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If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Nessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Nessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .
Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Nessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it . .

298 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 1, 2017

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Rebecca Zanetti

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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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May 13, 2021
5 Her Bear Stars

May have mild spoilers

"We use applications of quantum physics, string theory, Brunt's theory, and-" Her gaze narrowed. "Don't look Bored." "I'm not," he said quickly. Then he frowned. "Forget that. I am bored. Get to it."-Nessa and Bear

Yay Bear's story! God I have loved me some big ol' grumpy Bear. I was so excited to finally get Bear's book and I loved every single minute of this read! Rebecca Zanetti is one of my top 5 favorite authors and she never fails me. I have loved every one of her books(that I have read) and I can't get enough of the Realm. Whether it's the Witches, Demons, Shifters, or the yummy Vampires(my favorites) I can't get enough of this world. So anytime I get to set aside the troubles of everyday life and dive back into this world and lose myself that is a great day for me.

"You wanna make a deal?" She nodded, her shoulders going back. "Yes." To live, he'd do almost anything. "What do you want?" She met his gaze, her eyes deadly serious. "If I heal you, then we mate. For life." -Bear and Nessa

"Baby? You wanna fuck, bite, brand, and mate....but not bond. Do I have it right?-Bear

Bear was amazing! He was smart, sexy, protective and bad ass. This grumpy, antisocial loner bear had a lot of depth to him. He felt deeply. He was hurt in the past and didn't feel like he fit in anyone's world, so he made his own MC family. Raw and animalistic he was everything I could want in a shifter. Nessa was way more than met the eye. She came off all prim and a little snobby, but she could kick major ass! Nessa was very sweet and she was loyal to her few loved ones. Being a witch Nessa was keeping secrets and could be a master manipulator when the situation called for it. Brave and smart Nessa was the perfect mate for our Alpha bear.

"I'm claiming you, Nessa. Right here. Right now." She may have gurgled. He slapped her clit. Her head jerked, and hunger flared hotter. "What are you, Nessa?" he demanded, his hold absolute. She opened her eyes. This was beyond what she'd wanted. But here they were. "Claimed," she whispered-Bear and Nessa

"Nessa?" Simone asked softly. Nessa looked toward her new sister-in-law. "Yes?" "If you hurt him, really hurt him, I'll gut you before I burn you to a smoldering pile of screaming ash." Nessa grinned. "Your imagery is impressive." "Aye. So is my ability to gut people and throw fire,"-Simone and Nessa

Nessa and Bear together were wild. Nessa brought out the animal in him. She challenged him and pushed him to give her his all. Bear was so gruff antisocial, so when he fell hard for his little witch I totally melted! Wicked Bite was an action packed thrill ride filled with awesome cameo appearances from some of my Realm favorites. I got me some Dage and Emma, Garrett(mini Talen) and Logan time. I so love Garrett and I long for his book. There was no Talen which made me a bit sad. OMG the bad guy I didn't see that one coming at all! I was totally shocked. Overall I truly just enjoyed this book so much. Not to get too personal but I have a family member that is dying, and I haven't read anything in about a week. It was so nice to let this book take me away from the pain and sadness for a few hours. It made me laugh and smile and I am so grateful for the escape.

"Your uncle knows I'm here?" Garrett shrugged. "He's the king. Dage pretty much knows everything, and he really hates it when people seem surprised by that." Logan snorted. "Isn't that the truth?"-Nessa, Garrett, and Logan

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2,239 reviews3,435 followers
September 14, 2017
Beauregard McDunphy aka 'Bear' (shifter) and Nessa Lansa (witch)

“If I heal you, then we mate. For life.”

The book starts with Bear almost out of his mind. His continuous shifting in the previous books into his dragon form has almost torn himself apart on a metaphysical level. Trying to put himself together, Bear has stayed in his true form for months. Unfortunately without any luck.

It seems that only a talented Irish witch can save him. Nessa will appear at his isolated cabin and she will explain that she is a healer. She can save him, but she wants something in return. Something that will help both of them. Except that Bear is not ready to be mated.

Finally the most anticipated book about Bear! And I was not disappointed.

“Wicked bite” is the book that will provide the answers of the true manufacturer of Apollo, the drag that kills witches and makes humans burn. Some people are not what they seem.

Suddenly, representatives from the entire Realm will appear in Bear’s motorcycle clubhouse: Witches, Vampires, Demons, Humans and Shifters. Bear is not a happy bear.
The most hideous treachery will be revealed towards the end of the book.

The love between Bear and Nessa will bloom eventually. To be honest, I was a bit worried about what kind of girl the author will choose for my favorite bear. I am really happy with Nessa. Although she looks valuable in the beginning, she ends up a tough cookie and she does not stop surprising Bear. Together, they will be an explosive couple.

And yes, dragons are coming to Seattle! Hopefully in the next book…
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3,316 reviews429 followers
July 19, 2017


I was surprised to discover this is the first book I've read from this author. The Dark Protectors series has been on my to-read list for years and I will get there one day soon hopefully.

This is a fabulous book I loved Bear, the grumpy yet loveable bear shifter.

