Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti – Three for One Review!

Posted September 25, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti – Three for One Review!
Hidden

One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
three-half-flames

Series: Deep Ops #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Released on September 25, 2018
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Shari’s Delight and Review!

Rebecca Zanetti is an auto-buy for me! I need to go back and get one of her series, but all I have read from her, I love. So when a new series comes out, sign me up! This will be a wild ride with a group of wacky, crazy, and unconventional men and women working to save the world one mission at a time.

Review

Pippa lives alone in the middle of no where. The nearest neighbor is 20 miles away, except for the house right next door. When her elderly neighbor ups and moves, Pippa is cautious about who is moving in next door. We meet a terrified woman who has no problem lusting after her neighbor as he moves in, but when he notices her, all her fears surface and she becomes a scared woman who you feel has been horribly abused.

Seeking solace after an undercover op breaks him, Malcolm doesn’t really want or need a new neighbor, let alone one scared of her own shadow. Moving in, he knows he is being watched and when he goes to introduce himself, she refuses to come to the door. He has his own demons to deal with, but when a mysterious guy shows up and tells him Pippa is involved in a terrorist plot, he finds himself intrigued as he turns down the job. Dealing with PTSD, he runs out into the night and Pippa just can’t stop trying to help him even through her own fear.

This is the start of a new series of characters in a not so really sanction law enforcement. Not saying they aren’t legal, but they aren’t the cream of the crop of agents. They have their own special quirks and charms that you learn to love and laugh at as the story moves along. Even the dog has a personality that will have you laughing and saying no way to the trouble he gets into. A group of people I know I will grow to love as their books service in the future.

The main story weaves its way around a cult and trying to figure out what they plan to do next. Is Pippa involved? She keeps to herself, runs her business online, stays out of the public eye and even avoids businesses with cameras. It all seems suspicious, but when Malcom is with Pippa he sees a person nothing like her profile. Malcom is a dominant man with demons making him a rougher than he wants to be with Pippa. Is Pippa even her real name? While I wouldn’t say this is a kinky book, it borders the line of dipping its toes in that world. The author loves to have her heroes deliver a spanking or even restrain the heroine, but it never goes beyond what you might find in the bedroom of an average home.

Pippa is a strong character that you have to allow to grow in the story as you get little bits and pieces of who she is and has become. She loves to bake and does it a lot when she gets stressed out. Giving help where it is needed is a must for her and even to the point when it isn’t in her best interest to help. To understand her past, gives you a look into why she loves colorful things or even designing things her way. You know she is in hiding, but the author gives you just a little doubt about her motives.

Malcom is a strong alpha male, who likes his privacy. His last op has really done a number on him both physically and mentally. Seeking solace in the quiet of his home is all he wants and when he finds out he has been manipulated into moving next to Pippa, he doesn’t take it well. He turns from someone who wants quiet to a man who must protect the woman he is learning to love. Even if he believes she is part of the cult, he also decides he needs to find away to keep her away from it. He does it all without guilt, thinking he knows better.

While I sometimes get tired of men thinking they know it all, I was happy to see Malcom wanting to make sure Pippa didn’t do anything even though at heart he knows she won’t. A little overbearing, a lotta rough, but also all heart when he decides he wants something. These two com-busted on the pages and left me begging Zanetti to write the next book faster!

This book is in true Rebecca Zanetti style story. No paranormal (yet), just a bunch of crazy or just playing at crazy people joining together to save the world with a dog and kitten in tow! The series is sure to delight me for years to come!

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti – Three for One Review!
Hidden

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
four-flames

Series: Deep Ops #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Released on September 25, 2018
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Get it at: add to goodreads

Lorna’s Delight and Review!

An almost broken man not long after being horribly injured, moves next door to a young woman who has more secrets than he does. She lets no one new into her life as a rule, but lets him in. She doesn’t know he has an agenda when it comes to her and he doesn’t know she’s going to mean so much to him. It’s darkly delightful.

Review

I read Zanetti’s Dark Protectors a long time ago and really liked them. I have more in my tbr stack from other series by her and just haven’t read them yet. When I saw this on Net Galley and that it was the first book in her Deep Ops series, I was all in.

Pippa lives out in the country with only one neighboring house-the one next door. She likes it that way because she doesn’t like to be around new people and she trusts no one. She has plenty of good reasons for this as she is being hunted by a cult and its leader after escaping. When Malcolm moves into the vacant house next door, she is fascinated, but still hesitant to have anything to do with him. He was injured in his last undercover operation and is not working anymore. At least not yet. When he gets recruited to watch Pippa, his new neighbor, he doesn’t like it, but he knows how dangerous this cult is to the United States. He needs to insinuate himself into her life hoping she can give him information on what the cult is up to now. It’s been a lot of years since her escape so she isn’t exactly forthcoming about anything. Malcolm ends up having to do things that could end up with him being killed. And I am leaving it at that.

