Provoked [NOOK Book]

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A TIME FOR WAR . . .

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 . . .

A TIME FOR LOVE . . .

Amber enjoys her ...

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Overview

A TIME FOR WAR . . .

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 . . .

A TIME FOR LOVE . . .

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 . . .

"Hot and fast from beginning to end."

-Kate Douglas on Fated

85,800 Words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601830203
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Dark Protectors , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 22,114
  • File size: 811 KB

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

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    A GraveTells Review: Smart, smokin' hot, & emotionally inten

    A GraveTells Review: Smart, smokin' hot, & emotionally intense!

    Jase Kayrs, the youngest and most care-free brother of the vampire nation's ruling family, has been a captive of the demon army for four years now, and a pacifist, eco-loving Demon Destroyer is his only hope of rescue. Now there's a tough predicament for a vampire wanting to use her as a weapon... unless that vampire is Kane Kayrs, and the logical solution is a union that will result in Kane inheriting his mate's abilities. He'd be able to do the fighting himself and share his empathic abilities with a woman who can use every shred of help defending her brain from the demons hellbent on annihilating it. But marriage and life-long mates should be based in love and happily ever after, or so Amber says, and she is strong and stubborn enough to stand up for what she believes in against even the most brilliant Kayrs brother.

    The Kayrs men are large and in charge, domineering, and genius scientist Kane is no exception. Instead of using his brain as an excuse to be less involved in his romantic overtures, he taps that vast supply of knowledge & intuition and turns it into sheer, dominating pleasure... and I do mean DOMINATING! I thought Conn was hot in Hunted (and he was, don't get me wrong! *fans self*), but Kane is memorable enough that I am still thinking about him 2 weeks and half a dozen books later. Kane Kayrs is an incredibly dedicated lover, and his combination of meticulous attention to detail and raw force of personality makes for some smokin' scenes between him and Amber.

    I absolutely loved Hunted (#3 in the series - it won our Book of the Month award in May 2012), but I think what sets Provoked above even that high standard is the integration of Jase Kayrs' storyline. Jase has a rough time in this book. Four years of mental and physical torture in demon captivity have stolen nearly all his strength and fighting spirit. Even if he does survive, who will he become? The scenes where the Kayrs brothers are dealing with Jase's situation are emotionally powerful, and exactly what the series needed to amp up the intensity as it moves into the final stages of the demon conflict.

    How Ms. Zanetti functions with all these uber sexy, domineering, hot hot HOT men in her head, I have no idea - I'd be a quivering mess of "yes, please, and thank you" just about all the time! Hah! If you haven't started reading the Dark Protectors series, what are you waiting for? Go go go!!

    PS - Amber names her pets after Star Trek characters. Who can resist a heroine like that?!

    Hunted was my first trip through the Dark Protectors universe (book #3 in the series) and I fell in love with Conn, Moira, and all the Kayrs brothers. Consumed was an excellent followup and gave us a glimpse into the leadership of the shifter nation, allies of the vampires. Now with Provoked, the storyline has moved from isolated conflicts and ground-building side plots to a full-on sprint into what is sure to be an explosive next few books. If you have never read a book in this series, now is the time to start, so you can get caught up in the release madness of Ms. Zanetti's brilliantly addicting storytelling and world-weaving! This is not a book or series to be missed and is a new GraveTells Fave!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Ms. Zanetti continues to write a captivating story.

    And then there is Kane Kayrs. HOTNESS!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!

    I loved this book! Absolutely spontaneously wonderful! A must read! Well written Rebecca Zanetti! Well Done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Great Series. Hard to put down once you start.

    Love the Dark Hunter Series! I loose a couple nights of sleep each time a new one comes out. Looking forward to Rebecca's next series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Fantastic!!! Can't wait for the next book!

    Fantastic!!! Can't wait for the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Can' t wait for the next one.

