A DARING RESCUE
Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she's also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who's been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires' mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of "lovesick". . .
A DEADLY DECISION
As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it's taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he'll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind. . .Praise for Rebecca Zanetti's thrilling debut Fated
"Hot and fast from beginning to end."
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She'd die if she jumped.
Probably with a great deal of pain first. The rotating hum of the helicopter blades echoed through the confined space of the aircraft as Emma Paulsen calculated her odds of a quick death — she'd likely hit a tree or two before slamming into the earth. Hmm. Not good.
Keeping her eyes closed, she lay curled on her side in the center of the beast, rocking back and forth from the movement of hurtling through the air. Dust littered the Black Hawk's floor, but she forced herself to breathe. Was it called a floor? Was it really a Black Hawk? If so, they'd modified the crap out of it. With a mental shrug, she cleared her mind.
No whispers from the future.
No glimpses of how this ordeal would end.
Damn. Maybe the drugs they'd injected into her arm accomplished more than simple sedation. She'd relied on her psychic ability her whole life, and now it was gone.
Her abductors, two living horrors, sat up front as pilot and copilot — she'd have to take them out last. Two other Kurjan soldiers escorting her to their Canadian leader sat in the rear of the chopper, arguing about football scores. Seriously? Undead monsters afraid of the sun talked about the Seahawks?
Their conversation slid around her unhampered by the wind rushing outside. The restructured walls denied sun and sound from filtering inside.
She centered herself. She'd have to kill them.
The odds of being successful calculated inside her head with a nearly audible click. The result: not good.
Nausea rose in her belly, and gray murk swam across her vision until she zoned out again. Damn drugs.
She floated in the place between dreams and reality, a place she visited often. Where was he? For so long she'd been afraid of meeting him, now she feared it would never happen.
Like an antenna had been angled, a large room swam into hazy focus. A massive fire crackled beneath a stone mantel, the walls rock, the floor dirt. There he was — Dage, King of the Realm. He stood near the wall, his jaw hard, his eyes molten silver of fury.
What century was she visiting? An early one — he held a broadsword in one hand, his legs encased in coverings reminiscent of an old warrior movie she'd seen as a teenager.
He stood shoulder to shoulder with a man who had eyes the color of gold coins. Talen, his brother. Three other men, boys actually, faced them. Similar bone structure, similar stances. All huge. The oldest tightened his grip on a deadly sword. "They killed our parents."
"Aye," Dage agreed. "So we killed them — and their parents. Enough." He dropped his sword to the ground. "We're done with the killing — with the war. Right now we strive for peace."
"I donna take orders from you, brother," the youngest lad said, his eyes a deep burnished copper.
"Maybe not from your brother Jase, but you'll obey your king."
The boy shifted his stance, his eyes narrowing. "Is that who you are now?"
"Aye. Until they cut off my head, I'm your king."
Emma started herself back into the current century, coughing out dust. Relief filled her that she could still connect with her silver-eyed savior in his past, if not her future. Her visions always predicted the future unless Dage was in them. Then she saw the trials of his long life. A highlight film of war, honor and hope.
"She's awake," came a hoarse voice from behind her. "Should we inject her again?"
"No," the Seahawk fan replied. "What can she do?"
Indeed. Emma pushed to a sitting position, scooting until her back rested on the inside wall and across from the door. "I could kill you with a simple thought." The metal chilled through her jeans and she fought to control her body. Shivering would show fear.
Their purple eyes widened in their inhuman white faces. Devils, Kurjans, the evil vampire race to be sure. One flipped his red, black-tipped hair over a shoulder. "You could not." His tensed shoulders belied his words.
Of course she couldn't. Dumbass. "Sure. You already know Franco wants me because of my psychic abilities. They include frying brains." Okay, the frying part may have been too much.
The pasty-faced bloodsuckers remained silent, bizarre gazes on her. How was it possible these freaks lived among humans without being noticed? They must hide really well during the day. In fact, what genetic mutation created these guys? The urge to study their physiology nearly overpowered the urge to end their lives. Nearly.
She glanced at the door, wondering how heavy it was. The sun blazed across a blue fall sky outside — beautiful and damn deadly to the Kurjan creeps safely ensconced in the helicopter. If she opened the door, would the sun angle in the right direction?
