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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 ...

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Overview

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. . .

Praise for Rebecca Zanetti's thrilling debut Fated

"Hot and fast from beginning to end." —Kate Douglas

"Paranormal romance at its best!" —Cynthia Eden

Rebecca Zanetti's debut published work of fiction is the first in the three book Realm series featuring vampires. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Picking up where Mar. 2011’s Fated left off, this fast-paced paranormal romance continues the saga of the vampire Kayrs brothers as they find their respective mates against a backdrop of war and intrigue. This time, vampire king Dage is determined to win over his destined mate, geneticist Emma Paulsen. Emma is willing to admit the mutual attraction, but she refuses to yield to his pushy and at times abusive behavior. Their emotional struggle and frequent carnal encounters punctuate a series of emergencies involving a rival vampire clan, paranormal politics, and a virus that strips its victims of their powers. Dubious science, predictable soap opera theatrics, and Dage’s aggressive mistreatment of Emma all detract from this thriller’s true strengths: sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast. While Dage and Emma’s story is presented as a full arc, the conclusion leaves many plot threads to be resolved in future books. (Nov.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780758259257
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 479,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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Claimed


By REBECCA ZANETTI

BRAVA BOOKS

Copyright © 2011 Rebecca Zanetti
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-5925-7


Chapter One

She'd die if she jumped.

Probably with a great deal of pain first. The rotating hum of the helicopter blades echoed through the confined space of the aircraft as Emma Paulsen calculated her odds of a quick death—she'd likely hit a tree or two before slamming into the earth. Hmm. Not good.

Keeping her eyes closed, she lay curled on her side in the center of the beast, rocking back and forth from the movement of hurtling through the air. Dust littered the Black Hawk's floor, but she forced herself to breathe. Was it called a floor? Was it really a Black Hawk? If so, they'd modified the crap out of it. With a mental shrug, she cleared her mind.

Nothing.

No whispers from the future.

No glimpses of how this ordeal would end.

Damn. Maybe the drugs they'd injected into her arm accomplished more than simple sedation. She'd relied on her psychic ability her whole life, and now it was gone.

Her abductors, two living horrors, sat up front as pilot and copilot—she'd have to take them out last. Two other Kurjan soldiers escorting her to their Canadian leader sat in the rear of the chopper, arguing about football scores. Seriously? Undead monsters afraid of the sun talked about the Seahawks?

Their conversation slid around her unhampered by the wind rushing outside. The restructured walls denied sun and sound from filtering inside.

She centered herself. She'd have to kill them.

The odds of being successful calculated inside her head with a nearly audible click. The result: not good.

Nausea rose in her belly, and gray murk swam across her vision until she zoned out again. Damn drugs.

She floated in the place between dreams and reality, a place she visited often. Where was he? For so long she'd been afraid of meeting him, now she feared it would never happen.

Like an antenna had been angled, a large room swam into hazy focus. A massive fire crackled beneath a stone mantel, the walls rock, the floor dirt. There he was—Dage, King of the Realm. He stood near the wall, his jaw hard, his eyes molten silver of fury.

What century was she visiting? An early one—he held a broadsword in one hand, his legs encased in coverings reminiscent of an old warrior movie she'd seen as a teenager.

He stood shoulder to shoulder with a man who had eyes the color of gold coins. Talen, his brother. Three other men, boys actually, faced them. Similar bone structure, similar stances. All huge. The oldest tightened his grip on a deadly sword. "They killed our parents."

"Aye," Dage agreed. "So we killed them—and their parents. Enough." He dropped his sword to the ground. "We're done with the killing—with the war. Right now we strive for peace."

"I donna take orders from you, brother," the youngest lad said, his eyes a deep burnished copper.

"Maybe not from your brother Jase, but you'll obey your king."

The boy shifted his stance, his eyes narrowing. "Is that who you are now?"

"Aye. Until they cut off my head, I'm your king."

Emma started herself back into the current century, coughing out dust. Relief filled her that she could still connect with her silver-eyed savior in his past, if not her future. Her visions always predicted the future unless Dage was in them. Then she saw the trials of his long life. A highlight film of war, honor and hope.

