Vampire Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.
Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.
“Hot and fast from beginning to end.”
—Kate Douglas on Fated
“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
About the Author
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.
Please visit Rebecca at www.rebeccazanetti.com.
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Dr. Faith Cooper scanned through the medical chart on her tablet while keeping a brisk pace in her dark boots through the hospital hallway, trying to ignore the chill in the air. "The brain scan was normal. What about the respiratory pattern?" she asked, reading the next page.
"Normal. We can't find any neurological damage," Dr. Barclay said, matching his long-legged stride easily to hers. His brown hair was swept back from an angled face with intelligent blue eyes. "The patient is in a coma with no brain activity, but his body is ... well ..."
"Perfectly healthy," Faith said, scanning the nurse's notes, wondering if Barclay was single. "The lumbar puncture was normal, and there's no evidence of a stroke."
"No. The patient presents as healthy except for the coma. It's an anomaly," Barclay replied, his voice rising.
Interesting. "Any history of drugs?" Sometimes drugs could cause a coma.
"No," Barclay said. "No evidence that we've found."
Lights flickered along the corridor as she passed through the doorway to the intensive-care unit. "What's wrong with the lights?" Faith asked, her attention jerking from the medical notes.
"It's been happening on and off for the last two days. The maintenance department is working on it, as well as on the temperature fluctuations." Barclay swept his hand out. No ring. Might not be married. "This morning we moved all the other patients to the new ICU in the western addition that was completed last week."
That explained the vacant hall and nearly deserted nurses' station. Only one woman monitored the screens spread across the desk. She nodded as Faith and Dr. Barclay passed by, her gaze lingering on the cute man.
The cold was getting worse. It was early April, raining and a little chilly. Not freezing.
Faith shivered. "Why wasn't this patient moved with the others?"
"Your instructions were to leave him exactly in place until you arrived," Barclay said, his face so cleanly shaven he looked like a cologne model. "We'll relocate him after your examination."
Goose bumps rose on her arms. She breathed out, and her breath misted in the air. This was weird. It'd never happen in the hospital across town where she worked. Her hospital was on the other side of Denver, but her expertise with coma patients was often requested across the world. She glanced back down at the tablet. "Where's his Glasgow Coma Scale score?"
"He's at a three," Barclay said grimly.
A three? That was the worst score for a coma patient. Basically, no brain function.
Barclay stopped her. "Dr. Cooper. I just want to say thank you for coming right away." He smiled and twin dimples appeared. The nurses probably loved this guy. "I heard about the little girl in Seattle. You haven't slept in — what? Thirty hours?"
It felt like it. She'd put on a clean shirt, but it was already wrinkled beneath her white lab coat. Faith patted his arm, finding very nice muscle tone. When was the last time she'd been on a date? "I'm fine. The important part is that the girl woke up." It had taken Faith seven hours of doing what she shouldn't be able to do: Communicate somehow with coma patients. This one she'd been able to save, and now a six-year-old girl was eating ice cream with her family in the hospital. Soon she'd go home. "Thank you for calling me."
He nodded, and she noticed his chin had a small divot — Cary Grant style. "Of course. You're legendary. Some say you're magic."
Faith forced a laugh. "Magic. That's funny." Straightening her shoulders, she walked into the ICU and stopped moving, forgetting all about the chart and the doctor's dimples. "What in the world?" she murmured.
Only one standard bed remained in the sprawling room. A massive man overwhelmed it, his shoulders too wide to fit on the mattress. He was at least six-foot-six, his bare feet hanging off the end of the bed. The blankets had been pushed to his waist to make room for the myriad of electrodes set across his broad and muscular chest. Very muscular. "Why is his gown open?"
"It shouldn't be," Barclay said, looking around. "I'll ask the nurse after you do a quick examination. I don't mind admitting that I'm stymied here."
A man who could ask for help. Yep. Barclay was checking all the boxes. "Is this the correct patient?" Faith studied his healthy coloring and phenomenal physique. "There's no way this man has been in a coma for longer than a couple of days."
