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!
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.
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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