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  • OTT, PNR and fabulous

    How can a 346 page novel feel too short? Fancy the sound of a PNR featuring a Demon-Vampire hybrid Highlander warrior, a member of a secret society called the Seven and the amnesiac photographer he mated five years ago, as a favour to her sister's mate, to bring her out of a coma? Me too! The Seven are a band of warriors who defied the laws of physics to defeat and imprison their sworn enemy Ulric in a different physical plane, but the barriers keeping Ulric imprisoned are weakening and a day of reckoning is fast approaching. Ulric's people are the Kurjans, a violent race who kidnap, rape and kill enhanced human women. Adare O’Cearbhaill has kept a careful watch over his mate Grace Cooper since his bite and mating mark brought her out of a coma, all without her knowing (the watching, not the mating), but it's gone too far when she starts meeting other men in bars to buy vampire blood. It seems that their mating of convenience five years ago hasn't taken, Grace can no longer heal herself and she is suffering from crippling headaches. She has consulted numerous Realm physicians and they believe she may be allergic to Adare's blood cells. Could her only hope be to take the vaccine and hope it breaks the mating bond? Adare and Benny have devised a risky plan to infiltrate one of their enemy's strongholds and rescue the enhanced women that the Kurjans have kidnapped. It will probably end in death for one or both of them but if it means his mate can be free to find love with another male Adare will make that sacrifice. This series reminds me of the best of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but with humour and more fallible heroes; completely OTT, these are fast-paced, humorous and well-plotted. I dread to think how many of the Seven's secret lairs have been blown up over the course of this series. If you like your PNR with a dash of humour, big explosions and overarching plot arcs then this series is the one for you. It just gets more fun as the books go on. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • A true love connection

    I think this might just be my favorite book in this series. How I enjoyed this emotionally untouchable male with his not quite mate. The action and danger is there as with all of this author's books, including that edge of betrayal and misunderstanding. But the thing that struck me the most was the length these two went to in order to protect each other. The author drew me in with the subtlety of their growing emotions and then wouldn't let me escape until the last moment. I really hope we get to see more of this couple in future books and how their relationship continues to grow. Oh, and I loved that little Easter egg of things to come. I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with for the Realm and the Seven next. I am sure that it is going to be amazing.

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  • action packed, steamy romance, clever writing,

