Review: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti

marked 2Reviewed by Jen

This book was absolutely everything I hoped it would be. Like so many other fans of the Dark Protectors series, I have been waiting anxiously for Janie’s story. We’ve been teased with bits and pieces for years. We have known her since she was just four years old; we’ve followed her as she has become more powerful and as she has come closer and closer to fulfilling her destiny.  We’ve caught glimpses of her connections to Zane and Kalin.  And it’s all led up to this. I am getting excited all over again just thinking about it.

The story begins with the big peace talks among all of the supernatural factions and it’s there that Janie, Zane, and Kalin all meet in person for the very first time. And we finally learn who –and what– Zane really is.  From their very first interaction, Rebecca Zanetti drives home the differences between how everyone is in the dreamworld versus reality.  Everything is no longer hazy and hopeful. Zane is dark and deadly and Janie has to quickly come to terms with the fact that the Zane of her fantasies is a flesh and blood man with his own loyalties and baggage that are part of the package.

I love that there is more to Zane than meets the eye.  He is just a touch more caveman than my taste generally dictates. (The only thing in the whole book I would have changed was the obligatory spanking “to teach her a lesson.”)  But overall, he is not nearly as overbearing as the heroes in the early books of the series.  I appreciate that he gives Janie credit where she’s due and he doesn’t ignore what she can bring to the table.

The romance was 100% satisfying, both emotionally and sexually. But there is just as much to be said about the larger story arc.  This book is the culmination of all the fighting, scheming and atrocities among the demons, kurjans, witches, vampires and shifters.  It’s positively explosive and it went in a direction I never saw coming. It was fantastic.  I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning to end.  There is a ton of action and it’s filled with twists and turns.

The ending is 100% satisfying in every way. Not only is the main arc wonderfully resolved and the romance full of HEA goodness, we get to spend some time with every single couple we have fallen in love with over the course of the series.  I can’t think of any way she could have done this better. Fans are going to love this book. I know I sure did.

Rating: A

*ARC Provided by Kensington

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by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: December 22, 2014
Publisher: Kensington

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