Fated by Rebecca Zanetti – 5 Stars

Fated (Dark Protectors, #1)

Book Synopsis over on Goodreads

Book 1 of the Dark Protectors Series

Had to give this one five stars, once I started reading it I did not want to put it down.  This book fitted in what I was in the mood to read perfectly.  It grabbed me from the first chapter and didn’t let up or let me go.  It was full of action, drama, stubborn women, even more stubborn alpha males, good and evil vampires, shifters, secret races, with plenty of sex.  It was a fun read that I finished in less than 24 hours.  I started the book around 3 yesterday afternoon and kept reading after dinner and before I knew it it was 11 p.m. and I decided to read on and catch the eclipse finally setting the book down around 1:30 when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.  Sure it is one of those guilty pleasure books, nothing but pure escapism…some of my favorite types of books.

Now I’ve read a much later novella in this series that I received from Net Galley for review, enjoyed that one so much I knew I wanted to go back and start at the beginning.  Now I’m tempted to order the next book and skip all the other ones I’ve decided to read this month just to learn what happens next.  As I took a moment to go check out some of the other reviews I see that this book was one of those love it or hate it stories.  Sure this is a male dominated society and kinda chauvinistic, but common its a story meant to be a fun escape.  I loved it, despite all the times I thought thank goodness I’m not married to a man like this.  I did wish Cara wouldn’t have given into her hormones so much and really made Talen squirm a bit more.

Okay, so this is book one in the series and is Talen and Cara’s story.  It really did catch my attention from practically page one.  The action starts off quick and the pace didn’t let up.  I thought it was a fun premise, that we have seen before in paranormal novels, they meet and some biological reaction occurs when the two meet and suddenly they know they are mates.  To save Cara and her daughter Talen manipulates them into bonding/wedding/mating withing a few short hours of meeting.  Eye roll I know, but I went with it because I enjoyed watching Cara try to stand up to Talen and continue to try and wiggle out of it…for a short while at least.  The woman that the vamp race needs to mate with in this world must have some sort of special ability and of course Cara, her sister and daughter all fall come with these abilities.  So for much of the book we have Cara questioning if Talen really wants her for her and not these abilities she has.  We all question why our spouses or friends are with us from time to time and it was easy to relate to the mixed emotions Cara was having.

We enter this world at a point in time where a long held peace is falling apart and the different species are bracing for an upcoming war that Cara’s daughter, Janie, is going to be the center of, or the catalyst for.   I look forward to reading what happens next.  It really was a fun read.  Check your feminism at the door and just roll with it, remember its just a story.

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