Barclay came to a halt, his gaze narrowing. He slid a shaking hand through his thick hair. "I understand, but according to the fire marshal, this patient was buried under piles of rocks and cement from the tunnel cave-in below the Third Street bridge that happened nearly seven years ago."
Faith moved closer to the patient, noting the thick dark hair that swept back from a chiseled face. A warrior's face. She blinked. Where the hell had that thought come from? "That's impossible." She straightened. "Anybody caught in that collapse would've died instantly, or shortly thereafter. He's not even bruised."
"What if he was frozen?" Barclay asked, balancing on sneakers.
Faith checked over the still-healthy tone of the patient's skin. "Not a chance." She reached for his wrist to check his pulse.
Electricity zipped up her arm and she coughed. What the heck was that? His skin was warm and supple, the strength beneath it obvious. She turned her wrist so her watch face was visible and then started counting. Curiosity swept her as she counted the beats. "When was he brought in?" She'd been called just three hours ago to consult on the case and hadn't had a chance to review the complete file.
"A week ago," Barclay said, relaxing by the door.
Amusement hit Faith full force. Thank goodness. For a moment, with the flickering lights, freezing air, and static electricity, she'd almost traveled to an imaginary and fanciful place. She smiled and released the man's wrist. "All right. Somebody is messing with me." She'd just been named the head of neurology at Northwest Boulder Hospital. Her colleagues must have gone to a lot of trouble — tons, really — to pull this prank. "Did Simons put you up to this?"
Barclay blinked, truly looking bewildered. He was cute. Very much so. Just the type who'd appeal to Faith's best friend, Louise. And he had an excellent reputation. Was this Louise's new beau? "Honestly, Dr. Cooper. This is no joke." He motioned toward the monitor screen that displayed the patient's heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and intracranial pressure.
It had to be. Faith looked closer at the bandage covering the guy's head and the ICP monitor that was probably just taped beneath the bandage. "I always pay back jokes, Dr. Barclay." It was fair to give warning.
Barclay shook his head. "No joke. After a week of tests, we should see something here that explains his condition, but we have nothing. If he was injured somehow in the caved-in area, there'd be evidence of such. But ... nothing." Barclay sighed. "That's why we requested your help."
None of this made any sense. The only logical conclusion was that this was a joke. She leaned over the patient to check the head bandage and look under it.
The screen blipped.
Barclay gasped and moved a little closer to her. "What was that?"
Man, this was quite the ruse. She was so going to repay Simons for this. Dr. Louise Simons was always finding the perfect jokes, and it was time for some payback. Playing along, Faith leaned over the patient again.
This close, her fingers tingled with the need to touch the hard angles of this guy's face. Was he some sort of model? Bodybuilder? His muscles were sleek and smooth — natural like a wild animal's. So probably not a bodybuilder. There was something just so male about him that he made Barclay fade into the meh zone. Her friends had chosen well. This guy was sexy on a sexy stick of pure melted sexiness. "I'm going to kill Simons," she murmured, not sure if she meant it. As jokes went, this was impressive. This guy wasn't a patient and he wasn't in a coma. So she indulged herself and smoothed his hair back from his wide forehead.
BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP
His skin was warm, although the room was freezing. "This is amazing," she whispered, truly touched. The planning that had to have gone into it. "How long did this take to set up?"
Barclay coughed, no longer appearing quite so perfect or masculine compared to the patient. "Stroke him again."
Well, all righty then. Who wouldn't want to caress a guy like this? Going with the prank, Faith flattened her hand in the middle of the guy's thorax, feeling a very strong heartbeat. "You can stop acting now," she murmured, leaning toward his face. "You've done a terrific job." Would it be totally inappropriate to ask him out for a drink after he stopped pretending to be unconscious? He wasn't really a patient, and man, he was something. Sinewed strength and incredibly long lines. "How about we get you out of here?" Her mouth was just over his.
His eyelids flipped open.
