Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti – 4 Stars

Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2)

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Book 2 in the Dark Protectors series

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Book Synopsis from Goodreads:

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…

Another enjoyable book in this action packed series that has become a guilty pleasure for me.  Why guilty?  Because at times I can hear my inner feminist screaming in the back of my mind that these characters are awful examples for women’s rights.  I should not be reading this, the lessons it teaches about how to treat women are all wrong.  Wrong.  I would never tolerate or associate with men that really behaved like the ones in this book.  The women are just as bad, not making a stand against the men at all, or they do and then cave with out any fight at all.  They also use sex as a weapon in the book to manipulate and get what they want.  All really bad examples of how to interact with other people we love and respect.  The characters themselves know their behavior is wrong and that it should not be tolerated, but then confess that the men are not going to change.  They have a caveman like approach to relationships and the women just need to get used to it.  Really, really awful if you think to deeply about it.  I also realize that this is a common complaint about the types of books that I read, and maybe romance books in general.  This series just seems to be a stronger example of the stereo types in this genre than others I’ve read.

So why am I reading the series, and I am going to be reading them all. Because I have decided to not think to deeply about it.  It is still a fun sexy read.  Like the women in the book I’m choosing to overlook a lot of bad behavior.  After all it is just fiction, and there is something that can be learned from a bad example as well as a good one.  The story isn’t all bad examples though.  We do see a group of brothers that are there for each other and defend them and their mates to the end, the support of friends and family in this series is remarkable.  They are also very accepting of each other and the different species in this world, despite the fact that they are going to war.  They all are working together towards a greater good, after they find peace I hope they continue to work together to bring the men out of the stone age.  There is also real love in the relationships.  It happens quickly, but that is a common theme in paranormal books, but once the men fall for or are mated to these women they do cherish them and would give up their lives to protect them.  They become complete once they find their mates.  Yes, codependency is rampant in this world…

Sometimes we just need to escape, and that is what this series does really well.  We get a serious situation with plenty of drama and some fierce alpha men along with a steamy romance.  It fills that inner desire to be swept off our feet and to become something so precious to someone that they go to any end to posses and protect you.  After all don’t we all want to be the center of someone’s universe?  Don’t we all want love?  Granted in a much healthier way, but in a book the type of relationships this series is portraying is fine, in real life all of these characters should be in counseling.

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