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(Dark Protectors #7.9)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,441 ratings  ·  169 reviews
She’ll love him forever . . . but he can’t make her obey . . .

The war is over. Danger has passed. Cara Kayrs is healed after decades of illness and ready for a break.

Too bad her brooding, alpha vampire husband can’t seem to change gears. In their twenty-five years together Talen Kayrs has learned to sense every shiver of her body, to ignite her desire with a word or a look
ebook, 110 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Lyrical Press
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 It's Talen Stars

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It's Talen...... OMFG it fucking Talen. OMG OMG OMG I think I fainted for a minute there. I am absolutely bat shit crazy in love with Talen. So imagine my surprise and delight to find this awesome Talen novella at the end of Wicked Burn. Talk about losing my shit. First I yelled, squealed, and screech. Which caused my husband and kids to run into the room wondering if I was okay. And of course right as they walked in I was breaking out into a crazy fangirl happy dance while
Sophia Triad
This short novel was written mainly for two reasons:

1. To revisit the first and the most popular couple in the Dark Protectors series after almost 25 years from their mating, i.e. Talen and Cara (Fated, Dark Protectors #1).
2. To connect the Dark Protectors series and the Realm Enforcers series which are taking place in the same fabulous world with the vampires, the demons, the shifters, the Kurjans, the witches and a really small number of humans.

To be honest, I read it as part of the book 'Wick
5 - "Baby, you can bite me anytime." Stars!

Talen Kayrs… just the name gets me a little bit… damp.

Its Live!
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Rebecca Zanetti hit all the right girly parts when she gave her readers the tall, dark and deadly, alpha-vampire at the beginning of the Dark Protectors series, and over the twenty-five years that the series covers to get to this novella, my love for the guy that blossomed from his
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Action packed and sexy. I love Rebecca Zanetti and I love novellas about past characters, so I pretty much loved getting an update on one of the most popular couple in the Dark Protectors series.

After decades of being sick, Cara Kayrs wants to take advantage of her newfound health and the fact that the war is now over, but her worrying vampire mate feels she’ll be exposing herself and that they still can’t be too careful. Can she convince him that she’s fine now and that after twenty-five ye
Hana ♡
4.5 Stars!

Oh Talen... how I've missed you! This was such a nice treat, reading from the POV of Talen and Cara again was a blast from the past.

This was a great novella with tons of action and steam. Plus we get tons of cameo's from some of the other characters from the previous books. Definitely recommend if you are a fan of the Dark Protectors series!

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Marta Cox
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This story is the book that bridges the gap between the Dark Protectors series and it's off shoot the Realm Enforcers. The author has done an amazing job because she's gone back to the beginning with longtime fan favourite Talen and his mate Cara. A lot has happened in the past twenty years or so since they met and now they have two children and one very cute granddaughter. There's finally peace between the Vampires and the Demons but perhaps not everyone is pleased. Could it be that racial puri ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Talen & Cara's 2nd story:

I loved getting an update on Talen and Cara. They were our first couple in the series and one of my favorites, so it was fun seeing them again after the war is over. I think it's funny that the author stirred up trouble even in their time of peace that brought several of the characters from previous books back for this short novella. I love theses characters and really hope Rebecca Zanetti has more in store for all of them. Fantastic read!

Overall series review: Fun, fast
A quick, entertaining, and intense jaunt into the Dark Protector world. Just when you really get into Cara's excursion into dangerous world she's been protected from since her mating to Talen ends way to soon for me. I really wished it was longer...what can I say, I eat up every story from the Dark Protector world and TALEN Kayrs story was no different.

It was great to see Cara show what she is made of outside the lab with her son and her husband by her side and boy does Cara and her husband know
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review.

What a hot, sweet, short read with these two characters from the first couple of the series and now twenty years later.

We have their children and grandchildren in this story as well as what's transpired between the Demon's and Vampires.

