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Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out-and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.
Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for . . .
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Realm Enforcers, Book 3
By REBECCA ZANETTI
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2016 Rebecca Zanetti
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Fury wasn't a strong enough word to describe the heat coursing through Simone Brightston as she strode out the front door of her Seattle penthouse building, a too-calm demon on her heels. Even through her anger, instinct whispered that a calm demon was a hundred times more dangerous than any raging warrior — which only pissed her off more.
And this demon ... she didn't know. The devoted suitor of a century ago had been replaced by the cold and deadly warrior behind her.
"This way." Without waiting for her to acquiesce, Nicholai Veis wrapped one warm hand around her arm and turned her toward a black Ducati, sleek and sparkling, waiting by the curb in the morning hour.
She jerked free and arched one perfectly manicured eyebrow. "You're riding bikes now?"
His lids lifted in a curiously deliberate way to reveal those black as midnight eyes. "When in Rome." Low and cultured, his voice gave no hint as to his baser nature.
But she knew. Oh, she knew him and the animal he barely kept in check. He'd broken her heart once without a hitch in his stride, but that was nothing compared to the horrendous things he'd done in the name of the demon nation since. "Seattle is hardly Rome, and this has gone on long enough." In the building, she'd left family who needed her help. Family who'd pretty much betrayed her by asking Nick to secure her somewhere safe.
"Get on the bike, Simone, or I'll put you on the bike." His tone didn't falter a bit, remaining rough and harsh.
She paused and turned to more fully face him, curiosity winding through her anger. Could she take him? As a witch, a powerful one, she could reshape matter by applying quantum physics, and she could burn his ass with plasma. For well over a century, she'd trained.
Yet so had he. Demons could attack minds, and this one could fight physically with the prowess of a shifter and the precision of a vampire.
He waited patiently, that gaze knowing. A killer more than comfortable in his own skin. "Is this really the place?"
"The battle coming. Witch against demon, your powers against mine. You against ... me." He leaned in, and the scent of an oncoming storm came with him. "Are you sure you're ready?"
"Oh, I'm ready." She let her voice go husky and threat fill her eyes.
He smiled then. A quick flash of teeth against his bronze face, turning harsh angles into masculine beauty. He had the blond hair, black eyes, and mangled vocal cords of a pure-bred demon, but even among his own people, Nick Veis was something ... more. He'd done it all, he'd seen it all ... hell, most folks thought he'd planned it all.
From the downfall of dictators to the protection of fate's chosen ones ... Nicholai Veis was the male to call. He fought with no remorse and killed more easily than he breathed.
Even though she was a tall woman, he looked down several inches at her, somehow not towering. Nick had the rare ability to seem peaceful, when he was anything but. He ran his hand down her arm to her wrist. "If we fight here, your cousins will come running, and they have enough going on."
She drew in air, her mind spinning. "That is exactly my point. Demon Prince Logan Kyllwood has been kidnapped, and as advisor to the Kyllwoods, you should help save him and not worry about me."
There it was. A flicker of the boiling feelings that must be ripping Nick apart showed in his eyes before being quickly veiled. "Zane Kyllwood can get his brother back, especially with your cousins assisting in the rescue."
Aye. Witch Enforcers and demon soldiers working together? The kidnapper didn't stand a chance. Yet Simone lifted her chin anyway. "I do not require your assistance."
"That's unfortunate." Keeping his grip on her arm firm, he threw one leg over the bike. "Get on, Simone. We'll go to the mat later." His phone buzzed, and he used his free hand to retrieve it from his pocket to read the face. His eyebrows lifted. "The Guard will be here in two minutes."
"Good." She set her stance. The Guard, an elite Irish force tasked with policing the witch nation, was arriving to take her into custody, and as a member of the Coven Nine, she was prepared to state her case to the ruling body of witches; after all, she was one of them. Of course, she'd known at some time she'd have to face charges, just not the ones being issued at the moment. "I'm not running."
"I'll fight them, and I'll win." Arrogance, hard-won, stamped his face.
Aye, he probably would win, even though the Guard were some of the best Irish soldiers the Coven employed. "You'll start a war between our peoples."
