Alpha's Promise

Alpha's Promise

by Rebecca Zanetti

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Overview

To hell and back . . .

Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen's soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom. One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him. To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that's way too soft.

Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it. Her function is to think-and not feel-until she's touched by a vampire who's nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime . . .

"Spicy romantic interplay; highly recommended."
-Library Journal on Vampire's Faith

"Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast."
-Publishers Weekly on Claimed

"A fast-paced, excitement-filled explosion of action... Zanetti keeps getting better."
- RT Book Reviews on Marked, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516107513
Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Series: Dark Protectors Series , #10
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 43,651
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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CHAPTER 1

Across the windy cemetery, beyond the rows of gravestones, a man leaned against a pine tree and watched her. Even at the distance, the deep blue of his eyes cut through the day. He stood to at least two meters, his chest broad, his legs long. His gaze was almost physical and alight with something that caught her by surprise. A rare tingling, one she'd never been able to explain to herself, much less to anybody else, morphed into an instant headache at the base of her neck.

Dr. Promise Williams shivered and broke eye contact to focus in front of her.

Meager September sunlight glinted off the coffin as it was lowered into the wet earth. The clouds had finally parted and stopped dropping rain on the mourners. She closed her umbrella and tucked it into her overlarge bag, wet grass marring her smart boots.

"It was a nice service. Earlier, I mean," Dr. Mark Brookes said at her side, wiping his thick glasses on a handkerchief. He wore a tailored black suit with a muted tie, his eyes earnest and his thinning hair wet from the earlier rain.

Promise nodded, her stomach aching. The group standing around remained silent with a couple of soft sniffs piercing the quiet. She knew all of the mourners. Six professors, a dean, and two grad students. The earlier service had been packed with students, more faculty, and even the local press. This part of the day was reserved for family.

Dr. Victory Rashad hadn't had any family. Other than the faculty, of course.

The wind picked up, brushing across Promise's face. She shivered. Who did she have? If she died tomorrow, who would attend the burial part of her service? Unwittingly, she looked toward the pine tree.

The man was gone.

Not a surprise. While he'd visited the dead, no doubt he'd just looked over at the assembled group in passing. His focus hadn't been solely on her. She shook her head and tried to dispel the dread she'd been experiencing since the police had found Victory. The woman had been missing for nearly three days before being found. Torn apart.

Who would do such a ghastly thing?

The gears of the lowering device stopped, effectively concluding the burial for the bystanders. "Well." Mark held out an arm, and she naturally slipped her glove into the crook of his elbow. "Would you like to get something to eat?" He turned and assisted her over the uneven ground to their vehicles, parked on the silent road.

"Thanks, but I'd rather go home." She'd attended an Irish wake once where the family members drank into the next day, toasting the dead with stories. A wealth of stories, and all told with love and shouts of laughter. What was it about her world that lent itself to quiet services and no humorous anecdotes? "Thank you, though."

Mark paused at her new compact car and waited for her to unlock the door. "I hadn't realized you and Victory were close."

"We weren't," Promise said quietly, opening the door. The other professor had joined the physics department at the university during summer semester, and so far, even though the school was a month into fall semester, they'd merely politely greeted each other at department meetings. That was it. Maybe a lunch or two in the cafeteria, but she didn't remember the details. "Are we, any of us, close with anybody?"

Mark scratched his chin. "I am. Two brothers, both married with kids. In fact, Mike is having a barbecue this Sunday, probably the last one before winter. I've been meaning to ask you."

"I should probably work." The idea of witnessing a happy family was too much to think about right now. What was wrong with her?

"Okay." He waited until she'd sat before leaning over the open door. "Two dates, and now I'm not sure what's going on." His intelligent brown eyes studied her, while the too-musky scent of his cologne wafted in her face. "I'm thirty-five and don't have time for games, Promise. Are we going out again or not?"

She forced a smile. "No." He was a nice man, but she'd rather work with supersymmetry or cosmological inflation than spend time with him. Of course, who wouldn't? "I think we're better situated as friends."

"Well. I do appreciate your honesty." As he straightened, his tone indicated that he did not, in fact, appreciate the truth. "I'll see you Monday." He shut her door with extra force.

Cripes. Maybe the truth had been a mistake and she should've worked harder to soften her words. Like usual.

