Alpha’s Promise (Dark Protectors #10) by Rebecca Zanetti
Read: 15th – 19th June 2019
Publication Date: 25th June 2019
Quote from Alpha’s Promise
“I’m thirty-five and don’t have time for games, Promise. Are we going out again or not?”
She forced a smile. “No.” He was a nice man, but she’d rather work with supersymmetry or cosmological inflation than spend time with him. Of course, who wouldn’t?
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 3/5 – World Building: 3/5
Alpha’s Promise is the tenth book (approx 345 pages) in Rebecca Zanetti’s dark paranormal romance series, Dark Protectors. Humans are not the only species to inhabit the world – vampires, demons, Fae and the various hybrids in-between – exist in our world unbeknown to the general human population.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
To hell and back . . .
Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom. One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him. To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that’s way too soft.
Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it. Her function is to think—and not feel—until she’s touched by a vampire who’s nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime . . .
While the romance aspect between Ivar and Promise is started and concluded within the pages of Alpha’s Promise, the main story arcs regarding the inter-species conflict and the ongoing quest by Ivar and his band of warrior brothers to rescue their brother-in-arms, Quade from another dimension is a continuation from previous books and is left to run into subsequent books.
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version of this book for free from the publisher (Kensington Books) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review; these are my words, I’m giving you my honest opinion here.
I have only previously read a short story by Ms Zanetti’s – a novella in On The Hunt – but I found her writing style here very easy to read. As I haven’t read any of her Dark Protectors Series before, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I became engaged into the world of vampires, demons, Fae and the various hybrid variations.
I was impressed with our heroine, Promise, from the very first chapter. I connect to a story more when the lead female character is intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has plenty of gumption and I wasn’t disappointed here. Promise was great, what an inspiring woman! But it’s not just the heroine who has to win me over in a paranormal romance; the hero has to as well. Ivar, our hero, was my kind of alpha – damaged and dangerous but in my eyes totally deserving of Promise.
I enjoyed that the plot in Alpha’s Promise is not just focused on our main romantic couple but it’s got a few threads weaving through it; it kept me guessing. What would happen next? The conflict, action and various threats in this tale felt non-stop which kept me on the edge of my seat.
OK, so obviously I really enjoyed this book but there were niggles, hence the drop to a 4 star rating.
I may be doing this book a disservice but my qualms were with the character building and world building; I often felt lost throughout this book. I couldn’t picture some of the settings, the family connections had me scratching my head and re-reading whole pages and I didn’t understand some of the actions of our so-called heroes. Although Ms Zanetti weaves certain re-cap information into this book, this is a complex world with multiple species – there are a huge number of characters – and as with all long running series, a lot has happened. I’m sure that as a new reader, my lack of knowledge about the characters, understanding the dynamics of relationships and being part of the story to date has affected my perception of this book.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s got everything that I look for in a good story; action, romance, humour, a gripping story-line and some well written passion. Alpha’s Promise has definitely piqued my interest to go back and see where the Dark Protectors series all started.
Due to the nature of the story-lines, the graphic violence and sexual content, I would recommend this book to adults who not offending by content of this nature and are fans of relationship and romance tales with gritty story-lines and lots of passion.
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