She rapidly considered wind speed, the sun's position, and their location. Nope. She needed the Kurjans to move.
Forcing fear down deep, forcing concern for her sister Cara down even deeper, Emma formulated a plan. Once she escaped she'd get back to Cara and rescue her from Franco's cousin, the Kurjan soldier who'd kidnapped them both yesterday.
Emma's plan was to lunge for the door, hoping at least one of the Kurjans went for her. If the sun hit him he'd fry like bacon. She tensed, ready to move ...
And didn't get the chance.
Something hard slammed into the thick metal. The door creaked, the hinges twisted and peeled away. In the next second the door was gone, ripped away from the helicopter to sail through the air. A broad hand reached in, grabbed the nearest Kurjan, and sent him spiraling into the blue day. The soldier's high-pitched scream echoed in the distance as the sun ate him alive.
In a blur of motion, a huge male form dodged inside, ducked a punch from the Seahawk fan and shot an elbow into his nose, splashing blood across the wall. The monster dropped his weapon, hands going to his face before he too was sent hurtling out the door. The Kurjan's loud screams followed the helicopter for several moments before dying out.
Her rescuer didn't need to turn for her to recognize him.
Could she still be dreaming?
His silver gaze ran over her before a sharp burst of green light ripped into his collarbone, throwing him back into the rushing air.
"No," Emma shouted as he fell, his large body half outside the helicopter. The massive bird teetered for a moment, then regained its course. She lunged forward, grasping his arms. Or tried to; his biceps were too big. Her nails bit into his flesh as she wrapped both hands around his left arm and pulled.
The Kurjan in the copilot's seat stopped firing his weapon, probably afraid to injure her. She was the prize, after all.
Dage eased back inside, attempting to shield her with his body.
She pushed at his uninjured shoulder, leaning down to yell in his ear. "Get behind me."
His eyes flashed fire even while his upper lip quirked. "You get behind me."
She gave a sharp shake of her head and shoved at him again. The wind screamed a warning outside, waiting for its next victim. Dage didn't budge. He grabbed the gun off the floor, pointed it at the copilot, and fired.
The Kurjan ducked, but the light green bullets ripped through the front windshield, allowing pure rays of sunshine to cascade inside. He screamed a shrill protest, throwing his hands up. The helicopter swerved and the pilot regained control, edging his body away from the sun and toward the side of the craft, his trembling fingers clenching the controls.
The copilot continued to scream in pain. The smell of burned hair and sizzling flesh filled the small space, and Emma fought the urge to vomit.
Like a rat fleeing a tomcat, the copilot scrambled over his seat, landing with a hard thud on the floor. His pasty-white skin melted down his face. Raw red blisters sprang up across abused flesh. Sharp yellow fangs protruded from his wide open mouth, while the rushing wind stole any sound he made.
Quick as a whip, Dage reached forward and grabbed him around the neck, tossing him toward the gaping hole. The Kurjan hit the side of the hatch, the impact rocking the small craft. Clutching both long-clawed hands into the floor, he tried to inch way away from the deadly opening. Dage shot one large flak boot into the Kurjan's battered face, and the copilot fell into the sun. Then Dage shifted, pointing the gun at the pilot's head.
The pilot aimed his purple gaze over his shoulder, sharp canines flashing in a dare. Kill him, and they would all die.
Dage grabbed Emma close and fired, striking the Kurjan in the head. He fell forward onto the stick, the metal bird spun, and shot for the earth.
Emma clutched Dage's shoulders, and then ... nothing.
It was as if they traveled through a vacuum — no sound, sight, smells — just ... nothing. Except the vague sense of Dage. Power and safety but shrouded.
Reality crashed back followed by Dage's hiss of pain. He released her to fall onto spongy grass, and she shut her eyes against the glare of the sun. The smell of wet pine and moist earth filled her nose.
The world spun. She opened her eyes, and the world spun more. Dage stood with his knees bent, held upright by ... a tree limb? A protruding snag from an old tree stump emerged from Dage's left shoulder, his silver eyes pissed, his blood a deep red.
His right hand patted the shards of wood emerging from his body. "Not my best landing, love. Sorry about that."
