eKensington / June 20, 2013 / $2.99 digital
Maggie is a wolf shifter who was captured and experimented on by the Kurjans. Now that a cure has finally been found for shifters (although not for vampire mates or witches), she can concentrate on creating a new life for herself and finally accepting that her memories are gone forever. Most memories, that is. Sometimes in the hazy world between dreams and dawn, she hears a Scottish voice, dark and deep, that sounds suspiciously like wolf-shifter Terrent Vilks. A man she happened to anger by kidnapping a few years back. Hey, it was for a good cause.
Terrent Vilks knows more than he’s let on for the past several years. After digging for answers, he knows exactly why the demons want Maggie dead. And he remembers his past with Maggie…very well. She is finally where he wants her. Now all he has to do is discover what exactly the Kurjans did to her, beat the demons into so much submission they leave her alone, and get her to fall in love with him. Again. Good thing he’s used to wrangling monsters.
Twisted, the latest book in Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protector series, gives us the missing pieces from the life of the wolf-shifter Maggie. The vampires' mortal enemies, the Kurjans, have been infecting vampire mates and shifters with their Virus-27 for 10 years now. When they first developed their virus, they certainly weren’t against testing it on live subjects. In fact, they had incredible results turning shifters into werewolves, making them into mindless and controllable killing machines.
It was when Cara Paulson and her sister, Emma, were rescued from a Kurjan laboratory that the vampires first found Maggie. She had been captured, drugged and experimented on until she no longer had any memory of who or what she was.
“Did they say anything about the injection?” Dage asked her quietly.
“No. Though I know I had several.” Maggie glanced at the bruises inside her left elbow. “I don’t know when, or how many times, either.”
“You don’t remember?” Cara asked.
“No.” Maggie shook her head, her brown eyes desperate. “I don’t remember anything before yesterday. Dr. Jaylin said he’d explain it all, but I didn’t believe him.”
“He kept calling her Maggie, but we don’t know if that’s really her name,” Katie explained. (Fated)
It was only through the help of the mountain lion shifters and the vampires that Maggie was able to fight off the drugs' effects. But with an unknown virus coursing through her system, the underlying fear was that maybe during the next full moon, she might lose her fight and become a danger to those around her.
“During the full moon, Maggie managed to turn into a wolf and not the werewolf trying to get out of her. Hopefully the virus will run its course and fail.”
Conn nodded. “The virus will fail. If the Kurjans were able to turn immortal creatures into werewolf slaves, well…”
It would be a disaster. Dage paused in the middle of the hallway. “Do you think the law requires us to inform the Bane’s Council about Maggie?”
Conn shook his head. “No. I think you were right. The law requires notification if we suspect a werewolf so the council can investigate and destroy. Maggie isn’t a werewolf. She’s a wolf shifter.”
Who might be a werewolf. (Claimed)
Try as they might, the vampires were not able to keep their secret forever and soon enough Terrent Vilks arrives from the Bane’s Council to meet the little wolf shifter and assess her danger to the supernatural as well as the human world. If Terrent believed her to be a werewolf, he would be required under the laws to destroy her. After meeting Maggie, Terrent is vehement that she should be returned to a wolf pack in an attempt to help her recover her lost memory, but Maggie and the vampires fear that this is an excuse to get Maggie away from the vampires so she could be killed.
He sat in the plush leather chair, hands clasped on the conference table, focus solely on Maggie.
She swallowed. For ten years she’d trained to fight. After one moment with the leader of the Bane’s Council, she knew ten years wasn’t enough. Not even close.
Dage cleared his throat. “While I appreciate the Bane’s Council’s desire to see Maggie taken to your headquarters, we won’t force her to go.”
Terrent lifted one dark eyebrow. “She’s ours. If we say she goes, she goes.” (Consumed)
In Twisted, we finally learn why Terrent Vilks has been trying so desperately to get to Maggie for the last ten years.
Maggie’s head jerked up. “Why would wolves be after me?”
“What’s going on, Terrent?” Jase asked not-so-kindly.
The wolf set his jaw.
“He hunted me for months, knew all about me, and then got all carnal with me. For years, he’s known who I am…and hasn’t told.” She slammed both hands on her hips and stepped toward him. “Time to fess up.”
Jase settled his stance. “Who the hell is she?”
Terrent’s nostrils flared. Slowly, he turned his head until his gaze pierced Maggie’s. “My mate.” (Twisted)
Now that the cat (or wolf) is out of the bag, will we finally learn about who Maggie is, what happened to her pack, how she was captured by the Kurjans; and once she finally has all her answers, will she choose Terrent as her mate or return to the life she left behind?
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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.