ARC Review: Tamed by Rebecca Zanetti

ARC Review: Tamed by Rebecca ZanettiTamed by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: #6.5 Dark Protectors
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington on May 15, 2014
Pages: 129
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars  

I have come to really appreciate the ‘in between’ novellas that pull out a couple of intriguing secondary characters and give them their own story.  In this case, it is the vampire version of a second chance romance and it was cute, passionate, exciting, and leaves even more anticipation than ever for the grand finale in the series.

Lily has done her duty all her life even at the cost of following her heart with Caleb Donovan.  She was made a widowed mate shortly into her mating and also a prophet effectively taking away most of her choices.  Now because of the virus that attacks vampire mates, she is free to be with other males and enjoy some excitement before the peace talks commence.  In the meantime, she is having disturbing dreams that call upon her to choose whether she will follow fate’s directive as she always has or follow what her ever instinct tells her and apparently the fate of the world is riding on her choice.

Already frustrated because fate picked him to be the newest prophet when he’s a warrior and a fighter, Caleb can’t believe his eyes when he sees sheltered, starched up, ladylike Lily in a bar and she is planning to proposition a male to scratch her itch.  He lost her hundreds of years ago when she chose duty over him unfortunately his feelings for her never went away.  If Lily needs a male then it’s going to be him.

This story is a direct follow up from the previous book in the series (yes, that’s a recommendation that they be read in order).  It gets to the point quickly yet not so quickly that it doesn’t develop the characters or the story.

Lily is like a woman who has been frozen by time.  There was a part of me that kept asking, ‘Is she for real?’ even while I chuckled over her cute naïveté as she wants to run with the big dogs.  She believes in what she does and believes there is a chance for peace out of the peace talks.  She gets frustrated when Caleb and the others bulldoze over her wishes and the fact that she is a rational and thinking person.  That being said, Caleb stirs her up so that she can barely think straight and the hidden woman comes out and challenges him to take her to the heights of passion.

Caleb is all alpha male.  He just knows how to be a soldier and sees no glory in getting sidelined into this prophet gig.  He will be both and has no intentions of pretending to impartiality amongst the races or believing the peace talks are nothing more than a trap.  Even while he wants Lily, he is highly amused by her Susie Sunshine approach to life which only heightens her appeal for the big gruff warrior.  Caleb was the best part of this story.

In the end, I was mildly taken with Lily and enjoyed Caleb’s larger than life personality.  I was engrossed in finding out what choice Lily would make and then I was taken by surprise by that twist that led into the big ending.

Those who love passionate, lethal and possessive alpha type vampire males, creative paranormal worldbuilding and exciting plots should jump on this series.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

About Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times 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 is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • lols @ her susie sunshine attitude…that is funny. I think I like her already.

    I just discovered R. Zanetti with her super solider series and I like her writing style. She keeps things very exciting 😉

    • This couple was funny because they definitely looked at things in different ways.

      I love her super soldier series too. But this one was the first series I started and got me hooked. She writes a unique paranormal world with the vampires getting most of the attention. She has two species of vamps and all sorts of other stuff going on. I’m just waiting on the last book in both series now.

      • I think I’m going to have to give this one a try. Unique in the paranormal world specially with vampires is a good thing.

  • Great review! I haven’t read her books yet, but I have them all on my list, and I think one or two on my Kindle.

    Enjoy!
    TBQ

    • Thanks! I hope you like them when you get a chance to pick the first one up. Her guys are so alpha and her gals are so sassy.

  • *flails* Why have I not read these yet?!! I love all of her other stuff but still haven’t gotten this series under my belt. I even have the first couple. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 He sounds delicious and she..well somehow you made her sound pretty endearing with her naivete which is something that usually will have me grinding me teeth but I’m thinking may just work for me here. 🙂

    • Oh, yes! Her paranormal world is interesting and a bit different even though it will have some dynamics that remind you of some of the other brotherhood-type warrior PNR.

      As to this heroine, yes, she was cute, but I’ll admit that the cute-tough act did skitter along the line of annoying. She was redeemed by her toughness when she needed to be.