Alpha's Promise

Alpha's Promise

by Rebecca Zanetti

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Overview

To hell and back . . .

Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen's soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom. One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him. To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that's way too soft.

Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it. Her function is to think-and not feel-until she's touched by a vampire who's nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime . . .

"Spicy romantic interplay; highly recommended."
-Library Journal on Vampire's Faith

"Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast."
-Publishers Weekly on Claimed

"A fast-paced, excitement-filled explosion of action... Zanetti keeps getting better."
- RT Book Reviews on Marked, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516107513
Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Series: Dark Protectors Series , #10
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 61,324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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CHAPTER 1

Across the windy cemetery, beyond the rows of gravestones, a man leaned against a pine tree and watched her. Even at the distance, the deep blue of his eyes cut through the day. He stood to at least two meters, his chest broad, his legs long. His gaze was almost physical and alight with something that caught her by surprise. A rare tingling, one she'd never been able to explain to herself, much less to anybody else, morphed into an instant headache at the base of her neck.

Dr. Promise Williams shivered and broke eye contact to focus in front of her.

Meager September sunlight glinted off the coffin as it was lowered into the wet earth. The clouds had finally parted and stopped dropping rain on the mourners. She closed her umbrella and tucked it into her overlarge bag, wet grass marring her smart boots.

"It was a nice service. Earlier, I mean," Dr. Mark Brookes said at her side, wiping his thick glasses on a handkerchief. He wore a tailored black suit with a muted tie, his eyes earnest and his thinning hair wet from the earlier rain.

Promise nodded, her stomach aching. The group standing around remained silent with a couple of soft sniffs piercing the quiet. She knew all of the mourners. Six professors, a dean, and two grad students. The earlier service had been packed with students, more faculty, and even the local press. This part of the day was reserved for family.

Dr. Victory Rashad hadn't had any family. Other than the faculty, of course.

The wind picked up, brushing across Promise's face. She shivered. Who did she have? If she died tomorrow, who would attend the burial part of her service? Unwittingly, she looked toward the pine tree.

The man was gone.

Not a surprise. While he'd visited the dead, no doubt he'd just looked over at the assembled group in passing. His focus hadn't been solely on her. She shook her head and tried to dispel the dread she'd been experiencing since the police had found Victory. The woman had been missing for nearly three days before being found. Torn apart.

Who would do such a ghastly thing?

The gears of the lowering device stopped, effectively concluding the burial for the bystanders. "Well." Mark held out an arm, and she naturally slipped her glove into the crook of his elbow. "Would you like to get something to eat?" He turned and assisted her over the uneven ground to their vehicles, parked on the silent road.

"Thanks, but I'd rather go home." She'd attended an Irish wake once where the family members drank into the next day, toasting the dead with stories. A wealth of stories, and all told with love and shouts of laughter. What was it about her world that lent itself to quiet services and no humorous anecdotes? "Thank you, though."

Mark paused at her new compact car and waited for her to unlock the door. "I hadn't realized you and Victory were close."

"We weren't," Promise said quietly, opening the door. The other professor had joined the physics department at the university during summer semester, and so far, even though the school was a month into fall semester, they'd merely politely greeted each other at department meetings. That was it. Maybe a lunch or two in the cafeteria, but she didn't remember the details. "Are we, any of us, close with anybody?"

Mark scratched his chin. "I am. Two brothers, both married with kids. In fact, Mike is having a barbecue this Sunday, probably the last one before winter. I've been meaning to ask you."

"I should probably work." The idea of witnessing a happy family was too much to think about right now. What was wrong with her?

"Okay." He waited until she'd sat before leaning over the open door. "Two dates, and now I'm not sure what's going on." His intelligent brown eyes studied her, while the too-musky scent of his cologne wafted in her face. "I'm thirty-five and don't have time for games, Promise. Are we going out again or not?"

She forced a smile. "No." He was a nice man, but she'd rather work with supersymmetry or cosmological inflation than spend time with him. Of course, who wouldn't? "I think we're better situated as friends."