"Yes." His hold tightened. "Not only that, but if the Guard catches you here, right outside of your building, where the witch Enforcers are currently preparing for battle to help demons, the Guard will know the Enforcers disobeyed orders to contain you. Your cousins will face treason charges."
Dread slammed into her abdomen. She swallowed. "I'm a self- centered bitch, and you know it. My cousins created their own demise."
He chuckled then, easily zeroing in on her weakness. "Oh, I agree you're a bitch, Simone, but you're so far from self-centered it isn't in the ballpark. You'd do anything for those cousins, and your façade doesn't fool me now any more than it did last time we met."
She tried to eye the area around them for some escape, but nothing was apparent. The male was right in that she'd give her own life for Kell, Daire, or Adam, who were her cousins and three of the Coven Enforcers. "Just let me go."
"No." Apparently finished with the conversation, he swung his torso and lifted her, landing her squarely behind him.
Her ass hit the leather seat. Damn it. How in the world had she forgotten his strength? Even for a demon, his was unreal. To lift her with one hand, and he wasn't even breathing hard. Before she could protest and burn his ears off, he ignited the engine and roared into the street.
She yelped and grabbed his dress shirt with both hands, leaning in for balance.
Nick Veis handled a Ducati like he did everything else in life ... using control edged with a hint of violence. The contrast between the elegant demon official that he showed the world and the primal being lurking inside him showed just how far he'd come since this latest war had ended. The elegance was merely a mask for the cold predator lurking beneath.
She wasn't the same wide-eyed girl he'd played with before. It had taken years, but she was as tough as they came, and she could handle him. "Let me go." She leaned up to hiss in his ear while allowing plasma to course along her hands. Creating flames out of oxygen calmed her.
The fire bit into the back of his dark shirt, and smoke rose.
"Dammit, Simone," he bit back, swerving to avoid a school bus.
She allowed the fire to dissipate. Burning him held little appeal at the moment, with him driving and her life in his hands. But the sight of the perfect handprints burned into his shirt made her smile.
Leaning into him, she allowed herself just one moment to feel. The chill of a Seattle morning, still misty and damp, had no power over the warmth from the demon. Firm lines and smooth muscle filled her palms. It had been over a century since she'd touched him, and if anything, he felt harder than ever. Streamlined and tough.
As a soldier, he was unbeatable ... but his true strength lay in strategy. Zane Kyllwood now ruled the demon nation because Nicholai Veis had protected, groomed, and then defended him until it was time to take over.
There was a moment, centuries ago, when she had believed that Nick would sacrifice his entire future for her. How wrong she'd been, and there was no going back. Even now, with peace ruling, Nick was one cold bastard.
"You're out of my life," Simone whispered, more to herself than to the warrior.
He stiffened and turned his head to the side, deftly driving around a series of potholes. "No, I'm not, and you'd better get used to that fact right now."
Why the hell was he doing this? She opened her mouth to say something, anything, when a flash of silver caught her eye, and a black SUV careened out of the nearest alley.
The Guard had found her.
Nick hit the brakes, dodged around a honking compact car, and gunned the engine. The bike leaped forward with a growl of power.
His nape tickled, and he focused on the moment.
The SUV veered left behind him, fully visible and making a move.
Not good. Totally not good in a fucked way. Witches were masterminds at dropping nets on prey, and if they were showing themselves, they'd already created a nice little trap in downtown Seattle.
He'd rushed right into it the second he'd gotten the call that Simone was in danger.
He increased his speed, and a woman with an armful of shopping bags screamed and jumped out of his way. The tension from the woman holding him so tightly ratcheted up his heart rate, so he took a deep breath and allowed his body to relax, banishing all emotion.
Another SUV tore away from the curb, nearly clipping his back tire.
He sped up, and towering buildings blurred together on both sides of the street. Not one of his sources had reported Guard members entering the country, so they'd flown in under the radar. The witch Enforcers were unaware of their presence, and there was no way to interpret that as a good thing, considering the Enforcers and Guard usually worked in tandem.
