Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

Available Feb/March 2011

Publisher: Kensington

Pages: 336 (ARC)

From Author’s Website:

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily.  A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter.  But “Whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous stranger with an attitude problem…

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and her daughter.  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…

Have you ever read a book where you were so on the edge of your seat that your belly tingled, your heart beat just a bit to fast, and your brain keeps saying skip ahead I want to know the ending NOW! That’s what Fated did to me.

Talen is a vampire that has been around for centuries. Him along with his band of brothers rule their Realm and try to keep the peace between races. For years he has searched for his one true mate. When he finally finds her in an empathic stubborn single mother, Cara, he knows he has his work cut out for him. He has been and always will be a dominating alpha male. His combat skills are as lethal as his smile. Taking no for an answer is laughable. Not gonna happen.

Cara has an independent streak a mile wide. She wants nothing to do with the overbearing, arrogant vampire who has just popped up announcing he is her mate and they must be married to ensure her safety. But with the realization that her and her daughter Janies lives are about to be shattered by an evil race of vampires, she figures she will submit….for now. Protection for her daughter is the most important thing after all. Since Janie is a high functioning psychic and both sides need her in the upcoming war.

Being thrown into another world filled with all kinds of creatures makes Cara’s head spin. Talen fills her nights with touches and embraces that set her skin on fire. But during the day his overbearing personality grates. Learning to open herself up to not only him, but her own abilities proves to be a hard challenge. Once her shields are down, and she starts caring for the man, can she come to grips with his do or die mentality? Can she fully submit to her calling as his lifelong mate?

Not many books make my heart pound. I am totally in love with big bad alpha, Talen. His drive to possess and protect was so thrilling. I found myself yelling at Cara to submit already! Give your heart to this guy because he is melting mine! The emotions as possess and protect turned into love and cherish was nearly my undoing. And the fact that he would charge headfirst into an ocean of big guys, slashing throats and ripping off heads to get to his woman….wow *le sigh*. I want him…BAD.

I also enjoyed Janie’s character. So cute, sweet and wise beyond her tender age of four. She knew Talen from the beginning, knows what is going to happen and is willing to stand against it. She communicates in her dreams with a young boy a few years older than her that seems to be her future mate. He will have a fight coming I’m sure, as the other sides young protegé wants her as well.

The secondary characters of the brothers (Dage, Conn, Jase and Kane) are well wrote and they definitely hint at future stories in the series. I also hope we get some closure for Jordan and Katie either in their own book or woven into the books of others. Those two cougar shifters are destined to end up together I just know it.

Seriously, this book has got to be one of my all time favorites. I LOVE IT! I really don’t know how I am supposed to wait for the next book in the series, Claimed (Emma and Dage’s story),which to my knowledge doesn’t have a release date yet. LOL. The suspense is gonna kill me!

Thank you Rebecca for allowing me to read Fated and for pulling me out of the book slump I have felt myself sliding into recently. Fated will pull you into a world of dominating, hot and hard vampires…steal your breath…and never let you go.

I give Fated 5 stars…awww what the hell I give it 6 because I loved it that much, and I can because it’s MY blog 🙂


  1. This book is everything Nikki said and more! And Mrs. Zanetti is one of the nicest authors I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Great review!

  2. Since you sent me the bookmark have been intrigued by this one, you sealed my fate on having to buy the book with this review! At least it does not come out for months so can get my TBR pile read down some more first!

    Thanks twice Nikki, this one has the same effect on you that Larissa Ione’s Demonica books had on me!

    jackie >_<

  3. So what you are saying it that this needs to go on my Must Read List???
    Good… I love having books that need to be added to my list… 🙂
    At least I have a little time to make a small dent in my pile…. Feb/March really is not that far away…….

    Thank you for sharing!!!!!

  4. So how in the world do I get a copy for myself? That sounds like my kind of book! I like my men to be manly men!! Yeeeeeeaaahhhhh! I wasn’t sure after the cover but after reading your review, I must.find.this.book.NOW.

  5. Wow, totally putting this in my wishlist!
    It sounds so exciting and amazing!
    Thanks so much for this review!
    And you should know, I have already ordered Deadly Fear because it seemed great as well! 😉

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