"She's awake," came a hoarse voice from behind her. "Should we inject her again?"

"No," the Seahawk fan replied. "What can she do?"

Indeed. Emma pushed to a sitting position, scooting until her back rested on the inside wall and across from the door. "I could kill you with a simple thought." The metal chilled through her jeans and she fought to control her body. Shivering would show fear.

Their purple eyes widened in their inhuman white faces. Devils, Kurjans, the evil vampire race to be sure. One flipped his red, black-tipped hair over a shoulder. "You could not." His tensed shoulders belied his words.

Of course she couldn't. Dumbass. "Sure. You already know Franco wants me because of my psychic abilities. They include frying brains." Okay, the frying part may have been too much.

The pasty-faced bloodsuckers remained silent, bizarre gazes on her. How was it possible these freaks lived among humans without being noticed? They must hide really well during the day. In fact, what genetic mutation created these guys? The urge to study their physiology nearly overpowered the urge to end their lives. Nearly.

She glanced at the door, wondering how heavy it was. The sun blazed across a blue fall sky outside—beautiful and damn deadly to the Kurjan creeps safely ensconced in the helicopter. If she opened the door, would the sun angle in the right direction?

She rapidly considered wind speed, the sun's position, and their location. Nope. She needed the Kurjans to move.

Forcing fear down deep, forcing concern for her sister Cara down even deeper, Emma formulated a plan. Once she escaped she'd get back to Cara and rescue her from Franco's cousin, the Kurjan soldier who'd kidnapped them both yesterday. Emma's plan was to lunge for the door, hoping at least one of the Kurjans went for her. If the sun hit him he'd fry like bacon. She tensed, ready to move ...

And didn't get the chance.

Something hard slammed into the thick metal. The door creaked, the hinges twisted and peeled away. In the next second the door was gone, ripped away from the helicopter to sail through the air. A broad hand reached in, grabbed the nearest Kurjan, and sent him spiraling into the blue day. The soldier's high-pitched scream echoed in the distance as the sun ate him alive.

In a blur of motion, a huge male form dodged inside, ducked a punch from the Seahawk fan and shot an elbow into his nose, splashing blood across the wall. The monster dropped his weapon, hands going to his face before he too was sent hurtling out the door. The Kurjan's loud screams followed the helicopter for several moments before dying out.

Her rescuer didn't need to turn for her to recognize him.

Dage.

Could she still be dreaming?

His silver gaze ran over her before a sharp burst of green light ripped into his collarbone, throwing him back into the rushing air.

"No," Emma shouted as he fell, his large body half outside the helicopter. The massive bird teetered for a moment, then regained its course. She lunged forward, grasping his arms. Or tried to; his biceps were too big. Her nails bit into his flesh as she wrapped both hands around his left arm and pulled.

The Kurjan in the copilot's seat stopped firing his weapon, probably afraid to injure her. She was the prize, after all.

Dage eased back inside, attempting to shield her with his body.

She pushed at his uninjured shoulder, leaning down to yell in his ear. "Get behind me."

His eyes flashed fire even while his upper lip quirked. "You get behind me."

She gave a sharp shake of her head and shoved at him again. The wind screamed a warning outside, waiting for its next victim. Dage didn't budge. He grabbed the gun off the floor, pointed it at the copilot, and fired.

The Kurjan ducked, but the light green bullets ripped through the front windshield, allowing pure rays of sunshine to cascade inside. He screamed a shrill protest, throwing his hands up. The helicopter swerved and the pilot regained control, edging his body away from the sun and toward the side of the craft, his trembling fingers clenching the controls.

The copilot continued to scream in pain. The smell of burned hair and sizzling flesh filled the small space, and Emma fought the urge to vomit.

Like a rat fleeing a tomcat, the copilot scrambled over his seat, landing with a hard thud on the floor. His pasty-white skin melted down his face. Raw red blisters sprang up across abused flesh. Sharp yellow fangs protruded from his wide open mouth, while the rushing wind stole any sound he made.