She started the engine and pulled away from the curb, winding through the cemetery and wondering about Dr. Rashad. The police hadn't indicated any movement on the case, but Promise felt she should do something. Perhaps she'd call on Monday and request a status update.

She sped up slightly, and her doors locked. Her shoulders relaxed. It had to be a coincidence that Dr. Gary Fissure, a colleague from Great Britain, was also missing. She'd collaborated with him on a paper several years previous.

The wind picked up, and rain splattered against the windshield again. Several roads spread out in different directions. She hadn't been paying close attention when she'd driven in. How stupid of her. So she took the first left, allowing her mind to wander as she drove among the peaceful dead. She flicked on the wipers and turned down another road in the sprawling cemetery.

Suddenly, her passenger door was wrenched open and the damaged lock protested, emitting a screech-popping sound.

A man forced his way inside, rocking the car, and slammed the door. Droplets of rain wettened her leather seats.

She reacted in slow motion. How was this happening? How had he broken the door lock of her new car? Her eyes widened, and she turned her head to fully face him. That quickly, she recognized him. "You were watching me."

"I was." His voice was low and mangled, gritty and surpassing hoarse. Those blue eyes were even darker inside the vehicle.

Adrenaline flooded her, and she finally reacted, slamming on the brakes and reaching for her door. Her seat belt constricted her, but she fought it, silent in her desperate bid to escape him.

He manacled one incredibly strong hand around her arm and yanked her back into place. "Drive."

Her shoulders collided with her seat back, and she opened her mouth to scream. Her headache blasted into a migraine instantly.

He pressed a gun into her rib cage.

Her scream sputtered into a whisper. She looked frantically around, but the road ahead and behind her was empty.

"I said drive," he repeated, no infliction in his tired tone.

She swallowed, and fear finally engulfed her. The sound she made was so much of a whimper that she winced. "My purse is on the floor. Take whatever you want and get out." Her voice shook almost harder than her hands on the steering wheel.

"I have what I want. Drive." The gun and his hold on the weapon remained level. He took up more than his own seat, his arms and torso solid muscle. His face was hard and angled — cut in a way that almost looked unreal.

His words chilled through her. How was she going to free herself from him? She pressed the gas pedal again and drove along fresh graves, spotting the exit farther ahead. Her heartbeat increased its force, and her ribs ached. "What do you want from me?" She held her breath.

"Just your brain," he said, the sound raw.

She jerked, her head turning to him again. "To eat?" she gasped.

He blinked. Once and then again. "No, not to eat." His wince drew his cheeks up and his darker brows down. "Geez. To eat? Why would I eat your brain? Ick."

Her kidnapper had just said "Ick" and looked at her like she was insane. She eyed him with her peripheral vision so she could better describe him in a police report — if she survived this. At least six foot six, long dark blond hair with even darker streaks strewn throughout, handsome face. Somewhat rugged but also sharp, and with healed burn marks down his neck. His eyes were world-weary and wounded, and he'd obviously survived hell. Now she had to survive him.

Wait a minute. His words registered even deeper. Her brain? Heat spiraled through her chest. "Did you want Victory Rashad's brain too?"

"Yes."

Oh, God. He was going to kill her — just like Victory Rashad. Panic took Promise again, and she slammed her foot on the gas pedal.

"Wait," he said, grasping her arm. "I won't hurt you. I'm here to help you."

Affirmative. Yes. The guy with the gun was interested in providing assistance. Right. She ducked her head and floored the gas pedal, bumping out of the cemetery and speeding down the quiet road.

"Slow down," he hissed, his hold tightening enough to bruise.

She zipped around a corner and into traffic, driving as fast as she could.

He swore and grabbed for the key, which wasn't in the dash. She'd used the starter button. She swerved around a minivan and finally spotted a police cruiser up ahead. Slapping at him, knowing if he got her out of the car, she was dead, she took the chance of being shot in order to gain freedom.

Yelling, finally, she slammed into the rear of the police cruiser.

Everything stopped for a second and then sped up. The crash was thunderous. Her passenger bellowed and flew through the window. The airbag deployed right into her face and propelled her back into the seat.

She blinked, her ears ringing as the bag deflated with a soft hiss and a smattering of dust.

A police officer ran up and opened her door. "What in the hell?" he muttered, blood on his chin.