Bear is in a bad way, he's a shadow of his former self having previously shifted into dragon form (shifters can only take one form) and the damage is killing him.
Nessa (or Tessa according to the blurb) turns up with an offer for him, she'll heal him if he'll mate with her.
Nessa is Coven Nine witch so why on earth would she want to Mate a grumpy antisocial bear?
Unlike most witches Nessa can't create fire and she hopes that mating with Bear will give her that ability after all Bear's father had been a dragon shifter.
The problem is witches can't be trusted and that was my initial problem with Nessa. It's impossible not to fall in love with Bear and knowing that she was holding out on him annoyed me but ultimately she won me over.

This book has so much going on and I'm sure it's even better if you've read the previous ones (which I definitely will now) there's tons of interesting and quirky characters (my absolute favourites are Garrett and Logan, I loved these guys) trying to discover who's responsible for the flood of deadly Apollo that's hitting the streets.

I'm annoyed with myself for not reading this series and the Dark Protectors sooner but better late than never. This came very close to 5* which is rare for me.
This line sums Bear up perfectly

Demons and vampires. Bear couldn’t breathe. “There are witches on my perimeter. Now demons and vampires close in. Oh God. It’s purgatory. I’m in fucking purgatory. I have to move. There must be property in Antarctica you haven’t found.” His head spun.

I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and Kensington Books
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2,304 reviews704 followers
July 28, 2017
5 - "It's time to end this..." Stars!

The fifth and final book in Rebecca Zanetti’s Realm Enforcers series, finally gives us Beauregard ‘Bear’ McDunphy’s story.

I was really eager to start this book after the events of the previous two, but it was also tinged with a little sadness as it is the last book in this series, as a spin-off from the original (and the best) Dark Protectors series, the author has more than delivered in the romance, suspense, action and sexy-times departments. And although I haven’t gotten along with every Heroine that has been introduced in this series, it has still in general been another absolutely stellar reading experience.

"There’s no need for such language…"

"Baby, you definitely picked the wrong shifter."

Wicked Bite is probably my favorite of the five, and that is mainly because we finally get to know who is behind the Planekite and Apollo, production and distribution, and because of the absolutely adorable Bear himself.

"I didn’t become alpha of the Grizzly Nation because of my roar."

Not a huge amount I can say about the story-line of this one, you need to have read this series from the beginning to get the full impact of everything that is going on, and a massive plus for me is the inclusion of a whole host of previous characters from the Realm and the Coven Nine.

Her scent. Her mind. Her spirit. She called to him, and he was tired of denying it…

The love story between Bear and Nessa is played out in Rebecca’s typical way. With a sassy, independent female, eventually submitting to the big, bad, growly (literally in this instance) alpha male. But I have to say Bear was something just a little bit special, and he took me back to the feelings I have with my never-ending Kayrs love affair.

"I need to tell you… I’m fine with a couple of secrets or a little intrigue, but you lie to me and you’ll be sorry. Tell me you get me."

Loved this series, absolutely adored this book. I hope the author has other ideas to keep returning to the Dark Protectors & Realm Enforcers universe in the future, because I am really, really not ready to say goodbye to these characters.

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review in exchange.
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1,768 reviews444 followers
August 2, 2017

Rebecca Zanetti never lets me down. Her books have a perfect thrilling pace, action packed moments, and a love story with booming power and feelings. Wicked Bite is wonderful addition to her series.

Even though a vast amount of Apollo—a drug designed to kill witches—was destroyed, the hunt for its manufacturer is still active. It’s Tessa Lansa’s job to fin the culprit and she’s starting with the Grizzly MC and its strong, reserved leader because there are other factors motivating her besides duty. After realizing there’s much more behind the reticent man, will she forge ahead with her plan to mate him to get her fire yielding power and then betray him?
"You wanna make a deal?"
She nodded, her shoulders going back. "Yes."
To live, he'd do almost anything. "What do you want?"
She met his gaze, her eyes deadly serious. "If I heal you, then we mate. For life."

Bear never met a witch he could trust other than his sister Simone. They too many secrets. But the fact that the deliciously sexy and seductive woman can heal the seemingly irreversible damage he caused by shifting into a dragon makes her plan to mate him extremely inviting. The only problem is that mating an alpha bear comes with a bond she’s not willing to give. Will he accept her offer? Can he convince to give herself completely to him?
"I'm claiming you, Nessa. Right here. Right now... What are you, Nessa?" he demanded, his hold absolute.
She opened her eyes. This was beyond what she'd wanted. But here they were. "Claimed," she whispered.

While Bear and Tessa try to figure out how they can help each other, it seems that someone is hell-bent on killing Tessa and the more this mysterious threat tries, the more Bear is determined to protect her and help her find out who’s behind the attacks and Apollo’s distribution. And somewhere between exploding jets and kidnapped uncles, Bear and Tessa’s bond grows, strengthens and solidifies.

Always welcome is the humor provided by Garrett and Logan, as well as Dage, the blab la who knows it all. Still it is conflict, combat and Bear and Tessa’s relationship that propel the story forward. The action sequences are resoundingly exciting and the sexy ones are blindingly hot.

