Fated [NOOK Book]

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MARRY ME

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem . . .

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Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and ...

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Overview

MARRY ME

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem . . .

OR ELSE

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758267825
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Dark Protectors Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 35,726
  • File size: 3 MB

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Fated


By REBECCA ZANETTI

BRAVA BOOKS

Copyright © 2010 Rebecca Zanetti
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-5923-3


Chapter One

"Mama! Mama, wake up." Tiny hands clutched at Cara's worn nightshirt, shaking with all their might.

Cara's eyes flew open, and her heart hitched in her chest. Terrified blue eyes speared her through the dusk of the morning. The little girl must have had another nightmare. "Janie, sweetheart, what?"

"They're coming. They're coming now, the bad men. We have to run." Janie's breath came in sharp gasps before she let out a high-pitched sob.

Cara shook her head, reaching out to enfold her daughter in a hug. She slowed her own breathing, the need to comfort her child overwhelming her. Poor Janie. Not another nightmare. She reached for her reading glasses on the table only to realize she'd fallen asleep with them on. Again. The newest edition of Botanical Magazine hadn't been the barn-burner she'd expected.

She smoothed Janie's hair down while silence echoed around them. Now more than ever, she wished Simon had lived, maybe he could have soothed their daughter's fears. She flipped on the antique pink Depression glass lamp. "It's okay, sweetheart. I'm sure it was just a bad drea—"

A loud crash came from the other room and Cara yelped. The sound of splintering wood propelled her to action. She leapt from the bed, yanked Janie into her arms, and sprinted for the master bath, barely missing the potted fern in the corner. Her heart slamming against her ribs, she locked the door and rushed toward the small window. She failed to unlock it before the thin door burst open behind her.

A broad hand stopped the door from clanging against the wall. At least six and a half feet of muscle-packed male filled the doorway.

With a cry, she dropped Janie to her feet and dodged in front of the four-year-old. The air caught in her throat and her ears started to ring as adrenaline spiked through her blood. This was not happening. She yanked her head to the side and forced herself to accept the situation. Accept that she needed to fight. She dragged oxygen into her tight lungs and searched the tiled counter for a weapon—her tweezers probably wouldn't harm anybody.

She pushed Janie back against the wall. Retreating a step, she held one hand out to ward off the threat. His size made her gulp. Brown eyes raked her from his hard cut face, and raven black hair reached his collar with a freedom that disavowed any ties to the military—although he wore the requisite flack boots and dark jeans under a bulletproof vest. She'd seen the gear on a Discovery Channel special about soldiers.

The energy emanating from him stole her breath.

"Get out," she said, shielding her child. Trying to shield herself from the feelings he threw at her. Anger, passion, and urgency all swirled together, mixing with her own panic and making her light-headed. Her knees wobbled, and her head began to ache. She usually blocked better than this. Or maybe his emotions were just that strong.

"We need to go." His tone was water over sharp rocks, as if he was trying to gentle a naturally rough voice. Then his eyes dropped to her faded nightshirt to see the image of Einstein surrounded by shopping bags—"Quantum Shopping." His top lip quirked up and a dimple winked. Her heartbeat slowed in response. Then he stalked a step closer, his hands at his sides, and her gaze flew to the gun on his hip, to the several knives secured in his vest.

Her heart leapt back into action. "You have the wrong house." She glared up at his implacable face—a face cut from granite with a jaw made to take a punch. She'd have to jump to even come close.

The scent of spiced pine and male infused the room.

He shook his head. A pit the size of a large rock settled in her stomach as adrenaline slammed the room into sharp focus. Her breath came in short pants, and her scientific mind sought an answer. A way to take his massive frame down. She stamped down on the rising panic when nothing came to mind, and again searched for a weapon, spotting the tiny Fittonia "White Anne" in the terra-cotta planter. She couldn't throw Annie at the man; the plant would never survive.

The intruder took another step to peer over her shoulder. "It will be okay. We have to go." His large hand encircled Cara's bicep before dragging her into the bedroom. Fear seized her vocal cords for a moment, and her mind scattered. Should she tell Janie to run? Could she slow him down long enough?

Then, with a muffled curse, he dropped her arm. A low growl emanated from him as he peered at his hand. He wiped it on his pant leg and grabbed her again. What had been on her shirt?

The phone near the bed caught her eye, and she lunged for it. He jerked her back, his hand warm and firm on her arm. Cara dug her feet into the carpet but their forward momentum didn't slow, so she tried to yank away as he pulled her toward a basket of clothes at the foot of the bed.