She coughed and shoved the airbag down. "Where is he?" she gasped, her eyesight blurry. Her assailant lay sprawled on the pavement, blood coating his face as the rain pelted down to make the red flow to the ground. The other officer leaned over him, talking into a radio at his shoulder.

Then the kidnapper jerked awake and leaped to his feet. Blood covered his face and his neck, while his left arm hung at an unnatural angle. He stood several inches above the officer. "What did you do?" he bellowed. His eyes were so dark they appeared black, and his gaze was piercing.

She screamed.

The cop tried to grab him, but he shoved the officer into the side of the car. Before the officer next to Promise could draw his gun, the kidnapper turned and ran into an alley.

The police officers quickly pursued him.

She panted, her mind buzzing, her body aching.

The police officers soon returned, both shaking their heads.

Oh, God. He was gone.

CHAPTER 2

Ivar Kjeidsen limped up the stairwell inside the high-rise building, blood trickling from cuts in his neck and down one arm from flying through a damn windshield. He hadn't expected the harmless-looking physics professor to defend herself so well. The healing cells he'd focused on his injuries were doing their job slowly — too slowly. The scar tissue down his neck semi-blocked the cells. Shit. He might even need a bandage, just like a human.

His boots echoed dully on the cement steps, and even though he was the only one in the entire high-rise crazy enough to climb thirty stories, the walls still pressed in too closely. But it wasn't nearly as bad as an elevator, which he'd avoid at all cost.

He'd had to walk all the way from the accident, having lost his fledgling ability to teleport the second he'd been injured. Being temporarily fragile sucked. He shoved open the door to the top floor and eyed the sheen from the white and gray tiles forming a sophisticated design down the long hallway. Beige-gray slabs of tile, thick and luxurious, made up the walls until the office opened into a center reception area surrounded by glass — one whole wall of it windows to the outside.

All glass and chrome and soothing materials.

He fucking hated this penthouse office space. It even smelled like recycled air and environmentally friendly cleanser.

Keeping his head down, he maneuvered through the hallway and past the deserted reception area to one of the many conference rooms down yet another hallway. The lights were too bright, the air too relaxed, and the height from sea level too damn far.

Banishing any hint of the pain still attacking him, he strode into the room and waited for the explosion to come.

None arrived. Instead, Ronan Kayrs looked up from a stack of maps that had been spread across the inviting and perfectly smooth light tan conference table, where he was apparently working alone at the moment. "Hello, Viking. The local news has already reported the attempted kidnapping. You had to go after her."

A familiar slash of guilt cut into Ivar. He barely kept his hand from trembling as he drew out an environmentally friendly chair to sit. "I didn't intend to take her." Sometimes his instincts still overruled his brain.

Ronan's eyes flashed a deeper aqua than usual. The vampire-demon had odd eyes, even for a hybrid. "You were on a reconnaissance mission. To watch and learn. She might be the exact wrong physicist based on the opinions expressed in some of her articles."

Ivar nodded. "I'm aware." The burn scars marring his neck went much deeper into his tissue than merely marring the skin outside, and his voice would always remain hoarse. Not as mangled as a purebred demon's, but close. Considering he was half demon, he really didn't give a shit. But right now, he couldn't let that hoarseness be gauged as weakness. "I saw an opening, and I took it."

"You failed," Ronan said simply, his eco-friendly chair squeaking as he leaned his impressive bulk back. The hybrid crossed muscled arms, looking just as deadly as the entire Kayrs vampire family was known to be, even with the recent cut to his black hair, which made him look more like a businessperson for this mission.

Ivar flushed, and his damaged skin ached. It was rare for a vampire-demon hybrid to scar, and when it happened, it hurt. Most of his burns had healed, but his neck and larynx still retained their rough texture. The inside of his throat was ribbed and uneven and annoying. Maybe hell wanted to stay with him as long as it could. "I made a mistake." One of many. When would he return to a thinking being instead of one propelled by survival instinct? He'd been trying so hard.

Ronan nodded, his mouth in a pinched line, which only accented the ones by his eyes. "She's going to be more difficult to get to now."

