total surrender, by rebecca zanetti

Total SurrenderWhile I’ve never fancied myself a big paranormal fan–with the exception of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood–the genetically enhanced Dean siblings in Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series quickly found a place in my heart when I read the 3rd book, first. (Yes, out-of-order–it happens.) This may factor in to Nate being my favorite brother, though 4 books later, I love them all.

Zanetti, initially said that Total Surrender was the final book in the series, but clearly after reading it, there is so much she could do to extend this series. The new characters, unresolved storylines, the 4 original brothers… Apparently I wasn’t the only one having these thoughts of grandeur because I recently read that she’s now thinking about keeping the story going. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens–I’ll definitely be on the lookout. But on to the story at hand.

Total Surrender is about Jory, the brother who’s been missing for 2 years, and was presumed dead until Shane, in Forgotten Sins, realizes that maybe Jory’s alive after all. And in fact, he is. He was shot by a woman, he’s been in a coma for a very long time, and he is currently a prisoner of The Commander.

Speaking of the commander… Queue Piper. A hacker whose exceptional computer skills actually rival those of Jory. But Piper’s parentage is a complicating factor in her relationship with Jory because she’s the commander’s daughter. Yes, his daughter. And she’s quickly about to learn who her father REALLY is while faced with the challenge of choosing love or family, at the same time, coming to a hard truth about her mother–that was a zinger!

Yes, this is definitely part love story, but with only a week left before the brother’s kill-chips explode, severing their spines and instantly ending their lives, it’s almost secondary. Throw in the  added complication of Jory’s chip, in particular, and the angst and ticking clock make for a non-stop race against the clock.

I refuse to accept that I have become soft and super sensitive as I age–I was a die-hard Sons of Anarchy fan for crying out loud! But seriously, once again, I found myself in tears, on more than one occasion while reading this one. I blame these incredibly talented authors for evoking such emotion through their writing. There were definitely some heart-wrenching moments in this book. Jory may be the little brother, but he’s a force to be reckoned with and his love and devotion in saving his brother’s lives, at the same time realizing he doesn’t have a future with Piper…Keep the tissues nearby.

Overall, Total Surrender is a high-speed, action-packed story with serious sizzle thrown in. If this is the last in the series, it does not disappoint, but I for one hope that Zanetti has more up her sleeve.


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Book Review: The Sin Brothers Series

ZanettiForgottenSins  zanetti_sweetrevenge_ebook1I FINALLY read the first two books in The Sin Brothers series. And I wasn’t disappointed. The 4th book in the series will be released in March 2015. Let’s dive in.


Forgotten SinsIn a Nutshell
Shane Dean is clearly a trained killer. A highly skilled soldier, able to carry out any mission put in front of him. He knows how to interrogate a man to get the exact information he needs from him. What he doesn’t know, is who he is.

Shane has no recollection of his brothers. Why he’s as skilled as he is. What kind of mission he is carrying out. And he certainly doesn’t remember the wife he walked out on, Josie.

Josie, is a CPA looking to advance her career at the accounting firm she works for and forget the heartbreak she’s endured since her husband left her, 2 years ago. She’s tried to move. She has a male friend. She even filed divorce papers.

When Shane and Joie are reunited, things don’t go quite as either of them would have thought they would. And then there are those dead bodies that may or may not have something to do with Shane…

Sweet RevengeIn a Nutshell
Matt Dean is on a mission. There’s a kill chip in his spine and his brother’s spines and he needs to find the doctor who implanted them, so she can take them out. Like all of his brothers, Matt is not only well versed in carrying out highly dangerous missions, but also those that require a more gentle and seductive touch. He’ll employ whatever tactics he needs to in order to save his family–his brothers are more important than anything, even love…

In walks bar owner Laney Jacobs. Or rather, Matt walks into the bar owned by Laney Jacobs. He knows that she’s not who she says she is, and could be hiding in plain sight as the very doctor he’s seeking. Laney is indeed hiding something, but it’s more than Matt has bargained for.

Laney, is seemingly kind-hearted. She feeds the homeless. Helps those less fortunate than her with school supplies. All while letting them maintain their dignity and without any sort of judgement. But is Laney too good to be true?

Tara’s Take
Last month, I reviewed Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti. LOVED it! It’s the 3rd book in The Sin Brothers series. Hence, I thought it prudent to go back and start at the beginning.

Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge are fun reads and provide more insight and background on the bothers Dean. In addition, Zanetti’s writing style clearly evolved by the time she wrote Blind Faith. These first two books in the series have a bit of repetition. While Shane Dean may have amnesia, the reader is repeatedly reminded of his condition. Similarly, in Sweet Revenge, we never forget that Matt is on a mission and his brothers mean more to him than anything. It was also made clear that Matt’s feelings for Laney were conflicted. So conflicted, that it was hard for the reader to determine how Matt felt.

That said, overall, the series is one to take notice of. The interaction between brothers is amusing. The heroines are strong women, who seem to constantly point guns at the brothers… There’s mystery and intrigue; and just the right amount of sexiness.

If you haven’t tried this series, give it a whirl–you’ll enjoy the ride.