Rebecca Zanetti

AudioBook Review ~ Fated: Dark Protectors # 1 by Rebecca Zanetti

Welcome to my review for  book one in the Dark Protectors series from Rebecca Zanetti.  Newly released in AudioBook with Karen White narrating the series, I’ll be sharing reviews from this fun, gripping and action packed adult paranormal romance series.


I’m a latecomer to Rebecca Zanetti’s books, having only read the first in her Sin Brothers series, but Dark Protectors looked to be fun, exciting and just something I would love.  When the opportunity came to review the titles in audio with Karen White Narrating, there was no way I could refuse.

Fated starts with a bang as Cara and her little girl Janey are facing a series of orders from an obviously alpha male, used to getting his own way.  What was happening to her quiet life researching plants, her carefully constructed and non-challenging world with Janey at the centre?

Cara was frustrating yet her determination to hold to something comfortable and familiar was understandable. Cara is a total innocent to all things paranormal: her reaction to the realization of vampires, witches and shifters should have sent her over the edge.  I wanted a bit more spine and determination, but it arrived slowly and in spurts.

Talen has a “my way or my way NOW’ approach. A vampire of some 300 years, his dedication and desire to maintain balance highlight his positives. But, SO many negatives: his inability to explain until it’s too late, his stubborn refusal to listen to Cara’s objections or concerns. His growth is hard won: softening with Janie and his own wonder at Cara and their bond are well described and show progress.

Narration is provided by Karen White and after this listen, I would follow her anywhere. She deftly uses her voice to create characters, detail action and emotion, and present the story with cleverly inserted pauses and breathy insets that clearly indicate tension, hesitation, action and confusion. Never missing a beat, each character has their own tone, delivery and cadence that builds to become their character in conjunction with the development in the book.  A polished yet not overly ‘slick’ performance and production that kept me engaged and listening, loathe to put the book down.

Zanetti has set up a fun and fast paced sexy series with promise for more adventure and action to come. At the center is the struggle for continuation of the two sides (good and bad) while gaining advantages with the inclusion of the psychic abilities that Cara and Janie possess.

Clever world-building, plenty of secondary characters and the fight for good versus evil highlight this story and have me anxious for the next in the series.

Stars:  Overall: 4  Narration:  5  Story:  4

AudioBook Review ~ Fated: Dark Protectors # 1 by Rebecca Zanetti

Title: Fated
Series: Dark Protectors #1
Also in this series: Claimed, Tempted, Hunted, Consumed, Provoked, Shadowed
ISBN: 0758259239
Published on: 20 May, 2015
Pages: 336
Audio Length: 21 Hours: 30 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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. . .

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A copy of this title was provided via Audible Communications Team for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

About Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormals, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.   Upcoming series are: The Blood Brothers, The Realm Enforcers and The Scorpius Syndrome.

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