We had met Bear in the previous books from the series, but I couldn’t get his story fast enough ever since his appearance in Wicked Burn. He is reticent and almost antisocial, but not when it comes to his shifter brothers nor his sister or anyone he cares about. Towards them, he’s fiercely protective and deeply caring. In this regard Nessa was his perfect match, she’s also just smart as him but where he was blunt and straight forward, subterfuge and mystery were her partners. But no matter how much the disagreed on the method, together their chemistry was wildly explosive.

Wicked Bite is book #5 in the Realms Enforcers series by Rebecca Zanetti. It is a standalone full length paranormal romance. Another action packed, sizzling romance by Rebecca Zanetti filled with witches, shifters, demons and vampires. An incredible addition to her Realm Enforcers series! Told from both points of view and has a happy ending.

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3,126 reviews261 followers
July 14, 2017
We’ve got BEAR here! Finally, the grumpy, lovable, motor cycle riding shifter BEAR is getting his turn to find love…

Tessa Lansa is on a mission. She needs to find out who is still distributing the drub that is killing off her kind, the witches. But she’s made her own plans and it includes a mating with the rough around the edges Bear, Shifter alpha and motor cycle club leader.

Bear wouldn’t mind Tessa in his bed but he doesn’t trust witches and their machinations. And he really shouldn’t because they always have something up their sleeves; Tessa is no exception.

Fun, fast paced and full of shifter hotness, Wicked Bite is my kind of read.

This amazing cast might just make Wicked Bite my all-time favorite read in this series, even with all my love for the previous books!

I received this ARC copy of Wicked Bite from Kensington Books - Lyrical Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. Wicked Bite is set for publication August 1, 2017.

My Rating: 5 Stars
Written by: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Realm Enforcers
Sequence in Series: 5
Print Length: 298 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601838697
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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2,547 reviews191 followers
August 7, 2017
Absolutely amazing conclusion to this well thought out series and of course the author just had to give her fans Bear! Grumpy, seemingly unconcerned and always pretty badass Bear. Oh my he's long been a favourite of mine and I've truly relished every scene he's been in but with this book the author has clearly brought her A game and it's simply fabulous.
Ok so this series whilst holding its own and bringing to life the Witches of Coven 9 still manages to showcase favourites from the Dark Protectors series as they work to get the Apollo drug off the streets. Bear has never wanted to get drawn in but as the grizzly Alpha somehow he keeps getting dragged in and recently he's exhausted his body to the point that he's in danger if losing not just his ability to shift but his life. Well who should turn up but Witch and former Council member Nessa but she's exactly what Bear despises about the Witch nation as she's deceiving him whilst seemingly has a proposition for him. The chemistry is incendiary between them but Bear knows better than to trust a Witch and believe me Nessa has a secret that will blow Bears mind!
Such a wonderful twisting plot that just keeps building until as a reader it's impossible to guess what will happen next. This couple are Hot with a capital H and I loved that no matter what Nessa never gave in and challenged Bear constantly. Yet Nessa can turn on a dime and you never quite know what to expect from this very tricky not to forget crafty Witch! Old favourites make an appearance and there's such glorious humour as the King is constantly underestimated, yes never forget that he is the King! For now though it's all about Bear and as he pulls out all the stops to protect Nessa he has a few surprises of his own to share! Yes this wraps the Apollo storyline up in style but I can't help wishing that these fun characters will make a return at some point.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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2,039 reviews691 followers
October 13, 2017
An absolutely wonderful conclusion to an incredible series!

Nessa and Bear are perfect together despite the fact that she’s a witch and he doesn’t like witches. Nessa is probably one of my favorite heroines of this series. She just kept evolving and I never knew what was going to happen with her next. Bear has been a favorite since I first met him in book one and I’ve been anxiously awaiting his story. While he was still grumbly and irritable, especially regarding all species except bear shifters, he had depths I never anticipated he would have.

This is a fast paced, well written story with so much action, adventure, suspense and mystery. So many things I never saw coming and man oh man, I actually cried at one part. I rarely cry. That’s my gauge of an extremely good emotional scene. And did I mention how sexy Bear and Nessa were together? This mating was anything but ordinary.

I can’t recommend this book or this series and the previous series The Dark Protectors enough!

Dual POV
No apparent triggers

P.S. A shout out to my two awesome GR buddies who have traveled the Rebecca Zanetti highway with me. It’s been amazing! On to the next?
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1,072 reviews119 followers
August 1, 2017
Wicked Bite has great characters, great world building and a rough and tumble romance as only a cantankerous Bear and a guarded Witch can deliver!

Being a rare healer, Nessa can manipulate cells on a molecular level that allows her to heal almost any injury or illness. Her life saving gift also prevents her from creating plasma. In her line of work, a witch that can’t throw fire is at a huge disadvantage.

Enter Bear McDunphy, a half bear and half dragon shifter. As hybrids go, Bear is one of a kind. His whole life he’d been a bear, but when his sister’s life is threatened, he somehow called forth his dormant dragon and the drastic change damaged him from the inside out. He needs Nessa’s healing abilities or his life will be cut short.

Their mating should have been a simple business transaction. By healing Bear, Nessa will mate him and in turn get his dragon fire. Too bad outside forces, not to mention her explosive chemistry with Bear, throws a wrench into Nessa’s perfectly logical plan.