    I really enjoyed Amber and Kane's story but need the next book soon. The book had great action, love and hints of the future book. A great read and left me needing Jace and Zane's stories. Rebecca keep the books coming, I am hooked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    A hot action packed read

    I was pleasently surprised with Kane. He wasnt as emotionless as i presumed and im so glad he finally realized that himself. There is a ton of action going on with the war between the vampires, kurjans, and demons and so much passion it will ignite you on the spot! A definite must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    I LOVE the Kayrs family!

    I am sooo in love with this series! I cant wait for the next book because there were so many unanswered questions about Jase, and the whole Janie, Kalin, and Zane triangle. I highly reccommend this series! You will not be disappointed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    This book was great! I am looking forward to the next book!!!

    This book was great! I am looking forward to the next book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    LOVE this series!! I only wish we knew when the next book would

    LOVE this series!! I only wish we knew when the next book would be coming out... you get to the end of one and you don't want to stop! Something longer than about 260 pages would be wonderful - you just can't get enough of the Karys brothers or their group of "misfits"!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    love her series!

    love her series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

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    Nail biting excitement. Dage Kayrs is the King, Talon is the

    Nail biting excitement.

    Dage Kayrs is the King, Talon is the strategist, Conn is the fighter and Kane Kayrs is the smart brother. So there is no one more upset than Kane that he hasn’t been able to find a cure for the Virus-27 which is plaguing his people and his allies. And why are the inoculations for the shifters suddenly no longer effective? And why after four long years hasn’t he been able to find his brother, Jase, who was captured by the Demons?

    Demons have the ability to torture and cause pain in the mind. Even if they find Jase and rescue him, after four years of physical and mental torture, will there be anything left of the fun-loving Jase that they all love? What they need is a Demon Detroyer who can counter the Demon’s powers, but no Detroyer has been found in decades. The Demons have hunted them all down.

    When a Destroyer is finally located, Kane races to find her only to find out she’s a vegan, pacifist who thinks Kane is absolutely crazy with this talk of demons, vampires, shape-shifters and kurjans. Not only does she think he’s crazy, but she has no intentions in fighting anyone, ever, even if she had any idea what superpowers he is talking about.

    Although Amber is probably the most exasperating woman he has ever met, Kane is convinced that the sensible thing for them to do is mate, then he would share her physic ability and be able to use it as a weapon against the demons. That fact that she can’t see the logic behind his offer is astounding. There is no time for poetry, sonnets or ridiculously <em>love</em>
    in a time of war. Kane can feel that he is running out of time and Kane needs Amber’s cooperation or her power soon if he is going to save his brother.

    Kane isn’t sure what is frustrating him more, his inability to solve all the problems that his people and his allies are facing, his inability to save his brother or the tiny slip of a woman who can’t see the logic of doing things his way.

    But he is right about one thing…time is running out for Jase and if they don’t hurry there may be nothing left of Jase to save…

    THOUGHTS:

    I think I ran out of fingernails halfway through the book and started chewing on my fingers. Oh my God, poor Jase!! When is the next book? When?? I need to know what happens!!

    I love how Amber twists up the stoic and logical Kane. To Kane the logical thing since Amber won’t fight and doesn’t know how to use her powers, would be to mate with him and he would then share her abilities. He could then go save his brother. Amber wants love, especially when you re talking mating forever…forever forever…since they are nearly immortal! Surprisingly the brilliant Kane is absolutely certain that love doesn’t exist, and he can’t seem to make the connection between the feelings he has for his family and how he begins to feel for Amber and label it love.

    I will say that I was so torn up about getting to Jase, that I was distracted by the romance. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, tell her you love her and let’s go!!!!”

