Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Fated RZTitle:  Fated
Series:  Dark Protectors #1
Author:  Rebecca Zanetti
Genre:   Paranormal Romance
Published:  March 1, 2011
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Borrowed Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Marry Me!   Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem.

Or Else!   Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice.

Read on for my thoughts on Fated.  No true spoilers, promise.

Cara is awakened from sleep by the pleas of her young daughter to wake up.  It will be the last restful sleep Cara will have for a while.  Even at the tender age of 4 years old, Janie’s psychic abilities are very strong, she sees things in her dreams that come to pass – and right now she knows that they are in danger and someone important to them is coming for them.. now.

Talen’s intent is to grab Cara and Janie fast and get them to safety.  He honestly didn’t expect Cara to fight him, and to delay their getaway with her stubborn refusal to believe him.  Janie knows him for she has seen him in her dreams, but Cara is slower to trust – only when she is given no choice does she actually leave her home with Talen.

Cara has major trust issues, coming from a home with an abusive father and an older sister, Emma, who always stepped in to take the hits their father intended for Cara or their mother.  She also has paranormal abilities that she’s been ignoring and denying for a very long time.  Unfortunately, it’s time for Cara to wake up, deal with her new reality and accept that her life is about to change for the better and the worse.

Fated pulled me into the story from the opening lines and really never let go… I doubt until the end of the series.  Ms Zanetti has given us a world full of vampires, shifters, demons and a very bad, very evil and quite ugly creature called the Kurjans – enemy to all of the inhabitants of this paranormal world and especially of the human women who could be mates to any of the men.

Talen is a three hundred something year old vampire of the royal family.  He expects to be obeyed without question.  Yeah, he is as Alpha Male as a guy can get, he’s also a product of his race (vampire), age (very old world), power (can he ever kick ass) and also something new for him… fear.  Cara is his mate and her safety, happiness and survival is his primary concern over absolutely everything else.  Janie has become the daughter of his heart in mere moments, this is a man who will do anything to keep his family safe… anything.  And he expects to be obeyed.  It’s his nature.  This doesn’t sit very well with Cara as she has no intention of being mated (ah, sorry gonna happen), be married to this powerful, sexy vampire (yeah, good luck with that) – and will manage to tick  him off several times by her desire to do things her own way – which simply gets her into more danger.  The harder she fights him, the tighter his control over everything that touches her life becomes.  The attraction between Talen and Cara is so strong, and the sex is simply mind blowing amazing.  They love each other, it’s there – they both are too stubborn to acknowledge it for far too long.

I really enjoyed Fated and I’ve got the next story downloaded ready to start once I finish up this review.  This story is fast paced, action packed with bad guys, sexual tension and a brand new family for Cara and Janie… one that will do everything in their power and beyond to keep them safe and accept them exactly as they are.  You are gonna fall in love with little Janie who is wise beyond her years but can still get a big, burly tough guy guard to let her paint his fingernails pink… just because.  She’s adorable – and powerful – I’m thinking that Janie is going to become a very important constant in this series and I can’t wait to see how she develops.

You already enjoy Paranormal Romance or you wouldn’t be reading this review – so pick up Fated and get caught up in an amazing world.

(and you are going to read Talen calling Cara “mate and “wife” just as often as he uses her given name… think of it as an affirmation of their relationship in his eyes, think of it as an endearing word to use for the woman he has waited centuries to find – and please don’t let a couple words keep you from experiencing an amazing world filled with really great characters… rant over)

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