The two in this novel go on a journey to deliver genetic material. During the trip we are given a glimpse into their relationship and how it's evolved over the years as well as how they have grown as in
I will never get tired of this series. Unfortunately, the vampires, demons and shifters have found peace. Oops, I mean, Yay! The Realm is at peace! So when Talen and Cara run into all kinds of attacks as they attempt to deliver tissue samples that are to be used in the research of unmating vampires, their vacation looks like it’s going to be postponed. There is also the little problem they’re having of finding a happy balance now that their daily lives do not revolve around war anymore.

I was pl
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Anything that takes me back to revisit a top fav couple is going to make my day.
Loved Taken claiming Cara all over again.
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it

Talen is a novella that first appeared in the back of Wicked Burn. It is an expansion of the Dark Protectors series (7.9!!!) to help tie in the Realm Enforcers and the Dark Protectors series. Now confession time.... Talen isn't my favorite, I know I will gladly drool over the Jason Mamoa look of him but he is really just way to overprotective and spankings are not a punishment (my opinion, especially when the recipient enjoys them, it's like positive reinforcement for bad behaviour an
Another great novella! Rebecca is one of my top favorite paranormal authors and her Dark Protector series as well as her Realm Enforcer series.Two series that I never get tired of re-reading over and over.

I think that Talen and Cara started it all.With two kids grown and the war over and Cara now cured Cara is up to spreading her wings yet again. Talen always in protective mode is against it but his will-full wife will have her way.

What started out as a simple task turned into a misadventure for
OK, true confession, I marked this book as 'Want to Read' in Goodreads and when I saw it available on NetGalley I leaped at the opportunity to read it, but i'm not sure why. It's a novella in a series I haven't read, it takes place some time after the seventh book and concerns characters with rich back stories. The good news is that it was fairly easy to pick up the context of this novella.

Cara Paulson Karys is a human empath mated to a vampire, Talen Karys. She has been ill for a very long time
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the Dark Protectors series and any chance to get one more story from that world was good enough to get me excited.

Now, Talen, is technically not a new release. It was originally a bonus novella in the back of one of the spin-off Realm Enforcers series. Talen is a bridge story between the two series and reads best after the end of Dark Protectors and fits just as the other series is getting under way.

I got so excited to see this was a fun Talen and Cara story. Twenty-five years after they
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Talen-loving stars!

As a mad fan of the Dark Protectors series, I was so happy to pick up this novella, which takes us back to the couple that started it all – Talen and Cara. This is definitely not a standalone, and takes place after book #7, Marked, so be warned that this review will be a bit spoilery for the series.

The war is over. Talen and Cara have both faced death and illness which has defined their 25 years together, and now that they are both finally healthy it’s time for them to redi
Sandy S
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 6, 2017

She’ll love him forever . . . but he can’t make her obey . . .

The war is over. Danger has passed. Cara Kayrs is healed after decades of illness and ready for a break.

Too bad her brooding, alpha vampire husband can’t seem to change gears. In their twenty-five years together Talen Kayrs has learned to sense every shiver of her body, to ignite her desire with a word or a look. She would think he could learn she’s not some fragile damsel in distres
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Ms Zanetti, and have read all of the' Dark Protector' series. As a matter of fact it is one of my all time favorite paranormal reads. This book I really enjoyed because Talen and Cara are my favorite characters within this series. It is great novella about how Talen and Cara go on after the war is over. Now that Cara is no longer sick with the virus, she needs for Talen to break his over protective nature and allow her to live a life she feels she needs. It has some of our fav ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So hooked on this couple and this series.

Cara is so excited to go on a trip with Talen after being sick for so long and the war. Talen, not so much! But they need to get her samples to a lab before they go on to Hawaii. The trip though is filled with surprises for everyone and may not be all it's supposed to be.

Action filled with hot sex and funny moments. Loved it!

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
After years of war Cara Kayrs is feeling better and with her Vampire husband Talen Kayrs in tow, she departs for a trip that should be met without danger. Cara is thrilled to be spending time with Talen and out from the protection of the Dark Protectors but not everything goes as planned and she becomes a target.