I loved that the story had a nice dose of humor and suspense. It was also fast paced and action packed. Things moved along quickly but there was never a dull moment. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be invested in no time and your emotions will go through the ringer! Everything flowed nicely and thinking back, although a lot goes on, I was never tempted to skim over anything. I was engrossed in the story and the characters from page 1.

The MCs were amazing, their brand of love is intense and all-consuming and not what I would call conventional. But the more I read, the more their strengths shined through and overshadowed any flaws. Bear and Nessa were complex and multilayered characters that I easily found myself rooting form. They clicked for me and I was sad to see this one come to an end, it was that good :)

Although it can be read as a stand-alone, there are mentions of events and other characters from previous books that might pique your interest. I didn’t feel at all confused or like I was missing anything and not having read any of the previous books, I still highly enjoyed this read. I’ll definitely be making time to read the rest of this series now!

Favorite Lines: (Just realized they are all from Bear! Lol, I really like him!)

She’d searched him out for an arrangement, he no longer cared about agreements. He wanted more from her. All of her passion – her dreams and fears. Everything.

He was a simple guy. She was good, and she made the world better by being in it. She made his world a lot better. So that meant she belonged here.

His life had been calm and colorless before she arrived. Now it was chaos filled with color.

Memorable Moments:
This is an action packed read so there are quite a few moments of danger and pure adrenaline but the one that sticks out the most is the ambush at the cabin by the river. It was so intense and vivid. The panic and fear but also the courage and strength that oozed through the pages kept me riveted. The ease of the author, to be able to paint such a scene with words, it was really good. It had me at the edge of my seat!

* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *


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Author 40 books2,327 followers
September 24, 2017
5 stars This may be the best of the series so far. Lots of great action and a heartwarming and sexy romance. Bear is my new favorite Realm hero!
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2,642 reviews611 followers
July 24, 2017
Bear & Nessa's (Tessa) Story

We've been reading about Bear for so long that I can't believe we finally get his story. I loved every minute! Rebecca Zanetti has such a talent weaving an imaginative storyline that will keep you guessing. Her characters are entertaining that will keep you laughing and her fight scenes are hella good.

Bear lives up to hype that has been built around his character in the previous books. I couldn't have asked for better. Nessa was the perfect match to him and embodied the kickass heroine this author is known for writing.

We finally get the conclusion to the Apollo threat that has been building since book 1 but I don't think that's the end to these charactes. We still have the dragons that I hope will be next in the plans for RZ. So many possibilities!

Series Review: The men are dominant and very protective. The women are sassy and bold. Their enemies are ruthless and persistent. You won't be bored with this fun, fast paced PNR series. Great storyline, characters and suspense. There are Vampires, Shifters, witches, Demons and more. This is a continued storyline focusing on a different couple per book and crosses over with characters from the Dark Protector series. ARC Provided by NetGalley.
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2,714 reviews331 followers
September 12, 2017
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Wicked Bite packed an even bigger punch than the four prior books in the Realm Enforcers series! Action, fights and betrayal that made my head spin.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews
I was happy to get a book where Nessa and Bear were the main characters, but I hadn't really counted on Nessa actually going undercover. She seemed young and a bit inexperienced in the prior book, but she was very far from it. Bear was still suffering from changing too many times in the prior story, and it appeared as if his life might be in danger.

There chemistry between Nessa and Bear was very strong. But neither of them really trusted the other. Wicked Bite involved a lot of the plot that has been the red thread throughout the series, and so, Bear's reluctance to trust was easy to understand.

Wicked Bite is packed with action, fights, intrigue and betrayal. And for once, I did not see anything coming! I was blown away completely. There was so much danger everywhere, and if this was a movie, I think I'd have gotten a whiplash from watching the action unfold.
Nessa seemed like a neat, put-together woman. And she appeared a bit out of place in the woods. There was so much more to her than what met the eye at first sight, though.
Bear was no less grumpy in Wicked Bite than he was before, but I got to understand more about where that grumpiness came from.
Both the demon horde and some vampires were present, as well as the bear pack Bear cared for.
Writing style :
Wicked Bite is written in third person, past tense, with an external narrator. Nessa and Bear are the characters we follow the most closely, which makes some reveals real surprises.
Feels :
So many feels! Happiness, love, hope, despair, fright, anger - can you think of any more? I'm pretty sure those feels were included as well.

Fave Quotes - (un)Conventional Bookviews

What would it be like to really belong with a male like him - if he was a good guy? He didn't kiss like a good guy, and that's why the kiss had been so incredible.

Probably true in the witch world. Damn witches. "You took advantage of a friend." "Aye. Id' take advantage of any friend in order to save you, my brother." A fierceness echoed in the words. "So deal with it." "I'm trying to deal with it," he growled back. "But you sent a woman who looks like Jackie O, fights like Jackie Chan and has more secrets than Jackie Fiddleton."

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2,465 reviews242 followers
August 14, 2017
The Realm Enforcers series, a spin-off of the Dark Protectors series has all manner of paranormal beings working together to save humankind. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the series, and in Wicked Bite, we have a great conclusion to the story arc relating to the drug Apollo, created to target and destroy witches while also killing humans in the bargain. We get a grizzly shifter in this one, Bear, who has been a secondary character in previous books as the leader of the Grizzly MC and his romance with witch Nessa.

