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Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti (Review + Giveaway)


Wow, can you believe it? The Sin Brothers series is at an end. Tomorrow, TOTAL SURRENDER will be released and readers will FINALLY have the answer to the question: Who shot Jory Dean? I can honestly say that this is by far one of my favorite series ever and I'm so sad to see it end. If you haven't read the series, you're in luck because the tour wide giveaway is the ENTIRE series plus a "Who Shot Jory Dean" sweatshirt. In addition to that, Grand Central Publishing is letting me give away one print copy (US/CAN only) of TOTAL SURRENDER to one lucky person! So enjoy the excerpt and my review and don't forget to enter BOTH contests!

About Rebecca:
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day-or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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Excerpt
          “Madison? I have one week to live. For once, have a heart and let me live out my last days.” It was the closest he’d come to asking the brilliant scientist for anything after she’d started hitting on him when he’d reached puberty. She had a record for playing with cadets, and he’d kept his distance, as had his brothers, he was sure.


          “I didn’t raise you to be a quitter. Don’t worry. I have a plan,” she said.


         As usual, he’d have to work against her. He shoved a hand through his hair, which had begun to curl at his nape.


          “What’s the plan?” If he was going to figure out a way to save his brothers, he had to get out of there.


          “For one thing, I’d like to schedule you for another MRI.Your brain is functioning . . . abnormally.” She stared at his forehead as if she could see into his gray matter, her lip curling.“I’m having a PET scan set up for later today, also.”


         Fuck, shit, and damn it all to hell. He couldn’t let her discover his special abilities, nor those of his brothers. They’d succeeded for years in hiding the very skills that had kept them alive. But ever since the coma, something new percolated in his mind. Something he apparently couldn’t hide now.


          “You’ve been doing scans for months. Nothing is different.”


          “The scans from last week are different.” She tapped ared fingernail against her lips.


         Yeah. His best guess was that new paths had been forged in his brain during the coma, and a weird tingling in his lobe had begun the previous week. Maybe it was his special abilities increasing in power, or maybe it was something new. Either way, he had to mask the truth.


         Two heartbeats echoed from outside the room, so he tilted his head to hear better while trying to appear bored. Dr. Madison had no clue about his heightened senses or his extra abilities, and he needed to keep it that way.


         A soldier entered first, followed by a woman in her mid-twenties, who slid out from behind him.


         Jory’s breath caught in his throat. Exquisite Jory’s breath caught in his throat. Exquisite.For once, that word could be applied accurately. She stood to about five foot six in black boots wearing a matching leatherjacket. Light mocha-colored skin, curly black hair, and eyes greener than the most private parts of Ireland.


         She took one look at him and stepped back.


         He moved forward and flashed a smile that made her eyes widen. If he had to scare her to make her leave, he’d do it.


         Anybody seeing him in captivity would be killed by the commander after serving their purpose. So he forced sexual tension to filter through the room.


         How he could do it, he wasn’t sure. Maybe pheromones and bodily heat waves, and the ability came easier now than it had before the coma. It was a hell of an advantage to use sometimes, and he ignored Madison’s quick intake of breath when he employed it.


          “Is she for me?” he asked, forcing his gaze to run over the newcomer’s body and surprising himself when he hardened in response. God. He’d been on a mission and then in a coma for two years before spending time in captivity recuperating.When was the last time he’d gotten laid? Way too long ago.


         He’d always liked women, although he’d never gotten close to one. Not really. They were either part of a mission or worked as doctors in the facility, and those certainly couldn’t be trusted.


         This one was petite with delicate bone structure and clear, intelligent eyes. Whatever her purpose, she sure as hell didn’t belong in the dismal place. Hopefully she’d turn onher heel and get out since he’d leered at her.


         Instead she lifted one eyebrow. Her face flushed. “So that’s him.”


         Well, damn. Another angel with the heart of a demon. A pang landed squarely in Jory’s chest. Beauty should never be evil. “Yeah, that’s me,” he murmured, dropping the sensual attack. “Who are you?”


         She opened her mouth and shut it as Dr. Madison shook her head. “It doesn’t matter who she is,” Madison muttered. Grasping the woman’s arm, Madison led her over to a computer console. “Get to work, and remember the rules.”


         The woman jerked free and stepped away from Madison. She eyed Madison like an opponent in a boxing ring—with wariness and determination.


         Jory frowned, and his instincts started to hum. Was the woman a prisoner, like him? Maybe he could gain them both freedom, with her help. She was outside of the cage, now wasn’t she? He smiled.


         Dr. Madison glanced back toward Jory, her gaze narrowing. “Leave her alone to work, and I won’t have you tranquilized again.” With that, she allowed the soldier to escort her from the room, and the door nicked shut behind her.


         The woman sat at the console and turned toward him. “Piper. My name is Piper.” She eyed the partition. Her voice was smooth and sexy . . . feminine. She guarded her expression well. “They didn’t give me your name.”


         Yeah. They wouldn’t have thought to give his name.“Jory.” He really liked the way her tight jeans hugged her curves, and he appreciated the intelligence sizzling in those spectacular eyes. She’d have to be smart to help him escape.


          “Why are you here, Piper?”


         She exhaled slowly and stretched out her fingers. “I’m here to save you, Jory.”







Can you believe that TOMORROW is the release date for TOTAL SURRENDER? Jory is the youngest and last Dean brother to get his book. I have fallen so hard for this series that is part military spy novel and part superhero story. If you haven't had a chance to read this series, you really need to!

