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Friday, December 6, 2013

Review: Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: December 3, 2013

The One Man She Can't Have

Matt Dean was born to fight . . . and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he's gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho . . . and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.

The One Woman He Can't Resist

Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She's spent years running from her own past-the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt's strong arms offer her protection and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she's ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt's past and putting everything-and everyone-he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?

Where do I even start with how much I loved Sweet Revenge? Well maybe with I am now a big fan of this series (I immediately bought the first book after I read Sweet Revenge). First though, I have to credit Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup for bringing my attention to author Rebecca Zanetti when she did a spotlight on book one, Forgotten Sins. I asked a few questions and resolved to put it on my TBR list

Matt was an awesome hero, he’s a deadly force to be reckoned with, a man used to issuing orders and being obeyed yet he’s not too much of an Alpha male to be a complete waste of time. He’s fair and doesn’t suffocate people with an overbearing personality. He knows when to step in and take control and when to back off. I loved that he didn’t come in and completely take over Laney’s life and become controlling. He only stepped in when she was in immediate danger and that was when he accepted no arguments. I loved that about him. He was man enough to defend and protect but not an a-hole character with a god complex and the “Me man, You little woman” attitude. His shock and frustration whenever Laney stood up to him and argued back was amusing to say the least, and the fact that he became even more attracted to her because of her fierce independent streak made him one sexy character in my eyes.

Then there’s Laney. Secretive, intelligent, stubborn Laney. I loved her! Tough enough to go through life alone but smart enough to know when she’s way out of her element and needs help. She has a sarcastic sense of humor and enough of a personality to keep Matt on his toes around her. It was easy for me to see why Matt fell for her, she’s pretty much the whole package. She’s the type of character that men want to love and women want to be friends with. Her trust is hard earned but once it is, it’s forever. Watching her and Matt dance around each other for awhile was entertaining, both of them were stubborn enough to be in denial even as they shared heated embraces. I also admired the lack of hysterics from Laney when things got dangerous, she was calm and rational. My favorite kind of heroine! The sparks flew between Matt and Laney and as a couple, they certainly didn’t disappoint!

The relationship between Matt and his brothers is part of what made Sweet Revenge such a great read. Sure, they have the normal give-each-other-crap type relationship that most brothers have but there’s also a deeper connection between them. They’ve all been through hell and only had each other to rely on and despite their violent upbringing; they love each other deeply and fiercely. It’s their greatest weakness but also their greatest strength.

Rarely am I caught off guard with a romantic suspense, usually by the halfway point, I have most, if not the entire mystery solved, but with Sweet Revenge I was not expecting the curveball that was thrown with the revelations of several characters’ true identities. It was awesome being caught off guard like that, and in that way I was able to connect with Matt and later Laney. Great job Rebecca Zanetti on not dropping any hints about the identities and misleading this reader so many times that I began to doubt everyone’s stories! I wish I could be caught off guard like that with every book but sadly, Rebecca Zanetti is one of only two authors who have ever done that to me as a reader.

As soon as I can, I’m diving into book one, but maybe not too soon because then I’ll have a longer wait for book three in the series.

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