Barclay yelped and windmilled back, hitting an orange guest chair and landing on his butt on the floor.
The patient grabbed Faith's arm in an iron-strong grip. "Faith."
She blinked and then warmth slid through her. "Yeah. That's me." Man, he was hot. All right. The coming out of a coma and saying her name was kind of cool. But it was time to get to the truth. "Who are you?"
He shook his head. "Gde, chert voz'mi, ya?"
She blinked. Wow. A Russian model? His eyes were a metallic aqua. Was he wearing contacts? "Okay, buddy. Enough with the joke." She gently tried to pull loose, but he held her in place, his hand large enough to encircle her entire bicep.
He blinked, his eyes somehow hardening. They started to glow an electric blue, sans the green. "Where am I?" His voice was low and gritty. Hoarse to a point that it rasped through the room, winding around them.
The colored contacts were seriously high-tech.
"You speak Russian and English. Extraordinary." She twisted her wrist toward her chest, breaking free. The guy was probably paid by the hour. "The jig is up, handsome." Whatever his rate, he'd earned every dime. "Tell Simons to come out from wherever she's hiding." Faith might have to clap for her best friend. This deserved applause.
The guy ripped the fake bandage off his head and then yanked the EKG wires away from his chest. He shoved himself to a seated position. The bed groaned in protest. "Where am I?" He partially turned his head to stare at the now-silent monitor. "What the hell is that?" His voice still sounded rough and sexy.
Just how far was he going to take this? "The joke is over." Faith glanced at Barclay on the floor, who was staring at the patient with wide eyes. "You're quite the actor, Dr. Barclay." She smiled.
Barclay grabbed a chair and hauled himself to his feet, the muscles in his forearms tightening. "Wh — what's happening?"
Faith snorted and moved past him, looking down the now-darkened hallway. Dim yellow emergency lights ignited along the ceiling. "They've cut the lights." Delight filled her. She lifted her voice. "Simons? Payback is a bitch, but this is amazing. Much better than April fool's." After Faith had filled Louise's car with balloons filled with sparkly confetti — guaranteed to blow if a door opened and changed the pressure in the vehicle — Simons had sworn vengeance.
"Louise?" Faith called again. Nothing. Just silence. Faith sighed. "You win. I bow to your pranking abilities."
Ice started to form on the wall across the doorway. "How are you doing that?" Faith murmured, truly impressed.
A growl came from behind her, and she jumped, turning back to the man on the bed.
He'd just growled?
She swallowed and studied him. What the heck? The saline bag appeared genuine. Moving quickly, she reached his arm. "They are actually pumping saline into your blood?" Okay. The joke had officially gone too far.
Something that looked like pain flashed in his eyes. "Who died? I felt their deaths, but who?"
She shook her head. "Come on. Enough." He was an excellent actor. She could almost feel his agony.
The man looked at her, his chin lowering. Sitting on the bed, he was as tall as she was, even though she was standing in her favorite two-inch heeled boots. Heat poured off him, along with a tension she couldn't ignore.
She shivered again, and this time it wasn't from the cold.
Keeping her gaze, he tore out the IV.
Blood dribbled from his vein. She swallowed and fought the need to step back. "All right. Too far, Simons," she snapped. "Waaaay too far."
Barclay edged toward the door. "I don't understand what's happening."
Faith shook her head. "Occam's razor, Dr. Barclay." Either the laws of physics had just changed or this was a joke. The simplest explanation was that Simons had just won the jokester title for all time. "Enough of this, though. Who are you?" she asked the actor.
He slowly turned his head to study Dr. Barclay before focusing back on her. "When did the shield fall?"
The shield? He seemed so serious. Eerily so. Would Simons hire a crazy guy? No. Faith tapped her foot and heat rose to her face, her temper stirring. "Listen. This has been fantastic, but it's getting old. I'm done."
The guy grabbed her arm, his grip unbreakable this time. "Did both shields fail?"
Okay. Her heart started to beat faster. Awareness pricked along her skin. "Let go of me."
