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Early Book Review: Total Surrender (Sins Brothers #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

 

 
Overview
 

Author: Rebecca Zanetti
 
Title: Total Surrender
 
Series: Sins Brothers
 
Book #: 4
 
Genre(s): Paranormal romance, romantic suspense, military romance
 
Release date: March 31, 2015
 
Publisher: Forever (Hachette)
 
Length: 384 pages
 
Heat level: Moderately high
 
Review copy provided by: Publisher, in exchange for honest review
 
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Writing style & finesse
9.5


 
Originality
9.5


 
World-building
9.0


 
Character development
9.0


 
Likeable/relatable characters
9.0


 
Plot tension
9.5


 
Flow & pacing
9.3


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.3


 
Total Score
9.3
9.3/ 10


User Rating
19 total ratings

 


Bottom Line

Total Surrender is heart-warming and suspenseful, balancing on a blade’s edge between youthful vulnerability and sheer, raw, hardass adult determination. This book is the perfect well-earned closure to an intense, action-packed series.

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Posted March 28, 2015 by

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Total Surrender, in classic Rebecca Zanetti style, was a whirlwind read and I couldn’t put it down long enough to even get a full night’s sleep. Ms. Zanetti is a master of her intense, in the action, balls-to-the-wall style, and it’s the ultimate addiction. What reader would turn down sexy alpha males, brilliant leading ladies, and an intoxicating combination of suspense and sizzle? Not THIS gal, that’s for sure!

One of the things I like most about Ms. Zanetti’s writing is how she builds such deep, strong family bonds through each of her series. Sins Brothers especially embodies the spirit of family and brings home how precious those ties can be to those who have nothing else to hold close.

Jory slid a warm hand along her jaw. “This sucks, baby, and I know it. The commander is a sociopathic prick, I’m a stone-cold killer about to die, and neither of us are a good  bet. But you have to choose a side, and since I’m dead in three days, you have to choose now. Whatever side you choose, I’ll support.”

Like his brothers before him, Jory is precisely crafted, a man with brains and brawn in equal measure. He has this fairly scary, inherent darkness, which completely balances a tender heart the size of a Montana sky. Because he’s been in a coma for the previous books in the series, we haven’t had much time to get to know Jory before now, and he is absolutely a force to be reckoned with. Jory Dean has it all: charm, good looks, smarts, sheer physical size, combat mastery, a warm sense of humor, and a few extra special abilities I’ll let you discovery on your own. 😉 The reunion between the brothers was all I hoped it would be and a few surprises I didn’t expect but completely loved!

Challenge launched through him. Then he leaned down until they were almost nose to nose. “Because I’m a fucking killing machine, and you’re a sweet little hacker who likes to flirt with danger. Baby, I am danger.” He put every ounce of threat and menace into his voice.

So when she threw back her head and laughed, hard and deep, he frowned. Even her nicely jiggling breasts couldn’t take his attention from that throaty chuckle.

“Seriously, Jory,” she gasped out, wiping a tear from the corner of one eye.

Piper is one of the more adorable heroines in this series, although they’ve all been sweet, spunky, capable, and relatable. I love her smarts and her intrinsic need to see the best in people even as her cynical logic kicks in to play devil’s advocate. Piper pretty much just says what she’s thinking, without meaning to and without artifice. Since I can relate to that particular trait pretty closely, it was really fun to read about.

“I’m the hero of my own damn story, Jory Dean. Protect me all you want, but this once, I’m needed with you. War or not.”

With enough epilogue-worthy material to satisfy even the most rabid Tolkien fan, Ms. Zanetti wraps up this series perfectly, delivering closure for all the main characters and a glimpse of the potential for more action from the Dean brothers in the future. Brava on a book (and a series) beautifully imagined and artfully delivered!

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Buy (or pre-order) Total Surrender on Amazon here!

See our reviews for the other Sins Brothers books here: Forgotten Sins, Blind Faith

Total Surrender is…


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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


4 Comments


  1.  
    Lori Meehan

    Awesome review. I can’t wait to read Jory’s book. It seems like I’ve waited for ever. I love Rebecca Zanetti’s books.




    •  

      Thank you, Lori! I think the hardest part of finishing this book was knowing the series is over now. I’ll miss these guys, but maybe Ms. Zanetti will bring them back in a future spin-off. You never know!




  2.  

    I’m listening to this book right now. I love it so far. This series has been great.




    •  

      How is the audio version, Melanie? Does the narrator do justice to Jory’s and Piper’s voices? It’s always difficult for me to hear a man doing a woman’s voice without it sounding like he’s making fun of her, so I’m curious if audio books have gotten better about normalizing that.





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