Nessa is unique among witches for her super secret role in the witch realm as well as her capacity to heal and both these factors play a part in this story. Initially, she’s investigating Bear as the Grizzly MC is suspected to be involved in the manufacture and distribution of Apollo. She soon discovers she’s gotten more than she bargained for when the searing sexual attraction between them means that a ‘mating of convenience only’ isn’t going to last long.

As in previous books, there are some steamy sex scenes, as well as plenty of secondary characters (most of them familiar to readers of the series) and lots of action to make the story an exciting read. Bear and Nessa make a great match, with Nessa not afraid to stand up to the dominant alpha male and leader of the bear shifters. While this may be the end of the Realm Enforcers, I definitely hope this isn’t the end of the stories to be told in this world – dragons next perhaps? I think Bear’s half brother could use a story. Fingers crossed!

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Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
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689 reviews178 followers
August 13, 2017
Yay! I'm so glad that we got Bear's story, I've been looking forward to that grumpy anti-social bear's story since we first met him in the series. And it was everything I was hoping for and more. Nessa was his perfect match and even though they had a pretty rough start I was loving them from the first page. Bear and Nessa are opposites in a lot of ways but they also had a lot in common, both looking for something more, to be a part of a bigger family and to have someone to call their own. I loved them both so much. This book is filled with the non-stop action I've come to expect with this series The pace is always fast but never rushed, and that's important I think. This one had some twists and turns that I kind of saw coming but was hoping I was wrong. And we get to see lots of our favourite characters from previous books including Simone and Nick, and my favourites Logan and Garret (Who I really hope will be getting books of their own at some point) Overall I loved this book and I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a great PNR series.
(Read the Dark Protectors series first though, its just as good promise!)

ARC Provided By NetGalley For An Honest Review
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2,831 reviews922 followers
August 5, 2017
5 stars!

This is the fifth and final book in the Realm Enforcers series, and holy hell what a ride! Action-packed, exciting, suspenseful and intriguing with a kickass heroine, an alpha hero who will melt your heart, and a scorchingly hot romance that is full of intensity. I freaking loved it!

Each of the books in this series feature a different couple, but there is a continuous, overarching storyline and this is definitely not a standalone. The series began with the Enforcers – powerful witches tasked with protecting the Council of the Coven Nine (the witch ruling body) – investigating a deadly drug. Through four books we have watched the Enforcers desperately search to find who is producing Apollo and put a stop to it, while also battling the intricacies of witch politics, all while falling in love. This book brings the series full circle with fight coming back to US soil and an unlikely hero in Bear.

Bear is a shifter and the alpha leader of the grizzly nation. When he was first introduced in the Dark Protectors series I pictured a grizzled old man, but he is anything but! Though a century old, he looks 30, but his life has been a difficult one and he is a bit of a cranky bastard who prefers his solitude. He has created his own family of sorts and is the President of a shifter-only MC, and he and his club have been the target of DEA investigations as being involved with the production of Apollo. The last few books of the series saw Bear sucked into witchy business, and he has been through a hell of time, leaving him injured both physically on a soul-deep level, and he fears that his time is running out. And then beautiful Nessa Lansa shows up, offering him what may be his only solution.

She looked him in the eyes. “If I heal you then I want something in return.”
He dropped his hand …“You wanna make a deal?”
She nodded, her shoulders going back. “Yes.”
To live, he’d do almost anything. “What do you want?”
She met his gaze, her eyes deadly serious. “If I heal you, then we mate. For life.”

Oh hell yeah!

Nessa is a witch with healing powers who briefly sat on the Council. She has searched Bear out both as a favour to a friend, and for what she hopes may be a mutually beneficial, though strictly convenient, mating. She offers to heal him, and he makes her more powerful. It’s a win-win situation. But there is something more behind her plans.

I freaking love this relationship! Initially full of snark and animosity, Bear wants nothing to do with Nessa or her offer of mating, but the chemistry between them is undeniable, and it sets up a sensational dynamic.

“Bear? … Let’s reach an agreement.” Her voice remained level only through supreme effort.
He straightened, and his smile was almost lazy. “Baby? You wanna fuck, bite, brand, and mate....but not bond. Do I have it right?”

Adding to the awesomeness of this setup, from almost the beginning of their time together they become targets and are constantly on the defence against unknown assailants. There are explosions, gun fights, hand-to-hand fighting and even missiles and air strikes! Yes, it’s all happening, and Bear and Nessa are right in the middle of it, and the intensity of their situation brings out Bear’s protective side and only works to bring them closer together as the sexual tension builds to epic levels.

He released her and traced one finger – just one finger – across her cheekbone, nose and down her jaw. “I’ve never had anybody that was just mine. All mine.”
His touch ignited her skin, heating all the way down her body. A pulse set up between her legs. She kept perfectly still. “I have no intention of being all yours. If this happens, after a lot of negotiation, then we’ll go our separate ways.”
His hands caressed down, easily enclosing her entire neck. “You really think that’s how a mating happens with a shifter? Any shifter? Much less with me?” His hold was infinitely gentle, but the strength in those fingers, in that broad palm, couldn’t be denied. “You chose an alpha, baby. Head of the entire grizzly nation.”
“Aye,” she whispered, her trachea moving against his hold.
His head lowered solely, deliberately, his molten gaze trapping hers. “Do you honestly think I’d let my mate go? Ever?”

