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.