I had heard so much buzz and expectation about this book that even though I’m not one who will automatically go to a romantic suspense title; I had to take the opportunity to read it. And Rebecca Zanetti did not disappoint me one bit; in fact, she may have changed my mind about several frequently used character types with this story!
Josie and Shane: all the makings of a country song here. Very similar rough childhoods that they have had to overcome to find their own way, a deep rooted desire to be loved and cherished, and both have their own issues and secrets. After an early whirlwind courtship, these two met, fell in love and married, until one day Shane just disappeared, leaving Josie distraught and confused.
Fast forward and Josie is called to the hospital to identify a man who doesn’t know who he is, or where he is., and it just happens to be Shane. As they start to rebuild and restore their relationship and Shane starts to heal, the interwoven mysteries and issues that are NOT related to their relationship start to pop up, and the story manages to combine heat, heart, chemistry and danger in ways that kept me reading straight through.
Characters are well developed, although I did think that Josie spent far too much time focused on and obsessing over her own history in foster care and the resultant issues it has presented in her life. You know you don’t want to be left (hint – none of us wants that) but behaving in ways that push someone away, or clinging is not attractive either. Also, for someone who actually prides herself on thinking with her head, she made several stupid choices that required she be rescued. Yeah, the head wasn’t screwed on that tightly.
Shane: oh my goodness Shane. Determined, alpha, tough and a superman complex a mile wide, with a bit of the lost and sad little boy buried underneath. With his amnesia and later as things start to heat up his take no prisoners side comes out and he is the one to watch. With the secrets and lingering sense of sadness that are backlighting the relationship with his brothers and the search for answers about a murder of another brother the questions and some answers are flying in.
Of course there are other characters, Tom as the pale replacement for Shane in Josie’s affections and Detective Malloy who seems to be presenting new questions and answers simultaneously as he winds his way through the story.
But I haven’t even mentioned the heat…that starts warm and is soon sauna level, steam your eyeballs hot to reinforce the chemistry between Josie and Shane, and prove that Shane is undoubtedly, without reservation or hesitation, despite amnesia, a take-charge sort of man: In all the BEST ways. I was hooked almost from the start, and didn’t pay attention to anything else for the time it took to finish this in one sitting.
Narration is more than capably provided by Karen White, who deftly delineates the character voices and points of view without the change in pitch, delivery or tone becoming a distraction or feeling inappropriate. I had a few concerns when requesting this for review, both out of my preferred genre, and what I assumed to be a very male-heavy plot, but White’s narration fit perfectly and kept me entertained and involved in the story throughout the time I spent listening.
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5
Title: Forgotten Sins
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Hachette Audio
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 48 minutes
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His Secrets Can Destroy Her
From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.
Her Love Can Save Him
Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?
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.