But it’s a hard road for them as they figure out what they want from each other. Secrets, betrayals and plots are uncovered, the emotion is intense, and there’s literally not a moment to rest as it all plays out. I was glued to my kindle as twist after twist was revealed and, with a little help from friends old and new, they draw closer to the final battle, falling harder and harder for each other along the way.

He studied her, his eyes unreadable, his entire body one long solid line. Gone was the dangerously teasing cranky Bear. This was the real Bear, and he was way too primitive. This was too much. He was way too much. She’d overestimated her power and strength, and she’d underestimated his.

The romance is gorgeous. Of course the sexy time is scorching, but there’s a deeper emotional connection that is there between Bear and Nessa, and I loved watching it develop. It’s natural and realistic, and I could feel the shift of their emotions, and I thought the love story was really beautifully done.

He was a simple guy. She was good, and she made the world better by being in it. She made his world a lot better. So that meant she belonged here.

Bear and Nessa are such fantastic characters, and I was so impressed by them as a couple. Fans of the series will already be totally in love with Bear, and his alphaness is on full display in this book, and seeing him balance his pure (totally hot) possessive need with his protectiveness and his vulnerability as he experiences love for the first time is just gorgeous. And Nessa is just perfect for him – strong, brave, highly intelligent and a total badass herself, she isn’t afraid to stand up to him, but her big heart also proves to be exactly what he needs. I absolutely love them together!

His life had been calm and colorless before she arrived. Now it was chaos filled with color.

There are some light moments which keep things fun – Bear and Nessa’s interplay is highly entertaining, and ‘the boys’ (Garrett and Logan) are great as always. I also loved the chance to catch up with Nick and Simone, as well as some classic Dage cameos. Fans of this and the Dark Protector series will love it!

The lightness, romance, action and intrigue was perfect, with everything interwoven to create a strong, solid read that I absolutely loved. A wonderful finish for a great series. I’m excited for whatever Rebecca Zanetti has for us next.

5 stars.

An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Profile Image for Vashti.
1,064 reviews29 followers
August 4, 2017
Excellent read,loved Bear!!!
Now dare I say it....Bring on the dragons!!!
Profile Image for BookWormAli.
240 reviews9 followers
July 14, 2017
Ms. Zanetti does it again! I jumped into this series feet first with this book and I cant wait to read more. I didn't feel as if I was left out by not reading in order and so that is a huge plus in my book. This story itself had solid meat to it with romance suspense and witty characters. A strong H and a equally strong h were well matched and made for each other.

Well apparently I have some latent hostility toward relationships that start in lies...and I almost did not go through with this book...I didn't like Nessa. I was almost angry with her in the beginning of this book. She seemed so cold and calculating...and then MS Zanetti revealed her to Bear and to the reader. I was able to connect with her and I loved watching her open up for Bear and show him she was willing to change.

Bear was great, I love the hard exterior Alpha who is such a marshmallow for the ladies in his life. I cant wait to see more of him dealing with his extended family and the characters yet to be introduced.
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3,270 reviews100 followers
August 5, 2017
Bears are cuddly, friendly creatures, aren’t they? Well in this story Bear is a shifter, leader of Grizzly motorcycle club and has a reputation for being a grumpy loner. At the start of the story he’s been out of touch with his pack whilst trying to heal himself following something he did in an earlier book (sorry, I think saying what would be a spoiler and I don’t want to write any of them!). Nessa Lansa is a healer witch and she’s turned up supposedly to help heal Bear after being asked to do so by his half sister. However, she has secrets of her own and the sexual tension between the Bear and Nessa is off the scale!

What a brilliant concluding story this proved to be! Nessa is trying to discover - and stop - whoever is distributing the Apollo drug which is killing witches and all her intel points to the Grizzlies. However, after meeting Bear, she’s pretty certain he isn’t involved, but if he isn’t, who is? He doesn't quite trust Nessa but he knows she's his mate and is determined to protect her . . . 

This is an action packed conclusion to a brilliant paranormal suspense series. It involves shifters, demons and witches (along with others, even a vampire!). As peace treaties are threatened, there’s also double crossing and a surprise betrayal before the story reaches its fabulous finale! This story draws together all the threads from the earlier stories and weaves them into an enthralling, fast paced and highly entertaining conclusion. Quite simply, I loved it and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys this mix of genres!

I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
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Author 26 books400 followers
May 13, 2018
Fantastic! I loved Bear and Nessa's story. Action-packed, heart wrenching and exciting! It had everything I could have wanted for Bear's story, plus it was nice to see the conclusion to the ongoing mystery which started back in book one. I am so happy with this series and how Zanetti ended it. I wholeheartedly recommend to paranormal fans. I will definitely be re-reading this again and again.
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2,692 reviews
August 1, 2017
4.5 Stars!

"There ain't nothing convenient about a mating." "Possession is too tame of a word to describe what mating with me would carry with it."

