Wicked Edge by Rebecca Zanetti #Review

Posted December 10, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 23 Comments

Wicked Edge by Rebecca Zanetti #Review
Wicked Edge

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Series: #2 Realm Enforcers
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Lyrical Press
Released on November 10, 2015
Pages: 276
Format: eARC

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After the intro to the Dunne brothers and the carry over of the characters from Dark Protectors in book one, I was revved and ready for Wicked Edge. I found this sequel just as engaging as book one and loved that it was heavy on the paranormal with the suspense, action, and passion to make it one sizzling story.

As I mentioned, this is book two though really it’s so strongly connected with Dark Protectors that I would recommend getting that series and then continuing right along with the Realm Enforcers series.

Daire Dunne is busy about his mission of locating the person creating the designer drug that kills humans and witches alike. He has infiltrated a motorcycle club since they distribute the stuff, but he has yet to discover their contact. But even the organized and focused Daire needs a night off and when he sees the gorgeous woman at the club, he takes it. And that’s how he finds himself drugged and his files stolen by the mysterious CeeCee who is more than she appears to be.

CeeCee knew knocking out a Covenant Nine Enforcer and stealing his files on the mine locations has set him firmly on her trail. But after meeting Daire, she’s pretty sure she miscalculated and having him as an enemy isn’t a good idea. But she has carefully plotted things out and will hopefully achieve her goal before he catches up. And then it won’t matter.

Daire tracks down CeeCee and finds she has gotten herself into trouble and he can’t believe how quickly and deadly. But he will have his answers from her- and maybe more. He is drawn to the betraying, irritating female. And then the answers start to come and he is now vested in CeeCee’s wild and dangerous ventures because they seem to cross over with his own investigations. Then he learns who she really is and it goes way beyond complicated.

This one starts after the events of book one. It gets off to a quick start. It was fun how the reader knows just enough to stay with the story and slowly the twists and reveals come. The author definitely has a gift for the action-packed fight and adrenaline scenes. The cat and mouse deal between CeeCee and Daire was a bit of fun, too. I was so left sitting with my mouth open when CeeCee’s real identity was revealed. Well played, Rebecca Zanetti! Loved that one and it was an interesting dynamic to romance development.

Daire and CeeCee were a sizzling pair. They are attracted, but CeeCee’s lies and secrets and the trouble she stirs up keep them from acting on it for a little while. But Daire blasts right through the lies, the scheming, and the denials. He was alpha and so perfect for the slightly flaky CeeCee. He doesn’t care about stuff that others sweat over and cuts right to the chase. Refreshing!

I only really had one niggle. It was the short-sightedness of the heroine. While I respected CeeCee’s quest, I saw some difficulties and potential issues. She means well and has good reasons for doing what she does, but… Her lies and her naiveté were two-edged. And they cut her just the way I imagined by involving others in ways she didn’t think about. I liked the story as a whole so this wasn’t a huge issue, but it did distract me from complete enjoyment.

The story ended on a high note, but I am eager to continue with those tantalizing story threads left dangling.

All in all, it was fantastic and had me pulled in and engaged from cover to cover. Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance fans who like a lot of action, intrigue, and passion should give these a go.

My thanks to Kensington Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #396 PNR

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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  • I have read great things about Zanetti’s books! I will be reading something of hers very soon. Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s great, Lekeisha! I’ve enjoyed two of her series so far and this spin-off of Dark Protectors isn’t too bad. 🙂

  • oh yippee!!! So glad to see that you liked this one!! I loved the first one (well I love ALL of her books) so I can’t wait to delve deeper into this series. And I love seeing the connection to the Dark Protector series as well especially characters I know and love and its great to see more of them and the interactions that they have. And I see that you are using the Icon Tags—-awesome!!

    • I’m a huge fan, too. Sins Brothers and Dark Protectors. This one is an interesting addition to Dark Protectors. I like how the new generation is getting more involved along with the spotlight more on the witches.
      And that other new series, Mercury Rising, looks fab, too. So much to love.

      Thanks! The tags are a Shari thing as she makes the blog even better.

  • Another author that I have yet to try

  • RO

    Never read this one, but the motorcycle theme sounds awfully yummy! Hugs…

    • I love that, too, Ro. But I have to confess that the MC connection is peripheral. The paranormal is the stronger element.

  • The first book didn’t work for me. I think I have better luck with the Sin brothers, it’s great that it met your expectations though. It does sound hawt!

    • The Sins brothers are hard to beat. I am still having Matty withdrawals.

  • I should try these. I love Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series. I’ve started the Dark Protectors. I don’t like is as much, but I still enjoyed it. I’m disappointed to see that these don’t have the same narrator in Karen White because I love her. I don’t know the narrator who does these books. I’ll still check them out.

    • Sins Brothers are my favorites, too, but the Dark Protectors gets stronger mid to late series and these follow them.

  • I should try these. I love Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series. I’ve started the Dark Protectors. I don’t like is as much, but I still enjoyed it. I’m disappointed to see that these don’t have the same narrator in Karen White because I love her. I don’t know the narrator who does these books. I’ll still check them out.

  • I should read my very first Rebecca Zanetti (Forgotten sins) very soon – that is, if I stop buying books in between ! Great review, Sophia 🙂

    • Haha! I understand completely, Iza. The Sins Brothers series is great. Book two is my favorite.

  • Thanks for the tip about getting Strong Protectors first 🙂

    • Yes, you’re welcome. I like it when people give me tips like that, too. Sometimes spin-offs can read separate, but these really do feel more complete with all the worldbuilding and story threads from before in Dark Protectors.

  • Okay. You’ve convinced me to attempt book one again. She’s one of my favorites but that one got put down ‘for another day’ and then the rest of the tbr pile happened. lol January though. I’m on it 😀

    • LOL! Book one was a meh for me, too. This one was a bit better for me. I have a few on the shelf ‘for another day’.

      • How do you think it would go skipping the rest of book one and going for this one?

        • I think you’d be fine, particularly if you got through far enough to get the feel for the reset on the world building and met the players. Book two is about the heroin in book one’s brother and a heroine that wasn’t even in the picture for book one. And the plot seems to take a different direction from the first one though the overall issue of tracking down the drug distributors is still there.

  • Ooo, it sounds like this one was a winner. I’ve read one book by Zanetti and I enjoyed it. I like the sound of a sizzling couple. The cover hooks me, too. 😉 Great review, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I love her books. I prefer a couple of her older series, but this is still good since it’s a spin-off for one of my favorites.