"Well. I do appreciate your honesty." As he straightened, his tone indicated that he did not, in fact, appreciate the truth. "I'll see you Monday." He shut her door with extra force.

Cripes. Maybe the truth had been a mistake and she should've worked harder to soften her words. Like usual.

She started the engine and pulled away from the curb, winding through the cemetery and wondering about Dr. Rashad. The police hadn't indicated any movement on the case, but Promise felt she should do something. Perhaps she'd call on Monday and request a status update.

She sped up slightly, and her doors locked. Her shoulders relaxed. It had to be a coincidence that Dr. Gary Fissure, a colleague from Great Britain, was also missing. She'd collaborated with him on a paper several years previous.

The wind picked up, and rain splattered against the windshield again. Several roads spread out in different directions. She hadn't been paying close attention when she'd driven in. How stupid of her. So she took the first left, allowing her mind to wander as she drove among the peaceful dead. She flicked on the wipers and turned down another road in the sprawling cemetery.

Suddenly, her passenger door was wrenched open and the damaged lock protested, emitting a screech-popping sound.

A man forced his way inside, rocking the car, and slammed the door. Droplets of rain wettened her leather seats.

She reacted in slow motion. How was this happening? How had he broken the door lock of her new car? Her eyes widened, and she turned her head to fully face him. That quickly, she recognized him. "You were watching me."

"I was." His voice was low and mangled, gritty and surpassing hoarse. Those blue eyes were even darker inside the vehicle.

Adrenaline flooded her, and she finally reacted, slamming on the brakes and reaching for her door. Her seat belt constricted her, but she fought it, silent in her desperate bid to escape him.

He manacled one incredibly strong hand around her arm and yanked her back into place. "Drive."

Her shoulders collided with her seat back, and she opened her mouth to scream. Her headache blasted into a migraine instantly.

He pressed a gun into her rib cage.

Her scream sputtered into a whisper. She looked frantically around, but the road ahead and behind her was empty.

"I said drive," he repeated, no infliction in his tired tone.

She swallowed, and fear finally engulfed her. The sound she made was so much of a whimper that she winced. "My purse is on the floor. Take whatever you want and get out." Her voice shook almost harder than her hands on the steering wheel.

"I have what I want. Drive." The gun and his hold on the weapon remained level. He took up more than his own seat, his arms and torso solid muscle. His face was hard and angled — cut in a way that almost looked unreal.

His words chilled through her. How was she going to free herself from him? She pressed the gas pedal again and drove along fresh graves, spotting the exit farther ahead. Her heartbeat increased its force, and her ribs ached. "What do you want from me?" She held her breath.

"Just your brain," he said, the sound raw.

She jerked, her head turning to him again. "To eat?" she gasped.

He blinked. Once and then again. "No, not to eat." His wince drew his cheeks up and his darker brows down. "Geez. To eat? Why would I eat your brain? Ick."

Her kidnapper had just said "Ick" and looked at her like she was insane. She eyed him with her peripheral vision so she could better describe him in a police report — if she survived this. At least six foot six, long dark blond hair with even darker streaks strewn throughout, handsome face. Somewhat rugged but also sharp, and with healed burn marks down his neck. His eyes were world-weary and wounded, and he'd obviously survived hell. Now she had to survive him.

Wait a minute. His words registered even deeper. Her brain? Heat spiraled through her chest. "Did you want Victory Rashad's brain too?"

"Yes."

Oh, God. He was going to kill her — just like Victory Rashad. Panic took Promise again, and she slammed her foot on the gas pedal.

"Wait," he said, grasping her arm. "I won't hurt you. I'm here to help you."

Affirmative. Yes. The guy with the gun was interested in providing assistance. Right. She ducked her head and floored the gas pedal, bumping out of the cemetery and speeding down the quiet road.

"Slow down," he hissed, his hold tightening enough to bruise.

