Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti – 3 Stars

Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #6 in the Dark Protectors series.

I own a copy of this book.

Book Synopsis:

Jase Kayrs was the fun brother. The warm, charming, easy-going brother of the vampire leaders. Until he was taken and tortured by demons with their evil mind tricks for nearly five years. Upon his return, he’s dark, violent, and not the man they all thought they knew. Not the man he once was. He’s haunted that the only reason the demons would have let him live was to use him as a weapon against his family—but he can’t figure out when or how he’ll explode. Plus, once again the demons are after Jase with a vengeance…or rather, a female demon he rejected is out to destroy him.

Then the king asks Jase for a favor…a big one. To mate with one of their allies in order to save her. She’s everything that’s good and light in the world…while he’s at home with darkness. Yet he agrees…knowing mating may be the only chance to save them both.

Difficult to believe I started and am now going to finish this series this year.  I’ve come full circle having received for review the next book back in March.  I took a break over the summer, but received the last book for an ARC review recently and decided to binge read the remaining books.  As I know there is only one more story to go I have to say I’m fine with it.  I’m ready for the story to be done and every villain to get what coming to them and all the heroes to have their long-lasting peace with their mates.

This was Jase’s story, one that I was interested in seeing how it played out.  Jase is the youngest brother and probably has had the most difficult time of them all during the war.  I kind of thought that he bas going to be paired up with Brenna, there were subtle hints along the way, and while I am pleased with the pairing I was less excited about their story.  I find it a little ironic that the other story I struggled with in this series was Conn’s and his being mated with Brenna’s sister, Moira.  I guess I am just not a fan of witches.  Sorry.  Still I’m glad I read it just kept waiting for it to be over so I could get to the last book.

Brenna and Jase were a good match,  both of them needed healing and were able to provide that for each other.  The story dragged on at times, especially in the second half of the book, but again I think this is just me.   The beginning had good action and pacing and I was able to see the chemistry between the two, even if it did feel a little flat at times.

Not a lot of Janie, Zane or Kalin in the book which might have been another strike against it in my book.  We did get to spend some time in Garrett’s head as his character had more to do in this story.  I liked him and hope that the author finds a way to give him his own novella or something.  It would be shame for everyone to get their own story and his to be left out.  He was probably the most interesting story arch in the book and I hope there is more of him in Janie’s story.

Off to finish up the series,  just a couple of things left to clear up and I look forward to seeing how things play out.  The end is near!


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