Nick allowed adrenaline to flood his system, effectively sharpening his reflexes and senses. A whir above him stiffened his shoulders. A Black Hawk? The Guard had gone all out.
The helicopter maneuvered gracefully through the buildings, keeping above him, tracking easily.
Honking cars and screeching brakes pierced the day behind him as the SUVs kept pace.
"Pull over," Simone hissed into his ear. "We can't outrun them."
No, but perhaps they could get to safety of a sort. Even the Guard wouldn't risk a full immortal fight with human witnesses. So he kept driving, avoiding a wreck, knowing full well the risk he took.
The skyscrapers turned to three-story buildings. Then homes. Finally, trees began lining both sides of the road and filling the air with the scent of pine.
"Where are you going?" Simone whispered against his ear, her breath hot.
A shiver wound through his body to his groin. Jesus. He was about to take on a cadre of witches, and his cock wanted to play? Simone Brightston had always destroyed his system.
It was a relief to know that she still could. In his darkest moments, he'd wondered whether he'd ever find his way back to warmth. "I have a cabin prepared for you." At least then, they'd have a chance.
The roar of pipes echoed through the trees, and within seconds, men on careening Harleys and dirt bikes surrounded them.
Nick hunched over the bike. "Hold on," he yelled.
Her thighs tightened on his, and she slipped both arms around his waist to hug tight.
Two men moved in on either side of them, and he smelled shifter. What the hell? Turning, he eyed the closest threat. Lucas Bryant? A grizzly bear lieutenant? What the fuck?
Lucas narrowed his dark eyes and jerked his head toward the rider on the other side.
Nick glanced the other way to see another man draw a gun from his jeans. The shifter smiled.
Nick shook his head.
The shifter lowered the gun toward Nick's front tire.
Damn it. Nick leaned to the left and kicked out with his right leg, hitting the guy in the ribs. The male's eyes widened, and he flew off his bike with an animalistic bellow, his bike dropping and spinning around in his wake.
Nick yanked to the side, swerved to avoid the shifter's head, and drove straight into the forest.
Simone screamed and tucked her face against his neck, her hold tightening until his ribs protested.
Branches whipped into them, and the bike skidded on wet pine needles. Instinct guided him as much as his enhanced senses, but he didn't know these woods. The bear shifters careening through the trees in his wake certainly did.
His only hope was to outrun them and find shelter. The Guard's helicopter was visible through the treetops, but at least he'd lost the SUVs.
The bike hit a patch of tree roots and shot up in the air. He held tight and corrected when they came down, jerking the handlebars before opening the throttle again. The trees thickened, providing cover but less visibility.
"Where are you going?" Simone yelled into his neck.
There were more weapons at his cabin, if he could just outrun the shifters. He turned right, barely missing a sapling, and then snapped around another tree. Branches scraped his cheek, and his left eye watered, so he used his right.
Lucas Bryant flew out of a bunch of cottonwoods, his bike in the air and his gun already firing.
Nick tried to jerk away, but a bullet sliced into his front tire. The explosion was deafening.
Panic swept him. They pitched into the air. He turned, enfolded Simone, and wrapped himself around her as much as possible, protecting her head with his arms. They flew through the forest, hitting trees and branches.
Pain exploded through his back.
His head impacted with a tree, and stars flashed behind his closed lids.
Something shattered in his shoulder a second before agony ripped through his neck. Simone's screams echoed in his head, gravity took over, and his skull cracked.
Unconsciousness took him before he felt the ground.CHAPTER 2
Simone wiped blood off of Nick's forehead, wincing at the gash across his left temple. Her entire body ached as if put through a meat grinder, and she could only imagine the damage he'd sustained in shielding her.
His sprawled body overwhelmed the leather couch in the Grizzly Motorcycle Club's main recreation room. The tingle of healing tissue wafted up from his still-unconscious body as his skull no doubt repaired itself. Hopefully. His right femur protruded from a rip in his jeans, and his left shoulder appeared misshapen, as if the bones had shattered.