She zipped around a corner and into traffic, driving as fast as she could.

He swore and grabbed for the key, which wasn't in the dash. She'd used the starter button. She swerved around a minivan and finally spotted a police cruiser up ahead. Slapping at him, knowing if he got her out of the car, she was dead, she took the chance of being shot in order to gain freedom.

Yelling, finally, she slammed into the rear of the police cruiser.

Everything stopped for a second and then sped up. The crash was thunderous. Her passenger bellowed and flew through the window. The airbag deployed right into her face and propelled her back into the seat.

She blinked, her ears ringing as the bag deflated with a soft hiss and a smattering of dust.

A police officer ran up and opened her door. "What in the hell?" he muttered, blood on his chin.

She coughed and shoved the airbag down. "Where is he?" she gasped, her eyesight blurry. Her assailant lay sprawled on the pavement, blood coating his face as the rain pelted down to make the red flow to the ground. The other officer leaned over him, talking into a radio at his shoulder.

Then the kidnapper jerked awake and leaped to his feet. Blood covered his face and his neck, while his left arm hung at an unnatural angle. He stood several inches above the officer. "What did you do?" he bellowed. His eyes were so dark they appeared black, and his gaze was piercing.

She screamed.

The cop tried to grab him, but he shoved the officer into the side of the car. Before the officer next to Promise could draw his gun, the kidnapper turned and ran into an alley.

The police officers quickly pursued him.

She panted, her mind buzzing, her body aching.

The police officers soon returned, both shaking their heads.

Oh, God. He was gone.

CHAPTER 2

Ivar Kjeidsen limped up the stairwell inside the high-rise building, blood trickling from cuts in his neck and down one arm from flying through a damn windshield. He hadn't expected the harmless-looking physics professor to defend herself so well. The healing cells he'd focused on his injuries were doing their job slowly — too slowly. The scar tissue down his neck semi-blocked the cells. Shit. He might even need a bandage, just like a human.

His boots echoed dully on the cement steps, and even though he was the only one in the entire high-rise crazy enough to climb thirty stories, the walls still pressed in too closely. But it wasn't nearly as bad as an elevator, which he'd avoid at all cost.

He'd had to walk all the way from the accident, having lost his fledgling ability to teleport the second he'd been injured. Being temporarily fragile sucked. He shoved open the door to the top floor and eyed the sheen from the white and gray tiles forming a sophisticated design down the long hallway. Beige-gray slabs of tile, thick and luxurious, made up the walls until the office opened into a center reception area surrounded by glass — one whole wall of it windows to the outside.

All glass and chrome and soothing materials.

He fucking hated this penthouse office space. It even smelled like recycled air and environmentally friendly cleanser.

Keeping his head down, he maneuvered through the hallway and past the deserted reception area to one of the many conference rooms down yet another hallway. The lights were too bright, the air too relaxed, and the height from sea level too damn far.

Banishing any hint of the pain still attacking him, he strode into the room and waited for the explosion to come.

None arrived. Instead, Ronan Kayrs looked up from a stack of maps that had been spread across the inviting and perfectly smooth light tan conference table, where he was apparently working alone at the moment. "Hello, Viking. The local news has already reported the attempted kidnapping. You had to go after her."

A familiar slash of guilt cut into Ivar. He barely kept his hand from trembling as he drew out an environmentally friendly chair to sit. "I didn't intend to take her." Sometimes his instincts still overruled his brain.

Ronan's eyes flashed a deeper aqua than usual. The vampire-demon had odd eyes, even for a hybrid. "You were on a reconnaissance mission. To watch and learn. She might be the exact wrong physicist based on the opinions expressed in some of her articles."

Ivar nodded. "I'm aware." The burn scars marring his neck went much deeper into his tissue than merely marring the skin outside, and his voice would always remain hoarse. Not as mangled as a purebred demon's, but close. Considering he was half demon, he really didn't give a shit. But right now, he couldn't let that hoarseness be gauged as weakness. "I saw an opening, and I took it."

