I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fated by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #1
Narrator: Karen White
Published by Audible on 05-20-15
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Audio | Goodreads
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....
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a 300-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice....
The vampires are all born not made and they’re all male. They need female humans to mate with. Instead of the women having a Breed Mate mark, the vampires get a mark on them once they’ve touched their fated female and once the couple mates the woman is also marked. Once the mating takes place no other vampire male can touch the woman without displeasure.
Also like the Breed Mates in Adrian’s series, the women have special abilities. Cara is an empath with a young daughter, Janie that is psychic. And there’s two groups of vampires. The good ones like Talen and the bad ones, Kurjans. The Kurjans can’t stand sunlight unlike the good vampires. The two vampires side have had a peace of sorts until now. War is breaking out and Cara and other humans will be caught in the middle.
Like many paranormal romances there was an instant-a-love element. I would have liked it if Talen and Cara had a few chapters to get to know each other before they were pushed into a mating. But with Fated being the first book in the Dark Protector series I’ll let it go since many couples in the first book are thrown together fast in order to build the world.
I like the fact that this world has more than just vampires. We met some shifters and there’s mention of fae and other supernatural beings. Even though I wasn’t blown over by Talen and Cara’s romance I see promise with the Dark Protectors series and I will give the second book, Claimed a go.
I’ve listened to the team of Rebecca Zanetti and Karen White with Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series. So I knew I would enjoy listening to White perform Fated. Karen delivers an enjoyable presentation with a full cast. I really enjoy Karen’s voice for the children, she really brought sassy Janie to life while still pulling off Talen and other male characters.
I feel like Fated fell prey to first book syndrome. Romance was too fast in order to introduce the world building. But I was intrigued enough to give Claimed (book 2) a go.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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