For now, his body seemed to be concentrating on healing his brain before he awoke. She'd caught a glimpse of his demolished Ducati before the Grizzlies had loaded them up on bikes in the forest.
Man, was he going to be furious.
She looked around, trying to find an escape route.
The biggest plasma television she'd ever seen stretched across one wall, while a pool table, dartboards, and video game consoles were strategically placed around a bar loaded with liquor. The place smelled like leather and wood polish.
Windows took up the north wall, allowing gray Seattle daylight inside. Guard members were stationed at each corner of the room, stances set, their concentration solely on her.
Outside, several more Guard members were strategically placed to contain her as they waited for transport back to Ireland.
She worked within their system, but she'd always done things her own way. When the Coven Nine hadn't wanted to move forward, she'd moved them, and when she couldn't, she'd broken more than one rule. Aye, she'd face up to that.
But not today.
She could sense bear shifters also patrolling the area outside. Where was their leader? He hadn't been among the shifters on bikes. She needed to find him.
Nick gasped and sat up. "What the fuck?"
Simone winced and planted a hand on his good thigh to keep him still. "Don't move until you fix your body."
He leaned over and exhaled. "Holy fuck." Pain cascaded off him. "Next time, we wear helmets," he groaned.
He leaned back and shut his eyes. "Is there anything immediate I need to do?" His voice emerged weak but determined.
"No. Heal your body, and then we'll figure everything out. We're at Grizzly headquarters."
"Is Bear around?"
"No," Simone whispered. "I haven't seen him, and when I asked for him when we first arrived, Lucas said he was out of town."
"Lucas is his second in command?" Nick gasped. His leg snapped back into place, and he grunted.
"Yes." Simone allowed plasma to heat down her arm to her hand, concentrating on keeping the level low before placing her palm on his newly healed leg.
He groaned in pleasure this time.
"Work on your shoulder, and I'll finish healing your thigh," she said, altering oxygen molecules into healing heat and weaving it through the muscle and ligaments. Right now, as much as she hated it, he was her only ally.
He breathed out. "This would go faster if you let me in your head."
Hell to the absolute no. Once a witch loosened those mental shields and let another immortal in, especially a mind attacking demon, she'd be vulnerable for life. Simone would never trust a man that much. Ever. "Not a chance." She heated his thigh.
"With you so close, I ache a little farther up. Heat there?" he mumbled, his lips nearly forming a grin.
She bit her lip. He did not get to flirt with her. Ever. "No."
"Jeez. I did save you." His shoulder changed shape and realigned itself.
She moved her hand over his cracked ribs. "You shouldn't have tried to protect me from the Guard in the first place." The Guard was well trained and powerful, and as tough as Nick was, he couldn't beat ten of them. Beneath her hand, his ribs healed.
She leaned back, her energy draining. "You okay?" Not that she cared about him, but he had to be able to fight if they got the chance.
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This book covers the journey to prove Simone is innocent of the charges of treason and murder by the Coven of Nine witch council. Simone is reunited with her long time love of life, Nick Veis, a demon. Of course, there was fabulous and thrilling twist and turns throughout. We learn more about Simone and Bear, a bear shifter and a new shifter is thrown into the mix, Flynn. There was great passion, sexual chemistry, heart stopping thrills and family "fun!" Included was a novella about Cara and Talen. This was a quick story about "what's happening " in there life. Looking forward to the next book and future ones. (i.e. books about Garrett, Logan, Bear, Flynn and glimpses into "what's happening" in past characters' lives)
Love the series :)
Another great entry from Rebecca Zanetti. I have never been disappointed by her books. She has a lifetime reader here.
Loved every part of this story! A must read!