"Janie, follow us," he tossed over his shoulder.

Cara coughed out air. He knew Janie's name. This wasn't random. Fear choked her again. "How do you know her name?"

He pivoted until she smacked flush against him. Heat filled her, surrounded her. His hands settled on her arms, and his determination and intent beat at her. Damn it. She couldn't block him—she sucked as an empath. Then he lowered his head.

"I know both of your names, Cara. Listen. My name is Talen Kayrs, and I won't hurt you. I'm here to help." Determined eyes captured her while he gave her a moment. "Take a deep breath. I can feel your power. You can find the truth here. You know I won't hurt you." His voice rumbled low. Soothing.

Her body softened from his tone even as her mind rebelled. Her breathing evened out. Danger radiated out of the man, but she could sense no intention to harm her. Or Janie.

Janie tugged on her waist. "It's okay, Mama. We have to go. They're coming."

Cara stepped to the side and nodded. "Fine. We'll leave. We can follow you." If she could just get Janie to the car—

He grinned, flashing even white teeth. "You can't lie worth spit. You have one minute to throw on clothes." The sound of his rough voice shot nerve endings alive through her skin. But not from fear. He turned toward the door.

"No." She again tried to wrench away while her body tingled where it met his.

"Then you go in your pajamas." He grabbed the basket of clothes in his other arm while he towed her into the hallway. "Keep up, Janie." The little girl stumbled behind, keeping her hands glued to Cara's waist.

"Wait, no, Mama," Janie cried out, pulling on her mother. "I need Mr. Mullet." Her voice rose to a shrill sob.

Talen whirled around and squinted over Cara's shoulder. "Mr. Mullet?" He eyed the living room entrance and then focused on the little girl.

Cara pressed a hand against his chest, settling her stance to protect her child. "Mr. Mullet is her stuffed bear—she doesn't go anywhere without him." If Janie could leave the room, Cara could really fight.

Talen raised an eyebrow, his gaze thoughtful. "Hurry, Janie. Get the bear—we have to go."

Quick as a flash, Janie darted from the room. Dark eyes met Cara's and she wavered, then shot her knee upward to his groin, simultaneously punching her fist toward his face with a fierce grunt.

He shifted, allowing her knee to connect to the muscle of his upper thigh while his arm shot out to stop her punch. His broad hand enclosed her fist inches away from his chin, and the slap of skin on skin echoed around the room. The basket of clothes remained safe in his free arm.

Pain lanced through her leg, and fear cascaded down her spine. Panting out breath, she waited for retaliation. If he hit her, he'd knock her out. What about Janie?

Talen tilted his head to the side, his hand warm around hers. "Is your leg all right?"

He asked about her leg? Seriously? She'd just tried to turn him into a eunuch. "Fine," she hissed through her teeth.

"Hmmm," he said, twisting his hand to grasp her wrist and yank her into the living room. "You might want to work on not broadcasting your intent with those pretty blue eyes next time." Mere politeness colored his tone, not an ounce of anger to be found.

Cara stumbled, truly off balance for the first time that evening.

"I got him, Mama," Janie chirped, running into the room with the stuffed bear and her worn blankie. "We can go now."

The front door hung drunkenly split in two. At the sight, Cara began to struggle again. With an exasperated sigh, Talen dropped the basket of clothes, shifted her to the side, and lifted Janie into his arms.

"No!" Cara cried out, reaching for her daughter before pounding on his broad back. Pure instinct moved her to protect Janie, and rage choked her as she beat on his dark vest.

"Get the clothes and move it," he growled over his shoulder. He crossed the front porch, heading toward a black Hummer idling at the curb.

Cara threw herself against the man holding her child, knocking over the basket. Clothes scattered across the wooden planks.

"Let her go, you bastard!"

He may not intend harm, but he had no right to kidnap them. She clutched one arm around his massive neck as her knees dug into his spine. She jerked hard against his windpipe. A rush of anger slammed through her body, pushing out the fear.

Even with her struggling on his back, his long strides continued toward the vehicle unhampered. He yanked open the rear door, placed Janie in a booster seat, and buckled her in with quick motions. Cara moved to jump off him, only to have him close the door, grab her arm, and pull her around. Two strong hands held her aloft. Hard steel met her backside when he stepped into her, his face lowering to hers. "Stop fighting me."