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Forever/Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: March 31, 2015

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can't resist . . .


Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

Jory, the youngest Dean brother was for most of the series, thought to be dead, it was only wishful thinking and the possibility of video evidence that sparked hope within his older brothers; Matt, Nate and Shane. Each of them has managed to find happiness with very special women but that happiness is about to be cut short. As genetically engineered black ops members, each of them has an expiration date that is fast approaching. Jory will do whatever it takes to save his brothers, even at the cost of his own life so kidnapping Piper Oliver is nothing. Even if he is attracted to her. Piper knows she’s being lied to by both her new employer AND Jory, she just doesn’t know why or who is really the victim. Her attraction to Jory makes her doubt him yet his sincerity makes her want to believe him. Working together to solve the truth, Jory and Piper find themselves in over their heads when Jory’s former employers target them both.


I began reading this book with a mixture of dread, sadness and excitement because Total Surrender is the final Dean brother’s book and it was quite a ride! It was surprisingly more emotional than its predecessors. Perhaps because Jory is the youngest brother thought to be dead or because after so long, fans get to see him reunited with his brothers and it is so worth the wait! Four grown men, trained killers, and as hard nosed as they come but yet being reunited with one another reminded them of the lost, scared little boys they had been. The reunion between Matt, Shane, Nate and Jory was one of my favorite scenes because it was something I was dying to see happen and I wasn’t disappointed. It clearly illustrated the unbreakable bond between them.

Piper. Now Piper I wasn’t so sure about in the beginning. On the surface she looked like a strong, capable woman who had an amazing skill with computers, but for the first third of the book she just got on my dang nerves! She was stupidly naive, childish and had no intuition what so ever. I half expected her to stick out her tongue, stomp her foot and say “I believe the Commander because he said he’s one of the good guys, so there!” right before she stuck her thumb in her mouth like a little kid. I just couldn’t believe that a grown ass woman could be so dumb as to believe everything someone told her. I had to keep checking back to see if she wasn’t in fact a teenager instead of an adult. Thankfully, after that first third of the book, Piper started to wake up, smell the coffee and stand on her own as a character. She grew a spine and started tuning into her own instincts and the result was a female character worthy of joining the ranks of the series’ other heroines: Josie, Laney and Audrey.

The knowledge that the Dean brothers were racing against the clock to save their own lives has always been present throughout the series, but in Total Surrender, they’re down to the line and there is no room for mistakes. There is no time for second guesses and that took this last book in the series to a whole new level of intense. I could literally hear a clock ticking in my head as I got closer to the end. Talk about a high stakes situation! Combine the intensity with explosive action scenes and mind bending revelations and Total Surrender wins the award for “Most Intense Plot.” Author Rebecca Zanetti stayed true to what has made this series a success: Fast paced action, a solid plot and enviable characters. She just emphasized how little time the brothers had to live. I just couldn’t put this book down!

The sad thing about Total Surrender is that it’s the last book in the series. Or is it? I saw some potential for more books, possibly even a spin off series. I seriously do not want to let this be the last book, so I chose to be optimistic that the author will be able to continue what has been one of my absolute favorite series ever. While Matt Dean will always be my favorite brother, I can't imagine the Dean brothers' story arc ending with anyone other than Jory.


Final Verdict: Total Surrender was a down to the last wire, edge of your seat kind of story and I loved every minute of it!



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19 comments:

  1. So I have loved the first two in this series so far and will be getting this one audio (I love Karen White's narration). I am sad it is coming to an end :(

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  2. The end & a splendid one at that. Easier for me to binge read. I've only heard great things from this series

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  3. I was so sad to see them end too. But keeping my fingers crossed over some of the reveals :D

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  4. Love when a series ends on a good note...loved the first two books :)

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  5. I'm listening to this one right now. I so love Jory. I'm about halfway through. Glad to hear it ends well.

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  6. I haven't had a chance to read any of the brother's books! (But they're on my to-read list!)


    Also - I love romantic suspense for the plot! I love a good suspense/mystery, and I feel like it just adds so much to the story! :)

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  7. Me too! I really need more of this series!

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  8. It's a really good one Braine! Each brother is so different yet they work so well as a unit.

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  9. Eeek! I haven't tried them in audio Felicia! I need to. The last audio book I had was a bit of a disappointment for me.

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  10. I can officially say I have a favorite brother since I've read all the books now. It wasn't an easy choice though ;)

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  11. I'm hearing a lot of good things about the audio version. I'll have to check it out some time.

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  12. I hope you DO get the chance to read it Nicole! They're amazing books!

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  13. I'm about to start this one!! I'm excited. This series started my love for Romantic suspense.
    Well said :)

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  14. And I haven't read the first book yet. But I will definitely read them back to back. The excerpts and reviews have been awesome. Love her stories.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. I've only read Shane and Nate's stories but I loved Nate! Cannot wait to read Jory's though! He's been the big mystery element in the other books and it should be interesting to see how this plays out!

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  16. Ooo, do you already know which brother is your favorite Loupe?

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  17. You're in a lucky position Carol since all four books are now available you don't have to wait for the next one like I did ;)

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  18. Gasp! You haven't read Matt's story?! How could you he's my favorite ;) Kidding, I hope you enjoy reading Jory's story!

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  19. I know! I know! I need to chnage that lol

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