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Fated (Dark Protectors Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Zanetti
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Book Description

Marry Me

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem. . .

Or Else

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice. . .

"Hot and fast from beginning to end." --Kate Douglas

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From Publishers Weekly

Neither her empathic abilities nor her role as the single mother of psychic four-year-old Janie prepares plant physiologist Cara Paulsen for the intruder who claims to be kidnapping Cara and Janie for their own good. Janie assures Cara that Talen Kayrs really is trying to protect them from great danger, but Cara's skeptical, especially after learning that Talen is a vampire certain she's fated to be his mate. He insists they marry at once so Cara and Janie can be under the protection of his family. The mysterious enemy Kurjans covet women with special abilities and particularly want to get their hands on Janie. Cara wants to keep her daughter safe, but can she trust this domineering, sexy vampire? Debut author Zanetti bolsters this rather absurd setup with steamy scenes and some genuinely warm moments. (Mar.)
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"Talented Rebecca Zanetti provides an entertaining engaging paranormal romance. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate the efforts of the hero and the mommy, who as they fall in love, risk their lives to keep her gifted toddler safe from a nasty group who has long term eugenic plans for young females with special skills." --Harriet Klausner at Alternative Worlds Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IWR36U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A three and a half for me, but I'm rounding up March 18, 2011
By Kaye
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fated--another new twist in the Vampire world. I would define it as alpha male (extreme), heavy on the sex (big plus), and entertaining, minus a few irritants.

I'd have to agree with the Publishers Weekly comment: "Zanetti bolsters this rather absurd setup with steamy scenes." That being said, the book was a definite 3 1/2 stars but not a five. Now I didn't struggle with the premise of a fated sexual attraction between the two, that I believe was well played. The big stick in the craw that haunted me for the first half of the book was how Cara caved to the attraction so quickly, and I only struggled with it because she has a daughter to consider. One example: who--paranormal romance or not--is going to make out with their kidnapper minutes into the kidnapping and with her daughter within plain view. Yeah sure, Talen assures Cara that her daughter can't see and that he's there to help, but it was still a WTH moment. And why was it necessary that she remain separated from her daughter for five weeks? If Talen's off raiding, why couldn't Dage just fly up and retrieve Cara so she could join Janie? And yes, I know those who disagree with my review will say because then we lose the bonding time between Talen and Cara. However, we really didn't get a lot of touching, two-strangers-getting-to-know-one-another moments. Their relationship or "mating" is forced from the gate, and it feels that way.

On the plus side, Zanetti has created some intriguing characters and history. The Kayrs family sucked me right in--lots of big, bad vamps to develop there (Yum! Liking Con and Dage). I thoroughly enjoyed how the brothers had taken to their new niece. Those scenes were endearing--more so then some of the scenes between Cara and Talen. In all honesty, I was more interested in the secondary characters then Cara and Talen. Ultimately, I think Zanetti has HUGE potential with this intriguing paranormal world she's created, I just struggled with this particular plot.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars enthusiastically but artlessly written November 14, 2011
Taken from her home - for her own safety, of course - in the middle of the night by the sexy stranger Talen, Cara and her young daughter find themselves thrust into a secret world of vampires and other mythical beings.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. But man, it was a bumpy ride. I read much of it with a furrowed brow. It just didn't make sense, and I don't mean the supernatural stuff. The characters' reactions, why they went certain places and stayed there for certain amounts of time, every step of the way the thing was just nonsensical. Take, for example, the very first scene. A stranger breaks into Cara's home and forcibly takes her and her small daughter, puts her daughter in his car, and then proceeds to kiss the daylights out of her. What does Cara do? She gets so hot she forgets everything, including the fact that her frightened child is locked in the car. I don't care how sexy the man is, no mom is going to do that, or no decent mom anyway. This is exactly the kind of thing that happens again and again in this book: nonsensical crap.

It doesn't help that the characters aren't very likable, either. Talen is an overbearing jerk, and he and Cara have an uncomfortable, unpleasant relationship where the reader is constantly jerked around: he's amused by her spunk, he's infuriated by it. She doesn't trust him and tries to get away, she "knows in her heart" he would never hurt her, rinse, repeat. He's domineering, she fights against it but is ultimately turned on ridiculously much by his dominance. I got darn tired of hearing how sopping wet she gets from his dominance. The hero telling the heroine to run before chasing her around the house is not my idea of foreplay.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining engaging paranormal romance February 27, 2011
Plant physiologist Dr. Cara Paulsen is an empath raising her four years old child Janie by herself. The botanist will do anything to keep her beloved Janie, who has psychic skills, safe.

When stranger Talen Kayrs introduces himself, he insists he is protecting her and Janie. She assumes he is a lunatic, but Janie reassures her that he is legitimate. He also demands she marry him so his family will be obligated to protect both of the Paulsen's as the Kurjans want females with special skills especially Janie. Extremely reluctant though Janie says otherwise, Cara refuses initially to marry him when she realizes the visitor is a three-century old vampire though his touch lights her on fire with desire.

Although the incongruous basis for the triangle relationship is over the top, readers will quickly ignore the opening encounters as talented Rebecca Zanetti provides an entertaining engaging paranormal romance. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate the efforts of the hero and the mommy, who as they fall in love, risk their lives to keep her gifted toddler safe from a nasty group who has long term eugenic plans for young females with special skills.

Harriet Klausner
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Youser! April 25, 2011
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Drats! I have to wait until October for the next book. I couldn't put Fated down. I enjoyed everything about this story even though I am not all that wowy about the male alpha thing. It sure helped that I liked the leads, Cara and Talen and I especially enjoyed the relationship that 4 year old Janie had with the vamp family and how she could turn them all to mush. Very enjoyable and looking forward to more from this gifted author.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

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.

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