Quick as a whip, Dage reached forward and grabbed him around the neck, tossing him toward the gaping hole. The Kurjan hit the side of the hatch, the impact rocking the small craft. Clutching both long-clawed hands into the floor, he tried to inch way away from the deadly opening. Dage shot one large flak boot into the Kurjan's battered face, and the copilot fell into the sun. Then Dage shifted, pointing the gun at the pilot's head.

The pilot aimed his purple gaze over his shoulder, sharp canines flashing in a dare. Kill him, and they would all die.

Dage grabbed Emma close and fired, striking the Kurjan in the head. He fell forward onto the stick, the metal bird spun, and shot for the earth.

Emma clutched Dage's shoulders, and then ... nothing.

It was as if they traveled through a vacuum—no sound, sight, smells—just ... nothing. Except the vague sense of Dage. Power and safety but shrouded.

Reality crashed back followed by Dage's hiss of pain. He released her to fall onto spongy grass, and she shut her eyes against the glare of the sun. The smell of wet pine and moist earth filled her nose.

The world spun. She opened her eyes, and the world spun more. Dage stood with his knees bent, held upright by ... a tree limb? A protruding snag from an old tree stump emerged from Dage's left shoulder, his silver eyes pissed, his blood a deep red.

His right hand patted the shards of wood emerging from his body. "Not my best landing, love. Sorry about that."

Emma shook her head to clear it. Her knees popped when she rose and stumbled toward the king. He'd impaled himself on an old limb. She peered around his back to find the gnarled trunk protruding from deep in the ground. Damn it. She needed some sort of chainsaw to cut him loose. And a medical team to remove the wood from his body.

An explosion over the next hill rent the air with an angry boom. She turned. Furious smoke billowed into the untouched sky. "The helicopter?"

"Yes."

"We didn't jump?"

"No. I can teleport. A bit, anyway." He readied his stance, positioning both hands on his knees like a lineman waiting for the snap.

Teleport? How in the world was that possible? Something to do with dimensions or gravity? Possibly relativity theory. "What are you doing?" She hated the quake in her voice. The smell of copper scenting the air made her gag.

He gave a weary grin. "I thought I'd take out this splinter."

Panic rushed through her. "You can't. I mean, you'll bleed to death. You can't." She pressed a hand against the black cotton covering his good shoulder where muscles tightened in response.

His eyes darkened. "I've waited centuries for your touch, Emma." He hissed out a breath. "This isn't how I pictured it." Shutting his eyes, he drew a deep breath. "Now step out of the way, love."

"No. You can't do this."

Silver eyes pinned her. "Night will fall within three hours. The Kurjans will descend upon the last known location of their helicopter, and we need to be long gone from here."

"Where are we?" The forest pressed in with silence. No doctors nearby, that was for sure.

"Shoshone mountains in northern Idaho. I chose to intercept you here because there are old mining caves to hide in."

Forget hiding. He was going to bleed to death. "Can you teleport us to a hospital?"

Shaking his head, Dage drew another deep breath. Round bullet holes from the copilot's attack dotted his upper chest and neck near the wood splintering his body. His blood flowed freely and spoiled the fresh air—along with the strongest hint of sandalwood. His scent. "No. I usually can only teleport once, then need to recharge. I've done it three times today, and I'm wiped."

"Three times?" She pushed harder against his good side, trying to keep him in place.

"Yes." Amusement lit his eyes even through the raw pain swirling in the depths. "Once to the ground along your known flight path, then to the helicopter when you were in sight, then to right here."

"How did you know my flight path?" Damn. He shouldn't remove the wood without a surgical unit on the ready.

"We raided the Kurjan facility in Montana right after they forced you to leave." Dage gasped in a deep breath. "One of the Kurjans kindly volunteered the information."

Emma raised an eyebrow. "Good thing you spotted the correct helicopter," she murmured, glancing at the stained branch. A warm tingle teased her heart. He'd come for her. Because his brother had married her sister? Or because he knew her as she'd known him all these years? Through visions. Of course, while she appreciated the rescue, she wouldn't have needed help if the vampires hadn't dragged her and her sister into their world. "So you were in time to rescue Cara?" Hope filled Emma. Please let her sister be safe.