"You failed," Ronan said simply, his eco-friendly chair squeaking as he leaned his impressive bulk back. The hybrid crossed muscled arms, looking just as deadly as the entire Kayrs vampire family was known to be, even with the recent cut to his black hair, which made him look more like a businessperson for this mission.

Ivar flushed, and his damaged skin ached. It was rare for a vampire-demon hybrid to scar, and when it happened, it hurt. Most of his burns had healed, but his neck and larynx still retained their rough texture. The inside of his throat was ribbed and uneven and annoying. Maybe hell wanted to stay with him as long as it could. "I made a mistake." One of many. When would he return to a thinking being instead of one propelled by survival instinct? He'd been trying so hard.

Ronan nodded, his mouth in a pinched line, which only accented the ones by his eyes. "She's going to be more difficult to get to now."

Ivar nodded. Taking him by surprise, a lightness caught in his chest. Nowhere near what humor had felt like years ago, but something different from pain and guilt. "She is smarter than I'd thought. Better thinking on her feet, anyway." He'd studied Dr. Promise Williams for months while he regained his sanity — somewhat — and she was obviously intelligent. But he hadn't expected her to ram her vehicle into a police cruiser. "She is in danger and needs to be locked down."

Ronan pinched the bridge of his nose. "We have got to quit kidnapping people," he muttered.

Ivar shrugged. "I don't know. It worked out well for you." Ronan had kidnapped a neurologist he'd ended up mating and adoring like a puppy that had found its place. "Where is your mate?" She was a doctor — maybe she could stem the blood Ivar still felt dripping beneath his dark T-shirt.

"Back computer room with her sister, researching that list of human physicists most likely to be targeted next," Ronan said.

"Promise Williams is next," Ivar said flatly. A couple of her academic papers had held cautions about messing with the universe, which might cause him problems. But there had been something about her. A tingling that had attacked him right before she'd tried to kill him. "And she's Enhanced." It had been the first time any of them had been close enough to her to sense her gifts, whatever they might be.

"Ah, fuck." Ronan shook his head. "I'd say the Kurjans wouldn't kill her if she's Enhanced, but now we know better." Their enemy, another immortal species, needed Enhanced human females as mates just like the vampires did.

"The Kurjans have lost their minds," Ivar muttered. The woman who'd been buried earlier that day had been Enhanced, and the Kurjans had torn her apart. Or rather, their Cyst faction, their religious soldiers, had done so. Ivar's duty began to yank him in opposite directions once again. "We have to get to her before they do."

"She might not have been on their radar until now," Ronan said.

Ivar's chest heated. "Bullshit. She's one of the best in her field, maybe the best, and she's next. We will get to her first." When he'd seen the crime pictures after the Kurjans had finished with Dr. Victory Rashad, even he had felt sickened. And he'd suffered through more hell worlds than he could count. They often blurred together in his nightmares. "This is as important to you as it is to me. This is our only way to save Quade. He's your blood brother."

Ronan sighed, the sound tortured. "So are you. Blood and bone, brother."

(Continues…)