Emma shook her head to clear it. Her knees popped when she rose and stumbled toward the king. He'd impaled himself on an old limb. She peered around his back to find the gnarled trunk protruding from deep in the ground. Damn it. She needed some sort of chainsaw to cut him loose. And a medical team to remove the wood from his body.
An explosion over the next hill rent the air with an angry boom. She turned. Furious smoke billowed into the untouched sky. "The helicopter?"
"We didn't jump?"
"No. I can teleport. A bit, anyway." He readied his stance, positioning both hands on his knees like a lineman waiting for the snap.
Teleport? How in the world was that possible? Something to do with dimensions or gravity? Possibly relativity theory. "What are you doing?" She hated the quake in her voice. The smell of copper scenting the air made her gag.
He gave a weary grin. "I thought I'd take out this splinter."
Panic rushed through her. "You can't. I mean, you'll bleed to death. You can't." She pressed a hand against the black cotton covering his good shoulder where muscles tightened in response.
His eyes darkened. "I've waited centuries for your touch, Emma." He hissed out a breath. "This isn't how I pictured it." Shutting his eyes, he drew a deep breath. "Now step out of the way, love."
"No. You can't do this."
Silver eyes pinned her. "Night will fall within three hours. The Kurjans will descend upon the last known location of their helicopter, and we need to be long gone from here."
"Where are we?" The forest pressed in with silence. No doctors nearby, that was for sure.
"Shoshone mountains in northern Idaho. I chose to intercept you here because there are old mining caves to hide in."
Forget hiding. He was going to bleed to death. "Can you teleport us to a hospital?"
Shaking his head, Dage drew another deep breath. Round bullet holes from the copilot's attack dotted his upper chest and neck near the wood splintering his body. His blood flowed freely and spoiled the fresh air — along with the strongest hint of sandalwood. His scent. "No. I usually can only teleport once, then need to recharge. I've done it three times today, and I'm wiped."
"Three times?" She pushed harder against his good side, trying to keep him in place.
"Yes." Amusement lit his eyes even through the raw pain swirling in the depths. "Once to the ground along your known flight path, then to the helicopter when you were in sight, then to right here."
"How did you know my flight path?" Damn. He shouldn't remove the wood without a surgical unit on the ready.
"We raided the Kurjan facility in Montana right after they forced you to leave." Dage gasped in a deep breath. "One of the Kurjans kindly volunteered the information."
Emma raised an eyebrow. "Good thing you spotted the correct helicopter," she murmured, glancing at the stained branch. A warm tingle teased her heart. He'd come for her. Because his brother had married her sister? Or because he knew her as she'd known him all these years? Through visions. Of course, while she appreciated the rescue, she wouldn't have needed help if the vampires hadn't dragged her and her sister into their world. "So you were in time to rescue Cara?" Hope filled Emma. Please let her sister be safe.
"Yes. Talen should have his mate safely home by now."
Thank god. Emma exhaled. Vibrations from Dage's pain pounded toward her, and she concentrated on the situation at hand. Blood from his wounds flowed into each groove of the wood, resulting in the look of stained teak.
Dage groaned. "Step back, love."
Her trembling hand patted his shoulder before she stuck it in her pocket. "You're really a vampire?" She'd known of the vampire race for a couple of months since Cara had married Talen. Though this was the first time she'd actually been face to face with one. Apparently the sun didn't bother the good guys, only the Kurjans.
Emma took a step back. Vampires were immortal, right? "You'll survive this?"
"Yes. We can only be killed by beheading."
"Okay." She couldn't see an alternative. Her stomach pitched, and fear slithered down her spine. This had to work.
Dage sucked in air, then sprang forward. The tree branch ripped out of his flesh with a protesting snap. He landed on his knees in the crusty pine needles, emitting a string of Russian, Greek, or maybe Gaelic that sounded like curses. The earth rumbled and the wind picked up its strength around them. Winding down, he pushed to his feet. "Damn." His good arm grabbed the hem of his shirt and ripped it over his head, his back to her.
Emma gasped at the raw wound above his right shoulder blade. Sharp wooden splinters emerged from split bone, shredded muscles, and cut tissue next to the dangerous tattoo she knew so well. The breath caught in her throat when he pivoted and blood poured from his broad chest. "You're bleeding." She shook her head, her focus narrowing on the wicked tattoo of intricate markings along his left arm and over his shoulder to his back.
