Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti – 4 Stars

Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #4 in the Dark Protectors series

I own an e-copy of this book.

Book Synsopis:

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…

My Review:

After several months and many books between I finally return to this guilty pleasure of a series I discovered this year.  Had to take a break after the last book, it was too much of a struggle to get through and I thought I was growing tired of the world.  I now think it might have just been that book.   My fondness for this series has returned, which is convenient because I downloaded the next four books and scored an ARC copy of the last book!  What?!  The last book!  Yep looks like this series that I am back on board for is going to end with book #7, Janie and Zane’s story.  A fitting place to stop I think, being that they have been such pivotal players in the greater story arch.  Right now I’m alright with it ending, but that’s because I have four books to go before I have to give it up.  I’m in denial, ask me a few books down the road how I feel about it.

So how did things improve since the last book?  There was a huge time jump, like ten years into the future with this story.  The war has been raging on for a while along with the virus that is infecting the shifters, vampires and humans.  All of the players are older, the men are mellowing a bit, and the women’s place in the world are shifting.  I’m wishing now that I hadn’t taken a break and jumped right into this book.  I had been longing for Katie and Jordan’s story since book one.  The chemistry between these two and the dynamics of their long and changing relationship intrigued me and it was a delightful roller coaster of a ride watching them end up together.

Of course there was a bit of an ick factor when you think about Jordan knowing Katie from such a young age, but once you get past that they are such a great match.  Jordan needs her,  and Katie needed these years to develop her own personality and figure out what she really wanted separate from Jordan’s influence.  Sure they wasted years together, but in the end I think it will just make them stronger.

There was also some interesting developments on the Maggie front.  Her H.E.A was set up in this story and I think it will be another fun book to read.  There is going to be some serious issues they will need to get through before they can sail off into the sunset.  Janie is also getting much older and her connection to both Zane and Kalin.  I know Kalin is going to be the ‘bad’ guy in this world, and I can see he has some serious personality defects, but I just find him interesting.  I look forward to seeing what becomes of him when this war is over and the series ends.

Well off to start the next one,  only four more to go (I’ve already read 6.5).

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