As a young witch, Simone fell in love with the demon Nikolaj Veis. Preparing to propose to Simone, Nick has the house, the ring and is ready to make Simone his….until a prophet tells him he is needed in the demon realm and if he doesn’t leave Simone to take on this responsibility it could lead to the death of many witches, including Simone. One hundred years later Nick is ready to return to Simone, but she has had her heart broken and is not eager to take another chance with Nick or any other man. Simone is now a powerful witch and one of the Coven Nine, but someone is fabricating evidence to prove she is a traitor and pushing for her execution. Nick is focused on saving Simone’s life and Simone is focused on proving she isn't guilty of what she was accused of doing. She believes in the process until it all falls apart. There was lots of action, lots of side stories, and the pace of this book was fast! Simone’s brother and several new family members show up in this book. There was political intrigue, new alliances, and the world they live in will never be the same. A Dark Protectors novella, ‘Taken,’ was included at the end of ‘Wicked Burn.’ This is Talen and Cara’s story after Cara has been cured of the virus that almost killed her. Cara is tired of being coddled and pushes Talen to stop treating her like she is fragile. It includes a look at their children and granddaughter.
Wonderful addition to this series. I loved both Nick and Simone and have been waiting for their story for a long time. They were just meant to be together. This had lots of surprises, twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. Some great scenes with some of my favorite characters from the Dark Protectors. And oh my, but think there is lots of potential for this author to veer off in a whole other direction is she chooses. I hope she chooses. Standalone IMO Dual POV Safe No apparent triggers
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Loved it, a great addition to the series. Excitment from page one, and more of Bear and now Flynn. Can't wait for the next book.
THIS is the book I have been waiting for. The passion, the emotions, the action, the twists and turns, the surprises completely blew my mind. This couple and this story were everything I was hoping for and so much more. Their connection is intense and the chemistry between them sizzles. Ms. Zanetti has been dropping breadcrumbs about Nick Veis and Simone Brightston from the Dark Protectors series and I was quite disappointed that this series didn't begin with them but then good things come to those who wait! After a century of bad blood due to a love gone sour, time's up and Nick is done waiting to claim what's his. The timing couldn't have been worse because someone is out to get Simone and has done so quite nicely by framing her for treason and a host of other charges that could cost her her position on the Council of the Coven Nine and her life, but Nick is a master strategist and will do everything in his power to keep Simone safe, even if it means going to war with the witches. WICKED BURN starts out fast and the action stays at a high tempo all the way to the end. Every word and every action explains something from the past or lays the groundwork for the future and if you blink you'll miss something because everything is important. Everything you thought you knew just got turned on its head. Like we didn't have a ton to digest with vampires, demons and witches, oh my, the plot just got expanded to include more paranormal creatures and the stage has been set for more explosive writing from this author than we've ever seen. Nick Veis redefines the term 'alpha male' with his uncompromising declarations and that's saying a lot because one thing Ms. Zanetti knows how to do is write a jaw-dropping alpha male. “Look at it as an adventure, or look at it as something you want, but either way, you will be claimed.” But he also knows how to melt the heart. "No woman has ever been loved more than you are right now, Simone." Every man in Simone's life has disappointed her in some way and she's made herself into an independent, smart, powerful and successful woman. She wields her beauty as a weapon, much as some use a gun or even plasma balls and she matches Nick in every way. She is still the woman he fell in love with but she is more than that. She is a woman whose heart belongs to only one man and even she can't resist Nick's assault on her heart for long. "I love you, you know," she murmured, her hand now flattened over his heart, which she'd owned for centuries. I was so excited as I was reading this book that I was quite vocal at every point, especially the final standoff at the end, which was amazing by the way but the ending was too abrupt, something of a cliffhanger and I'm counting the days till the next book comes out but I keep asking myself: can Ms. Zanetti top this and how? I'll highly recommend starting this series from the beginning because while it can be read as a stand-alone, you'll get more out of the series by starting from the first book. I'll even recommend starting with the Dark Protectors series for the glimpses of Nick and Simone that started it all. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
They keep getting better!! Great book - steamy!!
