Review: Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Lethal Lies by Rebecca ZanettiLethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Blood Brothers #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Forever on 16 May 2017
Pages: 417
Format: eARC
Source: 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.

Rebecca Zanetti’s Top 5 Favorite Movies for Movie Night.

  1. Shawshank Redemption
  2. Life with Father
  3. Goonies
  4. Bridesmaids
  5. Twilight

The Delight

Genetically enhanced brothers with a revenged-minded sadistic sheriff and a psycho scientist on their tail going after a serial killer at the side of a victim’s sister.  Love the author and the premise of the series so I dove right in for the action-packed romantic suspense.

Review

Lethal Lies is book two in the Blood Brothers’ series which happens to be a spin-off of the Sins Brothers series.  This one could be read out of order or standalone with the caveat that the reader is okay knowing its part of an on-going series.  But my advice?  Go back and start with the Sins Brothers and keep right on moving forward for all the fab stories.

So, Lethal Lies is Heath’s book.  It follows on the heels of Ryker’s story and picks up with one of the secondary story lines in the previous book when Heath was called in to work with Feds and locals to track down a serial killer.  In this story, one of the FBI goes in as bait and is killed and her sister wants revenge… so she goes in as bait and she takes Heath right on in with her when she stands before the TV cameras challenging the killer and declaring Heath her fiance.

So here’s the thing.  I enjoyed the overall story because I love these growly alpha male brothers that the author writes and their story of beating their atrocious pasts and trying to move on with Dr. Madison and the sheriff on their tail.  But, the heroine on the other hand… I wasn’t a fan.  Anya, the heroine has spunk, but yeah… that’s about all I admire about her.  My jaw dropped when she threw Heath, nearly a stranger, into the path of a serial killer to get revenge for her sister’s murder (and the revenge is mostly because Anya feels guilt).   Then each time he preaches common sense and safety at her she emotionally blackmails him into letting her continue to dangle them as bait.  Even after she finds out bad people are coming after Heath and his family, she still insists.  She tells him to leave her and run, but come on, she had to know he wasn’t going to let her get herself tortured and killed by a serial killer if he let her lie to the media about their relationship stand and helped her  stand up to the FBI who wanted to put her in protective custody.  I just… no, selfish.  Couldn’t care if she got into trouble and didn’t care about the romance.

But, the ongoing story of the brothers staying ahead of the sheriff and the doctor and engaging with other genetically enhanced super soldiers that belonged to the doctor?  That was great stuff.  Things are coming to an exciting head as the third brother gets his story next.

Even though this one wasn’t a favorite though still not bad, I still love the series and recommend it to romantic suspense fans who loved fast action and alpha heroes.

My thanks to Forever 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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I keep hearing great things about her books so I’m gonna have to pick up one of her books at some point.

    • Oh yeah, so worth it Mary. She does good vampires. 🙂

  • As I haven’t tried her other series, I will follow your advice and start with the original one!

    • I doubt you’ll regret it, Melliane. Its an exciting series and I claim a book boyfriend in that set. LOL

  • I can’t read this book for the reason you mentioned. Shame on this woman for putting people in the path of a serial killer so she can get revenge. That is too incredible and way too unlikable for me to move past from the get-go.

    I am glad you were able to enjoy aspects of the book regardless. Great review!

    • Yeah, that was early on in the book and I just couldn’t get past it especially when she kept doing it after getting to know him and his family. I’ll be glad to move on to his brother’s story with a new heroine. 🙂

  • I was already thinking that about the heroine from reading the blurb. I might have even DNF’d it when she did that. Nope, not a book I would want to read although I do read this author and have some of hers in my tbr-maybe even from the previous series-who knows? I certainly can’t remember! Ha! I do really like her original paranormal series-have you read it? Good review Sophia!

    • I was considering it, but I love the world of the original series and this spin-off and knew I’d want the final brother’s story and the ongoing series story so I gritted my teeth over the heroine and pushed through.

      Oh yes, Lorna. I love her Dark Protectors series and the spin off books. I have the next one in that series for review next month. 🙂 I’m a big fan. Glad you are, too.

  • I have a copy of this one to review. I kind of skipped over it because of some of the reviews that I read. I will have to proceed with caution. Great review!

    • Yeah, that’s probably a safe way to go with it. It’s still good, but there are a couple sticking points. I’ll look forward to seeing what you think, Carole.

  • This wasn’t a favorite and I agree with a lot of your points. I did enjoy the brothers and overall story though.

    • Oh, these brothers… they are the toughest guys, but I still have a desire to give them some TLC after the way Madison and the Sheriff’s brother raised them. Can’t wait for the next brother. 🙂

  • I liked the background story, sort of, I liked the brothers. The romance kindly put kind of sucked. I hated Anya and the entire thing was just too unbelievable. Like come on, you almost got killed when you met Heath so what do you do? Oh I’m going to throw this guy under the bus.. like.. ugh really, ugh

    • Yep, this was me, too. And she really did toss him in front of the bus. I was outraged as soon as I read it. One thing to dangle yourself out there, (not a good idea, but your choice), but to do it to someone else…ugh.

  • RO

    I thought I was the only person who remembered and loved Life With Father, which was a super good movie. Who doesn’t love the ending of Shawshank Redemption, right? Outing someone is just YIKES! (lol) I like the idea of the storyline though. Hugs…

    • I love Life With Father, too, and hadn’t come across another fan in years.

      Yeah, she was really set on her revenge and got tunnel vision.

  • I love the brothers but I’m thinking I’d be like eh let them have the heroine. lol Probably a good thing I skipped this for review. The double covers is still so weird to me. I don’t get that.

    • No kidding. She was just so stubborn-stupid and had this thing about needing to be the person who brought the killer down and treating the law enforcement types like they were incompetent. I need a heroine to at least do a little of putting the hero first to show some balance in the romance. LOL

  • I’m waiting on the audio for this one. I love this series. I can’t wait to tackle this book. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I’ll bet you’re getting antsy. It is a good series, for sure. I can’t wait for the last book. 🙂

  • I haven’t seen this series, but i do like the sounds of it. Sorry this one had some things you had some issues with though.

    • I have a good time with the series and anything else the author has written, but yeah… this was not a favorite. Thanks, Jenea!