His strength was unbelievable. Her own vulnerability beat into her as she realized her nightshirt had risen to reveal pale pink panties. The cool night air rushed across her bare legs. Dark denim scratched the tender skin of her inner thighs, and she opened her mouth to scream.

One swift movement and his mouth covered hers. Hot, firm, and somehow restrained. The effort of his restraint belted into her. He fought to control himself. Heat slammed through her. A roaring filled her ears and her breath hitched. Her heart slowed, and time stopped. For a brief moment, his heartbeat echoed throughout her body to a spot below her stomach.

He growled low and his mouth moved over hers, no longer silencing her, but tasting. Exploring. One thick arm swept around her waist and pulled her into him; the other lifted to tangle a hand in her hair. He tugged, angled her head more to the side. He went deeper.

She moaned as his tongue met hers. He explored her mouth like he owned it. For a moment, he did. She forgot everything. There were only his lips on hers, demanding. Promising. His heat warmed her as she returned his kiss, pushing closer into his hard body, forgetting reality.

Pure strength surrounded her. Hot. Dangerous. Tempting. Then a bird screeched high above and awareness crashed into her.

She jerked her head back, her lips tingling, her mind spinning. Deep brown eyes kept her gaze. His arm tightened around her waist while he raised his head farther.

"Don't scream." His voice had deepened to something guttural, something that added to the fluttering in her lower stomach.

"Mama?" Janie's voice wavered from inside the vehicle.

"She can't see us—I have the privacy screens up," Talen murmured.

Great. So no one could see in, either. Smart kidnapper.

"Tell her it's all right." He released Cara's hair to allow space between them.

"No. Let us go." Reality cascaded back with the coldness of his moving away. What had she done? She brought her elbow down on his collarbone. Hard. A shaft of pain shot up her arm, and her eyes widened. How did that not injure him?

He grinned, amusement softening his hard mouth. Releasing her, he yanked open the passenger side door and lifted her inside, snapping the seat belt before she could blink. Then his face was in hers again. "Undo this belt and I'll bind you."

The door slammed, and he was back in the car before she drew another breath. His words should have frightened her. But instead, fury threatened to explode out of her. She tamped down on it with a scientist's mind—she'd get out of this.

With a screech of tires, he pulled the Hummer into the quiet street. She searched frantically for some type of weapon. Mere minutes had passed since Janie had awoken her—they were taken so quickly, nobody would even know they were gone. She flashed her gaze toward the now silent man. The early light of dawn filtered through the tinted windows and danced across the hard planes of his face. She studied him, searching for a weakness. Any weakness.

"Janie, you'll be safe soon." Kindness wove through his words.

Cara swung her head around. "It's going to be okay, Janie," she whispered to her daughter, fighting tears.

Janie, her blue eyes sparkling, grinned back. "I know, Mama. I knew Talen was coming." "You did?"

"Yeah. I dreamed about him. But I didn't know when." Grinning, she clutched her worn teddy bear to her chest, snuggling her nose into his fluffy hair.

Cara faced the front, her mind whirling. She was in the middle of an experiment at work—she needed to be there tomorrow. What if she rolled down the window and screamed? Would anybody hear?

"I'm not going to hurt you, Cara." He entered the empty highway.

She worried her lip with her teeth. Miss Kimmie would be the first to know they were gone when Janie didn't show up for preschool tomorrow. She'd call someone, right? Or just assume Janie was home sick with the stomach virus going around the class? "So how about you let us go, um, Talen?" She wondered if he were crazy, if she could somehow reason with him.

He flashed her a glance at the use of his name and heat rushed to her face. "I can't let you go."

Nope, no reasoning with him. "Why not?" She slid her hand down to her belt buckle.

"I wasn't kidding about binding you." His warning rumbled through the small space. She jerked her hand back to her lap. "You're in danger, more than you can understand right now."

Oh, she understood all right. She straightened in her seat when he exited the highway at the edge of Mercy Lake, her safe little town on the outskirts of Boston. Her stomach dropped as she realized there was only one place they could be going. "You're taking us to the private airport?"

"Yes."

"Why?" The exclusive airport was used only for corporate jets and small water planes.

"Because that's where the plane is." His tone didn't invite further discussion.

"I can't fly somewhere in my nightshirt." The comment slipped out before she could stop herself.

He turned in surprise, flashing a smile that did odd things to her belly. Man, she was losing it. "I told you to bring the basket of clothes."

