Rebecca Zanetti comes to the blog today with the second in her Sin Brothers series: four brothers searching for the cure to soon to expire chip that disturbed their genetics, and the women they find on the way. Narrated by Karen White, please read on for my review of
Quick Recap: the Dean brothers are all Special Forces, and part of an experimental government program that, with an implant, created the perfect fighting machines – only problem? They have an expiration date. And Shane (in Forgotten Sins) started to show the cracks in the system with his disappearance, reappearance and rediscovery of Josie, not to mention the questions that arose and his ongoing grief at losing one of his brothers. Now we have Matt’s story – and as the eldest, his alpha protective gene was in high gear long before he chose to enter the military or he was ‘tweaked’ to become the ultimate soldier. It didn’t take me long to get into the story and reacquaint myself with these Dean men – alpha, controlled, determined and ever so sexy, with their underlying thread of sadness as if a piece of them is missing. Matt is searching for the answer that will keep he and his remaining brothers alive – and his lone-wolf mission as he searches has brought him to small-town Idaho and to a bar where he decided to take a job and gather more information. He feels close to the answers, or person who can help him, and this delay is strategic, if not intended to take very long.
Laney Jacobs has hidden herself away in Idaho, burying her own past secrets and cares and managed to make a life for herself. Avoiding complications, close relationships or even attractions – Matt is everything she knows could lead to trouble. There’s something troubling this man, and she can’t deny her attraction for him, but her life in Charmed has been enjoyable and relatively trouble-free. Well, until now. But, she hires Matt on as a bouncer, and his wholly alpha nature and attitude (although softened with his true heart and goodness) speaks to the side of her that never felt safe or protected. He can do all of that and more, and as they grow closer she comes to believe in and trust him to make the choices that will both keep her safe and give her a future free from running. Sexually these two are chart-topping hot, with sweet nothings being romantic and heartfelt, and you just could melt over Matt alone. Sure, there is danger and threats, but you just know, even when things feel their most bleak that Matt will find a way – through skill or will, to keep his word for her and his brothers.
Narration for this story is provided by Karen White, and she never disappoints. From distinct voices for each character that feel appropriate and apt to her ability to use pauses and silence, pace and volume to enhance moments and allowing listeners to fully absorb and feel the emotions coursing through the story. Zanetti’s characters are layered and complex, with different reasons for avoiding or pushing away from others, backstories are often heartbreaking and yet, when presented with the care and quiet revelatory tones that White uses, even the secrets that are revealed feel like the character is simply sharing with you – not just as a pat of the story, but because you need to know this information. Another winning combination of author and narrator – and a wonderful romantic suspense listen – even for those (like me) who never finds themselves gravitating to the genre.
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5
Title: Sweet Revenge
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Sin Brothers #2
Also in this series: Total Surrender
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 24 June, 2014
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 30 minutes
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The One Man She Can't Have
Matt Dean was born to fight…and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he's gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho…and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.
The One Woman He Can't Resist
Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She's spent years running from her own past—the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt's strong arms offer her protection, and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she's ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt's past and putting everything—and everyone—he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?
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.