Now that her mask has finally slipped… He won’t be satisfied until she’s completely bare.
If an author can win me over to a series when I start with book number 7.8, then she’s something special, as is the book. Evidently, I’ll soon be reading the first 7.7 books in the Dark Protector Series, because Rebecca Zanetti knocked it out of the park with Tangled, the novella which tells the story of Theo Reese and Ginny O’Toole.
Apparently, these two have been busy in the Dark Protector Series with a wealth of history behind them told in various stories. Even so, I didn’t feel as though I was missing part of the story. Tangled, though only 171 pages, is a complete story, something I rarely find in a novella. Ginny and Theo felt fully fleshed out to me rather than a couple of peripheral characters that the author was throwing a bone to. I absolutely loved both of them.
These two were so much fun to read about. Through them, I got the complete lowdown on the immortal world they live in without any confusion and they easily showed why they were a great couple. Theo, a centuries old vampire, is big and rugged and a soldier for the Realm. Alpha male to the core. He’s been circling Ginny forever, admittedly “crushing” on her at one point, but dealing with a lingering anger towards her after she seemingly broke his brother’s heart. Ginny, a witch with as many years under her belt as Theo, is not what she projects to the world. She’s used her waif like, outward appearance to trick everyone-except Theo. He’s sees straight through her act and when events hurl them towards their inevitable collision, there’s no stopping what’s been brewing for centuries.
Tangled is the complete package for lovers of paranormal romance. There’s action, romance, and other-worldliness. Characters that obviously starred in their own books make appearances that are meaningful and entertaining. Quite frankly, anytime I pick up a book that makes me want to read more, I consider that a win for me.
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5 stars for Tangled. Heat level: 3.5
I received Tangled, part of the Dark Protector Series and the 1001 Dark Nights Series, from the publisher in exchange for honest feedback.
Two weeks on the hunt, and now Theo Reese was dressed like a wanker from one of those popular spy movies. He tugged on the black bow tie and fully committed himself to killing the woman who’d forced him to wear a tuxedo. After chasing her through New York, London, Edinburgh, and now back to New York, he was more than ready to grip her slim neck in both his hands.
Then he’d squeeze until her stunning blue eyes bugged.
Maybe. Okay. He wouldn’t kill her. Even as pissed as he was, he’d never harm a woman. Well, probably. This one had taken subterfuge to a whole new level, so he would like to scare her a little. Plus, the woman was a witch, so it wasn’t like she couldn’t defend herself. Creating fire out of air was like breathing for her people.
Chatter and the clinking of glasses filled the opulent ballroom of New York’s most exclusive hotel. Women in long sparkling dresses and men in tuxedos milled around, drinking champagne and laughing. Christmas lights blinked green and red from trees placed in every corner.
Discreet waiters refilled glasses and offered canapés.
Theo sighed. He wanted a steak, damn it. Little mushrooms filled with green stuff would just make him hungrier.
Where the hell was she?
His contacts had said she’d be attending the fundraiser to save some otter in some forest somewhere, and he’d had to pretty much give up a kidney to get a ticket. A gold-encrusted ticket. He didn’t get it. Why not just save the money on tickets, clothes, food, and drink…and give it to the damn otters? Buy them all a new river and forest somewhere.
He caught a scent. Through the heavy perfumes and fragrant appetizers, a scent he knew well beckoned him. Woman, intrigue, and Irish bluebells from her native home.
Lifting his head, he followed his nose. Even for a vampire, he had enhanced senses.
Her laugh, tinkling and surprisingly deep, had him turning left.
Ah. There she was. He’d finally found the witch.
About Rebecca Zanetti:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. 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 Dark Protectors, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers series. Upcoming series are: The Realm Enforcers and The Scorpius Syndrome.