"Listen," she tried reasoning with him again. "Let us go, and we won't tell anybody. I promise."

"I appreciate that," Talen said dryly. "But I told you I can't. You're in danger."

"Right. Danger." Dread pooled in her stomach as they rolled to a stop before a sleek silver jet. He switched off the ignition and silence echoed throughout the space. He turned to her, raising an eyebrow.

"Are we going to have a problem getting on the plane?"

"We are not getting on that plane." She needed to get Janie out of the car so they could run for help. She unsnapped her belt.

A hand on her arm and one at her hip easily lifted her over the console to settle on his lap where her ass briefly rested against the hard ridge of a well-built man. Another smooth motion and they were outside the vehicle with her cradled in his arms. His broad hand had protected her head from the steel carriage, even as she fought his hold.

She jammed an elbow into his ribs.

His face dipped to confront hers. "Cara. Enough. I doubt you want your daughter to see you slung over my shoulder being carried onto the plane. Flashing those pretty pink panties."

Cara gaped at him, her breath coming in short gasps. He took advantage of the reprieve to drop her to her feet and open the rear door. "Unbuckle Janie."

His warm body trapped her in place; she had no choice but to unbuckle her daughter. She lifted Janie up and small arms clutched her neck. "They're still coming," Janie whispered.

"I feel them, too," Talen said, his breath stirring her hair. One hand enclosed her arm in a vise. "Let's get out of here." He slammed the door shut.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Fated by REBECCA ZANETTI Copyright © 2010 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2011

    Over the top on the male dominance

    I found this book to have a good plot line,especially about the genetics part of the plot, but was put off by all of the male dominance thing. There were a few times I thought the sex sounded more like rape, and I am far from prudish. I just have a problem with domestic violence, and this seemed to get just a little too close to that subject for my taste. The phrase, "her core" was used way too much. If you are going to write sex scenes, you might want to expand on your vocabulary.

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Rebecca Zanetti provides an entertaining engaging paranormal romance

    Plant physiologist Dr. Cara Paulsen is an empath raising her four years old child Janie by herself. The botanist will do anything to keep her beloved Janie, who has psychic skills, safe.

    When stranger Talen Kayrs introduces himself, he insists he is protecting her and Janie. She assumes he is a lunatic, but Janie reassures her that he is legitimate. He also demands she marry him so his family will be obligated to protect both of the Paulsen's as the Kurjans want females with special skills especially Janie. Extremely reluctant though Janie says otherwise, Cara refuses initially to marry him when she realizes the visitor is a three-century old vampire though his touch lights her on fire with desire.

    Although the incongruous basis for the triangle relationship is over the top, readers will quickly ignore the opening encounters as talented Rebecca Zanetti provides an entertaining engaging paranormal romance. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate the efforts of the hero and the mommy, who as they fall in love, risk their lives to keep her gifted toddler safe from a nasty group who has long term eugenic plans for young females with special skills.

    Harriet Klausner

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Another twist on Vampires and the Paranormal

    Fated--another new twist in the Vampire world. I would define it as alpha male (extreme), heavy on the sex (big plus), and entertaining. I really liked this new take on vampires and mythology. It's a dark tale, where genetics are used to explain the differences in the races. Talen is a dangerously hot hero, one of those Alpha males you want to kick and get naked with all at once. Zanetti has created some intriguing characters and history. The Kayrs family sucked me right in--lots of big, bad vamps to develop there. I thoroughly enjoyed how the brothers had taken to their new niece. This is a book not to miss. It has great action, wonderfully hot, steamy sex and some surprising humor. When Talen said, "You want a taming, little one?" I about died. The characters are richly drawn...and did I mention the steamy sex? Smoking hot! If you're a smart-aleck, if you like steam and Alpha males, you're going to love this book. It's part Sookie Stackhouse Novels, part "Taming of The Shrew", part "9 1/2 Weeks". Be ready for a wild ride!!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 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

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Absolutely terrific new series!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first book in Zanetti's new Realm series. I was caught up from the first sentence, and couldn't put it down. I love the world she built and thought the character development was very good.

    Since there are more than three brothers, plus numerous secondary characters, that would be perfect for their own stories, I hope to see many more books by Rebecca Zanetti set in the Realm world.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2011

    Excellent new series!

