Review: Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted December 12, 2012 by Vampbard in 4 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A Tags: , , ,

Author: Rebecca Zanetti  
Release Date: Nov. 1, 2012
Publisher: Kensington
Dark Protectors #5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley
About the book:
A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war…
Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract…
What VampBards talking about:
Anyone that has read my reviews knows that I always like the tortured heroes.  Kane, the leading vamp from Rebecca Zanetti’s Provoked, won me over immediately;  his phenomenally sexy brain, domineering personality, and that shred of vulnerability that even the most overbearing heroes share, puts him on my list of Top Hotties for 2012.
While I did find the cliches that are expected in PNRs were rampant in Provoked, they were used in a way that was tweaked from the norm.  Two races of vampires.  Shape-shifters and Werewolves were different entities.  Witches aide and abet the paranormal population.  It surely isn’t your normal Vampire Diaries.  Even though I haven’t read the first four titles in Ms. Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, she did a great job catching up this virgin series reader, and I don’t think she over-explained for those that have read previous titles in the series.  
Amber, our unexpected heroine, has discovered that her grandmother has been keeping a secret from her for her entire life.  Well, more than one secret, actually. An entire slew of them.  When unusual elements begin sniffing around Amber, on the heels of her granny’s accident that sent her into a coma,  Amber finds herself in need of a hand, no matter how much she envisions herself as an independent, strong woman.  Yeah.  Not so much in the world of the paranormal.  After all, she had no clue that she had hidden gifts and talents that were needed to battle demons.  No biggie, right?  Amber actually ends up, in my opinion, completely subservient to Kane; he only ‘allows’ her control on his terms, and she seems OK with that.  Meh.  To each, his own.  
As secondary characters go, I like Amber’s granny.  This little spitfire had guts to spare.  Kane’s brothers also provided a great deal of supporting character behaviors.  They kicked him in the tush when he was being a blockhead.  And, they also gave Kane a standard to which he could aspire.  
I did, however, like Kane as a leading character.  I thought he stole the show.  Not only did Kane have the dark, good looks and physical prowess of a leading man, he possessed a mind like a steel trap.  Intelligence and what appeared to be cold calculation were the mainstays of Kane’s interactions with others.  He would minimize his emotions and empathy to protect his heart from the inevitable pain that could be caused in the long run.  Because of his compassion, combined with his scientific mind, Kane strove to contribute to his community – the shifter and vampire world – by discovering an inoculation for the virus that was a threat to the shifter world, witch world, and the mates of the vampires.  Positive contribution to society, and all that jazz.
Provoked was a nice little story to occupy a cold and snowy Sunday.  I hope to continue reading Ms. Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, simply to find out whether the good guys end up with the win.
VampBards Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

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