Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted July 25, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 7 Comments

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 ZanettiFated by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #1
Narrator: Karen White
Published by Audible on 05-20-15
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

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 300-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice....

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Fans of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breeds series will enjoy the vampire mythology in Fated by Rebecca Zanetti.

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.

Final Verdict:

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.

About Karen White

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included inAudiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.” Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”

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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