Ivar nodded. Taking him by surprise, a lightness caught in his chest. Nowhere near what humor had felt like years ago, but something different from pain and guilt. "She is smarter than I'd thought. Better thinking on her feet, anyway." He'd studied Dr. Promise Williams for months while he regained his sanity — somewhat — and she was obviously intelligent. But he hadn't expected her to ram her vehicle into a police cruiser. "She is in danger and needs to be locked down."

Ronan pinched the bridge of his nose. "We have got to quit kidnapping people," he muttered.

Ivar shrugged. "I don't know. It worked out well for you." Ronan had kidnapped a neurologist he'd ended up mating and adoring like a puppy that had found its place. "Where is your mate?" She was a doctor — maybe she could stem the blood Ivar still felt dripping beneath his dark T-shirt.

"Back computer room with her sister, researching that list of human physicists most likely to be targeted next," Ronan said.

"Promise Williams is next," Ivar said flatly. A couple of her academic papers had held cautions about messing with the universe, which might cause him problems. But there had been something about her. A tingling that had attacked him right before she'd tried to kill him. "And she's Enhanced." It had been the first time any of them had been close enough to her to sense her gifts, whatever they might be.

"Ah, fuck." Ronan shook his head. "I'd say the Kurjans wouldn't kill her if she's Enhanced, but now we know better." Their enemy, another immortal species, needed Enhanced human females as mates just like the vampires did.

"The Kurjans have lost their minds," Ivar muttered. The woman who'd been buried earlier that day had been Enhanced, and the Kurjans had torn her apart. Or rather, their Cyst faction, their religious soldiers, had done so. Ivar's duty began to yank him in opposite directions once again. "We have to get to her before they do."

"She might not have been on their radar until now," Ronan said.

Ivar's chest heated. "Bullshit. She's one of the best in her field, maybe the best, and she's next. We will get to her first." When he'd seen the crime pictures after the Kurjans had finished with Dr. Victory Rashad, even he had felt sickened. And he'd suffered through more hell worlds than he could count. They often blurred together in his nightmares. "This is as important to you as it is to me. This is our only way to save Quade. He's your blood brother."

Ronan sighed, the sound tortured. "So are you. Blood and bone, brother."

(Continues…)


