Review: Wicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Wicked Kiss by Rebecca ZanettiWicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Lyrical Press on 4 July 2017
Pages: 286
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far . . .

Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . .

The Delight

And the last of the Dunne witch brothers and Coven Nine Enforcers has his turn to fall.  But for this controlled, highly intelligent skilled enforcer, it won’t be just anyone.  And it wasn’t.  He has definitely met his match.  A hidden agenda, betrayals, and edge of the seat excitement surround quite the spirited romance.

Review

Wicked Kiss is book four in the Realm Enforcers series which is the extension of the earlier Dark Protectors.  It follows on the heels of the books before it and assumes the reader is familiar with the world and characters so it doesn’t do well as a standalone or out of order.

I loved getting Adam’s story as he was the interesting brother of the three witch brother enforcers.  He’s so put together and now he is matched up with a woman who is as far from put together as can be.  Victoria Monzelle is not new to the series and is the sister of the heroine from book one.  Unlike Alex who is a tough cop, Victoria is the wild child.  She gets into trouble without trying and she has a defiance issue that sparks to life the second she’s in over her head or anywhere near Adam.

I confess that I’m on the fence about Victoria.  On the one hand, I find her fun and amusing as a heroine who discovers herself along the way.  She was a good foil for Adam and got him down off his high horse at times.  On the other hand, she just blissfully trots into danger with no thought for consequences because A.  she wants to and doesn’t think through what her actions will cause or B.  She has a switch that turns off her brain the second Adam gives her an order even if its for hers or other’s safety.  So, they had good banter and some chemistry, but I was reserved about her oppositional tendencies.

The ongoing troubles with the attempt to destroy the witch nation continues to draw ever more suspenseful and tight as Adam and the others get closer to the instigator behind it all who is protected behind well constructed allies and plans.  Things are particularly rough in this one because most of Adam’s family are in hiding because the lead witch of the Coven Nine wants them incapacitated or dead.  I liked the sense of desperation and the great action scenes.  It didn’t hurt that Dage the Vampire King made a few appearances.

Each book reads fast and leaves me thirsty for the next installment.  I love the hints that a certain Council Witch and a crotchety, crazy bear shifter might be the next to see some action.

All in all, I eagerly snatch up the next books and love the blend of action, suspense and sizzling passion the author brings to her paranormal romances.  Those who enjoy strong action plot and characters should give these a try.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #180 PNR
New Release #94
COYER #14

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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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  • It sounds like a really nice series to follow there and it must be fun to see the secondary characters like that!

    • Its been a fun one, Melliane! I was really glad she had this one going when she finished off the Dark Protectors series.

  • Did you just said vampires and witches?! My! I’m definitely up for that. This one’s added to my long list of Rebecca Zanetti TBR. Thanks for this amazing review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • I sure did, Vanessa. 🙂 Yes, those long wish lists. 🙂 Worth it.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh I’ve been wanting to try her. Thanks Sophia Rose

    • They are full of the action and passion, LOL. Start with her Dark Protectors if you want to go with her PNR books so you can get it from the beginning.

  • Oh that sounds really good.

    • They’re great. I was so glad when she wrote this spin-off for her Dark Protectors series.

  • Thank you for the review. It’s good to know it doesn’t stand on it’s own and I need to read the Dark Protectors first. I’ll be adding them to my TBR.

    • You betcha, Angela. Glad to point you toward a series that might interest you. 🙂

  • Ah the heroine. I’m betting she’d make my eye twitch. lol I do need to get into these. Love Zanetti just never started them for some reason.

    • Yeah, there were some real juvenile moments from her and dangerous situations that could have been avoided our at least made not as bad if she’d just stopped to think or not made it her mission to do the opposite of whatever Adam said. Sigh…

      But, the overall series has been pretty great. Hope you get the chance at some point. 🙂

  • Thanks for explaining where these books fall in her works. I need to read Dark Protectors series first.

    • You’re welcome. I always like to know that kind of thing, too.

  • I really need to look through my tbr books, I know I have some of hers in there. This sounded so good and my first thing I thought was if it could standalone and you answered that question. So I guess I need to go looking for book one and see if I have it. Have you listened to any of these? What did you think if you did? I have credits that are burning a hole in my pocket. Thanks for sharing Sophia!

    • I do have book one already! Probably after I read your review? I don’t know. Yay!

      • Oh good. Then you can try it out and see if you like her stuff before spending your credits yet. 🙂

        • I’ve read her Dark Protectors series already. And the credits are because I bit the bullet and bought three when they were on sale recently. Still kind of expensive.

          • Ah, okay. Yeah the audios can definitely get expensive. I actually dropped my membership to the basic one and try to get most of my audios through Overdrive/Library and review because of it. It is limiting though in what I can get.

    • These are action-packed and I enjoy the mystery and romance parts, too.

      I haven’t listened to them just read them. I know Melanie listens to her Zanettis and likes them. Wow, great problem to have with credits all ready to use. 🙂