The design had haunted her dreams like a warning talisman.
He nodded, inhaling deeply, his metallic eyes unfocusing for a moment, his muscles visibly relaxing. The blood flow stemmed, leaving the bullet holes seeping. The wide gash crusted over. "That's the best I can do for now. It'll heal." He shoved the tail ends of his shirt into a back pocket and held out one large boned hand. "Come."
No. She wouldn't run into the woods. Not again. "Ah ..."
Dage raised an eyebrow. "We need to get going, love."
How many nights had she run through the woods to escape her drunken father and his beefy fists? Those days were over. She'd thought she was done running from monsters.
Dage waited patiently, his gaze on her, his hand extended.
She hesitated, glancing at the tarnished limb still protruding from the ground and awaiting its next victim. In slow motion, she shifted her gaze to Dage and paused for the briefest of breaths before sliding her hand in his. A click echoed throughout her heart, throughout her head when his warm palm closed over hers. No. Wrong time to deal with this. "I need to get to Cara in case the Kurjans had time to infect her with the virus."
Dage tightened his grip and started to jog, tugging Emma to keep pace. "Cara is fine." Pine, sunshine and wildflowers commingled into a scent carried by the slightest breeze as the trees rushed past. "Talen made sure of it."
Thank God. "The Kurjans didn't get a chance to inject her with the virus?" Relief began to wind through the nerves still jumping in Emma's skin.
"No. Cara and the baby are safe."
Emma stumbled, then regained her footing with the king's help. "She told you about the baby?"
Dage flashed a grin, the sunlight dappling through branches high above to kiss his bronze skin. "No." He tightened his grip. "I sensed the babe's heartbeat when Talen carried Cara out of the Kurjan research facility earlier today. I take it she told you?"
"No." Emma grinned back. "Psychic here. Sometimes, anyway."
"Ah. I wondered if you were an empath like Cara. A psychic scientist, huh?" Not by one breath did Dage show he ran with blood streaming from his shoulder.
Reality crashed back like falling boulders. "Yes. A scientist who helped develop the virus that might kill all vampire mates, including my sister."
Dage shook his head, slowing his pace. "No. The Kurjans didn't design Virus-27 to kill our mates." He stopped, resting his back against the trunk of a lodgepole pine, blood weaving down a six-pack worthy of billboards. "I need to close these damn holes."
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4.5 Stars Amazing new take on vampires, Ms. Zanetti's vampires are innovative and exciting! Emma Paulsen has been on the run for weeks. She is trying to escape the Kurjans and now also the Vampires. During her work as a geneticist she discovers that she isn't researching a cure for cancer but something more sinister. Grabbing her research and running is her only option. A race of evil beings called Kurjans are hunting her down for more than her research though. While on the run she discovers another race of beings, the Vampires, enemies of the Kurjans. Unknown to her, one particular vampire wants more than the stolen research; he wants her as his mate. For several centuries Dage Kayrs has dreamed of his mate; her face, her body, her warm embrace. Now he knows she is out there and he is determined to find her. Not only to save her from the Kurjans, but to save himself. As King of the Realm he needs her to complete him. He knows she will be a hard woman to claim, but he is determined to have her anyways. This is the second book in Ms. Zanetti's exciting new series. Her universe of vampires is refreshing and exhilarating. These are probably the most human vampires I have read about. While they have elements of some of my favorite vampires, they are in a class all their own. Both the Vampires and the Kurjans can only be male, so they have to look outside their race to find mates, but only certain females will work. They need females with physic abilities. The Kurjans have developed a virus that attacks the mates of the Vampires. Emma is in a race to find a cure to save both her sister and her unborn nephew. This series has a strong undercurrent of adventure, almost overshadowing the romance. The medical lingo and background does not take away from the general story, but enhances it. Ms. Zanetti has developed an engaging and exciting new world. The males in this series are a hard group to love. They are extremely alpha and exasperating at times. Their raw masculinity and power draw you in and holds on tight. Luckily the heroines are just as strong and know how to bring these big brutes to their knees. If you are looking for a new adventure in the paranormal world, look no further then this new series. Fated and Claimed both have heart pounding action and sizzling chemistry, what more can you ask for!