"Yes. Talen should have his mate safely home by now."

Thank god. Emma exhaled. Vibrations from Dage's pain pounded toward her, and she concentrated on the situation at hand. Blood from his wounds flowed into each groove of the wood, resulting in the look of stained teak.

Dage groaned. "Step back, love."

Her trembling hand patted his shoulder before she stuck it in her pocket. "You're really a vampire?" She'd known of the vampire race for a couple of months since Cara had married Talen. Though this was the first time she'd actually been face to face with one. Apparently the sun didn't bother the good guys, only the Kurjans.

"Yes."

Emma took a step back. Vampires were immortal, right? "You'll survive this?"

"Yes. We can only be killed by beheading."

"Okay." She couldn't see an alternative. Her stomach pitched, and fear slithered down her spine. This had to work.

Dage sucked in air, then sprang forward. The tree branch ripped out of his flesh with a protesting snap. He landed on his knees in the crusty pine needles, emitting a string of Russian, Greek, or maybe Gaelic that sounded like curses. The earth rumbled and the wind picked up its strength around them. Winding down, he pushed to his feet. "Damn." His good arm grabbed the hem of his shirt and ripped it over his head, his back to her.

Emma gasped at the raw wound above his right shoulder blade. Sharp wooden splinters emerged from split bone, shredded muscles, and cut tissue next to the dangerous tattoo she knew so well. The breath caught in her throat when he pivoted and blood poured from his broad chest. "You're bleeding." She shook her head, her focus narrowing on the wicked tattoo of intricate markings along his left arm and over his shoulder to his back.

The design had haunted her dreams like a warning talisman.

He nodded, inhaling deeply, his metallic eyes unfocusing for a moment, his muscles visibly relaxing. The blood flow stemmed, leaving the bullet holes seeping. The wide gash crusted over. "That's the best I can do for now. It'll heal." He shoved the tail ends of his shirt into a back pocket and held out one large boned hand. "Come."

No. She wouldn't run into the woods. Not again. "Ah ..."

Dage raised an eyebrow. "We need to get going, love."

How many nights had she run through the woods to escape her drunken father and his beefy fists? Those days were over. She'd thought she was done running from monsters.

Dage waited patiently, his gaze on her, his hand extended.

She hesitated, glancing at the tarnished limb still protruding from the ground and awaiting its next victim. In slow motion, she shifted her gaze to Dage and paused for the briefest of breaths before sliding her hand in his. A click echoed throughout her heart, throughout her head when his warm palm closed over hers. No. Wrong time to deal with this. "I need to get to Cara in case the Kurjans had time to infect her with the virus."

Dage tightened his grip and started to jog, tugging Emma to keep pace. "Cara is fine." Pine, sunshine and wildflowers commingled into a scent carried by the slightest breeze as the trees rushed past. "Talen made sure of it."

Thank God. "The Kurjans didn't get a chance to inject her with the virus?" Relief began to wind through the nerves still jumping in Emma's skin.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Claimed by REBECCA ZANETTI Copyright © 2011 by Rebecca Zanetti. Excerpted by permission of BRAVA BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Second book in an exciting series!

