Tempted (Dark Protectors, #2.5)
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Tempted (Dark Protectors #2.5)

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On the run from a mental institution and her vindictive half-brother, it’s safe to say that Sarah Pringle’s happy life as a schoolteacher is on hold. Too bad that as far as self-defense goes, “run and hide” is the best she’s got. And with the monsters that started her escape hot on her heels, that’s not going to cut it for long…


That is, unless Sa...more
ebook, 118 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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I was excited that Max got his own book. Wish it was full length, but I will take what ever I can get with these sexy heroes, Rebecca has created. I have been curious about Max since the beginning of this series when he started being Janie’s bodyguard.

Loved how we got to see his past and how he became Janie’s bodyguard. He is so sweet to Janie in Fated #1 and Claimed #2, but it was a treat to see him with her for the very first meeting in the beginning of Tempted. It is amazing how this huge va...more
T.J. Shaw
It’s been a long time since I sat down and read a book in one sitting…a long time. And I fell into TEMPTED by accident. I’d signed up for a giveaway of Ms. Zanetti’s latest release, SHADOWED over at Tome Tender Book Blog (http://tometender.blogspot.com/), although I didn’t win, the book sounded interesting. Then while scanning through my Kindle looking for the next read, I saw that I had TEMPTED. What a great discovery TEMPTED and Ms. Zanetti turned out to be. TEMPTED is a wonderful take on the...more
Tempted by Rebecca Zanetti
Book 2.5 in the Dark Protectors Series
Humans with enhanced abilities such as Sarah Pringle has, are potential mates for the vampires. So the Kurjan's are trying to destroy their mates and possible mates with a virus. Max is one of the good guys. And he finds himself suddenly in charge of a small human girl, Janie, who makes his cold heart warm. Not warm enough to have a mate to protect as well...or maybe that choice is not his once he meets Sarah Pringle.

Sarah escaped t...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

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Sarah Pringle was a school teacher until her nasty brother gets involved with the Kurjans. When one of them kills an employee at their pharmaceutical company right in front of her she thinks they are vampires, but the police don’t believe her and her brother has her committed to a mental institution for evaluation. When she manages to escape and put up a blog about the vampire she witnessed killing a woman this brings her to the attention of the actual vampires, the Da...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
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This is a good novella and easy to slip into the world. For some reason I thought this was aliens, but I guess not? It's vampires and Kurjans. But I'm not sure if they're otherworldly or what.

Sarah has escaped the psych hospital where her half-brother had her committed, and she's on the run. She had a run-in with the Kurjans, but thinks they are vampires...monsters. Her half-brother Andrew wants her controlling shares in their grandfather's pharmaceuticals comp...more
Nikki Brandyberry
Bodyguard and warrior, Max always gets his man. In this case he’s not after a man though, he’s after a scared woman on the run. Sarah knows what she saw and what she saw was a vampire attack. Labeled as crazy and shut away she escapes only to run into the one thing everyone tells her isn’t real…..a vampire. Except Max doesn’t want to kill her, he claims to want to help her if she’ll help him. He and his band of vampire brothers need access to a lab only Sarah can get them into. Does Sarah dare h...more
The plot was okay with the feamle lead spending time in a psych ward abroad due to her brother's greed and need for controlling the family fortune without her in the way. She meets the hero and they fall into sudden lust, with the hero declaring that he dosen't want a mate. They go through several trials, she meets the kayer's brothers and learn more about Max, his childhood and how he was brought into the Kayr's family.

I liked the plot but my problem with Rebecca's females still stands. They ar...more
This one started out interesting... but then I blinked... and I have no idea if I missed some of the story. Because this then that. And then they were here. And mated. In love. And it was disjointed just like this review.

Lucy Dosch

See more at EBookObsessed including my interview with Rebecca Zanetti.

I love Max!! He was one of my favorite characters in this series since he first showed up in Fated (See my favorite scene) and this big, burly, dangerous vampire lets this tiny, little girl paint his fingernails for losing at Go Fish. How awesome is he!!

I only gave it four stars since the story was so short, we barely get to meet Sarah and we really only get a very brief story. It was enjoyable, but I would have liked more.

I found I enjoyed this short novella much more than I have the first two books. Short in pages, I think the story was more believable in the sense that Max, a vampire, was sent to find Sarah and bring her in for question. Sarah is the daughter and majority stock holder of a Pharmaceutical company. After witnessing the Kurjan murder someone she knew, Sarah’s family send her off to the looney bin. She soon after escapes, Sarah starts her mission to tell the world that vampires really do exist. The...more
FINALLY! A dark protectors book I totally loved! Max did it right! He provided the perfect balance between dominance/alphamaleness and sweet understanding. I was super thrilled to finally read one of these that followed the awesome story line and yet didn't make me want to throw it away any time a sex scene popped up.

I totally loved this book! I honestly just wish it wasn't a short half book. I like Max a lot and greatly enjoyed learning more about him. It was nice to see that these vampire men...more
Liz Lovesrainbows
Excellent! Read it out of order but it just makes me want to read the rest of the series!! Loved it!!
Sigh... This was just too short for my liking but that's only because I love these characters!
Mai Lewis Buwee
Lovely, just too short. Another great novella Rebecca.
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
This novella is a nice little side romance that takes place between the events of Claimed and Hunted. It doesn't really advance the overall arc of the series, but it features several characters from the full length books. It also dips into the established worldbuilding and the romance provides some great sexual tension and some satisfying bedroom action.