I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly
AMAZING Dage Kayrs, King of the Realm has been dreaming of his mate for 200 years. He never knew who she was until his brother Talen found his mate, Cara. It was then that Dage discovered Cara's older sister Emma is the woman he's been dreaming of. Emma Paulson has visions while she dreams. She has been dreaming of Dage for years and is already in love with him from the visions she'd had of him in his past. She's gotten to know a lot about the King of the Realm but she is determined to keep her distance from him because Emma had a vision of her death and she knows her death would destroy Dage if they were to become mated. But Dage, like all the Kayrs brothers does not like the word no and is determined to claim Emma as his. When Claimed begins, Emma is on the run from the Kurjan's and was just captured by them. While traveling on a helicopter, Dage traces in and rescues Emma and takes her back to the Kayrs compound. Dage is determined to claim Emma and mark her as his and Emma is just as determined to never let that happen. But Dage and Emma both have their hands full. The virus that the Kurjans created has now infected Cara and a few others and Emma needs to find a cure fast. The virus undoes the mating process. It will remove the mark and the bond of the mates and then turn the female human again. And with Cara being pregnant, being human again means losing the baby because a human female cannot carry a vampire baby. We also see a lot of Janie and Zane. Let me just say I LOVE Janie and Zane and I am DYING for them to get their book. For a 4 year old, Janie is much wiser than her age and has incredible abilities which we get to see more of in this book. We also learn that Janie's birth has been prophesied and she has a big destiny to fulfill and Zane is also part of that destiny. :-) Can't wait to read more about them. After certain events in Claimed and at the conclusion of this book, Connlan Kayrs has decided to go to Ireland to claim his mate and protect her. The events that happened in Claimed, lead up to the start of their book, HUNTED, which will be released April 24, 2012. Conn's Mate, Moira is a very powerful witch from Ireland and she is determined to remove Conn's mark. Conn is going to have his hands full with Moira and I can't wait to read their story . I fell in love with the Dark Protectors series when "Fated" was released in 2011. The Kayrs brothers are dominant Alphas to their core and being the Royal Family just makes it worse. They are not used to being told no and it's funny to see them trying to control their strong independent mates who hate to be controlled. I highly recommend this series. You can read the books as a standalone but I do recommend reading from the beginning of the series because you don't want to miss out on any of the yummy Kayrs brothers.
As soon as one booknis done in the series I am already purchasing the next!
Rebecca Zanetti introduced the world of her Dark Protector series in book one, Fated. I did not read that book and it was detrimental to my enjoyment of Claimed, which is book two in the series. I was confused from page one because the story begins in the middle of an action scene that I’m assuming began toward the end of book one. I eventually caught up with the action, but I never really connected with the heroine, Emma. There is a reason for that. Emma has been dreaming of her death for years. She wants to avoid it and works hard to combat her future relationship with Dage in hopes of preventing her predestined future from occurring. Her behavior was nerve-wracking and irritating and killed the compassion I had for her. Dage, Emma’s hero, is the ultimate alpha vampire. He is all about protecting his woman and God help any being who gets in his way. Dage also has the welfare of the Realm to consider. (Consider him as king of the good vampires.) Every one of his actions is calculated, but he cannot calculate everything—like the love and sexual attraction he feels for his mate. The woman he’s been waiting for over 300 years. There are several things taking place in Claimed. It’s first and foremost a love story. People who read the first book will be pleased to know it includes an update on the romance introduced in Fated. It also continues an overall story arc involving Emma’s niece and book one’s daughter. Most interesting is the blistering sex. Whew, it’s good stuff. Claimed is extremely erotic. It is a continuation of a plot introduced in the book Fated and leaves several plot lines open to be explored in future books. A novella, Tempted, will be released in March 2012, and book three, Hunted, will be released in May 2012. According to Zanetti’s website there are five full length novels and one short story scheduled for the series.
Zanetti has done it again. I Loved this book! Riveting from the beginning & just kept on getting better! You Will Not Be Disappointed!!!
