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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti

*sniffle* This is it guys, the final book in the Blood Brothers series. I didn’t want to say goodbye to this world but I have to say this book does the characters justice.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017

Noni is desperate. Her infant niece has been kidnapped, and the only person who can save her is a private detective with too many secrets to count--and more enemies than he can name. A man who walked away from Noni without any warning a year ago, a man who broke her heart. But with Talia's life on the line, Noni needs his help now more than ever--and this time, she won't take no for an answer . . .

The moment Denver Jones sees Noni, the memories come rushing back. The fire in her eyes. The determination in her voice. The danger of having her in his life. Denver had to push her away once, but now with vicious criminals threatening Noni and her niece, he'll do whatever it takes to protect them. But enemies from his past are circling, and they'll use anything--and anyone--to get to Denver.

What’s it About? The only reason Noni would ever be in the same room with Denver Jones is if it was an unavoidable, life or death situation. Which it is. Her infant niece has been kidnapped and her prior attempts to find her have failed. Which is why she needs his help. Never mind that he crushed her heart when he walked away without a word the year before, she needs his eerie skill set to track her niece down. Denver would never say no to helping Noni, even if it means facing the feelings he still has for her, as well as her anger at him for abandoning her. When her enemies and his start coming for them though, they’ll both have to push their feelings aside if they want to survive.

Overall reaction to the story? Denver’s book answers a lot of questions and FINALLY puts the last big bad where she belongs. Twisted Truths is all about the high stakes situations, nail biting suspense, and red hot passion. And while the third book in the Blood Brothers series was all about Ryker, Heath, and Denver finishing the fight that began when they were boys, it also brings back some familiar (and much loved) faces to help the Jones brothers. It was interesting to see where Rebecca Zanetti took these three men and how they tied in with the original series. Overall, I was very satisfied with how she wrapped things up and reminded readers why they fell in love with this series and also with the Sin Brothers series.

Describe the hero in five words: Deadly. Monosyllabic. Loyal. Vulnerable. Intelligent.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Denver was easily the most vulnerable out of the three Jones brothers but that didn’t make him any less dangerous. His love and loyalty to his brothers cannot be measured and there was nothing he wouldn’t do to protect them. Like his brothers though, Denver had zero experience with the positive sides of life like laughter, tenderness, and romance. In a way he was like a child still learning how to be an adult. I had a soft spot for him because he seemed to long for those gentler emotions and he had so many unanswered questions that left him open to being hurt. In a man that dangerous that was a total shocker but at the same time it made Denver less of a machine and I liked that, it influenced his decisions and gave Twisted Truths more of a “Lost Boy” feel to it. Denver wasn’t just trying to help find a baby, he was trying to find himself as well.

Describe the heroine in five words: Daring. Scared. Clever. Caring. Loyal.
Did you like her? Most of the time.
Why? Let me just point out the one thing about Noni that I didn’t care for, that woman asked too many dang questions at the wrong freaking times! I mean, she did hire Denver for his skills at finding people so obviously he knew what he was doing while she definitely did not. Noni’s persistence in asking questions while they were say, running for their lives was something that annoyed me. I just wanted to yell: “Girl STFU and RUN! You can ask questions AFTER you’re not being shot at!” It got tiring and I wondered how she managed to not get killed. Noni wasn’t all bad though, she had a strong drive to find her niece at all costs and that was something I could admire. She didn’t sit like a useless female on the sidelines either and while she didn’t have Denver’s skills she did contribute to the team with ideas and provided a bit of softness at times where Denver seemed to be losing the bit of humanity he had. I’m glad Noni pulled her weight in the situations she and Denver were in, I can’t stand a useless damsel.

Let’s talk about the romance: Denver and Noni had a past that was laced with deception and heartbreak so that added to the already tense atmosphere between them. With the major conflicts of Denver’s past and Noni’s quest in the mix, I’m glad that the author opted to keep their relationship free of additional lies. Denver and Noni had to face facts: They had a past relationship built on omissions, false identities, and red hot chemistry that abruptly ended when Denver walked away from Noni. Now they still had the red hot chemistry but Noni was less trusting with her emotions and it felt like they had to start over again while in the middle of a war with their enemies. I loved the angst and the longing between these two, especially Denver. They were so obviously still in love and I wanted things to work out for them from the very moment they were reunited.

How about that supporting cast? Call me crazy but it was the supporting characters that brought a lot of the emotion to Twisted Truths. Ryker and Heath of course would never let Denver face any enemy alone and that devotion was so pure and in a way innocent. I loved the brothers separately but when they were together? Cue the borderline waterworks. There is also a big treat for fans of the Sin Brothers series (ME!) with the appearance of Matt, Nate, Jory, and Shane. Of course, Rebecca Zanetti had one more bomb to drop on us readers in this book but hey, I’ve come to expect and enjoy those little surprises in this series.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Twisted Truths closes out the Jones brothers’ stories and gives a final salute to the Dean brothers’ stories as well. Don’t pass this one up.

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