I am E_bookpushers and I am addicted to books. I have to thank my mother for my addiction because one of my fondest memories involves bedtime stories. No, I am not talking about Dr. Seuss, Bernstein Bears or Madeline, those were daytime learn to read books, but I am talking about Tolkien, Richard Adams and Asimov…
Thanks to my mother’s open mindedness I did not grow up a genre snob. While I tend to read and enjoy SF/F in its various permutations, romance and its sub-genres I also read and enjoy westerns, murder mysteries etc. If a book can capture my attention, spark my imagination; carry me into a different world/reality than I am willing to give it a try. So bring on your recommendations so I can update my TBR list.
Joint review originally posted on The Book Pushers, see source link below.
Publish Date: Out Now
How we got this book: NetGalley
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?
*Blurb from Goodreads*
MinnChica: Ever since I picked up the first Sin Brothers book, I’ve been obsessed with this series. It reminds me so much of the Ava Gray Skin series, and in some ways has become even more of a favorite for me. In the second installment, we get the chance to see Matt, the oldest brother get his shot at love, from a woman he least expects to fall for. The set up for this book was so great, and I loved the angst between Matt and Laney, especially when the whole ugly truth is revealed.
E: *beams* So very glad a fellow Bookpusher enjoys this series. I have been anticipating this story since I finished the first installment. I am very glad to say the fulfillment of my anticipation was worth the wait. This was an intense story that provided more information about what shaped Matt and his brothers. It also provided some neat technology, fighting, angst, suspense, and smoking romance. Like MinnChica, I think this story went up a notch when the ugly truth came out and it wasn’t exactly what I expected.
MinnChica: I adored Matt. The pressure he put on himself as the oldest brother was beyond anything I could imagine, but it made him into such a strong and incredible hero. I loved the way he treated Laney, he was so kind and caring toward her, so devoted to making sure she was okay. Even after the ugly truth is revealed and their relationship dynamic changed, Matt was still so gaga over her that he was 100% devoted to making sure she was taken care of.
E: Oh yes, that was one of the many touches which kept Matt out of alphahole territory. He was so hurt and mad but never once did he retaliate or take his frustrations out on Laney. I also enjoyed how the bond between the brothers was so evident. They helped from a distance as much as possible and had no problems showing up unexpectedly if they felt Matt needed help or a neutral opinion. One of the other things that touched me about the Dean family is the love and protective nature included Josie, heroine of Forgotten Sins the first book, and her hopes for the happiness of the Dean brothers.
MinnChica: Absolutely! The bond between the brothers is one of my favorite aspects of this series. It’s so evident that these three would walk through fire for one another, and they will almost have to in order to find out the truth about their fourth and missing brother, Jory. Another thing I loved about this book was Laney herself. Like Matt, there were so many things to love about the heroine as well. She had an absolute heart of gold, and was so desperate to help anyone and everyone she could. It was amazing and so sweet. I have to admit that Zanetti took me by surprise when she revealed Laney’s secret. Looking back it’s so obvious, but the way Laney conducted herself just shocked me when everything came spilling out!
E: Laney’s secret and the circumstances behind it were certainly very interesting. It meant the brothers’ quest for a life of their own became slightly more complicated. I also enjoyed how Laney’s childhood and her secret shaped the woman she was when Matt met her. The woman who did her best to rescue and care for those around her without them knowing yet who also kept to herself as protection. I will admit in the early stages of the book I thought her reaction to blood was quite amusing then towards the end seeing her overcome that reaction and the reasons for it really cemented her as a strong character.
MinnChica: All in all I really loved this book. The bond between brothers is so strong, and I love the continuing relationship between the brothers and their lady loves in each book. The romance between Matt and Laney was so well done, I absolutely adored their journey to their HEA, and was so sad when the book ended! I can’t wait to find out more about Jory, and see where he has been all this time, how the brothers are going to disable their kill chips, and what exactly they have in store for the people who made them. This series has quickly become a favorite, and fans of RS definitely need to pick up this series!
I give Sweet Revenge an A-
E: This was a very enjoyable read. Like MinnChica I enjoyed the bond between the brothers and their ladies. The mystery surrounding Jory’s “death” continue to grow as does evidence of the long game played by the Commander. It was a lovely relief to read a romance that did not require the hero or heroine to grovel. Seeing Matt and Laney work things out while dealing with their respective pasts was impressive. I am worried about the ticking timebombs embedded in the Dean brothers’ spines and the increased complexity revealed about deactivating the kill chips. The glimpse of the next romance really has me excited because a lot more is at stake from the very beginning. I think it will be one of those sitting on the edge of my seat reads.
I also give Sweet Revenge an A-