    Cara Paulsen and her four-yr-old daughter Janie are humans with special abilities. Cara is an empath and Janie sees the future. Talen Kayrs, Protector of the Realm and a member of the royal family, is a 300-yr-old vampire sent to protect them from a species similar to his called the Kurjans. Each species has their strengths and weaknesses as well as genetic characteristics specific to their species. From the start of this book it¿s been action, action, action as Talen tries to keep Cara and Janie safe and out of the Kurjans hands. With the attempt to take Cara and Janie the Kurjans have started another war after 200 years of peace and things are going to get messy as the vampires plan raids on Kurjan research facilities and Kurjans strike back at vampire strongholds. Oh, did I forget to mention the nasty genetic manipulation experiments the Kurjans have been doing? Hence the reason for raiding research facilities as they steal research material in an attempt to discover what the Kurjans have been doing for the last few hundred years. It¿s not curing cancer, I can tell you that. The Kayrs brothers are HOT, Cara is no wimpy heroine, Janie is a cutie and we get a glimpse of Cara¿s sister Emma, also a seer of the future and no slouch herself when it comes to the three B¿s ¿ brains, bravery and beauty. We meet a shifter and his Pride and learn there are other supernaturals out there who ally themselves with one side or the other. I love this world Rebecca Zanetti has created. I love her sexy heroes and the women they call mate. I love the fast-paced action, the well-fleshed characters, the zippy, snippy, snarky conversation, the hot, hot love scenes and a special four-yr-old who has big bad scary vampires wrapped around her tiny fingers.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Hard to like the heroine

    I loved every aspect of this book except for the heroine, Cara. Although she's a scientist and described as logical, she continually puts herself in dangerous situations to the point I didn't care what her fate was. The writer made her almost too stupid to live. She's like the stupid coed who opens the door without checking first even though she's just received a phone call threatening her life. It was extremely aggravating to go through one folly of her own making after another.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

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    I read a novella in the series (Tempted) and enjoyed it enough t

    I read a novella in the series (Tempted) and enjoyed it enough that I wanted to pick up the first book of the series.  So, finally I sat down to read Fated.  It was disappointment almost from the beginning.   From the start you have the sense that although Cara is supposed to be very smart, she is really a complete idiot.  This book seems to be an effort to prove over and over that Cara is  a complete moron.  She's silly and double minded.   One minute she wants to run, and the next she wants to have sex with him.  None of it makes sense. 




    Talen, is an over the top alpha male who really was a bully at several times.  I think there is a fine line between being an alpha male (which I love) and being a bully (which I detest).   




    Over all, the book felt like an over done compilation of elements very well done in better books.  Will I enjoyed Tempted enough to give Fated a chance, I disliked Fated enough to give up on the whole series.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    VERY GOOD READ!!

    I had to give this book five stars, especially since it is the author's first book! I read it straight through, unable to put it down. I am only sad that I have to wait 2 whole months before I can get my hands on "CLAIMED". This second book of the series should be a doozy as I believe it is the story of two of the characters who had just met at the ending. I can hardly wait!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

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    Had me at Page 2

    This story starts off with a bang and had me drawn in right from the beginning. The characters were well written and the plot was enjoyable. Couldn't put it down. Enough side plots and well written minor characters that have me waiting to see what happens next. Her next book Claimed comes out in the Fall which features Emma and Dage, both of whom you get to meet in Fated, and I, for one, can't wait to see how their story plays out. Other subplots that left me wanting more include the daughter, Janie, the shifters, the other vampire brothers. Looking forward to more books. I can see this being one of my next favorite series.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Highly recommend! - a must read

    Very much enjoyed this book. It has a great story and wonderful characters. It starts off strong and just keeps going until the end. It leaves you wanting to start the next book in the series right away...which is exactly what I did!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Harriet klausner

    Here she goes again with her cliff note book report. Please bn. Cant you do something about this plot spoiler? She consistently ruins every book she so calks review by revealing the entire story line including the ending. Please ban her and delete all her plot spoiling posts, please.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    To be fair, I only made it a quarter of the way through. The pro

    To be fair, I only made it a quarter of the way through. The prose wasn't engaging, the dialogue was beyond stilted at times, I didn't care for the characters, and seriously, a HAND PRINT mark? And honestly, the hero can paralyze (some) of the bad guys with a thought, but fights them anyway. Until he doesn't want to any more, then he freezes them and kills them. Because otherwise the fight scenes are totally unnecessary, and who wouldn't want more fight scenes where a "dark blur" keeps coming to save the heroine? I threw my hands up at that point and admitted defeat.