The characters of Pippa and Malcolm were both interesting. They have both been hurt deeply by life and their feelings, insecurities, and injuries to their psyches were incredibly drawn by the author. Malcolm is tough, dark, and a true cop through and through, while Pippa has been beaten down by her previous life in the cult. She works from home online, bakes, cooks, and tries to keep busy, but she is lonely. The other characters are mostly the ones that are a part of this new ops group. And they are as quirky as they come. All of them have fallen out of favor with the “powers that be” but are still too good at their jobs to be cast out. At times, they were the much-needed humor in this story. One huge man carries a kitten in his pocket, while another has a German shepherd that has a drinking problem. I think I am going to enjoy reading their stories in the coming books.

Of course, the book had a pretty wonderful romance. But it also had lots of suspense and scary moments for both Pippa and Malcolm and a horrible villain in the cult leader. I found the book to be well written and paced which is really important in a good thriller. There’s plenty of sexy times as well. I’m not a fan of pain with sex in a story and that was my only problem with this read. That’s just not my thing, but I am sure there are plenty of readers that won’t mind this. I felt it needed to be mentioned.

A pretty amazing story and characters made this a good read for me and I recommend it to adult romantic suspense fans. I know I’ll be reading the next one.

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti – Three for One Review!
Hidden

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
four-flames

Series: Deep Ops #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Released on September 25, 2018
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Get it at: add to goodreads

Sophia Rose’s Delight and Review!

Action-packed and sizzling hot romantic suspense is apparently this author’s forte because she’s done it again with an all new series.  A new rag-tag team comes together even as a front burner situation boils over needing a world-weary deep cover ops ex-cop to take point questioning, protecting, and most definitely keen on his gorgeous and terrified mark.

Review

Hidden starts with Pippa getting a new neighbor.  She has lived out of sight for so long and this neighbor gets her tingling with the danger and threat he throws off.  He might be her biggest temptation to step out of the shadows yet.  Malcolm is an ex-cop who was the best ever at deep undercover ops until his last stint broke him in the fallout.  His gorgeous neighbor with the scared and haunted eyes pulls out his protector instincts so he won’t say no when a new organization tags him for the team.  A cult is planning something big and Pippa is at the heart of it all.  He will protect her and do his job, but whose going to protect his heart?

The story jumped in introducing Pippa and Malcolm as new neighbors and their need for lies and secrecy from each other.  I liked the way the looming danger from the cult powers the suspense and gives a nice flavor of uncertainty to their romance as Malcolm wonders just where Pippa fits into it all.  There was a nice blend of romance and action.  These two circle warily and then dive in.  It gets hot and rough when they do come together.  The wary is still there, but trust in who they are at their core speaks truth in the midst of the lies.

The cult leader, Isaac, is a slimy one with his sleeping with all the women and brainwashing them to give themselves to him and his best guys.  His megalomaniac ideas and thinking along with his sadistic actions made me hate him, but his cunning made him a worthy villain for the team of good guys.

The series world set up with the intro to the team and the ongoing serial killer case was a good solid background for Hidden and later books.  This team seems patched together and so messed up from a quick glance, but they pull together and get it done with their various abilities, experiences, and talents.  Malcolm is joined by their leader,a former FBI profiler, Angus Force.  His former military dog Roscoe who may be an alcoholic, high heel stealing, argyle hating quirky mess.  A former special forces team member, Wolfe who loves lattes with sprinkles and orphaned kittens.  Raider Tanaka who is straight up duty-bound, serious about the regs agent material.  An ex-con scruffy Irish tech expert and hacker in Brigid.  And last, but not least the team psychologist and analyst, cool and suave Nari Zhang who gets no takers on working out some of the severe mental health issues within her team.

I can’t wait to get all their stories and to explore some of the hints of some heat between a few of them.  Hidden was a solid start to the Deep Ops series and I look forward to spotlighting the rest of the team as they work the intense cases.  Romantic Suspense lovers who like spicy romance and action filled suspense should give this one a go.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Wow! This is a really cool way to get the ins and outs of a new novel, and to get the gist on the storyline from different angles. I really enjoy romantic suspense, and characters who don’t fit the norm. I love it when there’s a little bit of a bad boy in the hero, and some naughtiness in the bedroom. Great reviews! Hugs…RO

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LOL! We’re all fans, apparently so you get the triple whammy.

Oh yes, he is definitely a broody, bad boy. 🙂

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Glad to hear you both enjoyed this as well. I am looking forward to the next one and love this crazy crew. I would still like to get to some of her back series.

Sophia Rose
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Me, too! That group all had curious stuff about them and the hints at the relationships looks good, too.

Oh yes, she has some winners in her backlist. My fav older ones are the Sins Brothers. I started with her Dark Protectors which is PNR.

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I really need to read more of her books.

Sophia Rose
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Definitely. She continues to deliver each time she brings out a new series. I can’t wait to get more of this group of ops misfits. 🙂

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Lorna, is it worth going back to read the Protectors series? I’ve read Scorpius and spin-off series for Sin.

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I really liked them. They are vampire books, if you didn’t know. I missed a couple right in the middle of the series and keep meaning to go back to them.