Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Rebecca Zanetti: Provoked

Title: Provoked
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #5
Release Date: November 1, 2012

My Rating: 4 Stars

A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…

Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!

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