Allow me to welcome Rebecca Zanetti back to the blog today with the first in her new Blood Brothers series. I’ve adored her Dark Protectors series, having reviewed them all in audio, and was looking for another series by her. Narrated by Karen White, please read on for my review o
A little bit of ‘pre-choice reading reveals that the Blood Brothers series is a spin off from her Sin Brothers series, but not having read that one (although now dying to) did not affect my understanding or enjoyment of Deadly Silence.
What we have is three men, Ryker, Denver and Heath who had horrid childhoods, and as young boys pledged to protect and be there for one another as “Blood Brothers”. Using their own traumatic histories as a sort of mantra, the three have formed the Lost Bastards Investigations Agency, where their mission is to find the lost and perhaps forgotten.
When Ryker’s business brings him into Zara’s proximity, the sparks are instant, and the two agree on the no-strings guidelines. That is, until Ryker sees a bruise on Zara’s face, and wants to step up to protect her. Their relationship is loaded with push-pull moments: neither is willing to believe in their own desirability or need for a relationship could make them stronger and happier. Ryker’s childhood is a heartbreaking story, and Zara has issues with commitment. Oh they were fun!
But the threats to Zara are not going to be ignored by Ryker and his boys… and a new client (who is adorable – trust me) for their agency also brings us more of their past, and the answers to ther “special skills”. Not paranormal – but alteratons that has them exploring deeper into their own pasts. Twists, Turns, Surprises and multiple threads spin around in a vortex of can’t wait to know ALL the story fun!
Narration by Karen White is, as always, impeccable. She presents the story clearly and each character has a specific voice, patois and manner of delivery that allows you to know who is speaking almost before they start. Infusing the text with emotion, she takes her cues from the words on the page, never overstepping a moment, and not over-reaching for the tension.
What emerges is a story that is rich in characters and plot, with plenty of strings neatly tied, with others left open that will be closed with further stories in the series. I love the way Zanetti manages to present information you need from other series, without giving away the “big picture’ which fuels interest in the current tory, while making you crave those other titles. Standing alone without issue, if you liked the Sin Brothers, you’ll have an idea (BUT only an idea) about what makes the Blood Brothers special, but not knowing them doesn’t affect your experience.
Stars: Overall 4: Narration: 5 Story 4
Title: Deadly Silence
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Blood Brothers #1
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Erotic Elements, Mystery Elements, Suspense Elements
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 4 October 2016
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 36 minutes
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ AllRomance ♦ Barnes&Noble ♦ iTunes ♦ Kobo ♦ Downpour ♦ IndieBound ♦ Google ♦Audible
DON'T LOOK BACK
Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.
Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first...
Full of twists and turns you won't see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best...
A Blood Brothers Novel
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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