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Review: Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti

1 May

Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti
Kennsington (May 1, 2012)
Trade: $14; ebook: $11.99
ISBN: 9780758259271

Favorite Lines: “As he wrapped his hand around hers, something shifted inside him. He loosened his hold, careful not to bruise. No hint flowed from her of the possibility she was an enhanced female, a possible mate. No whisper of psychic ability. Yet, as she tangled her small fingers more securely with his, he angled his body to protect her from the rain. He’d follow her anywhere.” (p. 97-98, eARC)

Ready Or Not
Moira Dunne is a witch—the quantum physics kind. Time and space are her playthings. Which might explain why her one-night stand from a hundred years ago has turned up to “claim” her—and request her family’s assistance with the war he’s brewing. But the more she learns about Connlan Kayrs, the more she comes to think this is normal behavior for him…

There’s Nowhere To Hide
When Conn and Moira tumbled on the moonlit grass, Conn hadn’t meant to mark her as his mate for all time. She was only twenty! But it wasn’t easy to wait for her. It was even harder to forget her. So when he finally returns for his wicked-hot witch, he’s ready to let the sparks flying. Even if he burns up in flames…

Hunted is book three in Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors’ series. It follows one of the vampire king’s brothers’ journey to love and happiness. The book works as a stand alone, but you may want to read previous books to get a strong foothold in the paranormal world and a firm grasp on the relationships already in place.

Moira is a strong woman who didn’t understand why her mate left her over a hundred of years before the events of this book. She feels like he should have wanted her enough to come sooner. However, her time spent apart from her mate allowed her to practice and perfect her magic, as well as take up lessons in fighting. Her attraction toward Conn has not dimmed over time, but her need to protect him from her family has only increased. Moira is a strong, sexual woman who is determined to give her all in a relationship with Conn. She is extremely likeable.

Conn is an alpha hero. He is respectful of his mate and willing to let Moira handle situations. That doesn’t mean he will let her go off on her own. He wants to be present to protect her, even when it means he could die. I enjoyed watching him verbally spar with Moira and his determination to find a happily ever after with her despite all the political machinations taking place around them. As much as I liked Conn and Moira, I’ve got to admit that my favorite story line  followed a secondary character long ago introduced: Kalin.

Kalin is a 15-year-old bad ass. He is a vampire, but not part of the Realm (good guys team). Kalin is always looking for a way to cause chaos and likes preying on people. In Hunted, the reader is introduced to a possible alter-Kalin. He has come to a fork in a path. He can continue on the path he has been traveling and end in the darkness of evil. Or he can choose a new way. A path toward redemption. I loved every aspect of the young vamps’ journey. I can’t tell you what happens, but you’ll want to read and find out.

Hunted is full of love, betrayal, and both fulfilled and unfulfilled desires. The sex is hot. The ripple effects of events: long reaching. It’s an entertaining escape to an alternate world which is slightly above average. It’s not my favorite book, but I don’t regret setting aside the time to read it.

GoodReads states that book four in the series will be called Consumed and that it will be released in June 2012. I looked on Amazon and B&N, but found no listing for it. Zanetti’s website confirmed the title of the book, but did not list a release date.