on 4 July 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Series: Realm Enforcers #4
Published by Kensington - Lyrical Press
Copy for review provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Working as 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 . .
Wicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti is the fourth story in her Realm Enforcers series, a spin-off of the Dark Protector series. The first story in the series, Wicked Ride, was one of my best reads in 2015 so the series is definitely on my must-read list. Each story can be read as a standalone romance, but there is a continuing story arc throughout the series. The underlying plot is that a drug has been developed, Apollo, that is lethal to witches (and equally to humans). Figuring out who is trying to destroy the witches, and why is at the heart of the series, and in each romance, a witch main character has been part of the action. The Dunne brothers, in particular, have had their hands full. As Realm enforcers, they’ve been working undercover with motorcycle clubs who have been dealing with the drug, trying to track its source. This time, it’s Adam Dunne who has an extra task – to rescue and protect Victoria Monzelle, the sister of his brother Kellach’s new wife.
At the end of the previous story, Wicked Burn, Victoria was working undercover for the DEA in a deal to save one of her band members, who’d been caught with Apollo, from going to jail. She was kidnapped by unknown forces, and at the start of this story, she’s rescued by Adam Dunne. She’s only just discovered that other realms – vampires, demons, witches exist. At the same time, she knows that there is something odd about her. She has the ability to detect power fields around people and objects and often affects electronic and mechanical devices when she is around them (usually for the worse not the better). Part of Victoria’s undercover work has been to track Adam’s activities as a member of the Titans of Fire Motorcycle club and its suspected drug activities. Having him become her protector complicates things. Not to mention the searing attraction between them! As they get closer to discovering the truth about Apollo, so too does the danger to them both. A mating bond to Adam could give Victoria the protection she needs. Can it lead to love too?
I really enjoyed this story! The author does an excellent job with the characters and settings involved in the world building, and it’s fairly well established by now having been part of two series. But even for a newcomer to the books, it’s easy to find your place. While several characters do make appearances in this book, they are not all introduced at once and they play important roles in the continuing story arc.
The romance between Adam and Victoria is a fun and sexy affair. Victoria is a spirited woman with a tender heart. She doesn’t back down from Adam in the least, even when he’s adamant that she listen to him for her protection. The sparks that fly between them are not just figurative – they have a very explosive chemistry that ignites when they touch, and Adam isn’t above using his witch powers to enhance their sexual encounters. Adam is a typical alpha male, but he respects the powers Victoria has too and encourages her to learn how to control them. She’s a worthy mate for Adam even if she sometimes believes she is no real match for a powerful handsome man like him. Her self-esteem and belief in herself improves over the course of the story and by the end, she’s confident in her ability to be a worthy partner for Adam.
Besides the steamy romance, there is plenty of action that moves the plot along at a swift pace. The Coven Nine that heads the witch’s realm is severely fractured and Adam has some difficult choices to make that test his loyalty. The story arc for this book concludes in an exciting and satisfying way, and there are some great hints as to what is to come. Wicked Kiss is a sexy, exciting, paranormal romance and will delight new and established fans alike.