    4.5 Stars Amazing new take on vampires, Ms. Zanetti's vampires are innovative and exciting! Emma Paulsen has been on the run for weeks. She is trying to escape the Kurjans and now also the Vampires. During her work as a geneticist she discovers that she isn't researching a cure for cancer but something more sinister. Grabbing her research and running is her only option. A race of evil beings called Kurjans are hunting her down for more than her research though. While on the run she discovers another race of beings, the Vampires, enemies of the Kurjans. Unknown to her, one particular vampire wants more than the stolen research; he wants her as his mate. For several centuries Dage Kayrs has dreamed of his mate; her face, her body, her warm embrace. Now he knows she is out there and he is determined to find her. Not only to save her from the Kurjans, but to save himself. As King of the Realm he needs her to complete him. He knows she will be a hard woman to claim, but he is determined to have her anyways. This is the second book in Ms. Zanetti's exciting new series. Her universe of vampires is refreshing and exhilarating. These are probably the most human vampires I have read about. While they have elements of some of my favorite vampires, they are in a class all their own. Both the Vampires and the Kurjans can only be male, so they have to look outside their race to find mates, but only certain females will work. They need females with physic abilities. The Kurjans have developed a virus that attacks the mates of the Vampires. Emma is in a race to find a cure to save both her sister and her unborn nephew. This series has a strong undercurrent of adventure, almost overshadowing the romance. The medical lingo and background does not take away from the general story, but enhances it. Ms. Zanetti has developed an engaging and exciting new world. The males in this series are a hard group to love. They are extremely alpha and exasperating at times. Their raw masculinity and power draw you in and holds on tight. Luckily the heroines are just as strong and know how to bring these big brutes to their knees. If you are looking for a new adventure in the paranormal world, look no further then this new series. Fated and Claimed both have heart pounding action and sizzling chemistry, what more can you ask for!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    AMAZING Dage Kayrs, King of the Realm has been dreaming of his


    AMAZING

    Dage Kayrs, King of the Realm has been dreaming of his mate for 200 years. He never knew who she was until his brother Talen found his mate, Cara. It was then that Dage discovered Cara's older sister Emma is the woman he's been dreaming of.

    Emma Paulson has visions while she dreams. She has been dreaming of Dage for years and is already in love with him from the visions she'd had of him in his past. She's gotten to know a lot about the King of the Realm but she is determined to keep her distance from him because Emma had a vision of her death and she knows her death would destroy Dage if they were to become mated. But Dage, like all the Kayrs brothers does not like the word no and is determined to claim Emma as his.

    When Claimed begins, Emma is on the run from the Kurjan's and was just captured by them. While traveling on a helicopter, Dage traces in and rescues Emma and takes her back to the Kayrs compound. Dage is determined to claim Emma and mark her as his and Emma is just as determined to never let that happen. But Dage and Emma both have their hands full. The virus that the Kurjans created has now infected Cara and a few others and Emma needs to find a cure fast. The virus undoes the mating process. It will remove the mark and the bond of the mates and then turn the female human again. And with Cara being pregnant, being human again means losing the baby because a human female cannot carry a vampire baby.

    We also see a lot of Janie and Zane. Let me just say I LOVE Janie and Zane and I am DYING for them to get their book. For a 4 year old, Janie is much wiser than her age and has incredible abilities which we get to see more of in this book. We also learn that Janie's birth has been prophesied and she has a big destiny to fulfill and Zane is also part of that destiny. :-) Can't wait to read more about them.

    After certain events in Claimed and at the conclusion of this book, Connlan Kayrs has decided to go to Ireland to claim his mate and protect her. The events that happened in Claimed, lead up to the start of their book, HUNTED, which will be released April 24, 2012. Conn's Mate, Moira is a very powerful witch from Ireland and she is determined to remove Conn's mark. Conn is going to have his hands full with Moira and I can't wait to read their story .

    I fell in love with the Dark Protectors series when "Fated" was released in 2011. The Kayrs brothers are dominant Alphas to their core and being the Royal Family just makes it worse. They are not used to being told no and it's funny to see them trying to control their strong independent mates who hate to be controlled. I highly recommend this series. You can read the books as a standalone but I do recommend reading from the beginning of the series because you don't want to miss out on any of the yummy Kayrs brothers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Loved!

    As soon as one booknis done in the series I am already purchasing the next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

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    Book 2 in a series

    Rebecca Zanetti introduced the world of her Dark Protector series in book one, Fated. I did not read that book and it was detrimental to my enjoyment of Claimed, which is book two in the series. I was confused from page one because the story begins in the middle of an action scene that I’m assuming began toward the end of book one.

    I eventually caught up with the action, but I never really connected with the heroine, Emma. There is a reason for that. Emma has been dreaming of her death for years. She wants to avoid it and works hard to combat her future relationship with Dage in hopes of preventing her predestined future from occurring. Her behavior was nerve-wracking and irritating and killed the compassion I had for her.

