Wicked Burn by Rebecca Zanetti

Wicked BurnTitle:  Wicked Burn
Series:  Realm Enforcers #3
Author:  Rebecca Zanetti
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Published:  June 7, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Lyrical Press
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody’s fool, and she didn’t get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out—and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.

Of all the men she’s known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he’s as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone’s looking for.

Bonus Alert:  Includes the brand new Dark Protectors novella, ‘Talen‘!

Read on for my thoughts on Wicked Burn.  No true spoilers, promise.

Within the first ten minutes of reading Wicked Burn my heart had broken for Nick.. and Simone.  He had the cabin, he had the ring.  In his mind their future was bright, secure and full of the love they had for each other.  One unwelcome visit from a powerful prophetess would change all of that.  If things worked well it would only delay Nick’s plans – if things did not go well, then he had loved and protected his witch the best he could.  Simone was devastated when Nick broke things off between them.  Yet the truth is she might not have risen to the position of power that she now held within the Coven Nine high council if she and Nick had  lived out the plans Nick had for them.

A century has passed.  One hundred long years in which Nick has moved, manipulated and changed fate until the right leader now heads the demon nation.  One hundred years where he had kept watch over his  love.  Oh, Simone had no knowledge of his presence in her life and that’s the way he wanted it or at least needed it to be.  He had been there to watch over and, at time,s to step in and protect the woman he would always love.  Ironically, one of those times he stepped in has added fuel to the troubles Simone now finds herself fighting.

Someone is out to destroy Simone.  She has been charged with treason and even her seat on the Coven Nine will not protect her.  The very last person she expected to roar up next to her on his powerful motorcycle was Nick.  Why he was here she did not care, she was not the youthful, trusting young woman of their past – and she did not need Nikolai Veis involved in this mess.  The demon had had his chance, now she would rather face what is coming on her own.  But Nick has a rescue planned – and she’s getting on that bike come hell or high water, whether she wants to or not.

So begins one of the most riveting, action packed paranormal romances I have read in a while.

Simone is strong, stubborn and powerful.  She knows the charges brought up against her are lies (well, for the  most part).  She has her own plans in place, and running from the guards of the Coven Nine is foolish and most likely futile.  Nick is just as stubborn and powerful – so they are well matched in trying to find a resolution to the trouble Simone is in… they go about it in far different ways.

It is so tempting to sit here and talk about this amazing story and these captivating characters for hours.  Yet, doing so would give away spoilers that I have no intention of giving away.

There are so many secrets in Simone’s life – some she is aware of, others will come as a total surprise.  Throughout the fight to save her life from the ultimate verdict of death should the Coven Nine find her guilty, Nick and Simone will use their brains, powers and legions of friends to discover who is behind this attack on Simone and other members of the Coven Nine.

There will be surprises, new allies and enemies as well.  Throughout it all is Simone and Nick’s love for each other.  Oh, thee two get on with some extremely sexy times – hey, they’ve been apart for a century.  *wink*

Along with new allies, we also come across many old friends.  And it was a delight to run into them and catch up a bit on their lives now.

Wicked Burn is not a book that will be easy to put down for coffee breaks.  It is filled with magic, political shenanigans, power struggles, danger, lust, love and life or death situations.  It is also filled with humor, banter, loyalty, definitely sexual tension and actions, friendships and rearrangements of alliances.

I do need to mention one thing though – Simone and Nick do get back together (not a spoiler, it’s the point of the whole book)… but they get a Happy For Now ending in Wicked Burn.  The majority of the events taking place will be brought to a conclusion – yet there are threads woven throughout this entire series that will continue..  So expect that the main characters will find their way back together, but also expect that there are still battles to fight, resolutions to be found and new events will definitely be followed up on.  This series isn’t done yet, folks.  So expect an amazing story to have a conclusion, but not to totally wrap up just yet.

I enjoy Rebecca Zanetti’s worlds – no matter which of her series I’m currently reading I can expect a world that I can easily step into, lovers who are truly worthy of each other, strong alliances, fierce enemies and… one helluva good time.  What more can I possibly ask of an author.  My thanks for an amazing ride, Ms Zanetti.

*I received an e-ARC of Wicked Burn from the publisher, Kensington Books – Lyrical Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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