He’s her darkest fantasy. . .
After years of struggling, Haven Daly has finally accepted that she’s nuttier than a fruitcake. Why else would she see visions of a beautiful but tormented male every night . . . and actually believe she can talk to him, even feel his touch? But thanks to those dream journeys, she can paint images nobody else on earth can duplicate. In each brush stroke, she captures the blatant masculinity and raw desire in his eyes that promise he’s coming for her…and soon.
She’s the light that keeps him going. . .
Quade Kayrs has already suffered a lifetime of pain and torture. Completely isolated, he kept his sanity thanks to one beautiful female, a vision with kind emerald eyes. In the end, her soft voice led him out of hell. Now, naked and alone, he’s in a strange world that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind. All he knows is Haven. All he wants is Haven. His final mission? To protect her from the evil hunting them both—whether she likes it or not . . .
I don’t read a lot of M/F romance anymore but Zanetti’s Dark Protector series is one that I’ve continued to follow because it is so good.
I moved away from M/F books because I got so tired of the female character being portrayed as weak, or needing a man to be fulfilled or feeling shamed for having sexual feelings or… you get the idea. I loved the chance to break stereotypes that gay romance provided and a way for falling in love to have some “equality”. (I know there are problems in that genre as well, but …)
In any case – Dark Protectors does try to give the female characters some depth, some strength and some power. Now, the Alpha males are completely Alpha and they can be trying at times as a result. However, I love the world Zanetti has built and the over arching fight of good versus evil (which isn’t always so clear) and the magic and the powers and the imagination involved in the series as a whole.
Quade and Haven are more traditional than some of the other M/F pairs in previous books, thus the 4 stars. Quade is old school Alpha and Haven – though she tries – is pretty traditionally “saved” by Quade on numerous occasions.
The magic and adventure is off the charts, the smexy times are pretty hot and the story line is great. You do have to read this series from the beginning to really appreciate it so I’m not sure you could pick this book up and really enjoy it.
Copy Purchased for Review