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Review: Wicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti (Realm Enforcers #4)

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Wicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti // VBC ReviewWicked Kiss (Realm Enforcers #4)
Rebecca Zanetti
Published: July 4, 2017 (Kensington)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous events in the series.

After the condemnation of his brothers Kellach and Daire, and their respective mates, by the witch nation, Adam Dunne is the only brother left officially on the Enforcer payroll. His position grows increasingly important as they try to figure out who in the Realm has it out for the Dunnes. Plus, there’s the fact that the highly potent, and deadly to witches, drug Apollo is still being sold and distributed, making Adam’s undercover work more crucial. But when Victoria Monzelle, sister to his brother Kell’s mate Lexi, finds herself in trouble with the witches, Adam vows to mate her in order to save her life.

Ever since her sister mated Kell Dunne, Tori has known there are supernatural species living amongst humans. What she didn’t count on was this knowledge being the deciding factor of whether she lived or died. When Adam swoops in to seemingly save the day, Tori is grateful, but despite the attraction she feels towards Adam, she doesn’t like the feeling that either of them is forced into a lifetime commitment. As the danger they both face increases, they’ll have to learn if they can put their apprehensions aside and trust one another completely.

Being the forth book in the series thus far, there were a couple of aspects to the story that simply excelled for me: the sex and the action.

The romance/sexytimes between Victoria and Adam was spot on. The development of a potential romance between the pair has been teased to readers from the first book, and I was happy that it came to fruition. Once the “marriage of convenience” trope took place it’s not long before the two are acknowledging the chemistry and doing something about it. But, turns out, Adam mating Tori is not such a simple act since he wants her to be his and not because either of them are forced. This ups the tension between the sheets each time they’re together, and Rebecca Zanetti paces this to perfection while we’re waiting for more to happen between the couple.

Also, there’s a lot of action in Wicked Kiss since it’s pretty apparent from the beginning, and from previous books, that someone has it out for the Dunne family. I always find following action sequences while reading to be a difficult matter. I think because they’re just so fast-paced that it’s hard to track the movements of the characters from moment to moment. Zanetti really excelled at making these scenes come alive in my head while reading.

Of course, there are two sides to every coin. Where this story didn’t quite work out for me so well was the fact that there was just too much thrown together, tying up too many loose ends from previous books. I would have liked it more if we were definitively dealing with either the issues going on in the witch nation, and Dunne family, or the drug Apollo. By employing both issues, the story became too weighted down, and caused the storyline to end up relying on cookie-cutter/stereotypical actions and reactions from many of the characters. However, playing devil’s advocate here, the jam-packed storyline does free up matters quite a bit which I’m hoping will allow the next book in the series to tackle more uncharted territory and feel a bit looser.

Overall, Wicked Kiss was a very satisfying romance read. You’d probably enjoy it more reading from the series beginning, but so far, this spinoff from Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series has stood out well on its own.

Sexual content: sex

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