    In Guardian’s Grace, Rebecca Zanetti’s 12th Dark Protector book, the Dark Protector’s Universe undergoes some unexpected, life-altering, and monumental changes, and there are also some surprises in store for the Seven and the Realm as well. Colorful description, phenomenal worldbuilding, wonderful development of the characters and their relationships, exhilarating action sequences, steamy romance, and clever and surprising story advancements, twists, and turns drew me in right away and kept me totally invested until before I knew it the novel was over. As far as Grace Cooper is concerned, she and Adare O’Cearbhaill are mates in name only because he was forced to mate her to save her life. Since then, they have been living separate lives. That works just fine for her and Adare, who has been going on one mission after another, believing his mate is staying out of trouble. When her life is endangered, their separate lives collide. Will they be able to survive a true mating and all that it entails beyond the mating sex? Especially when all Grace can focus on is finding out the truth behind her coma and subsequent memory loss. Independent, stubborn, and compassionate, Grace is a talented photographer who has always lived in her sister Faith’s shadow, believing there was nothing particularly special about herself until her life changed completely five years ago. Stricken by a coma after a deadly attack by an unknow assailant, Grace was awakened by vampire/demon hybrid, soldier Adare mating her. Grace awakens to a new world of immortals – vampires, demons, shifters, etc. – in which she, as an enhanced human and a key, has a special destiny to fulfill and no memory of her immediate life before the coma. Nevertheless, Grace is resistant to accepting the bounds and limitations of life in the immortal world, especially as Adare’s mate and the key, so she returns to her normal life as soon as possible. Honorable, loyal, grumpy, and a fierce immortal warrior, Adare is a Highlander who has shut down his emotions after the loss of all his family and countless fellow warriors in wars and battle over the years. He agrees to help his brother by saving his mate’s sister from a coma and he’s committed to fulfilling his duty to be her mate and protect and keep her safe. However, he has no intention of falling in love with her. When she leaves to pursue her life, he’s fine with it, respecting her need for space. After all, as a member of the Seven he has responsibilities of his own to focus on anyway and neither wants or has time to babysit his human mate. Still he finds himself intrigued by her gift, inspired by her talent as a photographer, entranced by her beauty, and continually surprised by her, as she is not quite the fragile, naïve human he has always believed her to be. At times, Grace is so frustrating with her refusal to see what’s in front of her, tendency to act without thinking first, and secret keeping. Even without considering that her behavior can have a dangerous impact on others besides herself. I get that she is independent and that she doesn’t see herself as one of the immortal, or immortal adjacent, so she doesn’t need to live within their limitations. But the reality is that she is in fact one of them and you would think that having a sister who is mated to an immortal and deeply entrenched into the immortal world she might take more time to think beyond her own tunnel vision. Part of it I guess is her being an emotional person. And that is one of the things that helps to balance out Adare’s total lockdown on his emotions. Well, it isn’t that all his emotions are on lockdown. Clearly, he loves his fellow Seven warriors and isn’t afraid to show them. But in general, he is very controlled, except it seems when it comes to Grace. Then his emotions flow freely. I love when the hero and heroine have character traits that help to bring balance to each other, and when they help each other to see and appreciate things about themselves they are unable to see on their own. The development of their relationship in the novel is nicely done. It makes me want to go back and try and catch up on their past interactions. The action scenes are intense, well-choreographed, and exciting. Zanetti has created a creepy, evil, frighteningly cunning enemy in this series that really keeps the heroes and heroines on their toes, and that keeps the stakes high throughout the novel. You just don’t know what to expect and I love that about this series so far. While I think I liked Hero’s Haven more, Guardian’s Grace is yet another thrilling, action-packed, steamy, and romantic outing in the Dark Protector series that is a definite page turner. I am excited to see what’s next for these characters and this world, as the stakes get higher and more intense. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series as there is still so much more to explore in this world and for these characters.

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  • Adare’s story

    Grace and Adare. Very complicated. This was a great addition to the series. It’s not as romantic as some of the others in the series. I really enjoyed the beginning. There is some filler in the middle with side stories of secondary characters, hopefully setting up their future stories. Adare is very OTT and Grace is a strong, independent woman. HEA.

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  • Absolutely LOVED it!

    I absolutely love this world! That’s saying a lot when I despise ongoing series. There are only a few that I’ve dedicated my time to and this is one that I will always want to read. I’ve been waiting to get Adare’s and Grace’s complete story since they were first introduced as a “couple”. Their relationship is not one of choice as much as necessity. That intrigued me with where their storyline would go and how they’d eventually come together. It was all that I had hoped. Grace, as a human, is weaker but holy heck did she have a will of iron and she was quick to show it in full force to Adare. The thing I really liked about it was that she didn’t have to yell and shout or carry on, she simply said what she wanted or she did as she wanted. It pretty much drove Adare crazy. As all of Ms. Zanetti’s heroes, Adare is the perfect example of an alpha male with strong protective tendencies and even a bit of jealousy when called for, although with these mated males jealousy is harder to come by as anyone who makes a move, even jokingly, pays the price for doing so. Watching him slowly come to some new realizations was endearing as he thought he had his life all planned out, even with his mate that he had separated himself from. This is chock full of action and excitement with a lot of new information regarding the ongoing struggle between the Seven and...well, pretty much everyone else. We see lots of old familiar characters from the past, as well as a few new ones. I’m so excited to see where this series is going to take us as there is just so much possibility here.

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