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When Empath Cara and her 4 yr old psychic daughter suddenly get kidnapped early one morning little does she realise but she'll be married and mated within 24 hours..... to a handsome, sexy, overbearing, dictatorial, arrogant Alpha Vampire called Talen who says he's protecting her and her daughter Janie from imminent and great danger. There's instant chemistry and lust between them but Scientist and single Mom Cara's no pushover and so she tries to fight him and his sexy pull by always planning to run away (which does get a little annoying at times but hey I've never been kidnapped by a Vampire!). So right from the start she's suddenly plunged into a paranormal world where Vampires, Witches, Shapeshifters and Faires exist..... and their lives will never be the same again.
Cara and Janie are 'gifted' and they are very much wanted by more than just Talen as an evil force of Vampires called the Kurjans also wants her and Janie so it's a race against time to escape the threat and then escape him too. Talen's combat skills are lethal but it's going to take patience, understanding and loving care to win over his stubborn soulmate who he has been waiting 300 years for. However, as the villains draw nearer and they devise some frightening life altering drugs and start kidnapping, the emphasis of the story becomes one of survival rather than seduction.
If you can get over the instant attraction, lust and sex (as I so easily did) then there's a really exciting ongoing story of five Royal Vampire brothers who need to claim and protect their gifted mates from the evil Vampires. And, in the process, they have to fight and win over their unwilling mates whilst keeping them from the clutches of their deadly enemy whose Oracle has foretold a Prophecy, a Prophecy that's going to shake and change the world.
There's thrills, chills, sexy times, romance, passion, twists, nail-biting tense situations, snappy dialogue and a love story that has a HEA ending but the War is about to begin. Multiple POV's but mainly from the H/H's and a narrator who did all the many character's voices so well you could easily distinguish who was talking whether it was..... a 4 yr old girl, an Alpha Vampire, a feisty Heroine, an evil sulphur smelling Vampire or all the other interesting secondary characters.
Worth a credit? Yes it was a very enjoyable, addictive and creditworthy start to a new paranormal series where Alpha Vamps want to possess, protect, impregnate and cherish their mates but unfortunately so do the evil Kurjans and it seems it's going to be a bitter fight to the death involving other paranormals. Book 1 in the Dark Protectors series...... the feisty vs. the dominant and good vs. evil makes for an entertaining listen and a good start to a brand new series.
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If you could sum up Fated in three words, what would they be?
Steamy, Fast Paced, and Action Packed!
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I loved most of the characters and the banter between the males was funny, I like how they took care of the four year old Janie while her mom, Cara, was not around. However, the lead female character was annoying to me.
What aspect of Karen White’s performance would you have changed?
I though the narrator tried to put to much emotion into Cara's responses to Talen; it came across as whining and breathless. I cringed and rolled my eyes a lot during the "steamy scenes".
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Fated, from the moment I touched you.
Any additional comments?
After listening to the first story, this series sounds like it has a lot of potential, and I will listen to the next story.
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