A VAMPIRE’S KISS
FROM THE WORLD OF THE DARK PROTECTORS
A Vampire’s Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti is part of the author’s long-running Dark Protectors series. This book features a possessive, centuries-old vampire with a need to protect his semi-estranged vampire mate, who also happens to be a successful CEO of an internet company.
Can be read and enjoyed as a standalone read.
A Vampire’s Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti was everything I hoped it would be and then some. I loved the two leads, Athan and Ivy. They were the perfect blend of nice and spice, with the added fated mates, hero as protector, and smart, capable heroine tropes. And the romance melded seamlessly into the action, making this a book that I didn’t want to put down and got irritated over when I got interrupted–TWICE.
Athan is a darn good vampire—and hero. I loved everything about him. He was the right amount of concerned about his mate and worried about interfering with Ivy’s personal agency. He let her make her own choices, even though she drove him up the wall when she did. But when things began to heat up and her life grew endangered, he stepped up and stepped in, despite how angry and frustrated it made her.
And Ivy? Oh, lordy. She was a fun one. I adored her growth, and how well she handled herself and expressed her wants and needs. Despite knowing Athan was a bada$$ sexy vampire, she still held her own and let him know, in no uncertain terms, that she wasn’t about to be impeded by him.
How had she thought him almost robotic? Unemotional? Raw stone with no depth? He wasn’t. Not even close. He was churning fire and heated passion. Rough maleness and iron-clad control.
Both characters showed a lot of growth in this book, and I loved their chemistry together. They were sweet and hot and everything in between. Even when they disagreed there was a breath of life to them, and it only heightened the story unfolding between and around them.
I do think the ending may have been a little rushed, though that could be because this is a book in an already interconnected world. Not that I ever felt like I was missing out on anything, because I didn’t, but I would’ve liked to have seen a bit of closure with some of the things going on in this story. Then again, the gaps could be filled in by other books in this series. I know this book can be read as a standalone, but at the same time, I also know this story and these characters are part of a larger, ongoing series. I will have to do a bit more research into the author’s other recent works to figure out what books may coincide with this one. Once I do, I will be doing a review of those books as well. This author is a favorite and I haven’t kept up as well as I would’ve liked with her recent releases. That’s about to change!
If you’re looking for a great vampire romance read that is shorter than a novel but longer than a short story, this one just might be your jam. I enjoyed the heck out of it and cannot wait to dive back into the latest books in this world.
Upon further research it appears that this book runs parallel to the events in Garrett’s Destiny, book 15 in the Dark Protectors series.
A Vampire's Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: The Dark Protectors #14.5
Published by 1001 Dark Nights Press on January 3, 2023
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Amazon Purchase
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Unlike several of his brothers, Athan Maxwell accepted the curse inherent in his DNA and solved the problem a century ago by mating his one true mate and saving her life at the same time. Now they only meet up four times a year to exchange blood and keep themselves healthy because that was the deal. Yet after a hundred years, his mate has only become more beguiling and intriguing, and when he discovers a new threat on her tail, his promise of sitting back and leaving her alone goes right out of the window.
Ivy O’Dwyer has enjoyed the last century as an immortal being, evolving from being a farmer’s daughter to the successful CEO of an Internet company. Sure, life gets lonely without the chance to date, and yes, she’s grateful to her vampire mate for saving her life so long ago, and yet the dreams she has of the sexy male won’t desert her. So when he storms in to save her life, in all vampire-possessive mode, it’s difficult to stand her ground. Unfortunately, when they finally discover that living forever but alone isn’t worth it, it might be too late.
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