I'm one of the publishers of All About Romance. I love reading romance, as well as mysteries, fantasy, history and historical fiction, and all kinds of other things. Staying on Goodreads for now but trying this out in case I decide to switch.
I gave this a C- at All About Romance, so it gets 2.5 stars here.Provoked is actually Book 5 in Rebecca Zanetti's Dark Protectors series, but don't let that put you off. I've only read 1 1/2 of the other books in the series and had no trouble following the action in this one. What might put you off instead is the knowledge that lurking within this book lies just about every eyeroll-inducing cliche of paranormal romance.
Kane Kayrs has come searching for a demon destroyer. His vampire family, the Kayrs, are at war with the demons and his brother Jase is a demon prisoner. Seeking to rescue Jase and protect his family, Kane needs the destroyer. Naturally, this gifted individual is an attractive human female. Amber Freebird is not just human, but is also a commune-dwelling vegan and pacifist who has no idea demons or vampires exist, or that she has any supernatural powers. Not surprisingly, when Kane shows up at the bar where Amber works and tells her that she must come with him, Amber is more than a little taken aback.However, after a series of events involving various confrontations with local ne'er do wells, Amber ends up on the road with Kane.
The rest of the story deals with their relationship, as well as with Amber learning to use her powers and all the Kayrs fighting demons. It's all fairly predictable stuff, but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining. I found the dialogue maddening and sometimes overly simplistic, but some of the battle scenes make good reading. Basically, the plot boils down to vampires and demons(and Kurjans - which are basically pasty, blood-sucking bad vampire-like creatures) hate each other. The vampires are the good guys, so readers need to root for them to beat the demons and Kurjans.
This is a partial review. You can find the complete text at All About Romance.