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....
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
I’m a latecomer to Rebecca Zanetti’s books, having only read the first in her Sin Brothers series, but Dark Protectors looked to be fun, exciting and just something I would love. When the opportunity came to review the titles in audio with Karen White Narrating, there was no way I could refuse.
Fated starts with a bang as Cara and her little girl Janey are facing a series of orders from an obviously alpha male, used to getting his own way. What was happening to her quiet life researching plants, her carefully constructed and non-challenging world with Janey at the centre?
Cara was frustrating yet her determination to hold to something comfortable and familiar was understandable. Cara is a total innocent to all things paranormal: her reaction to the realization of vampires, witches and shifters should have sent her over the edge. I wanted a bit more spine and determination, but it arrived slowly and in spurts.
Talen has a “my way or my way NOW’ approach. A vampire of some 300 years, his dedication and desire to maintain balance highlight his positives. But, SO many negatives: his inability to explain until it’s too late, his stubborn refusal to listen to Cara’s objections or concerns. His growth is hard won: softening with Janie and his own wonder at Cara and their bond are well described and show progress.
Narration is provided by Karen White and after this listen, I would follow her anywhere. She deftly uses her voice to create characters, detail action and emotion, and present the story with cleverly inserted pauses and breathy insets that clearly indicate tension, hesitation, action and confusion. Never missing a beat, each character has their own tone, delivery and cadence that builds to become their character in conjunction with the development in the book. A polished yet not overly ‘slick’ performance and production that kept me engaged and listening, loathe to put the book down.
Zanetti has set up a fun and fast paced sexy series with promise for more adventure and action to come. At the center is the struggle for continuation of the two sides (good and bad) while gaining advantages with the inclusion of the psychic abilities that Cara and Janie possess.
Clever world-building, plenty of secondary characters and the fight for good versus evil highlight this story and have me anxious for the next in the series.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title via Audible Communications for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.