Review: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted June 24, 2020 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti

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Series: Dark Protectors #7
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on December 22, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Blown away with everything in this story. Rebecca wrapped everything up, some things satisfactory and others left me wanting so much more. But is this the real ending? Nope, but it was at one time!


Marked is probably the one story in this series I looked forward to the most. We have grown up with Janie from being a little girl in the first story when Talen becomes her father. We were privy to her secret world where she met two boys. The mysterious Zane, a few years older, but also growing up fast in the world he lives in. But we are left wondering why he keeps things close to his heart. Then there is Kalen, a Kurjan who is destined to lead his race and conquer all.

Janie has been prophesized to play a deep role in the war, but we open up with peace talks between the races. Sitting next to the Vampire King, her uncle, Dage, she is nervous, as well as hopeful in her role. Then Zane shows up, all grown up, a warrior, but for the wrong race. It’s a surprise that fills her with dread, but she can’t shake the feeling there is more to all of this.

Zane has kept his heritage from Janie, to protect her, but also to protect the ones he loves. He is playing a lot of scenarios to keep the ones he loves alive, but also he is determined to make Janie his. Janie is in danger. She is a big part of the war, but no one knows exactly what part she plays. Each race is out to subdue her and some possibly to eliminate her. While Zane doesn’t know either, he is not willing to allow her to be hurt. She is his. His to protect. His to love. But Janie will teach him she can’t be put on a shelf while he fights her battles.

Time is running out as the virus speeds up killing mates. A cure must be found before they lose this battle. While this is the love story of Janie and Zane, it is a story about the Kayrs Clan, the family. There is time for them to visit each family, to get one last glimpse of them before it all ends. This does slow the story down from its usual fast pace, but I appreciated the author giving us more time with each one before moving onto the resolution of the series.

While most reviews wrap this series up, I am fortunate enough to know this wasn’t the end. The book does give the feel of the series ending for good. Buttttt, yeah, it’s not over, so I appreciated the time the author took to allow us to cry over the wrongs, laugh over the men who stumble through love, and for me as a reader to say goodbye to the characters I had grown to love over the last few months. But haha, I get to have more of them now!

Marked does a good job of keeping the action fast, the goodbye bittersweet, the look for the future uplifting, and a happily ever after…I can accept for now.

Challenges Met

Reading Challenge #54
Review Writing Challenge #22
Series That Never Ends Challenge #6
Literary Pickers Challenge #17 – Known each other for years
Books ‘N’ Tunes Challenge #16 – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye by Train



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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Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

I need to get caught up on this series because I’ve been looking forward to reading her book as well.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Ha, yeah, I was so upset that it was the end and then we get the Witch series that ties in before it jumps back in for a second season. I’m behind on the latest books, but I’ll catch up eventually.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

eeek I hate saying goodbye!