"No." The guy pushed from the bed and shrugged out of his gown, keeping hold of her. "What the fuck?" He looked at the Foley catheter inserted into his penis and then down to the long white anti-embolism stockings that were supposed to prevent blood clots.
Faith's breath caught. Holy shit. The catheter and TED hose were genuine. And his penis was huge. She looked up at his face. The TED hose might add a realistic detail to a joke, but no way would any responsible medical personnel insert a catheter for a gag. Simons wouldn't have done that. "What's happening?" Faith tried to yank her arm free, but he held her tight.
Dr. Barclay looked from her to the mostly naked male. "Who are you?" he whispered.
"My name is Ronan," the guy said, reaching for the catheter, which was attached to a urine-collection bag at the end of the bed. "What fresh torture is this?"
"Um," Faith started.
His nostrils flared. "Why would you collect my piss?"
Huh? "We're not," she protested. "You were in a coma. That's just a catheter."
He gripped the end of the tube, his gaze fierce.
"No —" Faith protested just as he pulled it out, grunting and then snarling in what had to be intense pain.
God. Was he on PCP or something? She frantically looked toward Barclay and mouthed the words security and Get the nurse out of here.
Barclay nodded and turned, running into the hallway.
"Where are we?" Ronan asked, drawing her toward him.
She put out a hand to protest, smashing her palm into his ripped abdomen. "Please. Let me go." She really didn't want to kick him in his already reddening penis. "You could've just damaged your urethra badly."
He started dragging her toward the door, his strength beyond superior. A sprawling tattoo covered his entire back. It looked like ... a dark image of his ribs with lighter spaces between? Man, he was huge. "We must go."
Oh, there was no we. Whatever was happening right now wasn't good, and she had to get some space to figure this out. "I don't want to hurt you," she said, fighting his hold.
She drew in air and kicked him in the back of the leg, twisting her arm to gain freedom.
Faster than she could imagine, he pivoted, moving right into her. Heat and muscle and strength. He more than towered over her, fierce even though he was naked. She yelped and backpedaled, striking up for his nose.
He blocked her punch with his free hand and growled again, fangs sliding down from his incisors.
She stopped moving and her brain fuzzed. Fangs? Okay. This wasn't a joke. Somebody was seriously messing with her, and maybe they wanted her hurt. She couldn't explain the eyes and the fangs, so this had to be bad. This guy was obviously capable of inflicting some real damage. His eyes morphed again to the electric blue, and somehow he broadened even more, looking more animalistic than human.
"I don't understand," she said, her voice shaking as her mind tried to make sense of what her eyes were seeing. "Who are you? Why were you unconscious in a coma? How did you know my name?"
He breathed out, his broad chest moving with the effort. The fangs slowly slid back up, and his eyes returned to the sizzling aqua. "My name is Ronan Kayrs, and I was unconscious because the shield fell." He eyed her, tugging her even closer. "I know your name because I spent four hundred years seeing your face and feeling your soft touch in my dreams."
Excerpted from "Vampire's Faith"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A return to the Realm! Faith and Ronan were nothing I expected, and some of everything I needed. I'm just going to write that this is a beginning to a new series. If you have read the Realm Enforcers series, you will see some favorites. If you haven't read them, you might miss nuances of the story. I don't think I can write an in depth review without giving stuff away... I really enjoyed this book.
I love this author. This book was a little disappointing. When I read this book it startsed out great but then the female character became very annoying to me then there was the lack of reconnection to the other Kayers members from the previous books. It reads like the beginning of a spin-off series and not part of the original series. If this is the case then this new series should be considered something else closely related. Other than that this book was a delightful read and I'm not interested in starting a new series at this moment. I am hopeful for more but I think I'm done with the dark protector series since this book came out. I will keep watching for more of the series but if it continues like this then it was a good ending and for the past books, the series deserves 110% 16 gold stars. I found this book entertaining, funny, at times annoying, frustrating, no problems with gramatical errors that I noticed, a different change of pace, off base with the rest of the series, and kinda bitter sweet. You must read it to know what I mean. So to all Zanetti fans either this is the last or the first and hope you find it a well rounded different kind of book. Happy reading
Really liked this spinoff but would like more involvement from the original characters. I felt like the story line lacked by their lack of being mentioned.
