For almost a century, the Realm’s most deadly assassin, Chalton Reese, has left war and death in the past, turning instead to strategy, reason, and technology. His fingers, still stained with blood, now protect with a keyboard instead of a weapon. Until the vampire king sends him on one more mission; to hunt down a human female with the knowledge to destroy the Realm. A woman with eyes like emeralds, a brain to match his own, and a passion that might destroy them both—if the enemy on their heels doesn’t do so first.
Olivia Roberts has foregone relationships with wimpy metro-sexuals in favor of pursuing a good story, bound and determined to uncover the truth, any truth. When her instincts start humming about missing proprietary information, she has no idea her search for a story will lead her to a ripped, sexy, and dangerous male beyond any human man. Setting aside the unbelievable fact that he’s a vampire and she’s his prey, she discovers that trusting him is the only chance they have to survive the danger stalking them both.
This was an enjoyable enough read, but I can’t say that I was blown away because I wasn’t. I must point out at the outset that I haven’t read any other books in this series, and I definitely think it helps if you are already familiar with the world and the characters. It can be read as a stand-alone but if you’re like me, you might feel it slightly lacking as a result. If you’ve read and enjoyed all the other books in the Dark Protectors series then more than likely you will love this one. To be fair, the author did a superb job of explaining minor details about the world and I didn’t feel like I missed out in this regard. In fact, Rebecca has created a very intriguing world, and I must admit to being curious to read more.
I also liked the writing, in the main, and it’s clear that Rebecca is an experienced author.
The main issue, for me, is character and plot development. Everything felt too rushed and lacked depth. The plot was nonsensical at times – cue lots of eye rolling. I didn’t connect with the characters on a deep enough level to really care what happened to them. In general, I make this comment a lot after reading novellas, and I think they only work if they are providing backstory to an existing series and further developing characters we’ve already met. Of course, this may very well be the case with this book. So, I think I’m going to decline to read novellas in future unless I’ve already read the existing books in the series.
While I liked Olivia, I didn’t like how easily she succumbed to Chalton’s allure. Though I usually enjoy soulmate stories this all just happened too fast to be believable. I didn’t feel the chemistry or the connection so didn’t really buy into their love.
It was a very quick read, and I’m grateful to have been introduced to this interesting world. I’m definitely going to check out this series from the start.
“Are you empathic?” he murmured.
She jerked. “No. I don’t think so.”
Interesting. “But you can tell a falsehood?” He’d never heard of an enhanced female being able to do so, but it could be an offshoot of empathic abilities, so it did make some sense.
“I just have good instincts.”
Ah, the lies humans told themselves to avoid anything they couldn’t rationalize with logic. He stepped right into her space.
“What are you doing?” she gasped, her chest rising.
He slid curly dark hair off her shoulder. “I’m facing a bit of a dilemma.”
Her head lifted, although her gaze only reached his lips and stayed there. “How so?” Her voice lowered to a breathiness that licked along his cock.
“I need a shower to wipe off the blood and grime, so my choices are to bind you or have you join me.” It was crazy, but he’d give his left arm for her to join him in the shower.
She half-coughed and half-laughed. “Are you hitting on me?”
His hand curled around her nape. “Yes.”
Her gaze lifted to his, and her pupils widened. “That’s insane,” she whispered.
“I know.” Hell, the woman was right. “But here’s the deal. My brothers won’t return for several hours, and then we’ll have to move again. I want you, and you want me, so let’s take the edge off so we can think.” His mind hadn’t been clear since he’d first sighted her two days ago, and he needed clarity. One good night, and he could get her out of his system. “What do you say?”
“I say you’re crazy.” She stepped back against the window. “If all I wanted was an orgasm to take the edge off, I sure as heck don’t need you for that.”
Humor bubbled up, and he full-on laughed. The woman was one of a kind. “Well then.” His hands slowly went to unbuckle his belt, and he drew the heavy leather through the loopholes, quite enjoying the way her breath caught and her eyes widened. “Plan B it is, then.”
About the Author:
New York Times Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the USA Today, NY Times, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Dark Protectors, The Realm Enforcers, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers series.