Monday, June 22, 2015

ARC REVIEW: "Wicked Ride" by Rebecca Zanetti

Wicked Ride
by Rebecca Zanetti
Realm Enforcers #1

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.

Raise your hand if you are excited for the first book in Rebecca Zanetti's Realm Enforcers series. If your not, you should be.  Wicked Ride is a highly entertaining start to an action adventure story.

Things I Really Like: 
I really like these characters.   I'm a sucker for strong, kick-ass female characters and Alexandra (Lex) Monzelle fits the bill.  She is a fearless detective with the Seattle Police Department with a sense of purpose.  As a teenager, she discovers that her father is a major drug dealer and that casts her future in stone.  She lives her life to atone for his crimes by taking drugs off the street.  Her sense of fairness and willingness to be vulnerable, especially around those she loves, highlight her strengths. 

Kellach Gideon Dunne (awesome name, by the way) is an Irish Enforcer of the Coven 9, the ruling cody of witches.  He is a dedicated soldier on the hunt for the makers of Apollo, a deadly drug that can destroy both humans and witches. Kell epitomizes the alpha male - protective, loyal, determined and over-bearing.  His immortality gives him years of experience and perspective, yet he is completely blindsided by his attraction to Lex.  

I enjoy the motley crew of characters - the witches, shifters, vampires and demons. Everything you can want in a paranormal adventure.  Each character clearly has a story of their own to tell.  

This is a fast paced story.  It reminds me when of years ago when the television show, ER, first debuted.  It was one of the first shows to use hand-held cameras.  The frenetic pace and multi-story lines made the show a little chaotic, and I loved it.  I feel the same thrill reading this story.  A lot happens between these pages and there is not one moment to rest. 

Not so Much: 
Kell's  protectiveness of Lex is overwhelming for her and for us.  And yet, she kinda deserves it.  Despite that fact that she continually states that she is a cop and therefore, can protect herself, she keeps getting in over her head.  For being a smart cookie, she is a little slow to accept that immortals have a little advantage over humans, namely they are difficult to kill.  

As I mentioned earlier, a lot happens in this first book.  We are introduced to a bevy of characters with previously determined storylines. For example, what is the story behind Dage and his wife? Also, what really happened between Simone and Nicholaj?   It makes me feel like I am missing something.  Is the author planning a prequel?  I'd be the first to support that motion!

Also note that despite the fact that our hero and other supporting characters ride motorcycles and are a part of a motor cycle club, this is not a motorcycle story. 

Rebecca Zanetti is right on target with this paranormal romance.  It's full of adventure, action, intrigue, and a sweet, hot romance.  I cannot wait until the next installment. 

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.

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