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lea2oh 7 months ago
A practical professor and a virile, centuries-old Viking have a slight clash when Ivar decides to protect the pretty professor by kidnapping her. It doesn't go well for the Viking as the professor is always out-thinking him and making him respect her at the same time as she frustrates him and his alpha dominating ways. I mean can't she tell he knows what's best for her? Promise is constantly taking the logical way of life in an evolving world. The Demon hybrid needs her to figure out a way to get his brother out of a different dimension, but the banter and play between the two is entertaining and hilarious. Quite the wild ride for a boring professor who just wants to work on another string theory. I love the way the two opposites find a middle ground and work out their strange life and problems. Rebecca Zanetti has made this 10th book in the series just as delightful as the rest of the series. I can't wait for them to continue.
valerie holm 7 months ago
Ivar and Promise are an entertaining couple with great chemistry. Alpha's Promise by Rebecca Zanetti is part of the Dark Protectors series. I am quite fond of a good supernatural urban fantasy/ romance, and this one grabbed my attention. It is optional to read the previous books all pertinent information becomes available when necessary. I, however, went back to the beginning in anticipation of reading an early copy of Alpha's Promise, and I am glad I did. Knowing first hand is well worth it. The Dark Protectors series has a varied preternatural population. Fae, Demons, Vampires, and Shifters all share an alliance. I enjoy varied species working together against a common adversary. I feel things are more exciting that way it keeps things from getting stagnant. All the male characters in Alpha's Promise are charming and witty, with a healthy dose of dominance. Some might find that dominance a little over the top, but I find it fits them perfectly. Ivar and Promise are an entertaining couple with great chemistry. I found Promise's emotional awakening intriguing and unique. The mystery/ thriller aspect of the plot plays out very well. The path to their end game is enjoyable, and the next installment sets up nicely. I eagerly await the continuation of these stories.
BuckeyeAngel 7 months ago
Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom. One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him. To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that's way too soft. Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it. Her function is to think—and not feel—until she’s touched by a vampire who’s nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime. I’m a pretty big fan of this series, so I was excited when I saw this book was coming out. I really enjoyed the book and the overarching story. I really loved Ivar and his readjustment to the world. I did have a problem with Promise, however. I know what the author was going for, it just didn’t really work for me.I still enjoyed the story though and look forward to the next one. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love this series, That said I felt this book ended too soon. Yes there is a thread running through all the books but this one just ended boom. A couple of additional chapters would have been helpful to wrap up their story.
Eloise_In_Paris 7 months ago
The pace picked up after the last book. We don’t learn much more about Ivar but we do learn a lot about Promise. I like both leads, and although it was insta-love I can see how it happened so fast. The fact that they were two lonely people and extremely physically and mentally attracted to each other made the love declarations that came so quickly make sense. In the real world would things work out? Probably not, but thanks to the Fates that bring branding marks they’ll be ok. There was a lot of action, new characters introduced, and more of Hope’s shenanigans. Another great installment and the next can’t come quick enough.
cherlym 8 months ago
I am like most people and in love with Rebecca Zanetti Dark Protector Series. I have read them all, from book 1 to now :) This has the prerequisite alpha male, and the strong enhanced human. That being said each book is about the individuals. Ivar had it rough, being thrown into hell and back, he no longer has feelings. To me that makes total sense as to why he is drawn to Promise, a logical, by the numbers, theories allowed, persona. Even though I personally hate math I laughed with delight as Promise's brain ran on a tangent trying to piece everything together. I could feel Ivars heart swell and start to lighten as he watched Promise think things through. The steam was sizzling, more than I need, not a fan of erotic, but I could skim those. There is humor, romance, suspense and family. Yes, the Protectors are indeed a family, one I am happy to be a part of, even if its only via reading. Thank you Rebecca Zanetti, Kingston Lyrcial Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this arc. All thoughts an opinions are my own and were unsolicited.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved++it+%21++