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Alpha's Promise 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
cherlym 3 hours ago
I am like most people and in love with Rebecca Zanetti Dark Protector Series. I have read them all, from book 1 to now :) This has the prerequisite alpha male, and the strong enhanced human. That being said each book is about the individuals. Ivar had it rough, being thrown into hell and back, he no longer has feelings. To me that makes total sense as to why he is drawn to Promise, a logical, by the numbers, theories allowed, persona. Even though I personally hate math I laughed with delight as Promise's brain ran on a tangent trying to piece everything together. I could feel Ivars heart swell and start to lighten as he watched Promise think things through. The steam was sizzling, more than I need, not a fan of erotic, but I could skim those. There is humor, romance, suspense and family. Yes, the Protectors are indeed a family, one I am happy to be a part of, even if its only via reading. Thank you Rebecca Zanetti, Kingston Lyrcial Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this arc. All thoughts an opinions are my own and were unsolicited.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Loved++it+%21++
Anonymous 7 days ago
If you like alternate reality/paranormal romance stories than you will LOVE Rebecca Zanetti books
CathyGeha 11 days ago
Alpha’s Promise by Rebecca Zanetti Dark Protectors #10 What does it say about me that I find myself more invested in fictional paranormal characters and the series they populate than in fictional human characters that have what some might believe “more real” plots in the books they exist in? I mean...I stopped reading another book that didn’t “click” with me at all then picked up this book and could not put it down! I get the protectors and the women they fall for and can’t wait to read the next book when it comes out...that’s me...eagerly awaiting Dark Protectors book eleven...oh yeah! In this book Ivar has been back for three months and has been mending after finally getting out of an existence that was one torturous situation after another. He was helping to balance a situation that so far has kept evil Kurjan Ulric captive in a bubble world. He had to leave Quade, another protector, behind and vowed he would return to save him or take his place. To make this happen he needs a physicist that will be able to come up with a mathematical solution that will allow him to save Quade but keep Ulric in prison. When he meets up with Promise, a physicist, he realizes he needs to protect her as a few other physicists have already met an untimely painful end. Getting her on board is not easy but eventually does happen. This story had me from t he very beginning. The meet-cute was...intriguing. I absolutely adored Promise’s logical take on life and her ability to be forthright in stating what she was thinking, desired and was willing to do. Ivar was definitely not human but on board with and understood just what Promise was talking about most of the time. Their relationship was HOT and interesting and perfect in so many ways. In the mix were other characters that are keeping the long-range plot in motion. The Kurjans and Cysts and their evilness are shown again, Quade was visited, Haven Daly is brought in and my gut feeling is that she will be instrumental in getting Quade out of his unbearable situation, the keys are mentioned, the role of the lock (still a child) and her friends was again mentioned and the question of how the four will eventually be part of the solution...it is just a finely tuned wonderful epic journey of a series that has this one book in it that made me very happy from beginning to end. That said...when is book eleven due? Thank you to NetGalley and Kengington Lyrical Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Karenag 12 days ago
Promises are very important to Ivar Kjeidsen and he made one to his brother in arms Quade, who is trapped in another demension (kind of like hell). But that was before Dr. Promise “Missy” Williams came into the picture. She is a brilliant mathematician who the dark protectors need to figure out how to get Quade out and keep the bad guy Ulric trapped. Of course, there are people/Kurjans that want Ulric free. Ivar and Promise have a rocky beginning, but finally figure things out…but will they be in time to save Quade? And who exactly is Haven Daly and how does she fit into the picture? To find out the answer to that question we will have to wait for another book in the series! This is a good book with interesting characters. I recommend it. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to give a honest review of this book.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Great read, interesting story line!
MusicInPrint 13 days ago
NEVER HESITATE PICKING UP A ZANETTI! They are all great paranormal romance, action novels. Quick reads full of in depth characters; some able to travel through dreams and other dimensions. Dr. Promise Williams reminds me of Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory with her quantum physics expertise and focus on solving the problems of the universe. The Seven Immortal Vampire Demon all have unique powers that they hope will save the world. One of the seven is the Viking who is set on saving his brother Quade is trapped in a dimension of pain and suffering. Hope is that Promise can help him achieve his vow to set Quade free. Action and Romance make this a must read. "A copy of this was provided by Kensington books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Anonymous 14 days ago
LynnLTX 15 days ago