"Her limbs tinged with life--with energy. Every mating was primal, but mating with an alpha, an alpha shifter, took it to another level. She wanted this. For now, for today, she became lost in it."

As a fan of the Dark Protectors Series, I have been dying and I mean dying to get my hands on the Realm Enforcers Series. Now, I should tell you that I have not read any of the previous books in the Realm Enforcers Series, but when I read the synopsis for Wicked Kiss, I just knew I had to dive in and read this book!!

One of the things that I really loved about this book was that despite the fact that I haven't read any of the previous books in the Realm Enforcers Series, was that I could jump right in and read this book as though it was a stand-alone. Wicked Bite was very easy for me to read and I couldn't help but devoured every single word. The world that this author has created is not only captivating, but is utterly consuming. The characters grab you from the very first page and will have you begging and pleading for more. I just loved it!

Wicked Bite has it all. From a fascinating and entertaining story-line, to strong and determined characters. To sexier than hell chemistry and exciting twists. To action and danger that only Rebecca Zanetti can deliver. This book does not disappoint and will have you blowing through the pages to see how the story will play out. I loved every second of this story and can not wait to dive into not only the previous books in this series, but I am also super excited to see where this series will go from here!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
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371 reviews35 followers
August 5, 2017
This is such a great paranormal romance series. I haven't read all the other books in this series and I don't feel as if this I was completely lost, but I probably would have enjoyed this even more if I had read the previous installments.

I love how Zanetti writes her characters. So many other books in this genre have cookie cutter characters with no depth. Not in this. We see flaws, uniqueness, layers, and more. The two main characters really fit together well and make a great couple.

I do feel the mystery part of this was a bit predictable, but it didn't make me enjoy this any less. There is quite a bit of steam, but it doesn't get too cheesy or gagtastic.

This is a great paranormal romance and fans on the genre should really read this series. I do recommend starting with her Dark Protector books first as this is a spin-off series.

Book provided by Netgalley.
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2,041 reviews62 followers
August 2, 2017
Bear hurt himself defending his sister, giving in to his Dragon side, when he´s a bear shifter. The damage isn´t healing, and now he´s prepared for the worst.
Until Tessa comes along..
Tessa is one of the few witches who can´t protect herself with fire, but she´s got an idea, quid pro quo, help him heal and get fire in return. Now to make him take the deal.
At the same time the threat with Apollo is back, threatening all witches, and they seem to hone in on Tessa. Can Bear save her, and get to the bottom of it as well?
Paranormal action, suspense and smutty fluff in an awesome combo, love this series!
Disclaimer; I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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1,928 reviews186 followers
December 18, 2017
3 1/2 "This is the end... Or beginning." Stars!

I may write a review later after the TPAM girls finish. For now, it was on the plus side of okay. Happy reading!
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659 reviews49 followers
June 26, 2018
Неса Ланса, бивш член на Сбора на деветимата е вещица като никоя друга. Притежавайки редките умения да лекува, тя се съгласява с молбата на друг член на сбора Симон Брайдстън (от книга 3) да замине за щатите и да опита да излекува брат й, небезизвестният водач на клана на мечите шифтъри Борегардс, или на кратко Беър. Но Неса не е самарянката и доброто момиче за което всички я мислят. Заминавайки за щатите тя е решена да направи няколко неща. Да открие кой разпространява дрогата Аполо и да го изправи пред закона на вещиците. Да разбере дали този злодей е Беър и ако не е да стане негова половинка, с надеждата да го излекува и да получи от него силите да създава огън, нещо, което за разлика от всички други вещици, тя не може, заради лечителската си дарба. Освен това Неса пази една огромна тайна, която не може да сподели с никой, без да подозира, че Беър ще е готов да вложи всичките си сили да разгадае какво се крие зад изрядната й фасада.

Наполовина мечи, наполовина дракон шифтър Беър знае, че е нарушил всички закони на физиката и сега ще трябва да си плати. Макар да знае, че шифтърите са създадени да имат само две форми, човешка и животинска, и да е наясно, че неговата втора форма е тази на мечката, за да спаси сестра си, той използва силите наследени от баща му и се превръща в дракон, а сега трябва да плати за това с живота си. Той е примирен със съдбата си и е готов да се предаде, когато в живота му като хала нахлува устата дребна вещица, която го предизвиква на всяка крачка и която му дава надежда, че може би има шанс да оцелее. Преследвани от непознати врагове, които се спотайват в сенките и действат подмолно, Беър трябва да опази живота на Неса и да реши, дали иска да получи нещо повече от тялото на красивата вещица... може би сърцето й?