Anonymous 9 months ago
If you like alternate reality/paranormal romance stories than you will LOVE Rebecca Zanetti books
CathyGeha 9 months ago
Alpha’s Promise by Rebecca Zanetti Dark Protectors #10 What does it say about me that I find myself more invested in fictional paranormal characters and the series they populate than in fictional human characters that have what some might believe “more real” plots in the books they exist in? I mean...I stopped reading another book that didn’t “click” with me at all then picked up this book and could not put it down! I get the protectors and the women they fall for and can’t wait to read the next book when it comes out...that’s me...eagerly awaiting Dark Protectors book eleven...oh yeah! In this book Ivar has been back for three months and has been mending after finally getting out of an existence that was one torturous situation after another. He was helping to balance a situation that so far has kept evil Kurjan Ulric captive in a bubble world. He had to leave Quade, another protector, behind and vowed he would return to save him or take his place. To make this happen he needs a physicist that will be able to come up with a mathematical solution that will allow him to save Quade but keep Ulric in prison. When he meets up with Promise, a physicist, he realizes he needs to protect her as a few other physicists have already met an untimely painful end. Getting her on board is not easy but eventually does happen. This story had me from t he very beginning. The meet-cute was...intriguing. I absolutely adored Promise’s logical take on life and her ability to be forthright in stating what she was thinking, desired and was willing to do. Ivar was definitely not human but on board with and understood just what Promise was talking about most of the time. Their relationship was HOT and interesting and perfect in so many ways. In the mix were other characters that are keeping the long-range plot in motion. The Kurjans and Cysts and their evilness are shown again, Quade was visited, Haven Daly is brought in and my gut feeling is that she will be instrumental in getting Quade out of his unbearable situation, the keys are mentioned, the role of the lock (still a child) and her friends was again mentioned and the question of how the four will eventually be part of the solution...it is just a finely tuned wonderful epic journey of a series that has this one book in it that made me very happy from beginning to end. That said...when is book eleven due? Thank you to NetGalley and Kengington Lyrical Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Karenag 9 months ago
Promises are very important to Ivar Kjeidsen and he made one to his brother in arms Quade, who is trapped in another demension (kind of like hell). But that was before Dr. Promise “Missy” Williams came into the picture. She is a brilliant mathematician who the dark protectors need to figure out how to get Quade out and keep the bad guy Ulric trapped. Of course, there are people/Kurjans that want Ulric free. Ivar and Promise have a rocky beginning, but finally figure things out…but will they be in time to save Quade? And who exactly is Haven Daly and how does she fit into the picture? To find out the answer to that question we will have to wait for another book in the series! This is a good book with interesting characters. I recommend it. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to give a honest review of this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great read, interesting story line!
MusicInPrint 9 months ago
NEVER HESITATE PICKING UP A ZANETTI! They are all great paranormal romance, action novels. Quick reads full of in depth characters; some able to travel through dreams and other dimensions. Dr. Promise Williams reminds me of Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory with her quantum physics expertise and focus on solving the problems of the universe. The Seven Immortal Vampire Demon all have unique powers that they hope will save the world. One of the seven is the Viking who is set on saving his brother Quade is trapped in a dimension of pain and suffering. Hope is that Promise can help him achieve his vow to set Quade free. Action and Romance make this a must read. "A copy of this was provided by Kensington books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Anonymous 9 months ago
LynnLTX 9 months ago