The hero of the story is Max. He's one of the vampires who helped take care of Janie in the earlier books. He is tough as nails and built like a...more
3.75 stars

ABOUT THE SERIES from Rebecca Zanetti:

The Kayrs family leads not only the vampire nation, but also the Realm, which is a coalition of vampires, shifters, and witches. Years ago, an evil vampire race called the Kurjans declared war on the Realm by creating a deadly virus that infects vampire mates. The virus attacks chromosomal pairs and takes mates from immortal to human, and maybe down to death. No cure for the virus has been found for mates, and the vampires, who are male only, know...more
Tempted is the 2.5 installment of the series, but it's the first one I've read. Overall I thought it was a good story. It was intersting, fast paced, with likeable characters. Being 2.5 does mean that it's not a full length book, so the story is on an accelerated time frame. The bulk of the book occures over a three day time span. So my one criticism would be the love at first sight aspect of the story. To me it was unnecessary to say the characters were in love. They were definately in lust, an...more
I really enjoyed this gem of a novella that gave a minor character from the Dark Protector's series his chance in the limelight. Though it was more compact, this piece still offered up the combo of romance and danger that the full length novels bring. It is definitely a great addition to the series.

Max was adopted into the Kayrs family when Dage Kayrs pulls him out of his miserable existence of abuse and neglect and offers him a home and family. Max is grateful for what Dage and his brothers giv...more
MsAjay (Ms. Undercover Geek)
I actually gives thsi a 4.5. Wow. I have to quote someone on good read when they said this is a lot of story for a novella. I was afraid I would not be fulfilled because the book was so short but I was wrong. Ms. Zanetti I will not doubt you again. Although this is just a novella its my favorite story in the series and Max is not a Kayrs brother but he is as close to family as you can get. This is book 2.5 in the Dark Protector Series. I always wondered how Max felt about being Janie’s bodyguard...more
Lori Peterson
Great series

This is actually a little longer than a novella but shorter than a book. I like Max I wish he could of had a whole book. I would like to have a little more background on him. I think the ending is a little abrupt but being a series the characters pop up in other books so it's easy to find out what's going on with them, for that reason it still gets five stars. If you haven't started reading this series yet you are really missing out on some great books.
3.5 stars = pretty good. I am new to Zanetti's Dark Protector series and there is only basic jist of Zanetti's world woven in to Tempted to bring new readers up to speed - from what I could glean there are good fanged blood drinking immortal warriors and another race of bad fanged guys but I am not exactly sure of what sets them apart and why they are enemies. Still that was enough, I guess, that I still enjoyed this connected short. Mostly I think, because I am incredibly hero-centric and I lik...more
Dawn Sullivan
WOW!!! This novella packed a punch!! Rebecca did Max justive in this novella. This novella was packed with action, love, romance and hot hot sex.
Ive been dying to read about Max.
There was just the right amount of background for each character. The perfect blend of action and hot sex.
This series keeps getting better and better.
When reading rebecca's world I feel as if Im there. The details she gives just pull you right in.

Max is Janie's bodyguard since book #1 he used to protecting and he fee...more
Pat (ireadthatbook.com)
Actually an e-book and actually 4.75stars

This short gives a glimpse of Max Potrovsky filling the role of drool-worthy male while reminding us he does more than baby-sit Janie. Max is dispatched to rescue Sarah Pringle, who turns out to be rather pivotal to Dark Protectors lore. Max the gentle giant is already a favorite and I liked sassy Sarah a lot and they work well as a couple.

Some shorts are throwaways and don't really add to the overall arc. That is definitely not the case here. We learn wh...more
This was a very nice quick read. This novella, if you can call it that, was centered on Max, the bodyguard/soldier that we have come to know in bits and pieces from the first two books in this series.
Max is not part of the royal family by blood, but he is treated as such by Dage, Talen, Conn, Jase and Kane. He is the main protector of Cara's daughter Janie.
In this book, Max must find a teacher that was sent to a mental hospital due to witnessing a Kurjan kill a friend of hers, she escapes an...more
Way too short!! I love the world the author has created so anything short of a full book just isn't enough. Max is one of my favorite characters and I'm glad he found his mate, whose brother was just a slime bucket, for the short appearance he made I wanted to slap him and hard. This was a fun novella and I look forward to returning back to full length books.
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Carla's Review:

TEMPTED is a short enovella and the story of Max Petrovsky. This story takes place where CLAIMED left off and before HUNTED begins.

Max is considered family to the Kayrs brothers although is he more of a loner. We all know Max as the big, tough, teddy bear bodyguard of Janie Kayrs. Max is sent on a mission to retrieve a woman who has been writing a blog about Kurjans and vampires existing. Only problem is, she's Max's mate. Now he will stop at nothing to protect her from her crazy...more
This was a free kindle download. It is a novella, book 2.5 in a series. I have not read any of the other books in the series. Yet I felt I could jump right in and follow what was going on. The characters were similar to other books I have read. A group of immortal beings, who can only find love with their one true mate. Will Max and Sarah realize they belong together?

I think it is obvious what will happen to them, but first they must fight the evil forces that are trying to destroy Sarah. I have...more
I got his book for free on my kindle. This is a paranormal romance that packs alot of heat. So beware, this is adults only. Max is the ultimate alpha male vampire, and Sarah is teacher with a troubled past, who has been committed to an mental instituation after witnessing a murder her brother Andrew was involved in. A virus is attacking the vampire's human mates, and Sarah's inherited pharmaceutical company may have the cure. But, Sarah's half brother is trying to get control of the company away...more
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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.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given...more
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