Marked is the final chapter in the Dark Protectors series, a riveting saga spanning decades of story time and following the powerful ruling Karys vampire family. Throughout all the story threads of each individual book, one thing has been constant: Janet Isabella Kayrs is the prophesied one who will change the world, for better or worse. The demons want to kill her, the Kurjans want to own her, and the vampires just want to keep her safe. Zane Kylllwood has been visiting his Janie Belle in dream worlds since they were children, and they are both in for a treat - and a serious test of their love for one another - when they finally get to meet in person.
There is a charming – and striking – dichotomy between the relationship Janie and Zane share and the ones played out by all the other couples in the series. As her lifelong best friend and companion, Zane is sweet, loving, and playful, but he can quickly flip into vampire single-minded bossiness when he believes Janie is in danger. Ms Zanetti’s heroes are always alpha males who fall just on the right side of that razor thin edge between adoring males who live to serve their mates and beastly, control-happy cavemen who kill first and ask questions later. And let me tell you – that heady, steaming hot hero profile is just begging for a gaggle of female fans! With Zane, Ms. Zanetti has created a very special blend of her signature hero traits and crafted them into a persona who is likeable, a little bit scary, and surprisingly believable for a male so young. The most diversified of all the Karys men, Zane has Conn’s super-soldier determination, Talen’s bossiness and protectiveness, Jace’s playfulness and spirit of youth, Kane’s uncanny ability to see around obstacles, and Dage’s sense of self-sacrificing responsibility to lead.
Marked dives right into a rivetting storyline years in the making, captivating readers with the strength and depth of the connection between Janie and Zane. The myriad story threads from the rest of the series are all cleverly wrapped up and each set of characters is given their moment to reconnect with readers before bringing this incredibly compelling story arc to a close. I laughed and cried and – in the end – truly felt satisfied with the way Ms Zanetti laid it all out. That’s a big win for the book’s well-developed plot arc, since there were definitely times I was so worried about how it would all turn out that I considered stopping reading for a while to extend the experience! This book – this entire series – is dynamite, just so well crafted. Kudos to author Rebecca Zanetti on putting the finishing sparkling touches on a story that celebrates love, family, and triumph over adversity by digging deep and trusting those you hold most dear. The best part? Ms. Zanetti’s new spin-off Realm Enforcers series means it’s not the end of the road for this story universe, and I’m looking forward to getting to know other characters better while still seeing a familiar face now and then. Don’t miss the preview of Kellache Dunne’s story – and his scrappy new love interest – at the end of Marked!...more