I was excited when I saw that this one was finally out. I loved the introduction to the Sins Brothers through the first book which was Shane and Josie’s story so I was chomping at the bit to see what would happen next with Matt’s story. I thought I adored Shane, but I think I’m going to have to revise that opinion and just say that all these brothers are a lethal and sensual class act.
And in case you were wondering, these really do need to be read in order because there is a central plot line running through this series even if the main characters change up. These are those delicious twisty-bendy Romantic Suspense type books so fair warning you might not want to continue if you don’t want some spoilage for book one. This also leads me to say that this book’s summary may be be a tad vague because I don’t want to offer up any of the surprises in store for readers of this book and trust me people it is loaded with the s’prises though at first you think you’re just reading this slow building romantic suspense that is heavy on the romance- and it is that, but…
So all that being said, the story opens with Matt and Nate back in the field. Nate is still hunting down clues to finding Jory and Matt is following the trail to the doctor who worked in the lab that inserted those kill chips in their backs that are set to detonate in six weeks if they don’t get them removed. Shane has worked through the possibilities in the small town he’s trailed her to and narrows it down to a possibility of three women who are all blond and all in some sort of medical role. He entered town on his bike wounded from the last encounter with their pursuers and looking for a place to hole up in the middle of a rain storm.
Laney knows she shouldn’t soften her heart toward the wounded man seeking shelter and a job, but he’s a lonely ex-marine and needs help. Matt Dean scares her with the lethal vibes he gives off, but he also attracts her. It’s the attraction that wins the day. She tries the bossy tough gal routine with him, but at the end of the day she still needs his brand of help since the bouncer/assistant bartender for her bar quit just before the biker rally.
Laney has secrets and she has finally found a town where she could stay for a while and put down a few roots, but she has to be so careful. She’s well aware that Matt is a drifter and he only promised the temporary, but now with a mysterious stalker after her who may have already committed murder, it’s nice to have someone taking care of her.
Matt knows full well that he shouldn’t get involved with the vivacious sassy little bar owner because he has a job to do and he is all wrong for any woman, but he can’t help being drawn in by Laney. She’s exactly the sort of woman he finds appealing and she makes him want things that he can never have. As he checks the suspects for the doctor off his list narrowing them down one by one, he finds himself prime suspect for the local murder and he still has to keep Laney safe. Meanwhile, he knows the clock is ticking on he and his brothers’ lives.
The plot on this one was pretty impressive when viewed from the end. It was engaging from the beginning and just kept building into something more. This author has some true skills at putting together a Romantic Suspense that is well-balanced toward both the romance and the suspense. It feels unbalanced as one reads along, but it’s seeing the story after finishing that it takes on a different look. I’m not going to say much about the suspense except it is top notch and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.
The pacing starts slower though not slow. It just takes a bit to build up momentum so that by the end my heart was racing and I was frantically reading to see how everything would pan out.
The characters were well written. Matt carried over from the first book as a late secondary character. But this was his story and I now had a chance to be in his mind. The story was told third person, but switched back and forth. Matt is the oldest of the brothers who were all created in a test-tube and are enhanced humans trained from childhood to be lethal killing machines. He and the other creations were grouped into fours with the fours chosen because of sharing the same sperm and egg donors. To him the others in his four are his family and his younger brothers. They are his to take care of and he has always had the responsibility to keep his brothers safe. He feels so guilty because he couldn’t keep his promise to Jory and they lost him and now he is doubly determined that he will do whatever it takes to make sure his remaining brothers survive for a chance at a real life. Matt has never had a relationship so Laney knocks him on his butt figuratively. He is amused by her show of spirit and willfulness. He knows that he scares her, but he is warmed by the fact that she won’t be intimidated and she genuinely cares for him. He has so much on his plate, but he shoulders Laney and her issues too and I just loved this big brother who hides an intense passionate nature.
Now Laney is a wild card of sorts. She’s running from something bad in her past that she is terribly afraid will catch up with her. In fact, she’s so worried about that and about the depth of her feelings for Matt, that she barely notices that she’s become the fixation of a stalker. She knows that she really shouldn’t let Matt get so close to her and that she needs to keep her feelings distant so she doesn’t get hurt when she needs to run again or when Matt takes off, but her heart won’t listen. She’s so perfect for Matt in many ways. She’s tough, but soft around the edges. She has a big heart, but she’s smart and sensible. She’s loyal and giving. Totally perfect couple.
The secondary characters were good too. I loved that Shane and Nate are still in the picture and that the main story thread is still moving along even as Matt and Laney’s story progresses. There are some tantalizing series clues given out in this one that I can’t wait to follow up with in the next installment that I think will be Nate’s story.
All in all, I am so into this series and was riveted to this book. Romantic Suspense lovers who can dig an enhanced human hero and a sassy heroine who get up to some sultry romance and heart-thumping suspense should grab these up as soon as you can.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Review by Sophia Rose
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