So I am not sure where all the 5 star reviews came from. Honestly, I love love this author and have loved the entire series. I was so excited to find out it wasn't complete and a new novel was out. And then I started to read.... the book started out great. I was loving it... then Faith just got annoying. Like okay we know its hard to believe but it just got drug out way too long. Then this seemingly brilliant doctor turned into the absurd tstl female. I have been trying to force myself to finish but it has been a struggle to do so. I seriously put the phone down to go fold laundry! I have never had this happen before with this author. I am so dissapointed.
I had problems being patient with Faith. Her narcistic pride continually put everyone at risk.
The Dark Protectors are back and just as sexy and exiciting as ever! Just frustrating to wait 6 months between each book...
Mrs. Zanetti has done it again. I was hooked before the first chapter was done. The chemistry between Ronan and Faith is amazing, and so many breathless action scenes I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I can't believe I have to wait until January for Logan's book.
Vampires, demons and witches. Oh my! Rebecca Zanetti is back with a glue your eyes to the page read. The story/ plot is all new but still manages to bring in material from her last two series. The characters are delightful and still have moments of wanting to hug and shake them. Come and meet The Seven! This books can be read before her other series (after all it is the start to a new series), but it does have references to the previous series, so it's MUCH more enjoyable to read them all in order. If you enjoy Paranormal Romance, this book...ALL Rebecca Zanetti's books are a must read.
I am so happy that Rebecca Zanetti decided to continue writing her Dark Protector series after we all thought she ended it with the epic conclusion book 'Marked' back in 2014. Vampires Faith is a great book for new readers to start reading as she introduces us to new characters, grown up characters of children who were born during the series and our old favorites we love.
Dr. Faith Cooper thought her friend was playing a joke on her when she was called in to witness something odd, but when said patient wakes up and claims to be a vampire from another time, she thinks it’s time he visit the psych ward. When odd men start hunting them down and she has a hard time resisting him, he might just be telling the truth. This was a pretty good book. I liked following Faith from beginning to end as she learned about this dangerous world and figured out her place in it. I look forward to reading the next story in this series. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
So glad she is extending the series, one of my favorites!
I loved this book. I usually don’t leave a Lot of recommendations for books but... this series is definitely the exception! I have read all of the books in the series so far and I am IN LOVE!! I’ve been desperately waiting for a new book. I’ve even been somewhat patient... most of the time. I’m so grateful you have decided to pick up your Realm characters again. I for one say “KEEP ‘em COMING!
She reminded me why i loved this series. Wonderful
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I have started collecting this series and have 4 of the 8 so far, but haven’t gotten this book yet. The cover is nice, but I wish the tat was there or the mating mark. This is the 8th book in the series, but my first time reading this series. It is for adults only due to the violence and steamy content. I really want to read all of this series and the Realm series too because I think it will fill in info for me. I don’t know this series, so I could really feel for both Ronan and Faith who were trying to figure things out because I was doing the same. I bet if I was caught up in this series it would be even better, and it is already pretty great. I love books with tons of action, and this was definitely a page turner. I loved going on this adventure with Ronan and Faith. This world is a mixed paranormal world with all sorts of species…some good and some not. I can’t wait to read more of this series and more of Rebecca’s works. I highly recommend to anyone who love complex paranormal worlds with an assortment of species! I need more of this world and hopefully in the future Grace’s story!