var Kjeidsen survived time in a hellish dimension and was rescued by Quade, one of his brothers of the hybrid group known as the Seven. Now this vampire demon Viking has one goal in mind: to release the brother who sacrificed so much for him. Ivar thinks one of the world smartest physicists, Promise Williams, can help achieve that goal no matter the personal cost to her. Promise has spent her whole life from the time she was very young immersed in science. She has no comprehension of anything other than logic, crazy high level math, and her all-consuming work. Promise gets drawn into Ivar’s paranormal world at hyper-speed going from only to believing in pure to science to realizing there is so much more to the universe than she had ever imagined. Ivar has to deal not only with his Kurjan enemies who also want Promise for her skills, but his growing attraction to a woman he has no plans to stay with as he intends to take the Quade’s place. Promise has a huge learning curve to get up to speed with this new to her world and help Ivar figure his goal if it is at all possible. Not surprisingly, this story has quite a bit of complex science considering what it is theoretical physicists study. Since this is book #10 in the Dark Protectors series, while it may not be necessary to have read all the books, the story makes much more sense for readers who have read at least some of the prior books. Some storylines are a continuation such as that of Hope who is an important figure for the main characters. Fans of Ms. Zanetti’s series will enjoy this latest addition.
DebraSchwartz1971 16 days ago
I love the Dark Protectors series, and Alpha’s Promise did not let me down. Ivar is a hybrid vampire/demon with Viking blood. He has always been the planner. In the last book he was thrown into a hell dimension and has returned broken in body and spirit. His goal is to return to the hell world to rescue his vampire brother who has been in that hell world for a long time. Dr. Promise Williams is a brilliant physicist and mathematician. Her studies may be the thing needed to get back to that hell dimension and figure out how to solve the problems of the bubble worlds created thousands of years ago that now seem to be collapsing. Promise was raised to focus totally on science, so when she is thrown into the world of the Realm, with demons, vampires, and fae, her world is turned upside down. Watching Ivar and Promise start to move out of their comfort zones and into a relationship was fun; I’m looking forward to more of these two. Rebecca Zanetti has amazingly intelligent, independent women that she pairs with these large alpha males.
Moonlitvixen 17 days ago
Alpha’s Promise was everything that I love about this series. Ivar, while broody and bossy, also held deep emotion and passion. Promise was smart and a little weird, but I loved it. Together they were perfect. I can’t wait for the next book.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I++was+not+able+to+put+it+down.+
Cali-Jewel 19 days ago
Emotionally thrilling, action packed romantic adventure filled with danger, magic, mystery and undeniable passion.... really enjoyed every heart pounding twist and exciting turn in this engaging journey. A great reading experience filled with intriguing charters.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I enjoyed this story line. I would recommend this series. Rebecca is a terrific story teller.
Evampire9 20 days ago
Even with vampire, demon and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom. Only the vow to rescue the vampire brother who sacrificed freedom for him keeps the deadly immortal standing, but in order to achieve that vow, he needs the help of the brilliant Dr. Promise Williams who understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it. This ‘Dark Protector’ romance is a stimulating, emotional, rocking and explosive read! Ivar and Promise are two wonderfully strong characters that stand out and obviously belong together and the romance between is sweet and full of feeling that warms readers’ hearts even as it confuses Promise’s. This hero and heroine is so very different but it is truly remarkable how much Ivar understands her and really and truly tries to make her comfortable with dominating alpha ways and he is oh so smexy! The plot is fast paced and takes readers on truly fantastical and exhilarating journey through an emotionally gripping, thrillingly dangerous journey to rescue a friend. The rescue itself poses lots of danger for the rescuer but it also poses danger for all worlds which keeps the readers holding their breath in anticipation and excitement throughout this riveting and thrilling read, which might become a problem since readers can’t put the book down once they start reading it.
Sunshine1006 20 days ago
Physicists are being killed, torn to pieces. Only few know why. The seven, a brotherhood of protectors of the world's are in dire need of one. They need to save one of the brothers without destroying the world. When Promise is the victim of an attempted kidnapping, it was brushed off as a carjacking. Ivar needs Promise to help reduce his brother. She is not aware of what is happening. There is a great chemistry between them. Will Promise find the solution? I can't wait took the next book. Excited to see what happens. I received this book from Net Galley and the publisher for a honest review.
Kristy_K 20 days ago
I’ve not really read a vampire book before besides Dracula. I know of the lore and of course the Twilight inconsistencies with it, but that’s about it. Alpha’s Promise brings in a whole lot of other things to do with vampires, and while I cannot say it follows traditional lore, it was interesting. Promise is a physicist and Ivar a vampire-demon hybrid who needs her intelligence to go through time and dimensions to being his friend back. I don’t know how accurate the science was but it was interesting. I felt the romance was rushed and that both Promise and Ivar were awkward and uncomfortable within the relationship. I also felt like Ivar’s personality was a bit inconsistent. I enjoyed the side characters (many of whom have already had stories) and they were good at the comic relief. I don’t know that I liked the way the vampires were portrayed, sometimes it seemed like an afterthought, but it worked well when dealing with the conflict between them and the Kurjans.
Marie1MB 21 days ago