The beings and politics of Rebecca Zanetti's supernatural world come on full force in the third installment of her Realm Enforcers series, Wicked Burn. With an abundance of high powered turmoil this book was full of momentum. A hero and heroine with an unfinished past are brought together to settle scores and mend their hearts. Strong personalities and even tougher emotions take this story to completion. Ms. Zanetti's imagination and wonderful portrayals take on a life of their own on the pages of her well written work and will leave no question as to her talent! *I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.* *While this book can be read as a stand alone your over all reading experience would be enhanced by reading the previous books in this series.*
Simone no longer cared for Nicholai Veis who had broken her heart the century before. What Simone didn’t know was Nick was all ready to give up being a demon soldier and ready to settle down with her. He even had a beautiful ring for her. But then the Prophet Lily came to Nick by the King Of the realm Dage who sat outside as Prophet Lily talked to Nick. The prophet told Nick she had a vision and only Nick had the possibility of stopping a lot of supernaturals from dying including Simone. Suri was in power in the demon world and was truly evil and had to be stopped. Nick’s uncle was a sadist and looked good next to Suri. The first thing Nick did after walking out on Simone was kill his uncle and bring Suri his head. Nick now fulfilled the second in charge position. In present day- a century later- Nick is trying to rescue Simone. Simone has been set up and charges with several counts of treason by the Coven Nine. The Coven Nine ruled over the witch nation. Unknown to her not only is Simone part witch but also part dragon. No one even knew dragons existed. Bear was the head of the Bear shifters nation and also Simone’s brother but only a few knew of this. Bear was furious when he came back while trying to have a couple days to relax. Bear found The Irish Guard surrounding his headquarters and then found out Simone and Nick were forcefully being held there. Then the guard toke Bear , Simone , Nick and Lexi - a human dating Lucas - Bear’s second in command back to Ireland. That was where the Coven Nine was which Simone as well as her mother were part of. I loved this story . I thought it was excellent. Great plot and great writing . There was witches, dragons, bear shifters, betrayal, passion, unexpected pregnancy, love, a soul being reborn, loyalty. A lot of action and oh yeah romance. What more could you ask for. I loved all the twists and turns in this story and that Nick and Simone went through. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Over the course of the Dark Protectors and the Realm Enforcers we have grown to love Simone. She is tough and loyal to the high council. But Simone is facing some serious treason charges. She knows she didn’t do the things she is accused of but proving it is going to be hard. Luckily for Simone she is going to get a little help from her friends. Nik has been one of those characters that I have been looking forward to learn more about for many many books. I have wanted to know what makes this demon tick. Clearly, Nik is not what he seems. I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Realm Enforcers series. Without giving anything away I will let you know that while one problem might have been solved a whole host of other issues have arised. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Zanetti takes us next. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Title: Wicked Burn - Realm Enforcer 3 Author: Rebecca Zanetti Published: 6-7-2016 Publisher: Kensington Books/Lyrical Book Pages: 366 Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy Sub Genre: ISBN: 9781601835154 ASIN: B015BCRWPM Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . Someone is out to take down Simone and there is practically nothing she can do to stop them. Step in Nick, the Demon who has loved her forever and is willing to make an sacrifice to keep her safe from any harm. Between Nick and Brenna, Moira, Conn, Zane and Bear there is so much going on that you are kept on your toes to stay on top of it all. Catch up with some old friends and meet some new. Hang on and enjoy the witch Simone and the Demon Nick's story where they finally have a chance at a fated love if only they can defeat the evil that stands in their path. Nick's back story will break your heart. There is no way you will not be front and center rooting for him and Simone another strong character filled with determination to do what's right no matter the cost I can't wait to read the first book in the series that I missed, Although it did not affect Wicked Burn, which can be read as a stand-alone. Rebecca Zanetti uses humor, witty dialog and plenty of action to keep readers on their toes and involved in the story. The only problem with that is when the story ends and you find yourself looking for more. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
This novel is fast paced, suspenseful, and intensely hot. The action packed plot kept me on my toes throughout while the complex relationship between the main characters captured my heart. The in-depth and creative world building allowed me to picture the entire story and see how it could happen right next door. The natural flowing dialogue made it all seem more real. Alex was a blast and such a complex contradiction of soft and hard, protector and antagonist. His mix of brains and brawn was extremely attractive. I love how he stood up to Simone’s looks. And how she was about so much more than just her looks. She did what she felt was right despite the consequences. I loved how important family was to everyone in this novel. It was an integral part of each character’s personality yet developed in different ways. Zanetti is an author who never fails to transport me out of the humdrums of everyday life and into the complexly fascinating world that she’s created. This novel is a great read on its own and absolutely phenomenal as part of this series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
The plot and characters are good. Not ACS good as the first in the series, but good.
