Oct 24 2011 4:00pm

Fresh Meat: Rebecca Zanetti’s Claimed (Oct. 25, 2011)

Claimed by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Kensington, $11.20, Oct. 25, 2011

A Daring Rescue
Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”. . .

A Deadly Decision
As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind. . .

Rebecca Zanetti has created an innovative world of vampires, shifter and supernaturals. In her Dark Protector series, Vampires are born, not created. Vampire genes are strong but they only create more male vampires. The vampires must then find their mates among “gifted” human females; empaths, psychics, etc.

But in her world, the supernaturals are guided by science as much as magic. This adds a unique and intriguing aspect that keeps it from being just another vampire story. The science is presented in such a way that it is comprehensible and quite believable.

Here the vampires are the good guys. They work to protect the supernaturals and the human worlds from the Kurjans. Kurjans are a lesser-attractive form of vampire who are more vicious, allergic to the sun and, like all bad guys, are working toward world domination.

In this world, when the human females are mated to the vampires, their DNA structure is changed.

“The marking changes a human from having twenty-three chromosomes to twenty-seven”

Emma’s scientific mind reeled. “Vampires have twenty-seven chromosomes?”

“No. We and the Kurjans have thirty.”

This changed DNA creates a “mating allergy” and any male who simply tries to kiss a mated female becomes ill.

“And as a mate, she’s safe from the touch of any other vampire or Kurjan. We call it the mating allergy. My brother Jase tried to kiss a mated woman a century or so ago and ended up in agony with raw blisters across his face.”

Since gifted human females are rather rare, Kurjans have created a virus which destroys the mating bond, thereby alleviating the danger of the mating allergy, and allowing the Kurjans to steal the mates of the vampires for themselves.

“The virus initially attacks the twenty-seventh chromosome, thus my brother Kane named it Virus-27. We believe the twenty-seventh chromosome ties into the mating bond. The Kurjans want to stead our mates.”

The first book, Fated, introduces the science and the effects and development of the virus. In Claimed, the stakes are raised when someone manages to slip the virus to several of the female guests at a party. Now the race is on to reverse the effects of the virus and create a vaccine to protect the mated females from further attack. Meanwhile, the war between Vampires and Kurjans continues, with questions still remaining to be answered in future books.


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog  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.

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Bronwen Evans
1. Bronwen Evans
Yippee - I can't wait to get this book. I loved Fated adn I've a feeling this will be even better.
Bronwen Evans
2. joyofbean
Read Fated - loved, loved, loved it. Can't wait to dive into Claimed - Rebecca's first book was wonderful and she did create a unique vampire world, which is not easy to do these days!
Bronwen Evans
3. Jennifer R
Call me crazy, but isn't this pretty much the same plot as the Carpathian books?
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