by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Book #7.5 in the Dark Protectors series
Number of pages: 132
Paranormal Romance M/F
Read 9/8/19 to 9/9/19
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.
Since I’m reading this series a few years after publication on most of the books, I’m in the know of there being more stories after Marked. It still excites me that the author continued this series though. And I cannot imagine, had I been reading these books in real time, how ecstatic I would have been to find out there were more coming a year after the last book. This series never fails to make me laugh and swoon and sit on the edge of my seat.
This trio of brothers seem like the perfect subjects for a few novellas. As usual with these books, the characters fall fast and hard. In this story, Chalton actually acknowledges that love happens fast with his race (the Vampires). Even if he didn’t, the chemistry between him and Olivia is off the charts so I wouldn’t have minded the insta-love. I seriously couldn’t wait for them to give in to their desires, and they didn’t make me wait very long.
There is a lot of action (in and out of bed) in this story. Which is the norm for the Dark Protectors series. But since it’s such a short story it seems even more packed with danger and racing around. I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
I can’t wait to read about the other Reese brothers and their HEAs.