Series: Realm Enforcers #4
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: July 4th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Working a an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far . . .
Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . . .
My mind is completely blown by this book! The twists and turns, the many layers to the characters, the drama and action were just perfect and I swear I was doing a happy dance with each page I read. I’d give it 10 stars if I could because it was everything I’d hoped for. With every book I read in this series, I think Ms. Zanetti can’t top herself but she proves me wrong every time and has outdone herself with WICKED KISS. The story is one you can’t put down until the final page, fast-paced and filled with action and scorching passion, a hero to die for and a surprisingly complex heroine, plus cameo appearances from favorites from previous book, which all add to one delicious package.
From previous books, Victoria Monzelle comes across as something of an airhead, only interested in a good time hanging out with her band and friends, but I was very surprised at how layered her character was in this book. She’s a combination of feisty and vulnerable, naive and quite innocent in some ways and worldly in others. While Adam Dunne may be the only thing standing between her and death, Tori isn’t interested in tying herself for eternity to someone who considers her a duty. And he’s in for a surprise if he thinks she’s some docile woman who’ll let the big bad witch fight her battles for her.
Adam is logical, precise and tactical, a master at strategy, not one to fly by the seat of his pants and has always planned to settle down with someone like him, but Tori stirs up the side of him that has been leashed for centuries and threatens his control like no other. There is so much going on and as the only Enforcer available, Adam has a very full plate investigating Apollo and the threats against his family, but he’s not going to let any harm come to Tori or compel her to mate him against her wish.
I really enjoyed Adam and Tori much more than I expected. I hesitate to describe Adam with an overused word, but alpha is the only word that fits the powerful enforcer. Adam reminds me of Dage Kayrs and you better believe I went back to read Claimed as soon as I was done with this one. Tori was such a delight, funny and daring, sometimes very annoying and thoughtless about her own safety, but she and Adam were a very explosive combination and I loved how sweet they were together.
I’m excited that Bear’s story is next and I’m looking forward to what next the author has in store for us in the series. BTW, I didn’t really like this cover and after reading it, I dislike it even more because it does not befit Adam at all.