Vampire’s Faith (Dark Protectors #8) by Rebecca Zanetti #BookReview #Podcast #Interview
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Why wasn’t she cooperating? He stood to his full height. “I am Ronan Kayrs of the Kayrs ruling family. Obey me, woman.”
With an unexpectedly exciting opening scene, Vampire’s Faith plunges us right into Ronan Kayrs’s personal crisis, and boy does he make an entrance! Ronan reminded me of a vampire version of Thor, with that kingly stature—the one that says, ‘Follow me, peasant, and I’ll keep you safe’—and charming archaic speech.
Two wires sprang out, landing on Ronan’s chest. Lightning shot through him, zipping painfully. He gasped, looking down at the twin metal squares. His innards protested, but he couldn’t help but smile. Delight mixed with the pain. “You’ve learned to harness lightning.”
He yanked the offending wires out of his body and tossed them back at Joe. “Very impressive.”
He nodded at Faith. “Lightning. I never would’ve thought it.”
Her chin dropped. “How are you still standing?”
How do you introduce an ancient hero to the modern world? With humor and cheek. And this story has that in spades. It was such a rush to be reading a Dark Protectors book again. I’d nearly forgotten just why I love this story world and these characters so much.
“You are very bright.”
“I’m a Trekkie, baby,” she murmured. “Kirk and Picard would’ve had a field day with this. Not to mention Spock.”
What was a Trekkie? “Huh? Are these friends of yours?”
“No.” She chuckled. “Long story.”
The story may be light and funny on the surface, but there are deeper themes at play. Prejudice is a learned evil, and Ronan’s long time away from the world has forced him into a different mindset, one focused on war and quick action.
“That’s not how life works.”
“Considering I’ve lived many more years than you, perhaps you should trust me on how life works.”
What was it with current society and its complete disregard for the lessons of the past? For history? For a reality not caught up in smartphones and just this minute. There was so much more around them. “Even you can feel this. Feel us,” he said.
And Ronan has a disturbingly clear understanding of the circle of life, of the rise and fall of technology and the greed of those who create it.
“It’s all temporary. You understand that, true?” he asked.
She shook her head. “What do you mean?”
He swept a broad hand out. “This. The buildings, the cameras, the technology. It’s a blip in time. All this won’t be everlasting—especially with humans creating such weapons. Land and family and ties and blood last forever. That’s all.”
I’m a fan of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, and there were a few little similarities in this book that I found delightful. One of the things that draws me to the Dark Protectors universe is the way it approaches magic as advanced science. We see even more of that in Vampires Faith, and I loved getting to spend time with some of the characters from the original series, all grown up and standing strong.
It was such a rush to be reading a Dark Protectors book again. I’d nearly forgotten just why I love this story world and these characters so much.
Existing fans of the Dark Protectors series will not be disappointed! This book extends the original stories, striking off into a fresh, exciting series arc with new threats with old ties. Growly alpha males, family legacies, smart and independent women…everything you loved about the first seven stories is packed into this one as well. And Vampire’s Faith is a great entry point for readers new to the series—you should be able to jump right in without missing out on any important series details.
I’m always sad when I finish a Dark Protectors book. I love this story world and characters so much!
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Read an excerpt from Vampire’s Faith
Copyright © 2018 Rebecca Zanetti
“I don’t know when,” Faith said, pulling against his hold once more.
Pain flashed through Ronan’s palm, burning up his arm and right into his heart.
She yelped and tried to jump back.
“Sorry,” he said, wincing. It wasn’t much of a surprise, though. “Did I burn you?”
Her eyes wide, she slowly nodded, her scent of wildflowers filling his head. “How did you…ah, do that?” Her hand was still up toward the advancing soldiers as if she was trying to keep control of the situation.
“It’s the marking,” he explained, facing her but tracking the men out of the corner of his eye. “The mating marking.” How could she not be aware of the phenomenon?
“Huh?” she asked, her body tensing again.
What was happening? The two soldiers were getting closer, so he released her and held up his palm to show them the design. “Here. I am Ronan Kayrs. This is my marking, and this is my mate. I don’t know to whom you align, but please take your leave.”
The duo stopped.
Faith slowly backed toward the tall table. “Head injury,” she said to the soldiers as if by way of explanation. “We need to get him to a room in the north wing.” Then she studied his hand. “Nice tattoo.”
Tattoo? “No. Marking.” He looked at the jagged edges of his family marking with the K surrounded by fierce lines. “It appears when we find our mate. Surely you’ve dreamed of me.”
“Right.” She edged farther down the counter, her voice a little too high. “We’re going to get you some help. I promise.”
He turned his attention to the soldiers, seeking their vibrations. “You’re human,” he said, glancing instantly to his woman. “Why are human soldiers guarding you?” None of this was making sense, and it was time to go. “Faith?”
“Listen, buddy,” the taller of the two men said, his gaze remaining on Ronan’s face. “My name is Joe. I’m security, and I’ve been hit in the skull before. I know how you’re feeling. How about we take you to the north wing so you can meet with a nice head doctor there and get some clothes?”
Ronan tilted his head to the side to study Joe. The man appeared to be about thirty years old with blond hair and earnest blue eyes. He looked fit and his hand rested lightly on a square-shaped contraption. “I do not wish to harm you, Joe.” Even though Ronan was weak from the fall, he could overpower a couple of humans. Ronan checked out the other man. This guy was at least fifty, with a neatly trimmed gray beard and bushy hair. “Nor you, elder.”
“Elder?” the guy asked, looking toward his buddy. “All right.” He drew a barrel-shaped weapon from his belt and pointed it at Ronan. “Enough talk.”
“Agreed,” Ronan said. Apparently, the soldiers weren’t going to listen. He hated fighting naked. Nor would he attack two humans without further provocation.
“Joe?” the elder said.
“No—” Faith protested, just as Joe pushed something on the box.
Two wires sprang out, landing on Ronan’s chest. Lightning shot through him, zipping painfully. He gasped, looking down at the twin metal squares. His innards protested, but he couldn’t help but smile. Delight mixed with the pain. “You’ve learned to harness lightning.” He yanked the offending wires out of his body and tossed them back at Joe. “Very impressive.” He nodded at Faith. “Lightning. I never would’ve thought it.”
Her chin dropped. “How are you still standing?”
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Vampire's Faith by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #8
Published by Lyrical Press on June 19, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
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Also by this author: Wicked Kiss
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The Dark Protectors are Back! Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.
Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.
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