Tempted: Dark Protectors #2.5 by Rebecca Zanetti
I’m having a blast listening to this series, a nice return to a Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy series that has plenty of heat and a surprising amount of heart and humor. Rebecca Zanetti returns to the blog today with a short expository installment in the Dark Protectors series that brings us Max and Sarah’s story.
Oh I think I love Max! Russian by birth, he is completely sure that his heart does not exist. That is until Dage assigns him to watch over and protect Janie. In seconds, the little girl shared a secret, asked to be his friend, and made the singularly BEST Reveal EVER. While all of the vampires in this story have eyes that glow with a metallic shine, only Max has shiny and sparkly PINK eyes. It’s a wonderful juxtaposition for the big, bad, roughhewn vampire, and only adds to the little boy who wants to be loved beneath the shell.
When he has to hunt down another innocent caught in the conflict between Kurjans and the Realm, we meet Sarah. Sarah has been confined in a mental institution and drugged to keep her ‘revelations’ at bay. Sarah is touch sensitive: a touch of an object gives her visions and history of that object. Her brother (a disgusting POS) has committed her, and will go to great lengths and pair with anyone to keep her under his control.
Glimpses of Max have appeared throughout the story, he’s really become a favorite character, and this gives us more of his own story, full of background and insecurities from his rough childhood and his loyalty to Dage and the Realm. Sarah, as an ‘enhanced’ human, is right at the center of the Kurjan “to get” list, and they soon find they have to go through Max to get there.
As the story line is all about fated mates, and Max, whether or not he wants it, has found his in Sarah. A kick ass, smart mouthed heroine who isn’t afraid of this oversized killer. Fast paced dialogue, plenty of action and the heat that fairly sizzles the speakers, Zanetti packed every element of a full-length story into this novella without missing a trick. I would have loved more, but that is common with stories I enjoy.
Narration is again provided by Karen White and again she captures the emotional tones and distinctive elements that gives each character a unique sound that is wholly theirs. It is difficult to NOT enjoy this couple, and their rapid fire dialogue is perfectly presented, never missing a beat. Emotion, humor, sarcasm and even fear clearly present in tone and delivery: you just KNOW what the characters feel, and the narration just brings those elements to the forefront.
A wonderful installment in the series, perfect for fans of paranormal romance with a bit of oomph.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance with Erotic Elements
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Audible Studios, Kensington
Published on: 20 May 2015
Audio Length: 3 Hours: 12 minutes
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About the Book:
On the run from a mental institution and her vindictive half-brother, it's safe to say that Sarah Pringle's happy life as a schoolteacher is on hold. Too bad that as far as self-defense goes, "run and hide" is the best she's got. And with the monsters that started her escape hot on her heels, that's not going to cut it for long...
That is, unless Sarah has a bigger, badder, hotter monster on her side. Max Petrovsky is right at the top of the list of alpha male ass-kickers. And he knows exactly what Sarah's up against. Good thing, because the minute he sees her something primal kicks in, turning everyday attraction into red-hot desire. As long as they're cooperating, why not mix some pleasure with business? Of course, Max should probably tell Sarah he's a vampire himself...
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.
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