Беър си беше Беър. Просто страхотен. Истински алфа и истински намусен мечок. Той не обича някой да му казва какво да прави или как да го прави. Не обича някой да му се бърка в работите и със сигурност не обича да бъде сварван неподготвен. Но Неса прави всичко това. Държи го непрест��нно на нокти, изнервя го и го изненадва, благодарение на което двамата ни представиха една взривоопасна и супер интересна история. Обратите бяха на всеки ъгъл. Случваха се много неочаквани неща, разкриха се куп тайни и беше наистина страхотна книга. Имайки предвид, че сразиха човека, който разпространяваше Аполо (и да не очаквах това да е злодея) предполагам, че това може би е последната книга от този спин оф, макар горещо да се надявам да не е така. Срещата ни с толкова много любими герои беше страхотна и искам отново да прочета за тях. Симон и Ник бяха супер сладки очаквайки първото си дете, а срещите ни с Дейдж, който изненадваше всички с необятните си познания за всичко и всички беше страхотен както винаги. Смях се с глас, всеки път в който го попитаха как знае това или онова, а той им заявяваше наперено "Аз съм Кралят" и всеки път като го питаха от къде знае нещо, той се изнервяше все повече и продължаваше да повтаря "Аз съм кралят". И той е <3 В заключение поредната страхотна книга от тази поредица.
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1,837 reviews37 followers
August 5, 2017
3 1/2 stars

Interesting read but when I requested it I didn't know it was book #5. I was kind of lost with all the other characters that I was supposed to know.

Bear was a hot shifter and a picture of a dominate alpha. He didn't take any crap. The twist in the plot made him look not too smart though. Granted it was one hell of a twist, but I thought Bear would have figured it out faster.

Nessa was tough, but I didn't like her lying to Bear all the time. He always seemed straight forward with her and she never was. I didn't like her snotty attitude about money. Her and Bear seemed so different.

Ok story lots of action, lust, betrayal, and twists. Kept you reading.

Received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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6,301 reviews158 followers
August 2, 2017
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 1, 2017

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Nessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it .


REVIEW: WICKED BITE is the fifth installment in Rebecca Zanetti’s contemporary, adult REALM ENFORCERS paranormal, romance series-a spin off from her Dark Protectors series. This is bear shifter Beauregard ‘Bear’ McDunphy, leader of the shifter nation, and witch healer Nessa Lansa’s story line. WICKED BITE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary but I recommend reading the series in order as there is an ongoing investigation and premise throughout. Bear’s story line has been developing for several installments. Several characters cross over from the author’s Dark Protector series for cohesion and familiarity.

SOME BACKGROUND: Known as Apollo, the deadly injectable designer drug of ‘Planekite’ renders its’ users in a state of god-like euphoria with super human strength, eventually leaving the abusers a seething mess of pyrotechnic ash. Apollo is also one of the few drugs able to destroy and kill the witches, and the Grizzly motorcycle club is under investigation by the Coven Nine Witch’s Council as well as the supernatural world’s elite police force.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Bear and Tessa) WICKED BITE follows the ongoing search to ferret out the person(s) responsible for making and supplying the world with the designer drug known as Apollo-a drug known to kill witches and humans alike. At the end of WICKED KISS Bear McDunphy was struggling with his supernatural abilities, and thusly our hero had gone into seclusion, remaining in his bear form, in the hopes of healing what was tearing him apart. Enter former Coven Nine council member Nessa Lansa, with an offer to heal Bear for a ‘price’. What ensues is the building relationship between Nessa and Bear, the continuing hunt for the person(s) trafficking Apollo, and the struggle to stay one step ahead of more than one enemy trying to take down Nessa Lansa.

Nessa has gone into hiding claiming someone has targeted her for her abilities but more than one enemy is hoping to destroy the woman with whom Bear is falling in love. Bear McDunphy is a bit of a loner, an over protective, grumpy alpha shifter but as the leader of the shifter nation Bear is all about the take down of his enemies, and the protection of the people he loves. Currently Bear struggles with his supernatural abilities-a dual persona that threatens to tear him apart. His relationship with Nessa struggles with our heroine’s need to keep secret the real reason for her questionable visit but it is Bear’s need to protect and claim Nessa as his mate that places our couple in the direct line of fire.

The relationship between Bear and Nessa begins as an arrangement: Bear is in desperate need of a supernatural healer, and Nessa claims to need Bear’s ‘protection’ against an unknown enemy. Nessa’s continuous lies and betrayal set into motion a relationship battle when the truth is revealed but a truth that pushes Bear a step too far. The $ex scenes are dramatic and intense-Bear has issues of trust and his mate’s ongoing betrayal brings out the animal in our story line hero.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including many of the characters introduced in the author’s Dark Protectors series including Bear’s half-sister Simone Brightston and her mate demon Nick Veis; vampire and demon Garrett Kayrs and Logan Kyllwood; ruler of the Realm King Dage Kayrs and his mate Emma: as well as Bear’s second in command Lucas, and several members of the Grizzy MC, Nessa’s second in command Jasper and her uncle Boondock. There is a hint towards the introduction of Bear’s extended family-I am hoping for another potential spin off or the continuation of the author’s Realm Enforcers.

WICKED BITE brings together shifters, demons, witches and vampires in a war to protect the supernatural realm. The premise is engaging, intriguing and energetic; the characters are sassy, passionate and dynamic; the romance is tenacious, challenging and aggressive. WICKED BITE is a revealing, fast paced and spirited story line by Rebecca Zanetti.

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Profile Image for Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb".
1,333 reviews17 followers
September 23, 2017
I didn't feel the H/H had any chemistry. But this could just be a personal opinion. I don't like Bear Shifters stories. That's what ruined it for me.
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