Review: Tempted by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Tempted by Rebecca ZanettiTempted by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: #2.5 The Dark Protectors
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington on March 27, 2012
Pages: 90
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four-half-stars  

I really enjoyed this gem of a novella that gave a minor character from the Dark Protector’s series his chance in the limelight. Though it was more compact, this piece still offered up the combo of romance and danger that the full length novels bring. It is definitely a great addition to the series.

Max was adopted into the Kayrs family when Dage Kayrs pulls him out of his miserable existence of abuse and neglect and offers him a home and family. Max is grateful for what Dage and his brothers give him in respect and camaraderie, but even after all this time; he still can’t accept that he’s one of them. He serves as a fighter and a trainer, but it is not until he has the guarding of a precocious and sweet little girl that he finds that he has a heart.

Sarah is on the run after her brother had her put away in an institution because she told the truth about there being real monsters out there. She is startled and scared when a hulking man finds her at her cheap motel room one night and insists she must come with him. Max promises her safety and he even believes in those horrid vampirish creatures that he says aren’t vamps, but Kurjans. But then those very creatures burst in. Sarah runs again and is shocked when Max not only finds her, but admits that he killed four of the monsters. During a night spent in a shelter out of the cold rain, Sarah shares with Max about her dubious gift and he shares about his childhood. They both feel the pull of attraction, but both have their reasons for not wanting to do more than something temporary.

Once away from the shelter, Sarah finds herself on a mission with Max and his friends that leads to shocking disclosures and lots of danger- some the passionate kind with Max.

I had to laugh when I started getting into this one because while Max is not a Kayr by birth, he certainly got the arrogant alpha male genes. He adores Sarah and he can be gentle, but he also has a strong desire to dominate and does. Sarah enjoys all the wonderful endearing things about Max, but she is not the wilting violet type who will let him steamroll her either. They make a wonderful couple. I also enjoyed the extra time with Conn and Jase in the story.

Each new installment in the series just has me eager for the next one.

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.