Series: #1 Blood Brothers
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Forever
Released on October 4, 2016
Source: Book Tour Provided, NetGalley
When I first received an invite to review this book, I didn’t really want too. I mean, the cover scared me, but it’s Rebecca Zanetti right? I couldn’t say no to a new series even if I didn’t read the blurb. So I jumped in right away and found myself pleasantly surprised as I started drawing parallels to the Sin Brothers series. Not quite done with the Sin Brothers, I was happy to see this spin off and hopefully more of them as we go on.
The story opens right up into a relationship that has been going on for months. Ryker Jones is one of three brothers who on the Lost Bastards Investigative Agency. While helping locate someone, Ryker meets the paralegal named Zara Remington. They become friends with benefits when Ryker is in town, which isn’t often. Ryker and his two brothers bonded in foster care where they were tested as well as beaten on a regular basis. Something happens and they escape and have been on the run ever since, looking for the past of who they are and where they are from.
Teaming up with the FBI, the brothers are the trail of a serial killer while trying to stay hidden. It’s a race against time to not lose another client, but some problems are creeping up and they don’t know who or what everything is supposed to be. When Ryker spots a bruise on Zara’s face, he realizes casual isn’t what he wants. He wants her as his woman and he pulls all the alpha hormones out to make sure she knows it.
Zara knows her occasional lover isn’t being straight with her. He comes and goes, but for now that is enough because she is having the time of her life making love with a virile alpha man. But when he becomes territorial, Zara starts pulling out all the stops. She can take care of herself, thank you very much. When suspicious things start happening, Zara can’t decide if they are happening to her or because Ryker is nearby. She wants answers, and he’s not ready to tell her the truth. Zara though stands her ground.
I really liked these two separately and together, but at times I wanted to smack Ryker for being too overbearing. He used sex at times to get her to do what he wanted. Cavemen beware, Ryker has you all beat. There was a lot of angry, passionate sex that did tell the story of how they were falling in love. I felt Ryker was unable to have slow, sweet love making as it was always well over the passionate mark. They worked it out as Zara got off on that kind of lovin’, but there were times I just wanted him to stop and take a breath before he acted.
The brothers really grew on me. They each have their own dark demons to deal with through the story. I can see how their upbringing has shaped them into blood brothers. Every moment they backed each other even as they argued. They want their history so bad, but they also want a future that doesn’t include looking over their shoulder at every turn. With the connection to The Sin Brothers, they get to start figuring things out.
While this is a new series and it has its own story to tell, there are references back to the Sin Brothers series. Most readers will be ok without that series, but I found it enriched the reading experience to know where this all started. The series do cross paths along with several new paths.
A few bumps were found with the romantic portion of the story, but overall, the story hit all the right notes and grabbed me back in a world I wasn’t done learning more about. I am so happy to see we get more of everyone I am growing to love and yep, I want the next book right about now.
Sophia Rose’s Review
Series: Blood Brothers #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Forever
Released on October 4, 2016
A new action-packed and intense series from a favorite author and I just had to dive right in head first to enjoy it. If you like Sins Brothers series, this new spin-off is going to make you sigh with joy because it keeps all that brotherly camaraderie, alpha male, lethal and dangerous, smoldering and then sizzling goodness rolling on forward.
This is a versatile spin-off in ways since much of the story is an introduction to a new set of brothers and their situation. But that said, while the story unwinds, the savvy Sins Brothers’ fan will start to see more and more how it ties in to the earlier story and in the end, the tie is made blatantly obvious. So while I think new readers can get away with jumping in here, I would highly recommend starting with the earlier series so a lot of the references and late action make more sense and you get more out of it.
The story opens with the introduction to dark, intense and brooding Ryker Jones realizing that he has come to a place where his past, his present, and his future are all on a collision course. He and his blood brothers, Heath and Denver, found each other in the foster care system run an investigation agency specifying in locating lost people. They are partnering with the FBI on a serial killer case, dodging the pursuit of a powerful and deadly man from their past, and trying to stay under the radar as they look for the answers to their own pasts and the odd gifts they all possess.
Zara Remington knows that her occasional lover is a bad boy with a potentially illegal past. She knows the score that it’s only brief sexual encounters with the dominant, intense Ryker. But then things start to change when she is in danger and only Ryker can keep her safe. She realizes she wants more and that he will probably never be able to give it to her- only he does. One secret at a time tumbles out. Can she accept the man he is and the crazy life he really leads? But accepting Ryker is only the half of it when both of them bring deadly situations to each other.
I was plunged in from the beginning with this story. There is so much going on- serial killer, a divorce case gone deadly, and dark and dangerous people from the past still out to get them- and then there is the tempestuous romance. It pull the reader so many directions and wonder how the hero and heroine and the others will ever survive it.
I loved the band of brothers making a family in their painful and lonely shared past. The setup of the investigative firm and their mysterious gifts along with the need to figure out where they came from was good stuff as well. The action and suspense were great though, wow, it seemed so much at times.
The romance and romantic pair was touch and go for me. I do like them both and actually like them together, but there were things that got me mumbling. Ryker could be a Neanderthal and Zara had abandonment issues that she took out on Ryker. Fortunately, between bouts of angry sex or passionate moments, they worked through it. I will say that Zara was no doormat and didn’t take Ryker’s bossiness without dishing it right back at him and he admired her for it even while being a wicked tormentor in the bedroom. I can’t see this pair ever settling into a gentle routine.
It was a blockbuster first in series start returning to the super-soldier Sins Brothers’ world and I am beyond eager to see what comes next with Heath and Denver’s stories. This action-packed, sizzling romantic suspense with a touch of sci-fi is one I can easily recommended to others.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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