This is a short story set shortly after Wicked Burn and revolves around the changing lives and love of Cara and Talen, the very first lovers in the Realm Protectors Series. This story can be found in the back of Wicked Burn as a bonus to readers.
Themes: Vampires, Demons, paranormal
Rating: 4.5 stars
Talen is the extra special epilogue story that continues the love story of Talen and Cara the very first lovers to come together in the Dark Realm series, set almost 25 years before this story. The story is not yet released as a standalone but is instead included as a fan bonus in the back of Wicked Burn. Zanetti, being so in touch with her fans, knew many of us wanted to know how these couples are dealing with all the changes in their lives now that the bulk of the war has ended and their mates are (relatively) safe. Talen and Cara are heading out on a long romantic vacation to Hawaii, but on the way there, they will be dropping off some precious cargo at a lab. But before they even make it very far in their trip, everything begins to go wrong. I LOVED seeing this couple that has become one of my all-time favorites coping with all the changes that life is throwing at them and showing readers that even a love that has stood through serious concerns like near-death experiences, dangerous childbirth, and even a massive war, can still have problems that need to be worked through if they are going to remain level. Relationships take work and this couple reminds us of that in a big way as they show their love and dedication to one another. The danger they find themselves in only brings them back together and teaches them that while their love may never die, if they don’t nurture it and take care of one another’s emotions then that love can become weak and brittle. Talen and Cara are still as passionate as they were the very first time they made love and I can see them being just the same centuries down the line when their grandchildren have grandchildren of their own. A fun and short story that was a great way to end the week and fill the time until Wicked Kiss comes along; Great work Rebecca.
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