Shadowed Rebecca Zanetti.
Shadowed Rebecca Zanetti.
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My first Rebecca Zanetti read, and it definitely won’t be my last! This was a great fun, fast paced novel. I need to empathise with and understand characters to enjoy a book, and Brenna caught me straight off. She was just one of those really likeable people, one you want to hug and to know that she was dying from a poisoning when she should be long lived as a witch – well hats so unfair. Then we meet Jase, one of the Kayrs brothers. Wow they’re all very delicious, yummy, sexy vampires and Jase has that broody Alpha male thing that’s so appealing, – and he has a soft side that is attracted to Brenna. He tells himself he’s mating with her to save her life, she’s a sweet, kind person and deserves that, and as he’s no intent to find love and a mate otherwise its straightforward – well at least it gives her a chance at survival, and he may gain some of his powers back too. Bonus all round. Of course we can see that there’s more than just practicality on both sides, that the strong attraction that sears between them is more than just physical, but neither are preprepared to recognise that yet. Brenna wants the chance to live so accepts his offer, hoping she can keep her heart intact, she knows that he’s determined to wipe out the demons who imprisoned and tortured him for five years, and nothing, not even a mate, will stop him. She mustn’t fall in love, that way lies heartbreak.
There’s some discussions between everyone – poor Brenna, it felt like everyone had a right to know her personal history and I really felt for her, but it was simply that they cared for her and wanted the best for her. Anyway Jase gets his way and as there are then threats on Brenna’s life from other directions, they move swiftly to the Kayrs base in USA where his brother is king of the vampires. But the danger follows Brenna, and some of her new family are also targeted. Add in a kidnapping of someone else, threats, break-ins to the stronghold where they all live, and its all action. We’re never quite sure which faction is behind things, so its hard for the Kayrs to plan a strategy for protection or a rescue. Its not just which group, but where they will attack and when and where they will take any prisoners. In the midst of all the action too there’s the contrast where Brenna starts to fall for Jase and he for her, though he still doesn’t recognise it, but stubborn man that he is he does agree to try harder on a proper relationship for her, but when the chips are down ….well, I really felt for poor Brenna then.
Janie, one of her new family who is human but with strong seer type powers is a really interesting character, especially as she’s got that blood tie to two others that were childhood friends but are now enemies of the vampires…that’s going to make for a good storyline in a future book I hope.
Its a fast paced, action packed novel with a strong thread of romance running through – I love those. The characters were great, well described so I felt I knew them and their individual strengths and weaknesses, and the scenes set for plots surrounding further novels involving the Kayrs family. I’m looking forward to those! Priced at £3.72 for 90,000 words it’s good value and is a keeper novel for me.
Stars: almost the five, four and a half.