Fall in love with the latest Dark Protector story from Rebecca Zanetti, Alpha's Promise! Its an intensely satisfying, exhilarating, twisty read with SCORCHING HOT romance, an epic plot that is constantly loaded with surprises and twists you don't expect along with a hero who is wildly intense and 100% alpha! And just to reassure you, the heroine is no slouch either. She is super SUPER smart and brilliant and kind and readers will no doubt love her too. I fell head over heels for this newest book by Miss Zanetti. I love the dark wildness that these immortals have. They are irresistible and the way these worlds are changing within the story is incredible and so bold and just made my heart pound. Promise and Ivar are so unique together but hold just as much promise and passion as I have come to expect from this series and vampires. I loved how this book was written. It was evenly paced and exciting as well as sexy as sin and electrifying. I am crazy excited already for the next one and urge readers, if they haven't caught up on this series, do so NOW before the next one releases because it is very worth it I assure you. Alpha's Promise gets a EXHILARATING FIVE INTENSE STARS!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 21 days ago
4.25 stars--ALPHA’S PROMISE is the tenth instalment in Rebecca Zanetti’s DARK PROTECTORS paranormal/fantasy romance series. This is hybrid demon/vampire Ivar Kjeidsen, and theoretical physicist Dr. Promise Williams’ story line. ALPHA’S PROMISE can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading the series in order for back story and cohesion, especially this particular arc of the series focusing on the group known as the Seven. Told from several third person perspectives including Promise and Ivar, following several intersecting paths, ALPHA’S PROMISE follows the building relationship between hybrid demon/vampire Ivar Kjeidsen, and theoretical physicist Dr. Promise Williams. Someone, or more specifically, the Kurjans have been targeting enhanced female physicists, and Dr. Promise Williams is next on their list. In an effort to protect the enhanced human female, Ivan Kjeidsen volunteers to act as guardian but goes about his job all wrong. Hoping to discover the truth behind their ability to teleport, the Seven bring Promise Williams into their fold, in an effort to use her knowledge and her mind. As the Kurjans continue to target enhanced female physicists, Promise begins to unravel the secret behind temporal dimensions, worlds and the ability to teleport. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Ivar and Promise, and the potential fall-out as Promise and Logan’s mate Mercy find themselves, once again, taken hostage by the Kurjan vampires Promise Williams doesn’t do relationships; math is her lover but meeting Ivar Kjeidsen stirs something deep within our story line heroine. Promise’s enhanced abilities allows her to detect what others cannot, an ability that makes her a target in the war between the demons and vampires. Ivar Kjeidsen’s goal is to return to the h*ll world in order to rescue his brother and friend but Quade doesn’t want rescuing, in fact, he wants the Seven to leave him alone. But Quade has a secret, that the Seven has discovered, and in this Quade is desperate for the Seven to cease and desist. Meanwhile, Hope Kayrs-Kyllwood continues to dream walk with the young Kurjan male Drake, dream walking that pushes Hope to make plans for a meet and greet in real life. But things don’t go according to plan when Hope’s whereabouts and plans are discovered, with the potential of leading the Demons to war. ALPHA’S PROMISE is a story of heart break, secrets, betrayal, vengeance. The premise is detailed, complex and entertaining; the romance is fated and seductive; the characters are sassy, colorful, energetic, and bold. ALPHA’S PROMISE is a wonderfully intricate and elaborate addition to Zanetti’s world of the Dark Protectors.
belllla 21 days ago
4.5stars In Alphas promise, another of seven finds love. In this book, Viking Ivar finds love in dr.Promise. I liked this interesting unique love story. All the scientific mumbo-jumbo that is in this book got me thinking that the author had to make a mini degree from the subject. She had succeeded to write an amazing story with amazing character both Promise and Ivar are interesting and likable. It is great to see how Promises mind works and how she realized that love is real between her and Ivar and it’s not just chemistry and biology between them. I loved that the story stays unpredictable and to see how it develops. SO I cannot wait too read another book from the series. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
yzermandy 21 days ago
Yet another fantastically written book by Rebecca Zanetti! I truly don't know how she is able to get her readers more excited for each book. Alpha's Promise was a phenomenal book and I'm dying to read the next book in the series. Even though I want to know what happens next I really don't want the series to ever end!! This series just keeps getting better and better with each book and I love how every book connects yet is different and you can really hear the different character's voices throughout each book. I've read series where the characters start sounding the same in my head and I can't tell them apart and this is definitely NOT the case with this author's writing. This book is the story of Promise and Ivar. At first glance the two definitely don't appear to be the 'typical' couple, however, they make the perfect match (in my opinion anyway). Promise is a mathematical genius that thinks logically and has troubles with personal relationships. Ivar basically lost his humanity while he was stuck in many hell dimensions and is struggling to connect with people. I felt that the two of them completely compliment each other and I really enjoyed 'watching' their relationship develop. I liked how Promise kept approaching everything in their relationship 'logically' and Ivar basically broke those barriers down and they both ended embracing the emotional connection they developed. I LOVED Alpha's Promise and think it is a great book that added important information to the series while developing a solid relationship between Ivar and Promise. There were so many parts to this book that makes the reader fall in love all over with the series!! The Dark Protectors series is a great series and I am very excited to read the next book in the series. I love all of the characters (it's tough to even pick a 'favorite' with all of the different relationships in the series). I think Rebecca Zanetti is a gifted writer and I am thoroughly enjoying this journey. I can't wait to see what will come next!
