Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti @KensingtonBooks @RebeccaZanetti

Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti @KensingtonBooks @RebeccaZanettiSeries: Realm Enforcers #3
on June 8, 2016
Pages: 366
AmazonNarrator: Brock Thompson
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Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out--and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.

Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for . . .

Includes the brand new Dark Protectors novella, ‘Talen’!
five-stars

I truly savored this book. Nikolaj Veis and Simone Brighton’s book had it all, suspense, mystery, romance, and all kinds of supernatural creatures. It was definitely the best in the series. I’ve been waiting for Simone Brighton’s reckoning, though I had an inkling she was being set up to take the fall as a bad guy. What I didn’t count on was the redemption of Nikolaj. Between his staunch defense of her integrity, his persistence in regaining her love, Nikolaj showed why he was worthy of Simone. I loved everything about this book. I found the novel passionate and the words just moved me. The narrator Brock Thompson was PERFECT for this story. His voice was smooth like butter and it flowed so well with the story.
Biker guy
These two characters are not new if you have read the Dark Protector series. They appear as far back as book 3, Hunted, but this the first time we get the background story as well as their mission as it pertains to the survival of their race. Simone, a witch, was being groomed to take her mother’s seat as one of the Coven Council’s Nine. Nikolaj is the demon advisor who we later learned protected Zane and now we learned why he played both sides of the fence.

Someone has gone through a lot of trouble to frame Simone as the distributor of the mineral planekite, a drug destroying the supernaturals. Now that she is up on charges of treason, Nick is tasked with protecting her until her trial. Old feelings resurface and Nick has an opportunity to regain the love he gave up in order to fulfill his duty to the Zane and the demon realm.

What I loved about this book is that it felt more like a Dark Protector novel than this new Wicked Realm series. I honestly haven’t warmed to these pretentious witches but I loved the vampire and demon interactions. The action was non-stop; the chemistry between Simone and Nikolaj was intense.

“I mated you because I’ve loved you from the first moment I laid eyes upon you a century ago…many soldiers in war wonder if they have a heart…I’ve never wondered …because you are in it and always have been. My heart is yours and always will be. Everything I have done in this life from the good to the truly terrible has been to make the world a better place for you and for any children we may have. Everything I am and will ever be belongs solely to you. No woman has ever been more loved than you are right now Simone.”

That declaration of love was just everything I had been expecting and more. I felt it in my heart. The feeling those words invoke is exactly why I read romance novels. Fervent adoration and love is so sexy and Nikolaj was very sexy. This second chance romance was so enjoyable because you get to see the growth in the characters from their first go-around with love. Both Simone and Nick have honed their abilities, made a mark with their respective group of people and now it’s time to deal with what broke them up. They are adults now and are clear on what they want. Nikolaj goes right in and took no prisoners.

The secondary characters added meat to this novel, specifically Bear. I can’t wait for more stories about him. This story ended with many things unresolved like the true identity of the antagonist, the distributor of deadly drug and Simone’s status with Coven unresolved. I can’t wait to continue the journey with the Realm Enforcers.

*Special thanks to Kensington via Netgalley for the e-arc.

About Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day.

Loaded for Bear by Cheyenne Meadows

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

LoadedForBearLGLoaded for Bear by Cheyenne Meadows
Series: Shifter Hardball – Book Two
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Pages: 192 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links:
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Polar bear shifter Graham Tundra can’t believe his bad luck. Not only is he traded to another baseball team midseason, but he’s also teamed up with Trigger Mallow: widely considered the best player in the game—but with the worst attitude.

Trigger is on the fence about Graham. As a grizzly bear shifter, he’s relieved to have another ursine on the team, even if they are different species. The problem is Trigger is in the middle of his natural mating season, and Graham looks too damn good to pass up.

What begins as friends with benefits shows potential to grow into a deeper connection. If only they can put aside their differences, learn to trust, listen to their feelings, and realize it’s more than just a bear thing.

four-stars

 

I am in love with this series. LOVE. I tell you.

When I met Trigger Mallow in Friends with Benefits I knew he was a grumpy bear with on hell of an ass. When I realized he was getting a book I was so excited I did a dance in my chair. You see. I have a thing for redeemable assholes and I was ready for Trigger.

I say I was ready but I really wasn’t. Trigger was so much more than I planned for and when you throw one ice cold Polar Bear to the mix in the form of Graham Tundra (I love the last names btw!) and literally put these two in a room together… *whistles* things get hot.

I love how we get to see the team again and even bits of Wiley and Ram and just be back in the land of this shifter baseball team. Speaking of baseball, let me get this out real quick. This story has more baseball in it than the first book, and while I am not a sporty kinda girl, I dug all the time we got on the field and was even holding my breath at the end waiting for the game to end.

Now all that being said… Trigger, you my dear are so prickly but that fine ass of yours has the softest and gooiest center I never would have imagined. I loved that once you decided Graham was worth your time, even as a friend, you began to settle and let nature take its course.  Though the nature you were going through, aka mating season, was a bit hard to juggle being around someone as gorgeous as your polar bear teammate/pitcher/roommate, you were awesome.

Graham, how could I not love you? Knowing what you went through with your other team to where you are now makes you shine. Knowing how you feel about Trigger before you let him in on those feelings was swoon worthy and seeing you have your catcher’s back no matter what made you own my heart. You not only tamed the beast that is known as Trigger but you came into your own in such a beautiful way.

Bears! Oh my am I love with bears. What really makes me giddy in shifter books is when the boys shift into their animal form and have fun. Graham and Trigger were so freaking cute running around, pulling tails and wrestling that I couldn’t help but have a cheesy grin on my face. I just adored the hell out of it.

But the romance between these ball players was a pure joy to read. I love how they built a friendship and moved on to a physical relationship that you knew early on would be so much more. The emotions between Graham and Trigger just melted me into a big puddle of goo and that end, the whole thing from the sex to the biting (*growl*) to… just everything was so romantic and exactly what I needed.

Loaded for Bear is a fun and sexy story about two men from not only different ursine DNA but from different backgrounds who complement one another on the baseball diamond, in bed and in life. It’s a romance with an Icy bear being the one to melt the grizzly’s resolve and win his heart.

About Cheyenne Meadows

Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall, resulting in a quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn’t any good at it.

I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on becoming a nurse.

A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author’s webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing.

Now, I spend my days off with my alpha male characters, quick witted heroines, and see how much trouble everyone can get into. When I’m not working or writing, I enjoy working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of course, reading romance novels.