Review: Wicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Wicked Bite by Rebecca ZanettiWicked Bite by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Realm Enforcers #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Lyrical Press on August 1, 2017
Pages: 298
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Tessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it . .

The Delight

Things have been coming to this moment through the whole Realm Enforcers series.  Who is making and selling the drugs to kill off all the witch nation and why?  And look at that, its Bear’s story, too.  Can it get any better?

Review

As I said, this is Bear’s story and is the fifth book in the Realm Enforcers series.  The series has changed out romance leads with each book, but the characters are all connected as is the main mystery plot thread so it is best read in order.  And if you are just coming to these, it works even better read after the conclusion of the Dark Protectors series since its a spin-off with some crossover characters.

But back to Bear…  the loner, secretive and tough alpha shifter of the Bear Nation and head of the Grizzlies MC.  Bear has been an intriguing side character since book one.  Slowly his secrets have unwound throughout the series and now he encounters a female with a wild proposal and enough secrets to match and raise the ante on his own.

Nessa, too, is not a newbie to the series.  She has acted as a Coven Nine Witch Council leader and now she is pursuing a person mission along with a secret mission for her people.  I enjoyed how she had this straight up plan and confidently waltzed into Bear’s life to execute it only to discover that cool and collected and well planned she might be, but she was way out of her depth and had met her own match.

Up until this book, I had no idea who was behind the drug making and distribution that was killing off humans and witches alike.  I guessed wrongly a few times.  Wicked Bite finally foreshadowed enough that I caught on before Bear, Nessa, and everyone else- and it was a shocker.

The romance was set against an action packed story like most of this author’s books which I love.  And I really loved this pairing.  Bear has been a favorite character through the whole series so I really wanted a good match for him.  Nessa and Bear had sparks.   They both have secret pasts and keep to themselves in ways.  Bear has always been the one to give and make sacrifices and now he has found a female who will give to him and notices his needs.  Nessa has found a male who is not intimidated by her and accepts her as is.

I only had one niggle.  I was not in favor of the physicality of their ‘courtship’.  Most of their love scenes came with hand to hand combat instigated by Nessa like it was foreplay.  I make allowances for the fact that these are paranormals, but the violence when you’re not in danger and only trying to prove your a big bad gal or that he was a shifter so liked it rough so you have to kick him in the head to get his attention didn’t quite do it for me.

That said, this book totally lived up to my expectations of Bear’s story and the answer to the big plot thread through the series.  I’m not sure if this is the end of the series since the series arc wound up.  I wouldn’t mind if it kept going with a new series arc and taking on some of the younger characters.  But, either way, this was a good one and I definitely recommend it to paranormal romance fans who love a strong and passionate action plot.

My thanks to Lyrical Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

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  • RO

    This sounds like it would definitely make my pile WO the shapeshifting into a bear part Super Sophia. (lol) This author really has a good storyline. It’s been awhile since I read a paranormal, and think I got as far as a leopard shifter. Anna from Herding Cats once told me about a shapeshifting bunny, and Mary over at Dark Thoughts did a review on dragons. I must really be showing my age these days. (lol) Glad you liked this one and your review is on point. Hugs…RO

    • Ahh, thanks Radiant Ro! These are a fun set of paranormal romantic suspense stories. And I love the shifter bunny stories from Eve Langlais. 🙂

  • I love shifters and this sounds like a book I’d like. Great review.

    • These are great- vampires, shifters, and witches with humans, Mary.

  • I just love this author so much, and I can’t wait to grab this one up here. They sound like a great pair here.

    • She’s a fave of mine, too. Look forward to what you think when you get the chance to read this one, Renee. 🙂

  • I enjoyed Rebecca Zanetti’s romantic suspense so I should give this series a try. Bear sounds like just the type of shifter I’d love. Too back their “foreplay” was a little off for you. Kicking someone in the head doesn’t sound like a great way to get to romance, lol! Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

    • These are still full of romantic suspense just with a paranormal element so it might really work for you, Rachel. Yeah, a violent courtship isn’t my thing, but I did like them as a pairing. 🙂

  • I’ve read her Dark Protectors series (or at least all the full length books, but none of the novellas). I keep saying that I’m going to try these. She changed narrators for them (no Karen White), which moved them down my list. I don’t know the narration for this one very well. Sounds like I need to bite the bullet and start this series. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • It is disappointing when a favorite narrator gets switched out. I’ve only had it happen to me once and I hope it doesn’t happen often.

      Yeah, this series is a great continuation of the first one. I’m not sure if this was the last book, but it ended things on a high note.

  • I really need to read more of Rebecca Zanetti’s work. This sounds like a great series but I need to read the earlier books first. Great review!

    • Hey, glad I could tempt you. Worth getting all of them. 🙂

  • Ahh I have book one still on my blogger shame pile. lol I think that niggle would probably be there for me, too.

    • Yeah, it was disappointing. The hitting at him was not to my taste. I did love the overall series and her writing of course.

  • RO

    Girl, you know I’m losing it! (lol) I stopped by here to say hello, and realized I was here already. What the heck? Happy Tuesday! Hugs…RO p.s. – I’m loving the Radiant RO, by the way!

    • What a hoot! Well, a second pass for the post is a fine thing even if it wasn’t on purpose, Radiant Ro! 🙂