Susanlibgirl 21 days ago
I couldn't put this book down. Rebecca Zanetti has a loyal devoted reader with me. I found this series and haven't been able to stop reading them. I can't wait for the next installment! This is Ivar and Promise's story. Promise is a mathematical genius that may be able to help get Quade who has long been stuck in another demention back home. Ivar is the vampire/demon who has vowed to get him. Even though there is lots of math talk this barely able to add reader was able to follow along and stay interested... lol. Does Quade get back home?? Read the book and find out! If you like a fast paced page turning story with some very hot romance you won't be able to put it down either!! When is the next installment coming!!??? Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for granting me this read.... and special thanks to Rebecca Zanetti for taking me on this journey.....
thereadingchick 21 days ago
It was easy to jump right into the story as this is the 10th novel in the series and the third or fourth in this most recent rehabilitation of the story. I wish I could say it was as easy to like these characters but I found it really hard! Ivar is recovering from being lost jumping from dimension to dimension and surviving some horrible physical injuries as well as being mentally wiped out. His character although alpha, seemed more boorish and I just didn’t find the same heart in his character that I did in the heroes of the earlier novels. Promise, also, had some serious warmth issues. For two such cool customers I found it hard to find emotion in their slam bam thank you ma’am sex life, and even less so in their rather stilted dialog. I have been a fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s and love the earlier Dark Protectors novels, but once she returned to this series after venturing into other novels, she seems to be having trouble finding that magical ingredient again. I did enjoy her Realm Enforcer’s series, which inhabits this same world, but the last couple of books have been so-so and I’ll admit to disappointment. I might think twice before picking up another one of these novels for fear of finding them lacking again. ❤️❤️❣️ I received a copy of this ARC through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Three and a half stars, I knocked half a star off because I'm bored of heroes with Dom tendencies. This is perfect (see above) Rebecca Zanetti paranormal escapism. Ivar Kjeidsen the hybrid vampire/demon Viking was trapped in a hell dimension/bubble for eons and has finally been released, but his mission is to get back and rescue Quade, his fellow member of the Seven, who is still trapped. Dr Promise Williams is a brilliant physicist with poor people skills. At the funeral of a colleague who was ripped apart by savage animals she is almost kidnapped by Ivar until her quick thinking lets her get away, but she meets him again when applying for a monumental grant and learns that Ivar is trying to protect her from whoever/whatever is murdering physicists. The Seven want Promise to theorise about how to rescue Quade, but their sworn enemies, the Kurjan are trying to capture Promise. Do you like stories with vampires, demons, fae, hybrids, immortals, larger than life characters and super powers? If so I think you'll love this. There's a whole host of characters, most of whom I can't keep straight, overreaching arcs, sub-plots, set ups for future novels, true love, mating, branding, travel to different dimensions (the immortals wish they'd never given humans that word), cute moppets who may just save the universe, double-crossing exes, geniuses and a whole boat load of alpha male testosterone. Rebecca Zanetti never takes herself too seriously and this is a sexy rip-roaring read from start to finish. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Rainn2978 22 days ago
This is book 10 in the Dark Protector's series and you absolutely have to read the previous books (or at least the last 2 for sure) in order to understand the larger story ARC that is going on. This one is about Ivar Kjeidsen and Promise Williams. Ivar is trying to keep his vow to go and rescue his brother after he saved him from the hell realm he was stuck in. In order to do that he needs the help of a physicist. Promise is one of the top physicist's but Ivar and the Seven are not the only people looking to figure out how to get to the prison of the hell realm's. Now it's a race to not only keep her safe but to get to his brother before it's too late. I absolutely loved this one! Promise is one of those people where numbers and science make more sense to her than people and relationships. She doesn't always understand societal norms or how to even hold conversations with people. But I loved that about her! It makes her completely unique and different enough that you can't help but love her. Ivar has literally been through hell and is just trying to work his way back to not only sanity but what he believes is the right thing to do. Even at the expense of what could possibly be his one chance at happiness. And I absolutely loved that about him! I love that he isn't this perfect male with everything in his life completely together. And they just mesh together in a way that I loved. I couldn't put it down once I started it! And let me just say that I can't wait for the next one, after certain things happen I am not completely curious about a couple of characters stories!