Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on October 25, 2011
Meeting the characters of the Dark Protectors series has peaked my interest. Especially for each brother as they find their mates. The war is a pesky little thing to the side, but I was delighted to see that just because it was a new love story, we didn’t dump the ongoing story from Fated.
Emma Paulsen is on the run, but also staying one step ahead of the bad guys who used her research for bad things. A geneticist, she is now looking for a way to save her sister, Cara. Cara is the heroine from the first story, Fated. Thinking she was working on a cancer cure, Emma stumbled upon the vampire race, or so she believed only to find out they are an off shoot race that are quite evil with plans to kill mate connections so females can be taken from the good guy vampires. Or the fact they want to turn shifters into were-animals that do their bidding. So many bad things coming out and Emma also sees visions of the future. So she already knows she will fall in love with someone and cause them unbearable pain. Avoiding that is her way of trying to avoid it all, but she has met her match in her mate.
Dage Kayrs is the King of the Realm. His brothers brokered the peace deal years, but things have heated up with the kidnapping of his new sister-in-law. For years he has dreamed of one woman. The woman he knows will be his mate is now in the hands of his enemy and there is no way the King is going to let his Queen get away.
The story is a little back and forthy for me. See Emma sees a future of her death and her mate’s grieving. She tries so hard to keep from giving her all to him, but she throws the King stuff in his face. He often tells her there are two parts of him. He is a man. He is a King. And while they are both a part of him, he is a man with her and the man is dominant, protective, in love and not going to take her avoidance. Especially since he doesn’t have the visions she is holding close to her chest. He knows she is hiding something from him, but he is giving her time to trust him with that part of her. Oh, but that gets them into all kinds of steamy trouble.
Emma though is a little obsessive about her science. It doesn’t help that her sister is mated, pregnant and now suffering from something the bad guys have slipped into her food. She’s not the only one it hit, but each has their own problems. Emma is the older sister and used to taking care of Cara even though Cara is a full grown woman. Their childhood was abusive and Emma often drew their father’s attention so Cara could hide. See they both have special powers and their father thought of them as evil beings. He wasn’t a good guy to begin with so when Emma sees his death, she does nothing to stop it, but it also takes her mother which is where she feels the most guilt.
The story moves at a fast brisk pace. Time is of the essence as women are starting to be taken, poisoned and put into danger. Enemies must decide to make alliances with good or evil and Dage is calling in all his markers and favors.
The story is intense, with a dominant male who isn’t afraid to use his strength and power to make Emma believe in him as the man not the king. Often the stories paint the women as strong, but hiding something the men are determined to get. They want their strong women, but they also want them to fall in line. This is a little of where I get antsy. The domination of making the women do what they want through sex. It’s a good story and maybe Dage is right, but it felt a little over the top at times.
While Fated introduced the race, Claimed introduces a lot more of the inter-connecting species we are bringing in to gear up for a full out war. For now, I think we will stick with the family, but the furry friends are going to have to get a story or two out of this series!
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