I received this book for free from NetGalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Blood Brothers #2
Narrator: Karen White
Published by Forever, Hachette Audio on May 16, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Length: 13 hours
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . .
Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars—even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.
Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.
Anne’s Audio Review
I was so excited to get this audio, since I had also listened to Deadly Silence. In between these two audios in the Blood Brothers series , I listened to the entire Sin Brothers series which is related. The Sin Brothers came first if you are OCD like me.
Karen White narrated both series so I enjoyed the consistency. While the women have different personalities, most of them sounded the same to me. The men had a little more variation. These are professional, comfortably paced audio books.
The overall story arc continues and I’m happy we learn more in each installment. The Blood brothers were rather isolated in childhood, so they are learning more about themselves and their history all the time. This book also has the mystery of the Copper serial killer for their investigation firm and we see the resolution. I like the vignettes of the Sin Brothers giving us some tidbits on the latest with them.
These are all solid, interesting books with layered plots having both mystery, character growth, and the overall story which ties in to the world building. Each has strong characters, plenty of action, some intelligent planning, and a sexy romance. I can’t wait for the next, Twisted Truths, which is Denver’s story releasing November 14, 2017.
I’ve been waiting to get my hands on Lethal Lies ever since I finished Deadly Silence. The killer serial arc continuing from the first book was a big draw. I love that the suspense in the Blood Brothers series interlock with the original Sin Brothers series about the other group of brothers, but also has its own flavor.
Anya’s sister is a FBI agent who is working with Heath on the Copper Killer and she because really involved in the case making it necessary for her to now work with Heath the sexy and dangerous P.I. with secrets he’s not willing to share with her even after a hot night of sex spent together.
The good Dr. Madison and Sheriff Cobb are back as the gruesome duo, but the Copper Killer makes them look like puppies. Rebecca Zanetti has really built an entertaining and suspenseful world and characters with both her series about a ban of brothers who found each other and learned to love like a family once they survived their horrific childhoods.
The mystery of the Copper Killer is solved somewhat by the end of the novel but like all great villains they get away for one last chance at madness. I’m highly anticipating Denver’s story, Twisted Truths will be my favorite of the series but we’ll have to wait until November to find out. I believe it is the last book since Denver is the last brother in this group.
Romantic Suspense fans will want to read Lethal Lies, but since it’s part of a series and has connections to the Sin Brothers series I highly recommend starting with the first book in the Sin Bros series, Forgotten Sins (It’s like watching Marvel’s Avenger movies without watching the individual character’s movies. Sure you can enjoy Iron Man, Captain American, Thor, etc in the Avengers, but you would have a better appreciation for them if you got their back stories.) or at the very least Deadly Silence.
LETHAL LIES EXCERPT
She swallowed and met his gaze. “All right. Let me get this straight. We’re going undercover to flush out a killer who’s obsessed with me, and you’re offering to play at being my man for real with no strings or future?” She hoisted the bag onto her shoulder. “That’s some ego. Are you that good in bed?”
“Yes.” And that was definite interest in her eyes.
She clicked her tongue. “I’ll keep your offer in mind.”
“You do that.” He maintained a low and calm voice. “While you’re considering, let’s look at the situation. You have publicly made me your fiancé in order to draw out a killer, which means I have to act as such. Any halfway intelligent law enforcement officer or private investigator would keep his redheaded fiancée very close after the stunt you just pulled. If you’re not with me, the killer is going to be very suspicious.”
She stilled, expressions crossing her face rapidly. “That’s a good point,” she said slowly.
Yeah. Sometimes reality helped him out a little. Plus, the killer had a hard-on for her, and he must already have plans to take her at some point. She’d just upped the timeline. “In addition, you need protection around the clock now, and I’m willing to provide that. So while you’re keeping my offer in mind, we’ll be staying in the same hotel room or same apartment.” He made sure he had her full attention. “While we plan the wedding, of course.”
Her challenging smile thrilled something inside him. “That’s fair.”
He stepped back to give her some space. “Good. Are you ready?”
“Yes.” She looked around the room. “I do have to ask. What if I didn’t agree with you about your keeping secrets from me? Considering people shoot at you, and I’m going to be at your side, it seems fair that you tell me who these people are.” She cocked her head to the side and focused back on him.
“I have more immediate concerns than being fair,” he said smoothly. “You brought me into this mess.”
A frown drew down her eyebrows. “Listen. I want an answer about you.”
“I just gave you one.” At her mulish expression, he searched for better words that wouldn’t end in an argument.
Suddenly, the door blew wide open and bounced loudly off the table. “Anya!” he yelled, jumping for her.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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