Review: Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted June 27, 2019 by Shari in Reviews / 11 Comments

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Review: Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

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Series: Dark Protectors #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on March 1, 2011
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Fated starts the Dark Protectors series with a bang! Action packed from start to finish with deep emotion being dragged out of each characters into the spotlight. This book will grab you and thrust you deep into the world of paranormal beings. Having been a fan of Rebecca Zanetti, I had put off this series. Why did I wait? That’s a real question. I loved this new world that I entered with an author who loves to ride the line of dominance to submissive without really having BDSM. And I love the hero’s appearance recently in one of her other series. Yep, I didn’t exactly know who they were, but after reading this, I know now!


So I finally met Talen. The vampire everyone talks about when you hear about the Dark Protectors series. He’s a bad ass, has found his mate and intends to protect her and her child he has adopted as his own. See the world has special women who have some kind of powers and they are highly sought after for protection on the good guys side and for taking over the world on the bad guys side. When he shows up at Cara’s house in the middle of the night, she only thinks to protect her child, not learn he is there to protect them and her daughter forsaw this happening.

Cara has had abililites all of her life. It’s something she has tried to suppress. She dated fellow scientist, gets pregnant, but he dies before meeting their daughter. Now Cara is trying to work on her plant projects and raise her daughter only to be thrown into a war she never knew about.

The head bad guy wants Cara, and his son has been promised her daughter. But Talen arrives in time to rescue them, but also learns Cara is his fated mate. They wait hundreds of years to find the one woman to complete them, but he has decided she will love him, he will protect and care for her, but never love. Only he can’t control fate any more than Cara can.

Vampires are born and not made in this world. And by born I mean they are all born male. So to get a female they need an enhanced human who can take them on. Once Talen touches Cara, the mark of fate is upon him. The hip he touches on Cara with the mark burns. The best part, once a male has claimed his mate, no other male can forcibly take the woman or even agreeably without extreme pain.

While this is an instant love situation, they don’t go hot and heavy right off. Talen torments her with the whole mate thing. She tries to avoid him. But neither can stay away from each other long. Cara is on the run and we learn that vampires aren’t the only supernatural beings in the series. We meet some shape shifters I see getting their own stories eventually. There is references to the fae and demons.

As the story grows you get to know the family and you want their stories as well. Cara has a sister who is going to be in the next story for sure. These brothers though adopt Janie, Cara’s daughter, as their own and a better group of uncles I have never seen.

The story is very fast passed and if you blink you will miss something. It does suffer from the first book in the series issues and then adding the insta-fated romance with the bad guy going after the heroine to make her his own. Yeah, it happens and sometimes it has to happen for the series to move on.

While the story wraps up what is happening between Talen and Cara, there are bigger issues dangling into the next story. I figure I can’t read these out of order and I think I remember a few years ago reading a novella in this series and being totally confused. So I will see if I hit that one again or if I am confusing it with another series.

Fated is a intricate start of a new world with new paranormal creatures to love and get to know. I highly recommend it even if it suffers the first in a series issues. It will get better and I hope we revisit Talen and Cara…and even Janie. Janie will steal your heart and I don’t want to give away anything of her story in all this. She will be a big key in the series I just don’t know right now just how much. Onward to the next book in the series!

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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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

It’s kinda sad the dad dies before meeting the daughter. Talen sounds super interesting. I love Rebecca’s books a lot so I’ll be keeping this series in my eyes!
Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

2 years ago

Everyone is reading this atuhor and I still need to try one of her books!!

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I just read Alpha’s Promise a while back and loved it. I haven’t read this one yet but it’s on my list to read. I really love her books.

Carole rae
2 years ago


Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh, Talen… LOL, he really got knocked sideways by Cara. He thought he had it all figured out until she came along. I loved so many books in this series and especially the Kayrs Brothers.

2 years ago

I loved these books as well. I read a bunch and then missed a few and then read one for review and it was fine. It wouldn’t have been fine if I hadn’t read the ones I did first though. They were some of the first books I found on Kindle way back when Kindle was introduced-but I still remember the basics. Glad you loved it!