Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

Title: Wicked Ride
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series:  Realm Enforcers #1
Pub. Date:  June 23, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Pages:  294
Format: eARC
Source:  NetGalley

My Rating:  
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“Non-stop action and a hero to die for!” —Alexandra Ivy

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

I really like this author so I was excited when I saw this title available on Netgalley. Unfortunately I did not realize this is a spinoff series. That's the 2nd book in a row where this has happened to me, I wish it would be a little more clear in the blurb when it's a spinoff. I have not read the original series, Dark Protectors, where I think a lot of the world building and character introduction was done. So I felt lost at times while reading this book and was not able to connect with characters as much as I like.

The characters in this series are a mix of witches and humans, with a spare shifter, vamp and demon thrown in here and there. I liked all of the witches, even though I found it a bit odd that male witches were not referred to as warlocks or some such masculine denotation. Our hero, Kellach, and his brothers, Adam and Daire, are all uber-alpha male immortal witches from Ireland with an Irish brogue that seemed to fade in and out. The brothers have arrived in Seattle to find the source of a drug, Apollo, that is harmful to witches and is being tested on humans. I really liked Kellach. I didn't feel like he threw his dominance around in a bad way. He was respectful of his mate, took the time to (attempt to) communicate with her, and he certainly could steam up the sheets.

Kellach's infiltration into a motorcycle club dealing Apollo lands him in the path of homicide detective, Alexandra Monzelle, who is a crusader in the war on drugs. (As a side note, I think a better fit for her would have been a narcotics detective instead of homicide, but that's a pet peeve due to my profession.) Anyway, Lex's goal is to get Apollo off the streets and she is extremely bull-headed in her determination. I could not stand her character, she rubbed me in such a wrong way that I found myself yelling at my Kindle. (People on the ferry probably thought I was crazy.) She constantly jumped to conclusions, flew off the handle, and failed to communicate with her mate. But it seems she learned those traits from her mother who behaved similarly but in a completely opposite fashion. Lex's mom had blind faith in her her horrible ex-husband while Lex did everything to sabotage the relationship with Kellach. She is just one of those characters I want to shake until their teeth rattle. 

Other than Lex, the story was decent and kept me interested enough to keep reading. I loved the dynamic between the family and how they all supported one another. I was cheering for Kellach when he put Lex in her place for how she treated Simone (Kell's witchy cousin). The drama/suspense part of the plot was also decent, this supernatural drug Apollo that has freaky side effects. And I loved all the secondary characters, especially Bear, Garret and Logan.

Before I read any more of this series though, I think I need to go back and read the Dark Protectors so I have a better understanding of what's going on.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day–or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.  

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