    Dage, Emma’s hero, is the ultimate alpha vampire. He is all about protecting his woman and God help any being who gets in his way. Dage also has the welfare of the Realm to consider. (Consider him as king of the good vampires.) Every one of his actions is calculated, but he cannot calculate everything—like the love and sexual attraction he feels for his mate. The woman he’s been waiting for over 300 years.

    There are several things taking place in Claimed. It’s first and foremost a love story. People who read the first book will be pleased to know it includes an update on the romance introduced in Fated. It also continues an overall story arc involving Emma’s niece and book one’s daughter. Most interesting is the blistering sex. Whew, it’s good stuff.

    Claimed is extremely erotic. It is a continuation of a plot introduced in the book Fated and leaves several plot lines open to be explored in future books. A novella, Tempted, will be released in March 2012, and book three, Hunted, will be released in May 2012. According to Zanetti’s website there are five full length novels and one short story scheduled for the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Zanetti has done it again. I Loved this book! Riveting from the beginning & just kept on getting better! You Will Not Be Disappointed!!!

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  • Posted November 13, 2011

    Excellent!

    Emma Paulsen is a genetic scientist, a seer of the future, and a possessor of the 3 Bs ¿ brains, beauty and bravery. She¿s more than a match for Dage Kayrs, King of the Realm, 300+-yr-old vampire and wielder of several known (visions, teleportation, controller of the elements) and unknown powers. This story picks up where Fated left off. Emma has been kidnapped by the Kurjans and is on her way to be forced to mate with their new leader. Dage has no intention of letting that happen because Emma is his destined mate and Queen to his King. As she¿s trying to figure out a way to escape a Black Hawk helicopter he tracks her down, rescues her and takes her back with him. Being a vampire with special powers sure comes in handy. A lab is acquired for her and Dage¿s brother, Kane, to do research to counteract some nasty viruses the evil Kurjans have spent the last hundred years developing. Several of their people are infected and it¿s a race against time while they try to find a cure, find the spy in their midst and fight the Kurjans. Plus, avert a possible war with the Demons. And a possible war with the Irish Coven when Conn, Dage¿s brother, goes to Ireland to claim his mate. Just another day in the life of the King of the Realm. The Kayrs brothers are definitely HOT, their mates are no simpering misses, the action is fast-paced, the characters well-formed, the love scenes smokin¿, the fight scenes action-packed without being overly long and tedious (as some tend to be) and the mystery is compelling.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    Readers will enjoy the romantic urban fantasy

    Geneticist Emma Paulsen has always protected her empath sister plant physiologist Dr. Cara Paulsen and her four years old niece child Janie. However, Emma lost that role to vampire warrior Talen Kayrs (see Fated) though she still seeks a cure to save her infected sibling and unborn nephew.

    Talen's brother Dage, King of the Realm, wants Emma as his mate. He has waited centuries for her and has no patience when she rejects his mark. To her chagrin, Emma is attracted to the ultimate chauvinist, but rejects his bossy attitude. Meanwhile the enemies of the vampires,, the Kurjans, wants her research and are willing to kill the innocent to obtain it.

    Although Dage's bullying abuse adds realism as he is not a sensual vampire but instead someone used to getting his way, readers will dislike him. Still the story line is action-packed and the sex scenes heated as Dage's only success with Emma resides in the bedroom. Readers will enjoy the romantic urban fantasy but outside of the mark subplot, no major threads are climaxed.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Dr. Emma Paulsen, a brillant geneticist, is used to running to p

    Dr. Emma Paulsen, a brillant geneticist, is used to running to protect her family from danger. Emma has for years from visions of the future that included silver eyed man and explosions leading to her death. Kurjans want the mates of Vampires for themselves creating a virus and catalyst to ensure this completely. Dage Kayr is King of the Realm, has been waiting three centuries for his mate and isn't going to let her stubborn ways get in the way of their true happiness. There is a traitor amongst them no telling what information has been traded. Emma and Kane are feverishly working on a way to stop the virus and catalyst with little success so far. Conn's mate Moira, a powerful witch, made hold the key to curing the virus and stopping the catalyst too. Dage is trying to hold the kingdom together but lately he cares little for diplomacy or politics. He'd much rather spend time with his mate. Is there a cure for the virus and catalyst? Will Kurjans be stopped? Who is the traitor? Will Emma admit she loves Dage? Can Moira help? Your answers await you in Claimed.




