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“Fated,” the inaugural installment in Rebecca Zanetti’s “Dark Protectors” series, catapults readers into a world where the lines between danger, desire, and destiny blur. This novel introduces Cara Paulsen, a fiercely independent scientist and single mother, who finds herself thrust into the shadowy realm of paranormal politics and ancient prophecies when Talen, a three-hundred-year-old vampire claiming to be her protector, proposes a sudden and unexpected union.

Cara’s character resonates with a tangible strength and determination. As a single mother dedicated to her daughter Janie’s safety, Cara embodies resilience and the will to fight against any odds. Her scientific mind demands logical explanations, yet the reality of vampires shakes the foundations of her understanding of the world. The narrative skillfully portrays Cara’s internal struggle as she navigates this new, dangerous reality, balancing her innate skepticism with the undeniable evidence of the supernatural.


Talen, with his brooding presence and mysterious intentions, adds layers of complexity and intrigue to the story. His declaration of protection—and the revelation of his vampiric nature—forces Cara into a corner where her skepticism of the supernatural is challenged by the palpable sense of danger that surrounds her and Janie. Talen’s character is a study in contrasts: a warrior bound by duty and an immortal haunted by centuries of existence. His interaction with Cara sizzles with an intensity that transcends mere physical attraction, hinting at deeper, predestined bonds.

The concept of a “shotgun wedding” to a vampire introduces a thrilling twist to the paranormal romance genre. Zanetti masterfully weaves tension, passion, and a sense of urgency throughout Cara and Talen’s unconventional courtship. The stakes are elevated by the presence of Janie, Cara’s daughter, who is not only a catalyst for their union but also a key figure in the unfolding drama of ancient prophecies and vampire politics.

“Fated” excels in its world-building, painting a vivid picture of a modern world shadowed by ancient supernatural factions. The lore of the vampires, their history, and their customs enrich the narrative, providing a backdrop against which the personal stories of the characters unfold. Zanetti’s writing is both hot and fast-paced, maintaining a gripping momentum from beginning to end, as promised by Kate Douglas’s praise.

“Fated” is a compelling start to the “Dark Protectors” series, offering readers a passionate and action-packed tale of love, destiny, and the lengths to which one will go to protect the family. Rebecca Zanetti crafts a dynamic and engaging story that explores the complexities of trust, the weight of duty, and the power of love to transcend time. Cara and Talen’s journey is a testament to the enduring allure of paranormal romance—a narrative that captivates with its blend of heart, heat, and the eternal battle between darkness and light.


Marry Me

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she's used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But "whatever it takes" has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem. . .

Or Else

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he's there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he's a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he's had that long to practice. . .