With Vampire’s Faith, we return to the Dark Protectors world along with Ronan Kayrs. Ronan has been in another dimension for many years. When his part of the protective wall fails, Ronan wakes in a world totally unfamiliar to him, and to his mate. Faith is a scientist, a doctor. She is having a hard time believing that Ronan is sane, let alone that he is a vampire and she is his mate. These two make a great pair. Challenge is a good word to describe their relationship. This installment of Dark Protectors is a familiar enough that the reader glides right back into the Realm and its fight against evil. The Kurjans are still here and scheming against the vampires. We get a glimpse of familiar characters and a hint of what has been happening in the Realm. The characters are strong, determined, and protective. The story is a page-turner – exciting, intense and dangerous. Vampire’s Faith is a winner, an excellent addition to the series. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The review is my own.
It's been so long since we had been first introduced to the Dark Protectors! Rebecca, your writing (especially Dark Protectors) is like book-crack for me. Once I pick it up, I can't stop until the ride ls over. Will the Seven come to the Realm and join for es with all the Kayrs? Will Faith and Emma join together and work to solve medical mysteries? Will Adare and Grace complete the entire mating ritual and fall in love? Will they find the other 2 keys? Bring it, Rebecca. We need MORE!!!
Yay the Dark Protectors is back!!!! This is the story of Ronan and Faith. Ronan is part of the Seven and was not supposed to show up in the time and place that he did. He was found and sent to the local hospital where he meets his mate. Dr. Faith Cooper was called into assess this special patient who baffled the local doctors. She gets the shock of her life when he awakes with fangs instead of teeth and proclaiming something about being mates. She deals with facts and science and she can't get her mind wrapped around Ronan and his claims. She can't even deny the feelings that he stirs up in her but doesn't know how to deal with it at all. This is a great story full of hot moments, action, suspense. I was hooked from beginning to end. I can't wait for the next book in the series and I would recommend it to all paranormal romance lovers. Well done!!
The Dark Protectors are Back! Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds. Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both. Review: This is the eighth book in the series and i have missed some books between the last one I read and this one. I think I really missed some great back story/references by having not read the other books in between. It is great paranormal romance and fully intend to read the rest of the books to catch up on what I missed. I love when opposites attract and that is definitely the case in this. I love Faith she is strong, smart, caring, and willing to do what she needs to to help those she cares for. Now Ronan, the hero, is the strong warrior alpha type, but has been locked away for hundreds of years. From the moment Ronan wakes from his coma and finds Faith, they really have the instant chemistry but it is the love/hate kind. She has had a hard life and is having a hard time coming to terms with everything thrown at her and wants to concentrate on saving her sister. She wants Ronan and the intimate scenes between them are hot, but Ronan wants her to mate with him (which for them is for life) to help secure her power. Of course, Faith says no...smart girl with a proposition like that who would say yes...lol Poor Ronan though really does fall hard for the girl and they do work out their insecurities ,misunderstandings and stubbornness. These are two very likable characters that I think anyone could relate to. There is lot of action and machinations going on in this book, all are not answered in this continuing story line. I cannot wait to see what happens in future books, especially Grace and Adare. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
After surviving a sacrifice to rid the world of ultimate evil Ronan Kayrs, a vampire, emerges from a coma in modern times, several hundred years later. He is immediately face -to-face with the woman he has been dreaming of for hundreds of years, his soul mate, who also happens to be his doctor. Dr. Faith Cooper believes in science and not much else. She feels the connection with Ronan but denies anything beyond simple attraction. She certainly doesn't believe in vampires, even when she sees proof, so admitting or accepting that she is his mate? Hah! We are taken on a ride as Ronan and Faith try to stop the evil Ullric from being released from his mystical prison. His followers, the Cyst and the Kurjans, are trying to kill Ronan to free their leader. They are after Faith as well. Along the way Ronan has to acclimate to modern slang, technology, clothing, weapons, language, etc. Needless to say he has some funny moments. Plus the chemistry between Ronan and Faith just keeps getting stronger until they finally both give in. This was my first book my Rebecca Zanetti and I am hooked. I already download the first five books in this series from my library. The author creates vivid characters, great world building and a tight plot. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. I would like to thank NetGalley for early access to this book.
