The Dean Brothers are Back in Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted July 16, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review, Hot & Deadly | | 0 Comments

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The Dean Brothers are Back in Sweet Revenge by Rebecca ZanettiSweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Sin Brothers #2
Narrator: Karen White
Published by Forever, Hachette Audio on December 3, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
Source: Publisher
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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?

Jennifer and I are both weighing in on this story. I read it and she listened to it so you’ll get more than just two story perspectives.


Quick summary

The story continues, this time with the eldest of the Dean brothers. Matt arrives in Charmed, Idaho, following a lead that points to this town where he might find one of the doctors who knows the key to disarming the chip imbedded in him and his brothers. Laney Jacobs owns and operates a bar there and takes him in and gives him shelter and a job. They are terribly attracted to each other but aren’t being completely honest about their pasts and agendas.

The mystery and suspense

Jonetta: One of the highlights is the mystery and surprises around every bend. It was impossible to not second guess every character’s true nature, not knowing if they were minions for the Commander. Even Laney had secrets that, when revealed, caught me off guard. There were a quite few scenes I found extremely exciting, keeping me on edge.

Jennifer: While the mystery and suspense was well written it didn’t take me long to figure most of it out pretty fast. At least who Matt was looking for but the side mystery with the serial killer was great!  I liked Sweet Revenge‘s mystery and suspense more than in book 1, Forgotten Sins.


The romance

Jonetta: From the onset, Matt and Laney were either fighting their attraction or giving into it, vowing to restrain themselves going forward. I liked both of them individually, liked when they came together but got frustrated with Laney’s inability to decide whether she could trust Matt or not. When the Dean brothers fall, it’s fast and hard so you just have to get comfortable with their insta-luv tendencies.

Jennifer: The romance between Matt and Laney grabbed me more than the romance in book 1. Matt is the typical alpha male and Laney is an independent gal so ya, they butted heads a few times. I liked that Laney didn’t just roll over and let Matt take charge.


The narration

JenniferKaren White is well suited for the romance genre. She does a great job with the female characters. I loved her drunken voices for the gals and her southern twang for Claire was awesome. I would like to hear Karen do more female southerns. I need to see if she does any funny chick lit books. 


The bottom line

Jonetta: I enjoyed this book more than the first, primarily because there was more tension, mystery and action. It wasn’t predictable and that kept things lively. Laney knew how to handle herself in spite of Matt’s über Alpha-ness. I just wish there had been less waffling with the romance. We got a few steps closer to solving the doomsday chip issue and I’m looking forward to the next installment.

Jennifer: I like that the series is following a series story arc with each bother getting their time to shine in their own books. I agree, Sweet Revenge was sweeter (see what I did there) than Forgotten Sins and I can’t wait to read Nate’s book, Blind Faith.

About Karen White

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included inAudiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.” Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”

About Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

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.

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