    With everything going on with Jase, and Kane and Amber, we see little of Janie. But what we do see is that Janie is growing up and already getting very powerful with her abilities, and in the dream realm where they meet, the tensions between Janie, Zane and Kalin are heating up, and Zane saying “...get ready. I’m coming for you, Janie Belle. Soon!” left me giddy. *he,he,he*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

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    As the fifth installment of the Dark Protectors series begins, t

    As the fifth installment of the Dark Protectors series begins, the war between the Realm and the Kurjans continues to rage on. The Kurjans want Janie Kayrs—Talen's psychic human daughter—because she's been prophesied to change the world, though no one knows how. The demon nation has turned against the Realm because the king, Dage Kayrs, made one of their sworn enemies an ally. Jase—the youngest of the Kayrs brothers—has been captured by the demons and imprisoned under ground in a four-by-six cell made of rock for almost four years, barely surviving starvation and daily physical and mental torture—obscene mind games, often rendering the victim stark crazy and suicidal. He's long since lost the ability to use most of his vampiric gifts—there was a time he could control the elements, but no longer. The Kayrs brothers know they're running out of time to find him. Their only hope is to locate a demon destroyer—a rare and powerful mind warrior—who is willing to help them. 

    Raised by her grandmother after her mother died, Amber Freebird's childhood at the small eco-village where they lived was wonderful but hardly normal. Homeschooled in the small vegan community, she was raised to live as much as she could off the land. Typically, they made enough money to live off the farm by selling vegetables, fruits, and jams in the summer, and Christmas wreaths in the winter. But when her grandmother is kicked in the head by one of their horses and rendered unconscious, Amber takes a job as a waitress in a local bar to pay the expensive hospital bills. Little does she know, though, that her grandmother has been keeping a very big secret from her. 

    Having recognized that her granddaughter's power was exceptional, but deciding that she deserved a decent childhood—one without the craziness of demons, vampires, or the rest—Amber's grandmother chose not to tell her that she was the last in a long line of enhanced females known for their innate human ability to fight demon mind torture.  And using the chants handed down from her great-grandmother’s grandmother she's kept them safe and hidden for years. Until she was rendered unconscious. Now Amber’s powers are no longer being shielded from the world, and she's broadcasting loud enough to bring every supernatural creature from miles away to check her out.

    When the Realm receives news that a possible demon destroyer has been located, Kane Kayrs races off to find her only to discover the beautiful vegan has no idea what she is, much less how to use her gifts to battle demons. As a closet empath—somebody who has fought for years to squash down the ability to read emotions from other people—Kane believes he can teach Amber how to use her gifts by attacking her mind with feelings. But when that doesn't prove to be successful, the rational, logical scientist comes up with a brilliant solution to their dilemma ... he should mate her!

    Kane had always figured he’d mate out of convenience for business, for strategy, or to create an alliance. And this fits. Their mating would solve all their problems, because when vampires mate, they gain the abilities of their mates. So, in time, he would be able to shield from demon tactics, and she’d gain the ability to shield even better considering he can negate any empathic abilities he'd been cursed with. But there's one little problem with his logical plan. Amber isn't interested in mating to gain a strategic advantage. She wants love, emotion and happily-ever-after and she isn't willing to settle for anything less than that.

    “Love is a chemical reaction induced in our brain to encourage propagating the species. The sensation is merely a scientific phenomenon, like the northern lights.”

    Let me start by saying that Provoked wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't quite what I had expected. Most notably, the relationship development between Kane and Amber seemed to take a backseat to the secondary plot involving Jase's imprisonment and torture, which was, frankly, more interesting. I felt much more emotionally invested in what was happening to Jase than to the burgeoning relationship between the hero and heroine in this story. Also, there were certain aspects of Amber's personality I found somewhat annoying. For example, her “Mother Earth” comment was cute the first time, but not so much the fifth time. I had no problem with the fact that she was a vegan—to each his/her own, and all that—but Amber was constantly admonishing others for their choices and trying to convert them to her beliefs. Much like one of those annoying salespersons who comes to your door and won't take No for an answer. And I get that she was a pacifist, but Amber's use of a “soft, comfortable blanket adorned with teddy bears” as a weapon against the demons was laughable in a you've got to be kidding me kind of way. The funny thing was that I didn't actually dislike her. Go figure. Regardless, Provoked is well worth the read for Jase's emotionally heartbreaking story. 

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    Must read series!

    Must read series!!! I can't put the book down. I want more!

