Wicked Burn by Rebecca Zanetti #Review

Wicked Burn by Rebecca Zanetti #ReviewWicked Burn by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: #3 Realm Enforcers
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Lyrical Press on June 7, 2016
Pages: 366
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Well that went about the way I imagined it would!  That is to say it was one exciting, fast and furious ride that left me breathless and satisfied.  Ever since this pair started simmering in the background of the earlier books, I was chomping at the bit to get their story.  So worth it!

This is book three of the Realm Enforcers series which is the welcome spin-off of the Dark Protectors series.  This is one that pretty much has to be in order.  Sorry, kiddos, no short cuts.  Personally, I think the reader has to go back to the very beginning to the Dark Protectors and not just to the beginning of the Realm Enforcers.  There is an assumption that the reader is familiar with the broader universe of the stories and the past story arcs and characters who do play large roles in these.

Simone Brightston is in Seattle when she learns that she has been named a traitor to her race and will stand trial for her life before her peers of the Witch nations’ Coven Nine.  Naturally, she has been set up to take the fall for the group who are really producing the drugs and weapons from the mineral that is deadly to witches.  She is confident that justice will prevail, but her cousins and the annoying Nicolaj Veis, her once thought love, don’t have her faith that the set up will be revealed before the Coven Nine call for her head.  She is forced to accept Nick’s presence since he insists on helping and protecting her, but that’s all.  Nick broke her heart when he walked away and he won’t do it again.

Nick has a second chance now that his duty and honor to make sure the war came to a successful outcome as a result of his actions are complete.  The need for him to return to his demon race and do the job the foretelling called for required him to protect Simone the only way he could.  He was going to have deadly enemies who would use her and break her if they knew she was his weakness.  And he would be on a dangerous, one-way mission so he had to walk away and make sure she and everyone else believed she was nothing to him.  It cost him greatly.  Now, a hardened war-weary male, he wants what he was forced to set aside- the woman who is the other half of his soul.  Nick must fight for her and protect her from the enemies coming from more than one direction.  And in the end, will her secrets or her enemies take her away or her own stubborn need to protect her heart?  Not if this alpha demon warrior can help it.

The action was sizzling and at a heart-pounding pace whether it was the stormy romantic encounters or the intense engagements with their enemies.  There is intrigue and mystery to this one and even some courtroom drama paranormal style.  I enjoyed the new addition to the Realm Enforcers/Dark Protectors world and Simone’s connection to it.  All through the book, the reader is left more and more curious about the secrets from Simone’s past as it is unveiled.

The characters are the usual cast of characters who are always fun to see.  Moira, Brenna, Conn, Bear, Zane, the Coven leaders, and the main players, Simone and Nick all share some good page time.  The banter, fight sequences, and camaraderie are great.  I liked the addition of the new player near the end and hope he is in more books.

As to the ongoing conspiracy with the distribution of the drugs and use of it to kill witches, that had a small advancement though the setup of Simone was the big conflict of the story behind the romance.  The author has revealed small potatoes villains, but the mastermind is still in the shadows moving the chess pieces around against the Realm Enforcers group.

There was a nice, unexpected surprise after the acknowledgements of a bonus novella story that is a crossover between the Dark Protectors and Realm Enforcers series, Talen.  I loved that it was a reunion with Talen and Cara, the pair from the first book.  They have empty nest and are grandparents, Cara is well finally.  Talen and Cara are going on a trip that she relishes as a way to start over and rekindle.  Talen reluctantly agrees, but he has a bad feeling that there is danger.  And the fun ensued.  Thank you, Rebecca, for that fan gift.

So, this was a fantastic installment to the series.  I loved this fiery couple who were strong, confident, lethal, and passionate while fighting side by side or rekindling their love.  Paranormal Romance fans who like it fast and furious and full of intrigue should give these a try.

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

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #199 PNR
Bad Boys #26

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.
  • I have this series on my kindle, now I just need to read it.

    • Said like every reader gal out there. LOL! Hope you like it, Angela!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh super review Sohpia Rose, I also LOVE it when a couple I’ve been seeing on the sidelines finally gets their story and it ROCKS too! 🙂

    • Yes, that was the best part. I’ve been waiting for their turn- not quite patiently. 😉

  • I have never tried her books..maybe one day

    • Yes, definitely keep her books in mind. Sins Brothers were my favorites, but Dark Protectors and these aren’t too shabby.

  • oh I read the first one and really loved it, I do need to pick up book 2 before I grab this one up!! But SUPER excited, especially after reading your review of this one.

    • Yep, you will love book two. That was amusing to see Zane’s mom the heroine. 😉 Looking forward to your thoughts as you catch up.

  • I’m only read one of her books but I really liked it. I might have to read a few more.

    • Oh yes, Mary! I know you love your vampires and the earlier series is full of them, but they get into this spin-off series, too.

  • I haven’t started this series yet. I just finished Dark Protectors. I wish Karen White narrated this series. I don’t know why they changed narrators when White had narrated Zanetti’s other books. I’ll have to see what I think about the other narrator. Glad you’re enjoying this series.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh, that is curious. Wonder why they did switch. Lots of the DP characters are in these and it’s the same world so it would have made sense that she keep going.

  • It’s always a good thing when the series you follow and love ends well. I have yet to try her work, my first one was a bust. I heard Sin Brothers would be perfect for me

    • Well, I’ve had authors not be my thing when others love it so I won’t promise. But yes, I will say that I did love the Sins Brothers. Matty!!!! The first books in both Sins Brothers and Dark Protectors and even this series were all the hardest for me to get into and my least favorites, but from then on, enjoyed them.

  • I am reading another series by her, and this is a series I want to try. I am excited to see you are loving it!

  • I’ve only read one Zanetti book – Over the Top (a Brazen one) – but I really liked it. I’ve seen this one around and I meant to read it last month! Too many reviews books, honestly. I must say no sometimes. 😉 So happy to see a positive, wonderful review for this book! And oooooo, four flames. Dang. I am missing out. 😀

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Oh yes, her Montana books. That is the one series I haven’t tried yet. Eventually. 😉

      I know what you mean about too many choices. So hard to limit to reasonable numbers. You’ll get to these eventually. Make sure you start with her Dark Protectors series first since these are strongly connected.

  • Ha! I was just about to click borrow on the first book this morning, but opted for Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews. I need something to keep me occupied for the rest of the day after i’m done catching up on you guys’ posts. I think I’ll give this series a shot next.

    • It’s cosmic! LOL. I want to read Burn for Me, too.

      But with this one, start with the Dark Protectors series first since this is the spin-off (and the first book was my least liked, but the series got rolling after that and built to better and better).

  • Okay, okay. I’m gonna go back to book one and give the series another try.

    • Haha, that’s the spirit. But if it doesn’t work; it doesn’t work. I’ve been there before. I will say that in all three of her series that I’ve read, the first book is typically the iffy one for me and the series gets better for me from there. Although, I did love her dystopian series right away…

      • And I had trouble with the dystopian too. It’s weird. Hers never gave me trouble before until these last two series. Not sure if it was a style change or what. But I love her books in general so will try again just been dragging my feet. It’s a blogger shame book at this point and mocks me from my NG account lol

        • Oh yeah, there are a few on NG sticking their tongues out and teasing me, too. But there are less than there used to be thanks to the challenge. 🙂