Tuesday, October 21, 2014

***Lesley Reviews Marked (Dark Protectors #7) by Rebecca Zanetti


Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

Lesley's Review

Where to start with this review....

It's a bitter-sweet one to be doing that's for sure. These characters have been in our purview since the very first book. Janie Belle and Zane have grown along with the story.. so, there is this attachment that spans 7 books. It's like watching your niece, nephew or god child grow, except hopefully, you don't have an ending to their stories for a very long time. But, this isn't just Janie and Zane's story ....All of our beloved characters say good-bye to us as well. It was kind-of an emotional one for me. I love The Realm and all those characters and it was just sad to say good-bye. (Although, the little epilogue makes me think it isn't goodbye. Wishful thinking maybe?)

 Anyway back to the point....

Marked was everything I hoped for and more. It was excellently written. Nothing seemed forced or rushed. With all the pressure of writing Janie and Zane's story, Rebecca exceeded my expectations and brought forth one of her best books. I wouldn't change a single thing in this book.  Even for the characters I didn't like so much, but still had this annoying soft spot for. You'll know who I mean. 

After so many books of pondering what Janie's story would be. Who would Janie end up with? Or would Janie have to sacrifice herself to save her loved ones? We finally dig into the prophesied one. The single human girl with an army of supernaturals either wanting to help her or destroy her. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders. She knows that it comes down to her and her life long "dream" buddies, Zane and Kalin. And lets just say Janie has her sights set on Zane being more than her buddy.
While attending the peace talks, Janie comes face to face with her dream friends.There is no easing into the grit, it's just there. Not everything is as it seems.  With her trust shaken up and the world's fate on her shoulders she pretty much thinks she'll sacrifice herself to save them all. Well, that is until some over bearing control freak steps into her way. She takes him on with all the adorable attitude we've grown to love. 

" It was time for Janie to grow up and let go of childhood dreams."

Who does she take on?  Well, that would be Zane. Sigh... I just love that man to pieces.  Rebecca can create some fantastic alphas to love. Zane is everything I wanted him to be and more. He may be rough around the edges and certainly not what Janie expected, but he doesn't take no for an answer. He will save those he loves at all costs. That cost could very well be his life. 

"A massive man, a true predator, a dangerous warrior."

Nothing about Janie and Zane's story is easy. With her family behind her and the man of her dreams they push forward to complete the mission.  Fate gets the big middle finger ....

"...Because you have been mine your entire life, and I'm tired of waiting."

AND that's it folks.( You know cause spoilers suck.) 

 5 PERFECTLY FANTASTIC stars. You will get everything you were looking for. I think pretty much all ends were tied with pretty red bows. I mean it has all aspects covered. The in-laws, the enemies, the love, the heart-break, the triumph. BEST of all KARMA. ;) Well done, Mrs. Zanetti. 

Ebook-ARC courtesy of Netgalley.
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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.


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