Emma Paulsen is a genetic scientist, a seer of the future, and a possessor of the 3 Bs ¿ brains, beauty and bravery. She¿s more than a match for Dage Kayrs, King of the Realm, 300+-yr-old vampire and wielder of several known (visions, teleportation, controller of the elements) and unknown powers. This story picks up where Fated left off. Emma has been kidnapped by the Kurjans and is on her way to be forced to mate with their new leader. Dage has no intention of letting that happen because Emma is his destined mate and Queen to his King. As she¿s trying to figure out a way to escape a Black Hawk helicopter he tracks her down, rescues her and takes her back with him. Being a vampire with special powers sure comes in handy. A lab is acquired for her and Dage¿s brother, Kane, to do research to counteract some nasty viruses the evil Kurjans have spent the last hundred years developing. Several of their people are infected and it¿s a race against time while they try to find a cure, find the spy in their midst and fight the Kurjans. Plus, avert a possible war with the Demons. And a possible war with the Irish Coven when Conn, Dage¿s brother, goes to Ireland to claim his mate. Just another day in the life of the King of the Realm. The Kayrs brothers are definitely HOT, their mates are no simpering misses, the action is fast-paced, the characters well-formed, the love scenes smokin¿, the fight scenes action-packed without being overly long and tedious (as some tend to be) and the mystery is compelling.
Geneticist Emma Paulsen has always protected her empath sister plant physiologist Dr. Cara Paulsen and her four years old niece child Janie. However, Emma lost that role to vampire warrior Talen Kayrs (see Fated) though she still seeks a cure to save her infected sibling and unborn nephew. Talen's brother Dage, King of the Realm, wants Emma as his mate. He has waited centuries for her and has no patience when she rejects his mark. To her chagrin, Emma is attracted to the ultimate chauvinist, but rejects his bossy attitude. Meanwhile the enemies of the vampires,, the Kurjans, wants her research and are willing to kill the innocent to obtain it. Although Dage's bullying abuse adds realism as he is not a sensual vampire but instead someone used to getting his way, readers will dislike him. Still the story line is action-packed and the sex scenes heated as Dage's only success with Emma resides in the bedroom. Readers will enjoy the romantic urban fantasy but outside of the mark subplot, no major threads are climaxed. Harriet Klausner
Summary Emma Paulsen is a geneticist, but she also has other psychic gifts, where she can she future events. She has just been kidnapped by Kurjans, who will stop at nothing to destroy everything good, including her sister, and her mate…the King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs. While being transported she finds herself being rescued by the one man who haunts her dreams and visions. But despite her feelings for Dage, she wants her own freedom. She is determined to never be under a mans rule again, or his fist. But she soon learns that Dage is nothing like her father, who was a drunk. But just as Emma and Dage are starting to begin their mating dance, a threat looms over them, a threat that threatens the life of every vampire mate and animal shifter. A virus that the Kurjans have created and released, a virus that if Emma doesn’t find the cure in time, could destroy her sister and her unborn child. But the consequences could tear Dage apart forcing him to choose between his mate and the people he has led for centuries. The Hero Dage, has taken the role of a leader well, but all he knows is how to fight. He was trained to be a killer, to protect those under his domain, and despite his position as King, he knows where his true talents lie. He is the oldest of four brothers, brothers that he will do everything in his power to protect no matter the cost. He has been searching for his mate for years, and now he has finally found her and will keep her no matter what. What an alpha male Dage was, but oh how delicious…I could gobble him up. He is a King of vampires and shifters alike, he is commanding, needs to have control, is a true leader that demands respect due him. What I admired about Dage was seeing him unravel trying to work things out with Emma, who is just as stubborn and headstrong as he is. Dage is full of pride and arrogance which tends to get him into trouble especially with his mate, who fights him at every turn. The Heroine Emma, is the oldest, and all of her life, she has only known the role of “protector”. Her father was a mean drunk, and would beat them but Emma most especially since she protected her sister Cara. Emma never has let go of that control of a situation, and doesn’t know how to share protective duties. It tends to get her into mischief and all sorts of trouble with Dage. At first she wants her independence and to live her own life, but her heart says differently. She craves Dage, even though