Also in this series: Claimed, Provoked, Shadowed
Series: Dark Protectors #7
Published by Lyrical Press on December 22nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Source: Self Purchased
Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…
Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…
Janie has known Zane since she was four years old and she entered the dream world. She has always held a soft spot for Zane, but the time for reality is now. Janie, is the key to saving the future, and every race seems to have plans for her future. But she is determined to show Zane that she can be his partner and not to be held back on the sidelines. When she learns about who he really is, that he is half demon and half vampire, she is shocked. And not only that, but he is related to the leader of the demons. Zane has been trained as a soldier, and has suffered under his uncles hand, but Zane will do everything in his power to keep those he loves safe, including Janie and his family whose locations are being kept from him if he takes action against his uncle. However time is running short for him, and when he devises a plan, it puts Janie in the middle of danger, and he might have to choose where his loyalties lie, and is he strong enough to face his uncle and become leader over the demons he despises and take hold of his future…
Zane is a character that we don’t know hardly anything about until we read Marked. His true identity is kept from us in the whole series, and in the previous books the anticipation was just about to kill me. But we learn who he really is pretty quick in the first few pages. Zane is half vampire and half demon, and his mother is imprisoned, and his brothers are out fighting on locations he doesn’t know about. Zane is the next successor to his uncle, who is the most powerful demon and taking him out could prove disastrous. Zane is going to be tested personally in this book, and we see his true character come forth. There are many facets to his character, and we see him struggling with loyalty, his devotion to Janie, his love for his family, and battling his dominant side to protect those he loves. What was so astounding about his character, was seeing the inner battle that wages inside him. We see his strength and determination and what will he has. It was quite a thrill to see different sides to his character.
Janie is a heroine that is sweet and loving and can fight hand to hand if she needs to. She is human, so she doesn’t have certain abilities to help in a fight, but she does have visions and is one of the few people who can enter the dream world. Janie acts like an obedient daughter but in reality she is free-spirited and a fighter. She can be quite mischievous and has this spontaneity, very impulsive at times. Always getting herself into danger without thinking about consequences. But she has a heart of gold, and she will fight for those she loves most. Her character is quite charming, and you can’t help but love her, especially since the whole of the series we have seen her grow up and I loved seeing her as an adult, trying to deal with all the crazy conflicts that are trying to control her.
Plot and Story Line
Marked is the last and final installment in the series, and what a ride, and what a conclusion. Technically there is a novella after this one. But Marked is the final full length novel in the series. I have been looking forward to Janie’s and Zane’s story since we first see them. And of course we have quite a few surprises and conflicts added into the mix that just makes the story even more interesting. This isn’t your average love story, its packed with crazy villains but a couple that surprise you, we see more of the previous characters in the series, and what a romance that is put front and center. There is quite a bit of conflict going against Zane and Janie, and it almost seems impossible for them to reach their HEA. There is quite a bit they have to accomplish and win before they have a hope of a future. We see some questions answered and the series got wrapped up pretty nicely. I loved the conclusion, and seeing Janie finally get her HEA, and what was most interesting about this one was seeing everything fall into place. I enjoyed seeing Zane and Janie fight for one another, in different ways, but they are equally matched and both determined to win the upcoming battles.
This is a bit different from the others, I am not sure if I like the color theme, I love pink, but this color just looks a bit out-of-place for me. But I do love the couple pose.
Marked is a story that is a must read, for any paranormal romance lover. It’s a story of sacrifice, love and honor. We see a culmination of aspects come together in Marked, and you will be amazed by this authors storytelling capabilities, and being able to write a world that is complex and captivating!!