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Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome)
Rebecca Zanetti
Zebra
Mass Market
978-1420137989
*****

     Tace was one of the lucky ones. Unlike 99% of the world, he survived the Scorpius bacterium, but it changed him. Tace no longer feels anything. Except when hes around Sami. Then all Tace feels is lust. But sex with Sami can never happen. You dont sleep with a comrade-in-arms. Sami’s no shrinking violet. She fights to win.
     Soon Tace and Sami’s sparring practice becomes erotic. Eventually they wind up in bed. Tace discovers he can feel another emotion, overwhelming protectiveness. This makes patrolling with Sami extremely difficult, but Tace can’t stand the thought of someone else working with her. No one can keep Sami as safe as he can.
     When Tace starts experiencing weakness and blackouts, Sami recognizes the symptoms. Untreated, he’ll die. There’s only one place that might have a cure, the Bunker. There, researchers are working on a cure. Sami used to work at the Bunker. She knows it’s not the nirvana that everyone believes. Its a hellhole where scientists conduct tortuous experiments on unwilling victims. But to save the man she loves, Sami will return to the bowels of hell. Now all she has to do is survive the trip.
     This is a continuation of a series. While it can be read alone, it would be more enjoyable if one has read the previous novels. Its a very good book.
Sheila Griffin

 

 

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Claimed (Dark Protectors)
Rebecca Zanetti
Brava
Trade Paperback
978‑0758259257
*****


     Emma Paulsen was good at hiding from the monsters that had been chasing her for months. But now, sitting in the Black Hawk helicopter flying over the Canadian Rockies, she figured that dying by jumping out of the helicopter was a sight lot better than letting the Kurjans, the undead monsters who had been chasing her, suck her dry of her blood. Where was her savior from her visions now? Figures he would be nowhere to be found when she really needed saving. In the past, her visions of him were usually of his life in the past, but lately she had been seeing him in her present. She didn't know what it meant, but she did know that her psychic abilities were why the evil vampire race called Kurjans had kidnapped her, just like they did her sister. Then, just as she was trying to get her courage together to jump, there was a huge thud against the side of the helicopter and Emma knew--her savior had come.
     Dage, King of the Realm, tore the door of the helicopter off its hinges and lunged inside. He immediately took out two of the Kurjans sitting in the back guarding Emma, then turned to the pilot and co‑pilot. He quickly dispatched the remaining two monsters, then turned to Emma. She was trying to protect him from the sunlight pouring into the damaged helicopter because she knew Dage was also a vampire, but not a monster. Then he wrapped his arms around her and they blinked into nothingness. The next thing Emma knew, she was being released onto spongy grass and Dage was impaled on a protruding piece of tree. With a hiss of pain, he stated, "Not my best landing, love."
     Claimed is an adventure from the first page. It starts out strong and finishes even stronger. Emma Paulsen is a psychic who has visions and is determined to find her missing sister. Emma is slated to be Dage's mate. Dage is big, beautiful, headstrong and king of the vampire race. He is also very male and has absolutely no idea how to deal with a strong woman who knows her own mind and is positive she doesn't want to be mated to him. Between the action of fighting the Kurjans and the sizzling sex between the two antagonists, this book is hot from start to finish.
Lani Roberts


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Fated (Dark Protectors)
Rebecca Zanetti
Brava
Trade Paperback
978‑0758259233
*****


     Cara and Emma had only had each other ever since their parents had died in a car crash. Their father had been a mean drunk who liked to hit them because he believed their paranormal abilities were "sent by the devil." Cara was empathic, and every time Emma put herself between their dad and Cara or their mom, Cara felt every hit. As the girls grew up, they became very withdrawn from men. Cara's one foray into love ended in disaster, but she had Janie, her adorable 4‑year old love of her life. Then one day, her world turned upside down when her small, super‑psychic child came to her in terror screaming, "The bad men are coming!" As she attempted to calm her down, her door crashed open and the biggest, baddest, most gorgeous hunk of man she had ever seen grabbed her and her daughter. As Cara attempted to protect her daughter and fight off the man, she heard Janie say, "Your eyes are all wrong, Talen."
     Talen Kayrs, protector of the Sanguisuga (Latin for vampire) race, was trying his best not to scare the small, delicate, fierce little human in front of him, but she was making his blood sing and his fangs elongate. He wasn't going to hurt her, he was there to protect her and her daughter (and the 4‑year old was definitely on his side), but when he kissed her, his mating brand started glowing, and he knew she was his. Now all he had to do was convince her that an alien race was trying to take over the world by mating with female humans of heightened powers, his race of vampires were actually the good guys, but also had to mate with exceptional human females, and he was her true mate. Not an easy task when she was terrified out of her mind, distrusted men, and was ready to run at the drop of a hat.
     Rebecca Zanetti has written a paranormal romance that will capture your interest from the first page. The storyline is exceptional, with lots of adventure, laughter, compassion and hot sex, while weaving a world of aliens that actually makes the reader want to join. Talen and his brothers, plus their warriors, are huge, gorgeous and totally male. But an adorable four‑year‑old has them playing tea party, braiding hair and playing Old Maid; not exactly the portrayal of a fearful, terrifying vampire race. Talen has lots of brothers, and I sincerely hope we get sequels for each. I can't wait to read their stories.
Lani Roberts