she won’t admit it to herself. Emma was a fantastic heroine. Emma is intelligent, sassy, stubborn, and loyal and what a match for Dage. She is no door mat, and despite the abuse she has suffered, fights Dage at every turn, especially when he goes all Neanderthal on her. Plot and Story Line Claimed starts off with excitement and I was instantly hooked, I could barely put this one down. I had such a difficult time putting this one aside, and could barely keep myself from getting too excited. I still can’t believe that it took me this long to get back to this series. I read the first book ages ago, when a fellow blogging friend recommended her to me, and I just adore vampire romances, especially this type of vampire romance. When I first started reading this one, it made me want to read the first book again, which I may end up doing soon. However I have decided to carry on with this series. I am hooked completely, and just can’t get enough. Where has this author been my whole life? hehehe. I adore her writing, and she writes with such an intense and you are overcome with a irresistible feeling that you just have to have your Zanetti fix…its like a drug only better, where the only side effect is complete satisfaction and yearning for more of this talent that sweeps you away. If you have yet to read this author, you are missing out. She has a way with creating stories that entice and pull you magically into her stories of danger, passion, and riveting emotion. The plot is pretty intense, and whew what a climax, and all of the relationships between the brothers was entertaining, they do know how to act like a real family–with plenty of broken bones and bloody noses and a teasing that made me reminisce about my own family relationships. The love story is the center theme, but there is plenty more happening surrounding it, that envelops you like a cocoon. There are some pretty steamy scenes here, and boy is there enough sexual tension to level any playing field. A must read for any paranormal romance lover that needs something different but exhilarating. The Cover i adore the dramatic colors, with the purple and the yellow. Seeing the overlook beneath the couple, I love the almost kiss look we have…just draws you in from the moment you first see it and the first time I saw it I had a hard time getting back to reality. Overall View An engrossing romantic tale of suspense, intrigue, dangerous villains one step ahead of the good guys, a love story that is packed with emotion and sensuality, and a story to entice you for more! CAPTIVATING!
3.5 Stars In this second installment of the Dark Protectors series, The Realm is at war with the Kurjans who have developed a virus to create a slave race of immortal werewolves by infecting shifters. But during their evil experimentation with the virus, the Kurjans also discovered that infecting a vampire's mate would reverse the mating bond, restoring a woman back to human form so she could be forcibly mated by a Kurjan. As the story begins, geneticist Emma Paulsen, who'd been abducted by the Kurjans towards the end of book one, is being delivered, via helicopter, to Franco, the current Kurjan leader who wants her for her psychic abilities ... and as a mate. When, mid-flight, Dage Kayrs—King of The Realm—teleports on board and whisks her away to safety. Haunted by dreams of Emma for more than two hundred years and waiting centuries to find her, Dage is determined that his future Queen wear his mark—sooner rather than later. Emma's had visions of Dage for years, just as she's had visions of her own future ... and death. And knowing that it will destroy him should they become mated, she's equally determined to keep her distance. When a traitor within The Realm, with access to the virus threatening them all, manages to infect Cara, Emma finds herself in a race against time to save her sister's life and that of her unborn child. But she soon discovers that she's going to need more than science to cure those who've been infected. Enter Conn's mate, Moira—the seventh sister of the seventh sister and one very powerful witch. One who's destined to become a member of the Council Nine. And one who may hold the key to curing the virus. Claimed seamlessly follows were book one left off, focusing on the relationship between Dr. Emma Paulsen and the eldest Kayrs brother, Dage. Together, they burn up the pages with their passionate battle of wills, both sparring for control of their relationship, which is a vast improvement over the dynamic between Talen and Cara in Fated. Ironically, I actually grew to like Talen in this story. Still, there were moments when I wanted to smack Dage, and his neanderthal ways, upside the head while shaking some sense into Emma, and her runaway libido. I also had a serious problem—much like with Talen in Fated—with Dage's use of sex as punishment and to manipulate Emma into giving in to his demands. Regardless of the Kayrs brothers and their caveman mentalities, the overall plot of the series has me hooked.