Nick, a Demon, and Simone, a Witch, were lovers until fate intervened a century ago. On the eve of proposing to Simone, Nick was told by a prophetess that if he didn't follow a certain course of action, Simone would die. To protect her, he broke things off and for the next hundred years worked tirelessly and ruthlessly to bring about the current stability between the various immortals. Vampires, Witches, Demons and Shifters now co-exist relatively peaceably, after intrigue, fighting and ultimately a war that cost many lives. Power struggles among and inside the various factions were often steered by Nick in his fight to get Zane to be head of the Demon Realm, with him as second in command. Now, someone has targeted Simone and accused her of treason, which is punishable by beheading if she is found guilty. After decades of protecting her from the sidelines without her knowledge, Nick isn’t going let all his hard work go to waste. Determined to be part of her life once more, he'll give up his own life before letting her be harmed. Having been devastated by Nick's abrupt dismissal of her years before, Simone is wary (rightfully so) of getting involved with him again. Can Nick convince her that this time he won’t break her heart? Unfortunately, this novel suffers from an overabundance of characters, right from the start. The focus on the main couple is diluted by the introduction of a lot of characters I assume are there as a kind of “check-in” for readers of the Dark Protectors series. I don’t remember having this problem with the other two books, but here there are suddenly lots of unfamiliar names front and center. Now granted, some of this has to do with Simone's position on the Coven Nine and these are her cousins and friends, but for a newcomer to either series, it is confusing. Fortunately things settle down, though every now and then another name is thrown in that I didn't recognize and made me wish for a glossary of all the characters in all the books to date that are interconnected. I do plan to read the Dark Protectors series because I quite like the world building the author puts into her stories, but it's lengthy and so is my TBR pile. Similarly, the plot seems to be scattered. The overall story arc of the series deals with a drug called Apollo, which contains the ingredient planekite - a fatal ingredient to humans and more importantly, to witches. Part of the story deals with the treasonous implications of Simone's possible involvement with planekite mines. While the case against her is central to the story, the introduction of yet more new characters and Simone's family and heritage run away with the plotline in an entirely new and unexpected direction. While the intent is to add something fresh and exciting to the novel (it did give me a few eyebrow raising scenes), it seems as though the story is trying to be too many things at once and loses its focus. Simone and Nick get a happy ending, but the plot is left with lots of holes to fill. In the end, Nick's character saves the book as I like him enough to counter the negatives. He proves time and time again to be a worthwhile mate for Simone. Wicked Burn is the weakest entry in the series to date for me, but I still plan to continue the series and hope the next one has a tighter, less convoluted plot.
A heart pounding, edge of your seat, nonstop action story full of sizzling romance! Simone Brighston has achieved many things in her lifetime as a member of the Coven Nine witch high council, betraying her people will never be one of them. Someone though, has done an incredible job of setting her up and is up for treason charges which could lead to a death sentence if found guilty. Given the severity of the situation, her Realm Enforcer cousins have made arrangements for her to hide out with the most unlikely creature she would ever seek out, Nikolaj Veis, her former lover and the demon that broke her heart a century ago. Nick Veis had been prepared to be with the woman he loved forever, but fate had other ideas. Sacrificing love in order to save countless lives including that of Simon Brighton, he pushed her away, but now he’s back. He’s fulfilled his duty to his people, he came out alive and now he wants a second chance at being with the only woman he’s ever loved and he won’t take no for an answer. Even though running from everyone who’s after Simone is not his idea of romance, having her wrapped around him while riding his bike is exactly what he wants. Can they figure out who’s framed her or will their evasive maneuvers provoke an all-out war between the different super natural species? This story was fast from the word go. There was never a dull moment and I was constantly at the edge of my seat with excitement with everything that went on from interesting familial revelations to learning about new species, to all the evidence that was stacked up mile high against Simone, and she and Nick just couldn't seem to get a break while on the run to sort through it, much less figure out the intense attraction that clearly still existed between them. Simone grew up without a father but a very strong