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    Beware the loss of self control┬┐┬┐ Kane has been the rational and

    Beware the loss of self control……
    Kane has been the rational and analytical thinker throughout the entire series, with his mind firmly planted in his laboratory and the search for the ever-elusive virus cure. 
    Because of Kane’s nature, we always knew that his destined mate would be totally off the cuff, and blindside this methodical, scientific Vamp and tilt his world of its axis.
    But nobody thought to warn the unsuspecting woman, that this well-ordered, detached man would lack total commonsense, and dare to propose a contract of sorts to secure safety for his people and the rescue of his long lost brother.
    So what will he do, when self-control is lost and emotion rules his world? 
    Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    LOVE THE WHOLE SERIES!!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kane and Amber heat up the pages. I was looking forward to Kane's book and I wasn't disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Loved it!

    My favorite of the series to date. This book is all about good. Good vs evil, good triumphs over everything.
    Of course it was fun to see Kane meet his match. The scientist and his pacifist. A great addition
    to the series.

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

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    Finally catching up on one of my favorite vampire series! I just

    Finally catching up on one of my favorite vampire series! I just happened to stumble across the Dark Protectors series a year or so ago and absolutely fell in love! The world is so developed and I really want to know everything about all of the characters. Ms. Zanetti is a wonderful writer and brings so much passion and depth into her books. I have to admit besides Janie's story, Kane's is the one story I could not wait to read. I love that he is so intellectual and he bares the weight of the world on his shoulders. I wanted to meet the woman who was going to help him through the war they are facing and the disappearance of his brother, Jase. 

    I was so surprised by the choice for Kane's heroine, I was thinking someone more like Emma or strong willed like Cara. But, after the first few pages I knew that Amber was the perfect fit for Kane. She is almost his complete opposite and tilts his world on end. As a pacifist, Amber is against all of the violence that inherently comes of Kane Kayrs' world, but she must learn to fight in order to save her grandmother. It was a little oxymoronic that she is a demon destroyer, and one of few who can protect the vampires against psychic attacks. The development of Amber's powers was quite fun to watch, I loved that she never gave in and stood by her principles and what she believed in. So far in the series I think Amber has come out the most kick ass heroine yet. She may not be as book smart as Kane but she matches his intellect in every way that matters. All of the heroines have had to cope with their mates being uber overprotective, and while Amber does her fair share of coping she also refuses to be anything but Kane's equal. 

    Kane, being an intellect and having experienced more heartbreak than any one person should, does not believe in love. The silly man protecting Amber from demons with passion pouring from him, doesn't believe in love? Well, with Amber's headstrong tendencies you can bet that did not last long :) Although I will give Kane a break, the whole time he's pretending to not fall in love he is also trying to find and save his brother Jase. Kane has never depended on anyone, he has always been the level headed brother. But with all of that responsibility Kane is on the brink of losing his sanity. Enter Amber. She makes him lose control of his passion, yet helps him gain control of the world around him. She is his perfect match but, she also brings out his darker, more intense side that I love to seen in any alpha.

    Provoked holds a great balance of suspense, action and romance. It all blends well together, and I could tell it was not one of those books where the author throws fight scenes and love scenes into any nook and cranny they can fit them into. She tends to be very calculated where her scenes are concerned. I love that Rebecca Zanetti creates her own species in this paranormal world, there are vampires and werewolves, but also shifters and Kurjans. This is an ongoing series and should be read in order, the books revolve around the war between Vampires/Shifters and Kurjans/Demons and at the very middle are Kalin, Janie and Zane. While quite young at the beginning of the series, these three will eventually decide the fate of the world, and I for one cannot wait for that book! It has been building since the very beginning and I get more excited with every hero/heroine that finds their mate. Make sure to check out this series, it is by far on the top of my paranormal favorites list! Twisted (#5.5) is already out and you can expect Shadowed out on October 3rd!

    Happy Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Highly Recommend this series!!! It keeps getting better and better with each book.

    I stumbled across these books while searching for others like it and I am soooo glad that I did. Rebecca Zanetti has captured my attention from the first chapter in FATED. You will not be disappointed in this series. I do recommend that you read the previous books in the series before you read PROVOKED.

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