If you read the fist book in this series than you know this couple. They are one of my all time favorite couples and this was another delightful read about them. Had several of my favori
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This short story was a nice slice of life into the lives of Talen, Kara, and their children, Garrett and Janie. Little Hope, now 18 months, is just adorable. I was hoping to see Janie's mate, Zane, make and appearance but it was still wonderful to touch base with this beloved couple.

Kara is pushing for more independence since the war is over and she is no longer infected with the virus. Talen is still too possessive and hovering. I wished the story focused more on their relationship growing pai
Debra Johnson
Talen by Rebecca Zanetti
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
2.75 Stars

I liked it.
But I didn't love it.
In fact, it was a bit boring.

Could have been so much better.

There are some problems in the flow of the read.
Most of it felt 'Contrived' & lacked spontaneity.

I was definitely disappointed.

Not a bad read.
Not a good read.

Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me begin with I have not read any of Dark Protectors series. I keep meaning to since I really enjoy Rebecca Zanetti's books, especially her Realm Enforcers series. I know this story was previously published in Wicked Ride, which I did read, but at the time, I passed on reading this added story. When, once again, this novella popped up on my radar, I said why not. It's combining a series I knew with one I wanted to know. So I went for it.

Oh man, what have I missed! I really liked Talen and C
Cathy Geha
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Talen by Rebecca Zanetti
Dark Protectors #7.9
Realm Enforcers novella 3.?

The author mentions in a note at the beginning of this novella that she wanted to write a crossover novella linking her Dark Protector and Realm Enforcer series together. After asking her Facebook street gang who they would like to hear about in a novella linked to Wicked Burn two names dominated – Talen & Cara – so this is the story she wrote. Not having rea any of the Dark Protectors series but having read all of the Realm
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
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Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Netgalley....:)

Anytime I get to go back to this world, I am so excited as this is one of the best series I have ever read. I love the Dark Protectors series and since the series started with Talen himself.....he will always hold a special place in my heart. I first read this novella at the end of Wicked Burn a while ago, but was super happy to go back and read it again.....

I loved this short and sweet little novella about Talen and Cara that takes places a
Heather andrews
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Talen is heach honcho, the man doesn't want his woman doing anything, "he growled low then . . . six and a half feet of pure male, stubborn vampire. “The answer to your teaching botany glasses at a human university is . . . no.” Thhe man is so over protective, “the next guy who touches you, I get to hit.” Talen took the bag from her and turned them both. “Scratch that. Nobody ever touches you again but me. Yeah. That’s the deal.” This was a quick read, but I really loved it Talen took protective
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love and adore Talen so I enjoyed reading this novella with him as the main character. It was also good to catch up with Garrett and Logan, since they have started working with the Realm Enforcers.

Cara was, as always, a little annoying. They're in danger several times and instead of doing what Talen asked, she jumps right in which causes Talen, as well as Garrett and Logan at another time, to have to worry about her safety instead of being able to fully concentrate on their enemies. I’m all f
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Ms Zanetti's Sin Brothers and Scorpious Syndrome series. I liked the cover of Talen and decided to give it a try. I know this is way into her Dark Protectors series, but I enjoyed it just the same. I love this paranormal world she crafted with vamps, demons and weres. There has been a long time war, so why didn't they finally feel some peace? Loved Cara and Talen and the action was non-stop. Now I have to start with this Dark Protectors series and I am not complaining! ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novella was previously published as a bonus at the end of Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers, book 3).

I do enjoy this series and it was great to catch up with the couple that started it all. You'd think after everything they have been through that people would know not to mess with any of the protector's mates, but obviously not, as a getaway proves to be a different kind of action packed than expected ;)
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This paranormal series is one of my all time favorites. I loved revisiting Cara and Talen plus their kids!! This had all the characteristics of Rebecca's writing that I love....action, suspense, banter, and HOT steamy scenes. ALPHA does not even describe Talen.
My only problem was a few typos and once in the story it said they borrowed Terrent's Escalade but in the next few pages it said they were in a Jeep. It just bothered me. But it was perfect besides that!!
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New York Times and 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.

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