I see Rebecca Zanetti's name everywhere, and it's all positive stuff like how amazing her books are and how everyone should read them. So when I saw this book up for review, I knew I had to read it to see what all the fuss is about! Of course, everyone was proven right - this book was so good! I loved the characters, the drama of the plot, and the romance that was hot, hot, HOT. It proved to me that this is a series I need to start reading, preferably from Book 1 since this is the 11th book in the series. I'm just a bit behind.
Haven Daly has grown up thinking she's crazy. Abandoned at birth, she has grown up not knowing who she is, raised by religious zealots until she ran away when she was 14. Constantly hunted, she is not a forever kind of girl, nor is she looking for anything permanent. She just wants to create art, stay on her meds, and live in peace. That was the plan...until the man she thought she made up in her head is suddenly real, right in front of her, and ready to claim her as his own. Quade Kayrs didn't expect to meet his mate now. His future is short-term, meant to save the world and not to find love. But meeting Haven has changed everything, and now he must try to save not just the world but his woman as well.
Quade is the alpha male of your dreams. Yep, I said it. A sexy man who respects women while also wanting to protect them, puts his mate's life ahead of his own, and stands for what is right rather than what is easy. I loved him as the hero of this book! He was exactly what Haven needed. While I liked Haven and definitely felt for her, considering her traumatic past, she needed to have someone beside her to give her an option besides her impulse. On her own for so long, she was used to being on her own and relying on no one. Quade had to remind her constantly that her world had changed and she needed to listen to him and trust in him. She had a few moments where I was shaking my head, thinking this is nearing a TSTL moment. She had never been in a fight, never trained for war, and yet she thought she could fight alongside Quade, an ancient vampire-demon warrior? Okay. In the real world, she would have needed saving a lot. However, she definitely held her own when it came down to the wire, and she saved herself on a number of occasions. Both of them needed each other, and at the end of the day, they saw the value in working as a team. Couple goals.
I will be heading off to read the rest of the series now. Eagerly awaiting whatever comes next from this author!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**