I’m not a fan of long series. I like to get in and out and move on to the next group of characters. However, I fell in love with this author’s Dark Protectors a long time ago and over the last year, I fell even harder as I dove into this and the Realm series. Needless to say, when I learned there would be a new book I was ecstatic! Faith is a neurologist whose specialty is working with coma patients. Her own history has led her down this path and now it’s leading her to a strange occurrence happening within the hospital. Ronan has spent the last thousand years in a prison to protect his people from evil. Somehow the shields have fallen and he has been released. The first thing he sees when he awakens is the woman he has dreamed of. His mate. This is a huge possessive, protective alpha hero and a determined, I’m going to do it my way, heroine. They clash and battle but ultimately they are drawn to each other. While Faith has a hard time wrapping her scientific mind around what she is being told, she trusts what she sees with her eyes. Now she is caught up in a battle against time in order to save the Enhanced and prevent the rest of the shields from falling. While I enjoyed this, a lot, I was a bit aggravated at Faith’s persistence that Ronan would not tell her what to do. I understood her, but it started to feel a bit childish. Despite that, I loved the chemistry between this couple. It was hot and fiery and dang but the people around them have the worse timing! Ronan having no knowledge of the world around him was adorable and a bit quirky. It made him cute and endeared him to me early on. I did think he needed to hash things out with Faith by communicating rather than demanding, but hey, he’s a Kayrs and that’s just the way they roll. There is a ton of action in this story and some old friends as well as new that are introduced. This story made me feel like I was sliding on a pair of well-worn and comfortable slippers as this author takes us back into the realm of vampires, dragons, witches and shifters. Not all show up here but I have no doubt we’ll be seeing them in the books that follow and I’m all over that!
Ronan is not familiar with all the changes that have taken place since he agreed to be part of the Seven and protect the world the Kurjan, Ulric. But he does recognize his mate, Faith, from his dreams. When he reveals himself to Faith, she realizes that there's a whole world out there that she knew nothing about. Ronan is determined to continue to protect the world from the Kurjans and to protect and claim Faith. Faith is determined to save her sister who has been in a coma for two years and to figure out her unusual attraction to Ronan. There are fights with the Kurjans, disagreements between the potential mates, new characters, and old friends. Everything needed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
4.5* This is the first book in Rebecca Zanetti’s next DP saga and I can not wait to read more. The world building and new characters mixed with past characters from the Dark Protectors series is very exciting. Dr. Faith Cooper specializes in coma patients and has a gift at bring them out of their coma state. With everything she knows and her secret weird gift she can’t help the one patient that means the most, her sister Grace. When she’s checking a patient and he suddenly wakes and knows her name she’s surprised because she’s never met him before. Ronan Kayrs “The Butcher” a member of The Seven and an ancestor to the Realm gave up his life for the protection of his people. He's been imprisoned in a dimensional bubble for centuries to guard the evil Kurjan shield, Ulric. Somehow his bubble was broken and he awakens in this new and very strange century. The first person his eyes meet when he comes out of his coma is the one he’s dreamed of, his mate, Faith. The word is out that The Butcher is alive and the Kurjan and Cyst are after him. He must protect Faith, find his brothers of The Seven and learn this new world of carts moving with out horses, huge buildings and Siri. Faith wants to save her sister so badly she doesn’t know who to believe, Ronan the male who makes her finally feel safe or the Kurjan’s who offer her a possible cure. Science and emotions do not mix in Faith’s world, can she trust Ronan and the unbelievable world she never knew existed or stick with what she sees and science as she knows it? This book is nail biting suspenseful, funny, heartbreaking and sexy as h$ll. Ronan is a century’s old alpha male and Faith is a modern woman who does not like to be told what to do. It was fun to sit back and watch these two bump heads and find their way through this mating.
Another great book by Rebecca Zanetti. I loved that she introduced someone from the Kayrs family that we didn't know previously, but that we also got to see some of the people we know and love. I also thought the new conflict was a creative way to extend the series. Can't wait to read Demon's Mercy!