    I was in the mood for a slightly cracky read. This seemed to fit the bill at first, but then it just became too much. A total PNR bodice-ripper, you know, if there were bodices. Not my cuppa, unfortunately.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    You must check this book out!

    First of all, the story is really unique. Love the premise. Second, Rebecca Zanetti's writing is stellar. I read the story in one day. Each chapter kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more and more. I must warn whoever picks up this book-it contains some steamy scenes. She reminds me of Gena Showalter. Steamy writing, but great stories, great characters, and great writing! I just loved Talen. He's a complex character. Really rough and harsh, yet has a tender side, too. That's my favorite. Rebecca wrote him really well. I just couldn't wait to see what he'd do next. I'm really looking forward to the next book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    The excellent beginning of a dark, paranormal, and sexy saga.

    In the world of Fated among the inhabitant of the Realm, there are two contending vampiric races, the Kayrs and the Kurjus. The Kayrs are honorable brave warriors, while the Kurjus are sadistic bloodthirsty monsters. The vampire species are born male, therefore to breed, they need to pick their mates from the human female population. Preferably, gifted females who could help with their never-ending feud. The Kurjus discover Cara and Janie psychic abilities, and resolve to mate the single mother and her daughter to their leadership. Talen is a Kayrs leader, who rescues Cara and Janie just before the Kurjus took them. Talen's permanent way to protect them is making Cara his wife. A fate he welcomes as he realizes Cara is his destined mate. Talen has all the arrogance of the royalty he is. Cara's sees his rescuing as kidnapping and she doesn't want to hear anything about mating him. Eventually, she would take the passion he offers, and the protection in her daughter's behalf. However, Talen wants Cara's heart as well. Their union officially breaks a peace treaty forbidding any contact with humans. The Kurjus never respected the treaty, but now the sanguineous war between the Kayrs and the Kurjus starts again. The first ten chapters of Fated are homage to many fated-mate books. It has the fate symbol, the irresistible attraction, the bite, the telepathy, even the branding. And the coerced seduction scene, in spite of the fact that Talen asks for Cara's consent before consummating the act, it's still forceful. It would have been better, if we had witnessed as they fall in love with each other, before the mating routine. This is the main reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five. Fated is action-packed and there are parts where it gets really bloody. The fights are explicit and Talen is vicious during the battles. While Cara often uses expletives to utter her frustration and acts like she is in complete denial of her new reality. Besides, when I read Fated, I had the feeling of reading two different books at the same time. One, from the first chapter up to chapter ten, and another, from chapter eleven until the end. Rebecca Zanetti's fantastic storytelling begins after chapter eleven. Most books usually have the best in the first chapters, Fated it's exactly the opposite. If you start reading Fated and you feel like giving it up, please keep going, it's a phenomenal reading. Talen goes from dominant male to caring sexy hero and the steamy sex scenes between Cara and him, become deeply emotional. I liked very much Fated's world-building, and the great secondary characters who will eventually have their own books. These are among my favorites: Jordan and Katie, Talen's shape-shifting friends. Cara's sister, Emma, who shares the trauma of an abusive father with Cara. Talen's brothers, particularly Dage, (the next book - Claimed, is his story with Emma). Zane, Janie's friend with who she only communicates during her dreams. All interesting well-developed characters, whose stories I cannot wait to read. In all, Fated is a great debut novel!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    It was okay, a quick read. But I wouldn't necessarily recommend

    It was okay, a quick read. But I wouldn't necessarily recommend it by any means. The sex gets repetitive QUICK. And I got sick of the words "mate" and "core" before the end of the book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Absolutely Breathtaking

    I love this book!! A must read. A beautiful love story of fierce protectiveness and passion. I could not put the book down! I simply cannot wait for the follow up of Dage's story in Claimed! November cannot come any faster. Loved it! Absolutely loved it!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Action packed and steamy, it's a keeper!!!

    Interesting plot, alpha male, and a sassy mate. Action packed, steamy, and interesting. Definitely try it!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    awesome

    this book is a must read very fast paced and lots of hot steamy sex. an awesome new twist on vampires and the paranormal cant wait for the 2nd book to this hot new series

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    EXCITING!!!!!

    Fated is a thrilling, sexy fast-paced paranormal that will leave you wanting more. The characters are sexy and mysterious!! A highly recommended read!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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