Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti – 4 Stars

Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #5 in the Dark Protectors series

I own an e-copy of this book.

Book Synopsis:


A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…


Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…

My Review:

Another time jump in this story and you can feel the author setting thing up to end the series.  Kinda nice to have the warning instead of out of the blue like some other series.  I like the way things are going with the mates and world, well not the war, but I have hopes that things will end in a satisfying manner for this series.

This was Kane’s book and he was paired up with a new face for his H.E.A.  I liked Amber,  she was a bit annoying at times, but I think that lead to some of her charm as twisted as that may seem.  Kane was the odd man out when it came to the brothers and he needed to have a special girl for him to bond with.  I think that there will be years of angst in store for this couple, but I’m sure they will thoroughly enjoy the making up.

Kane might have been a different kind of alpha male from the other books.  More in control and analytical then the others, but I liked him.  His character was well written and quite complex, despite his fairly straight-forward nature and behaviors.  I would have liked to have a better explanation and example of his powers, but that might have happen in earlier books and I’ve forgotten.

Janie continues to come into her powers and is now starting to manipulate the meetings with Zane and Kalin, she has finally figured out how to control and draw them out. Of course this may come back to bite her on the ass, either way it should be fun to watch.  I am really looking forward to getting to know the mysterious Zane more.

We also got to catch a glimpse of life for some of the previous mate pairs from past books.  It was sweet to see how they all welcomes Amber to their little clan and stood up for her to Kane when he couldn’t get his head out of his ass and come to grips with how he really felt for Amber.  Payback is going to be a bitch for all the mates when Kane decides to get his payback.  Thank goodness thought he came around and I think Amber and him are going to be quite happy, if they don’t drive each other nuts that is.

Like I said the series is starting to wind down, but there are still plenty of plot threads that need to be tied up and I look forward to seeing what Ms. Zanetti does with this world.


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