var Kjeidsen survived time in a hellish dimension and was rescued by Quade, one of his brothers of the hybrid group known as the Seven. Now this vampire demon Viking has one goal in mind: to release the brother who sacrificed so much for him. Ivar thinks one of the world smartest physicists, Promise Williams, can help achieve that goal no matter the personal cost to her. Promise has spent her whole life from the time she was very young immersed in science. She has no comprehension of anything other than logic, crazy high level math, and her all-consuming work. Promise gets drawn into Ivar’s paranormal world at hyper-speed going from only to believing in pure to science to realizing there is so much more to the universe than she had ever imagined. Ivar has to deal not only with his Kurjan enemies who also want Promise for her skills, but his growing attraction to a woman he has no plans to stay with as he intends to take the Quade’s place. Promise has a huge learning curve to get up to speed with this new to her world and help Ivar figure his goal if it is at all possible. Not surprisingly, this story has quite a bit of complex science considering what it is theoretical physicists study. Since this is book #10 in the Dark Protectors series, while it may not be necessary to have read all the books, the story makes much more sense for readers who have read at least some of the prior books. Some storylines are a continuation such as that of Hope who is an important figure for the main characters. Fans of Ms. Zanetti’s series will enjoy this latest addition.
DebraSchwartz1971 9 months ago
I love the Dark Protectors series, and Alpha’s Promise did not let me down. Ivar is a hybrid vampire/demon with Viking blood. He has always been the planner. In the last book he was thrown into a hell dimension and has returned broken in body and spirit. His goal is to return to the hell world to rescue his vampire brother who has been in that hell world for a long time. Dr. Promise Williams is a brilliant physicist and mathematician. Her studies may be the thing needed to get back to that hell dimension and figure out how to solve the problems of the bubble worlds created thousands of years ago that now seem to be collapsing. Promise was raised to focus totally on science, so when she is thrown into the world of the Realm, with demons, vampires, and fae, her world is turned upside down. Watching Ivar and Promise start to move out of their comfort zones and into a relationship was fun; I’m looking forward to more of these two. Rebecca Zanetti has amazingly intelligent, independent women that she pairs with these large alpha males.
Moonlitvixen 10 months ago
Alpha’s Promise was everything that I love about this series. Ivar, while broody and bossy, also held deep emotion and passion. Promise was smart and a little weird, but I loved it. Together they were perfect. I can’t wait for the next book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I++was+not+able+to+put+it+down.+
Cali-Jewel 10 months ago
Emotionally thrilling, action packed romantic adventure filled with danger, magic, mystery and undeniable passion.... really enjoyed every heart pounding twist and exciting turn in this engaging journey. A great reading experience filled with intriguing charters.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I enjoyed this story line. I would recommend this series. Rebecca is a terrific story teller.
Evampire9 10 months ago
Even with vampire, demon and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom. Only the vow to rescue the vampire brother who sacrificed freedom for him keeps the deadly immortal standing, but in order to achieve that vow, he needs the help of the brilliant Dr. Promise Williams who understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it. This ‘Dark Protector’ romance is a stimulating, emotional, rocking and explosive read! Ivar and Promise are two wonderfully strong characters that stand out and obviously belong together and the romance between is sweet and full of feeling that warms readers’ hearts even as it confuses Promise’s. This hero and heroine is so very different but it is truly remarkable how much Ivar understands her and really and truly tries to make her comfortable with dominating alpha ways and he is oh so smexy! The plot is fast paced and takes readers on truly fantastical and exhilarating journey through an emotionally gripping, thrillingly dangerous journey to rescue a friend. The rescue itself poses lots of danger for the rescuer but it also poses danger for all worlds which keeps the readers holding their breath in anticipation and excitement throughout this riveting and thrilling read, which might become a problem since readers can’t put the book down once they start reading it.
Sunshine1006 10 months ago
Physicists are being killed, torn to pieces. Only few know why. The seven, a brotherhood of protectors of the world's are in dire need of one. They need to save one of the brothers without destroying the world. When Promise is the victim of an attempted kidnapping, it was brushed off as a carjacking. Ivar needs Promise to help reduce his brother. She is not aware of what is happening. There is a great chemistry between them. Will Promise find the solution? I can't wait took the next book. Excited to see what happens. I received this book from Net Galley and the publisher for a honest review.
Kristy_K 10 months ago
I’ve not really read a vampire book before besides Dracula. I know of the lore and of course the Twilight inconsistencies with it, but that’s about it. Alpha’s Promise brings in a whole lot of other things to do with vampires, and while I cannot say it follows traditional lore, it was interesting. Promise is a physicist and Ivar a vampire-demon hybrid who needs her intelligence to go through time and dimensions to being his friend back. I don’t know how accurate the science was but it was interesting. I felt the romance was rushed and that both Promise and Ivar were awkward and uncomfortable within the relationship. I also felt like Ivar’s personality was a bit inconsistent. I enjoyed the side characters (many of whom have already had stories) and they were good at the comic relief. I don’t know that I liked the way the vampires were portrayed, sometimes it seemed like an afterthought, but it worked well when dealing with the conflict between them and the Kurjans.
