Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: May 6, 2014
A betrayal he couldn't forget . . .
For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there's only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he'd never trust again.
A love she couldn't deny . . .
The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He's just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there's an edge to him now that's as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can't refuse. But she has secrets of her own--secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . . .
Boy those Dean brothers sure are sexy and though it may be too early to say, I think Blind Faith just might be my favorite in the series! I'll have to reserve final judgement though until the last book comes out. *whimpers*
I'm so obsessed with this series it's not even funny. I actually reviewed the second book (Sweet Revenge) first but loved it so much that I HAD to read the first (Blind Faith) and the rest is history.
I like second chance romances but I love it when the couple has a love/hate/mistrust relationship, it takes the sexual tension to a whole new level. Nate and Audrey didn't disappoint in that regard, neither one backed down from a challenge and both recognized that while their previous relationship was tender, young and in some ways, innocent, their new relationship was tinged with anger, bitterness and regret. They had a lot to deal with and though it took them a while to do so, in the end they managed to create something new and stronger over the ashes of their old relationship. Their journey to that point was what captivated me from the very beginning and I do believe Audrey is my favorite heroine from the series!
Author Rebecca Zanetti really ups the stakes (and the sexy) in this book. Fans of the series know the main villains, The Commander and his lover, Dr. Isobel Madison have been hunting the Dean brothers since the day the genetically altered soldiers escaped them. The ruthless cruelty of the Commander and Dr. Madison is clearly shown to readers as they both manipulate and eliminate those whom they feel are in their way. Where in previous books they were only mentioned or appeared briefly, in Blind Faith they are front and center, ready to antagonize and torture Nate and Audrey. As a hero (or heroine) is only as good as the villain, let me say that The Commander and Dr. Madison make Nate and Audrey look really good.
Nate is quite literally under the Commander's nose the whole time which took the suspense to a whole new level! With each page I turned, I wondered not IF but WHEN Nate would be discovered and how it would play out. I wondered if Audrey would ever really be free of her mother and what it would take for Audrey to be free of the hold her mother had on her.
While this is Nate's book, the entire Sin Brothers series had emphasized how close and how devoted Nate and his brothers, Sean and Matt are to one another and how determined they are to discover if their youngest brother Jory is really dead. I loved the intensity of the brothers' undying and unwavering devotion to each other. That's what really brings the emotional and familial aspect to Blind Faith. Amidst all the horrors they've suffered and the uncertainty of their futures, the Dean brothers can always count on each other to be the stable and sure thing in life. Can I also mention that I love how the oldest Dean brother, Matt, who can be a stone cold killer and soldier is called "Mattie" by his brothers and sister in law. That nickname alone just gives the reader a hint of the man underneath.
Audrey was a surprise to me. Everything in the first few pages lead me to believe that she was going to be a brainwashed, weakling incapable of pulling her own weight in the story. However, that's what Audrey wanted every one to believe when in reality, she's cunning, intelligent, stubborn, brave and ruthless in her quest to bring The Commander down. She wants her freedom and she wants justice, two very worthy goals. She also handles Nate's reappearance in her life with a strength that made me like her even more. She didn't let him derail her cause, nor did she just hand him her personal mission expecting him to save her. Audrey had a lot of pride but she wasn't stupid either, she knew when she was way in over her head and when she needed help. Audrey was raised among monsters and it would have been a huge disappointment to me if she had been a weak push over who wanted Nate to save her all the time. On her own Audrey was a threat to the Commander's plans and when combined with Nate's strength, they're a near unstoppable team and that's what I loved, the TEAM work between the two, no leaving the "little lady" behind while the big strong man goes in and saves the day. Audrey was a vital part of the story, she had an important role to play aside from romantic interest and she followed through to the very end.
Blind Faith was one of those books that was damn near impossible to put down. I was so engrossed with every aspect of the story that at one point I dipped a french fry into my drink instead of the ketchup, I was that distracted. There's plenty of heat between Nate and Audrey and at times I was tempted to sit in front of an open refrigerator while I read. There's the right balance between the romance, the mystery, the action and the suspense that formed such a balanced story. The only downside of reading Blind Faith? Waiting until the next book in the series comes out... Next year.
Final Verdict: From the first page straight through to the last, Blind Faith takes romantic suspense fans on one hell of an angst ridden, nail biting, heart racing ride that you’ll love every minute of!