mother, she’s independent, smart and fierce. Al character traits I like. I also understood that without a male role model and after Nick broke her heart, she wouldn’t allow herself to need anyone, and had a very hard time letting her guard down around the sexy demon even when everything he said was perfect. After a century of denying his heart, the super b@d@ss adviser to the demon realm is now determined to get his woman back. He had loved her from the moment he set eyes on her and now that he feels he’s free to pursue her again there is nothing he won’t do to protect her and convince her of his love, even if he’s a big overbearing caveman sometimes. But there’s no doubt these two burn up the pages with their incredible attractions. The entire backdrop for Nick and Simone’s relationship is a fast paced constant of perilous situations. One after another from magical fights to explosive bike chases and eye popping surprises which push the book’s and the overall series’ plot forward in an exciting and addicting way, answering some questions while bringing up new ones. Having characters from the previous books and some crossovers from other series gave the story and added layer of enjoyment. And there was one scene in particular where forces on just about every front unite to help Simone which gave me excited chills. Wicked Burn is book #3 in the Realm Enforcers series by Rebecca Zanetti who writes action packed, sizzling romances. Wicked Burn is fast and full of twists. Told from both points of view, having the main couple settled but still lots to resolve. I strongly suggest this book not be read as a standalone.
REVIEW: Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers Book 3) by Rebecca Zanetti http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-5gX Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: June 7, 2016 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars REVIEW: The addition to the series was jam packed with non-stop action and suspense. You never knew who to trust or how things would go. I loved that. Of course there was some hot sexy romance added in for the perfect combination. I also enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the story, especially right in the thick of things. I can’t say much but Simone’s backstory was a fun addition and only made her the perfect woman for sexy Nick. I loved it. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rebecca Zanetti’s new series keeps getting better and better! Simone Brightson is a tough and powerful witch, raised by a single mother, who happens to be a leader in the Coven Nine. However, evidence shows that Simone has committed treason and theft, and she’s to face trial. Not even her mother can help her now. She also the Dunne brothers’ cousin, and even though they are working for the Coven, Simone is family, which means they entrust her safety to the one person they trust and the one person she hates - Nikolaj Veis, Strategic Leader for the Demon Nation. Nick was Simone’s love, but a prophecy had him break it off with her. After a century of war, maneuvering peace, and watching her from afar, he done sitting back. He’s going to protect her if it kills him - and this time it just might - especially when he finds out about her new found brothers! Rebecca’s series is getting better and better! She’s introduced shifters (including dragons!!) into her world and I was literally jumping in my seat. 5-stars!!
This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
This is the third book in the Realm forces series but can be read as a stand-alone. Simone is a witch and is being framed. Nick is a demon and he and Simone do have a past as he wants her back. This is a fast paced read with lots of drama and suspense, not to mention steamy sex. It is a good paranormal read!
DIBS!! I call dibs! Demon Nikolai Veis is my newest BBF; he’s all mine, and I won’t share. A hundred years have passed since he gave up the woman he loved for the good of the Realm. Now he is set on keeping the one he gave up safe and letting her know that that she is and always has been his. The best way I can describe Wicked Burn is: page turning, tingle inducing, action package, binge-reading amazaballs! Nick is an Alpha to beat all alphas. He will do anything to save his strong-minded, brilliantly talented witch Simone. She, on the other hand, knows how to throw on a face of stone, hide all her insecurities and any sign of weakness. A skill she learned the hard way a hundred years ago when Nick shattered her heart. Playing her council during trumped up charges will bring these two together in a fight of her life and her heart. During the trial, outside enemies are trying their best to kill them both and anyone who tries to help them. In order to keep this spoiler free I wont go into too much detail. I will say that Zane, Bear, and a few others all play major rolls in Wicked Burn. Some pretty amazing secrets are revealed and there are a few new couples beginning to spark my interest for books to come. All in all, another phenomenal red from the queen on PNR! *ARC provided by Kensington via Netgalley