    This series is just beginning to heat up in it's war with Kurjans. Dage's need for Emma is all about balance. Both have visions of the future but neither is willing to share their information with the other one. Hints as to what prophecy is beginning to show through the story arc. Looking forward to the next book in the series.  

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    Just keeps getting better!  If other readers out there are anyt

    Just keeps getting better! 

    If other readers out there are anything like me, you always want to see the self- sacrificing, “don’t f**k with me, I am the leader here”, King of the Realm, taken to his knees by a sassy, “don’t tell me what to do, or I’ll kick your butt”, woman!
    NO....oh well, I do! 
    And this story is all that and a whole lot more! While the war is heating up and mates are at risk, the ruler and oldest Kayrs brother will be blindsided by the one thing he can’t control – fate!
    Hold onto your seats, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride; but a whole lot of delicious Vampire male may just make submitting worth it! 

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    Since I¿m starting to sound like a broken record concerning Rebe

    Since I’m starting to sound like a broken record concerning Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, I’ll most likely make this my last review and just rate the rest as I read them. CLAIMED is my favorite in the series so far. I loved Emma, and Dage is a hero to die for. Ms. Zanetti’s witty dialogue and sense of humor between the characters makes the book a fun, exciting read.

    What I truly admire about Ms. Zanetti’s style is that she introduces secondary characters gradually, but integrates them in such a way that by the next book, I’m eager to read more about these well fleshed out personalities. That’s talent, and what a great way to hook the reader on the next book…like me!

    CLAIMED, just another great book by a great author.

    Focused. Strong. True.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    Since I'm starting to sound like a broken record concerning Rebe

    Since I'm starting to sound like a broken record concerning Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, I’ll most likely make this my last review and just rate the rest as I read them. CLAIMED is my favorite in the series so far. I loved Emma, and Dage is a hero to die for. Ms. Zanetti’s witty dialogue and sense of humor between the characters makes the book a fun, exciting read.

    What I truly admire about Ms. Zanetti’s style is that she introduces secondary characters gradually, but integrates them in such a way that by the next book, I’m eager to read more about these well fleshed out personalities. That’s talent, and what a great way to hook the reader on the next book…like me!

    CLAIMED, just another great book by a great author.

    Focused. Strong. True.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    Truely am enjoying this series and highly recommend it to all wh

    Truely am enjoying this series and highly recommend it to all who enjoy paranormal romances that include mystery and adventure. Can't put them down, just bought the next 3 books in the series.I recommend reading them in order due to the developing back story. Fated, Claimed, Tempted, Hunted, Consumed, Provoked, Twisted and Shadowed are all available now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Emma's story

    Good story...Emma is strong as is Dage, who is an Alpha male.Yes, he is over bearing and arrogant, but he also loves deeply and protects those he loves. Emma is more than his match. And Janie is still the puzzle piece that keeps you wanting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Dawne

    Well it started off good, Emma was not about to be broken, but that didn't last long. I don't understand why this author finds it necessary to have demanding unwavering men in her books. Each book the man demands OR forces "his" woman into submission, and in the end she just jumps rope and goes along with it. It makes me want to throw up the way these women of the 21st century just go along with being forced to do as the man wants. I really thought after reading the preview that we had a woman who stood up for herself, but almost immediately she was following "His Rules". I guess the book was ok if you like demanding, overbearing men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Loved,Loved,Loved this series

    What great characters and wow!!the push and pull between the King and Queen. A great new slant on vampires and the future.

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    Hot series

    Intrigue,vampire/shifter hot Alpha males, and strong women. Very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Another great book!

    Can't get enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Dage is top 3 sexiest vampire...books or tv...

    Some stories just put others to sleep. This is one of them.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    love love this series.Rebecca Zanetti has the best series out th

    love love this series.Rebecca Zanetti has the best series out there.you need to read the whole series.won't be disappointed.

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