Another enjoyable book in this action packed series that has become a guilty pleasure for me. Why guilty? Because at times I can hear my inner feminist screaming in the back of my mind that these characters are awful examples for women’s rights. I should not be reading this, the lessons it teaches about how to treat women are all wrong. Wrong. I would never tolerate or associate with men that really behaved like the ones in this book. The women are just as bad, not making a stand against the men at all, or they do and then cave with out any fight at all. They also use sex as a weapon in the book to manipulate and get what they want. All really bad examples of how to interact with other people we love and respect. The characters themselves know their behavior is wrong and that it should not be tolerated, but then confess that the men are not going to change. They have a caveman like approach to relationships and the women just need to get used to it. Really, really awful if you think to deeply about it. I also realize that this is a common complaint about the types of books that I read, and maybe romance books in general. This series just seems to be a stronger example of the stereo types in this genre than others I’ve read. So why am I reading the series, and I am going to be reading them all. Because I have decided to not think to deeply about it. It is still a fun sexy read. Like the women in the book I’m choosing to overlook a lot of bad behavior. After all it is just fiction, and there is something that can be learned from a bad example as well as a good one. The story isn’t all bad examples though. We do see a group of brothers that are there for each other and defend them and their mates to the end, the support of friends and family in this series is remarkable. They are also very accepting of each other and the different species in this world, despite the fact that they are going to war. They all are working together towards a greater good, after they find peace I hope they continue to work together to bring the men out of the stone age. There is also real love in the relationships. It happens quickly, but that is a common theme in paranormal books, but once the men fall for or are mated to these women they do cherish them and would give up their lives to protect them. They become complete once they find their mates. Yes, codependency is rampant in this world… Sometimes we just need to escape, and that is what this series does really well. We get a serious situation with plenty of drama and some fierce alpha men along with a steamy romance. It fills that inner desire to be swept off our feet and to become something so precious to someone that they go to any end to posses and protect you. After all don’t we all want to be the center of someone’s universe? Don’t we all want love? Granted in a much healthier way, but in a book the type of relationships this series is portraying is fine, in real life all of these characters should be in counseling.
Dr. Emma Paulsen, a brillant geneticist, is used to running to protect her family from danger. Emma has for years from visions of the future that included silver eyed man and explosions leading to her death. Kurjans want the mates of Vampires for themselves creating a virus and catalyst to ensure this completely. Dage Kayr is King of the Realm, has been waiting three centuries for his mate and isn't going to let her stubborn ways get in the way of their true happiness. There is a traitor amongst them no telling what information has been traded. Emma and Kane are feverishly working on a way to stop the virus and catalyst with little success so far. Conn's mate Moira, a powerful witch, made hold the key to curing the virus and stopping the catalyst too. Dage is trying to hold the kingdom together but lately he cares little for diplomacy or politics. He'd much rather spend time with his mate. Is there a cure for the virus and catalyst? Will Kurjans be stopped? Who is the traitor? Will Emma admit she loves Dage? Can Moira help? Your answers await you in Claimed. This series is just beginning to heat up in it's war with Kurjans. Dage's need for Emma is all about balance. Both have visions of the future but neither is willing to share their information with the other one. Hints as to what prophecy is beginning to show through the story arc. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Just keeps getting better! If other readers out there are anything like me, you always want to see the self- sacrificing, “don’t f**k with me, I am the leader here”, King of the Realm, taken to his knees by a sassy, “don’t tell me what to do, or I’ll kick your butt”, woman! NO....oh well, I do! And this story is all that and a whole lot more! While the war is heating up and mates are at risk, the ruler and oldest Kayrs brother will be blindsided by the one thing he can’t control – fate! Hold onto your seats, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride; but a whole lot of delicious Vampire male may just make submitting worth it!
Since I’m starting to sound like a broken record concerning Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, I’ll most likely make this my last review and just rate the rest as I read them. CLAIMED is my favorite in the series so far. I loved Emma, and Dage is a hero to die for. Ms. Zanetti’s witty dialogue and sense of humor between the characters makes the book a fun, exciting read. What I truly admire about Ms. Zanetti’s style is that she introduces secondary characters gradually, but integrates them in such a way that by the next book, I’m eager to read more about these well fleshed out personalities. That’s talent, and what a great way to hook the reader on the next book…like me! CLAIMED, just another great book by a great author. Focused. Strong. True.
Truely am enjoying this series and highly recommend it to all who enjoy paranormal romances that include mystery and adventure. Can't put them down, just bought the next 3 books in the series.I recommend reading them in order due to the developing back story. Fated, Claimed, Tempted, Hunted, Consumed, Provoked, Twisted and Shadowed are all available now.