Marie1MB 10 months ago
Fall in love with the latest Dark Protector story from Rebecca Zanetti, Alpha's Promise! Its an intensely satisfying, exhilarating, twisty read with SCORCHING HOT romance, an epic plot that is constantly loaded with surprises and twists you don't expect along with a hero who is wildly intense and 100% alpha! And just to reassure you, the heroine is no slouch either. She is super SUPER smart and brilliant and kind and readers will no doubt love her too. I fell head over heels for this newest book by Miss Zanetti. I love the dark wildness that these immortals have. They are irresistible and the way these worlds are changing within the story is incredible and so bold and just made my heart pound. Promise and Ivar are so unique together but hold just as much promise and passion as I have come to expect from this series and vampires. I loved how this book was written. It was evenly paced and exciting as well as sexy as sin and electrifying. I am crazy excited already for the next one and urge readers, if they haven't caught up on this series, do so NOW before the next one releases because it is very worth it I assure you. Alpha's Promise gets a EXHILARATING FIVE INTENSE STARS!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 10 months ago
4.25 stars--ALPHA’S PROMISE is the tenth instalment in Rebecca Zanetti’s DARK PROTECTORS paranormal/fantasy romance series. This is hybrid demon/vampire Ivar Kjeidsen, and theoretical physicist Dr. Promise Williams’ story line. ALPHA’S PROMISE can be read as a stand alone but I recommend reading the series in order for back story and cohesion, especially this particular arc of the series focusing on the group known as the Seven. Told from several third person perspectives including Promise and Ivar, following several intersecting paths, ALPHA’S PROMISE follows the building relationship between hybrid demon/vampire Ivar Kjeidsen, and theoretical physicist Dr. Promise Williams. Someone, or more specifically, the Kurjans have been targeting enhanced female physicists, and Dr. Promise Williams is next on their list. In an effort to protect the enhanced human female, Ivan Kjeidsen volunteers to act as guardian but goes about his job all wrong. Hoping to discover the truth behind their ability to teleport, the Seven bring Promise Williams into their fold, in an effort to use her knowledge and her mind. As the Kurjans continue to target enhanced female physicists, Promise begins to unravel the secret behind temporal dimensions, worlds and the ability to teleport. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Ivar and Promise, and the potential fall-out as Promise and Logan’s mate Mercy find themselves, once again, taken hostage by the Kurjan vampires Promise Williams doesn’t do relationships; math is her lover but meeting Ivar Kjeidsen stirs something deep within our story line heroine. Promise’s enhanced abilities allows her to detect what others cannot, an ability that makes her a target in the war between the demons and vampires. Ivar Kjeidsen’s goal is to return to the h*ll world in order to rescue his brother and friend but Quade doesn’t want rescuing, in fact, he wants the Seven to leave him alone. But Quade has a secret, that the Seven has discovered, and in this Quade is desperate for the Seven to cease and desist. Meanwhile, Hope Kayrs-Kyllwood continues to dream walk with the young Kurjan male Drake, dream walking that pushes Hope to make plans for a meet and greet in real life. But things don’t go according to plan when Hope’s whereabouts and plans are discovered, with the potential of leading the Demons to war. ALPHA’S PROMISE is a story of heart break, secrets, betrayal, vengeance. The premise is detailed, complex and entertaining; the romance is fated and seductive; the characters are sassy, colorful, energetic, and bold. ALPHA’S PROMISE is a wonderfully intricate and elaborate addition to Zanetti’s world of the Dark Protectors.
belllla 10 months ago
4.5stars In Alphas promise, another of seven finds love. In this book, Viking Ivar finds love in dr.Promise. I liked this interesting unique love story. All the scientific mumbo-jumbo that is in this book got me thinking that the author had to make a mini degree from the subject. She had succeeded to write an amazing story with amazing character both Promise and Ivar are interesting and likable. It is great to see how Promises mind works and how she realized that love is real between her and Ivar and it’s not just chemistry and biology between them. I loved that the story stays unpredictable and to see how it develops. SO I cannot wait too read another book from the series. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly