Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: January 28, 2014 (print)
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 when 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?
Yeah I know, I read them out of order. Bad me. However in my defense, I caught the second book on NetGalley first and since I really wanted to try this series I broke my own rule and said "F**k it, I'm going to request it!"
Rebecca Zanetti's Sin Brothers series is addictive, there's no other way to describe it and Forgotten Sins opens up the storyline in a big way. There's a lot to love about this book and very little to complain about. There's action, suspense and of course, a red hot, second chance romance.
Few things make me throw a book at the wall like an overbearing, knuckle dragging, caveman wannabe who thinks he should do the thinking for a woman. So thank goodness Shane isn't like that. I was a little nervous at first. He's an alpha male of course but while he may be overprotective (with reason), he never runs roughshod over Josie and when those two hit the sack, he doesn't treat Josie like a blow up doll to be used and positioned however he likes. Josie herself isn't one to let herself be used either, she may want Shane but that doesn't mean she's just going to jump just because he says so. She questions him, pushes him and challenges his "My way or no way" method.
Shane and Josie are a great couple and it's through their relationship that readers are able to learn more about Shane and his life because let's just say, getting personal information out of him is like pulling teeth from a lion. Each fact revealed a lot about him and since Forgotten Sins begins after Shane and Josie married, it helped me see what it was about Shane that Josie fell in love with.
The action and danger element was awesome! Zanetti kept up the same fast pace with readers as she did with her characters. No one like a slow romantic suspense novel after all and this book is anything but slow!
Forgotten Sins isn't all intense scenes and bloody battles though, there are some great bonding moments between Josie and Shane's brothers that made me smile:
Relief had Josie’s shoulders relaxing. “Thanks. Now tell me about the military camp you all went to as kids. It sounds bad.”
“No.” Matt squinted into the pelting rain.
“Okay. Tell me about you. What do you do?”
“Um, I’m a U.S. marshal.”
Now that made no sense. Otherwise he would’ve called the cops and not let Shane torture George for information “No, you’re not.”
Matt flashed a grin. “Yeah, I am. For now, anyway.”
“Why?” She actually felt like a pestering younger sister. Warmth filtered through her along with curiosity. “I’ll bug you until you tell me.”
He rolled his eyes. “I need to find somebody, and marshals find people.”
“Who are you trying to find?”
“A woman who has answers I need.” His jaw hardened.
“It sounds like you don’t like her much.” Josie shivered. Having Matt as an enemy would be downright terrifying.
“No. Let’s just say she’s not a softie like you.”
While there are many romantic suspense books to choose from today, to me, Forgotten Sins stands out because of the lack of predictability where it really counts. I loved the fact that Rebecca Zanetti surprises readers with her villains. This is the second time that I've been caught off guard with a twist in the story and I loved it! Forgotten Sins didn't let me get too comfortable or secure in what I assumed was going to happen or who I thought the villains were.
I can't wait to read the rest of this series, I'm in love with these characters and their struggle to find freedom and peace from a brutal life.
Final Verdict: If Forgotten Sins was a movie, it would be one of my all time favorites. Definitely worth every cent!