Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti – Joint #Review

Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti – Joint #ReviewTotal Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti

Series: #4 Sins Brothers
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Forever on March 31, 2015
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Sophia Rose’s Review

And it comes to this. Since the first book in the series, the three remaining Dean brothers search hard for their youngest brother knowing there is evidence that he is dead, but refusing to give up all hope. And they were right to hope because he does live albeit he is back under the sadistic care of the Commander and Dr. Madison. Like his brothers, Jory is aware of the kill chips and that the countdown is nearing completion. He has hopes of saving his brothers with his savvy computer skills to discover the codes that turn off the chips even though he knows he won’t survive since his chip is damaged. However, the Commander wants his asset alive so he’s brought in Piper Oliver, a computer genius, to work on a solution to get around the issue of Jory’s damaged kill chip. Jory sees this outsider as his possible way out if he can work her, but she’s a tough nut to crack.

“What’s your game, green eyes?”

“Game?” She lifted her eyebrows and tried to look innocent, even as the cool air peaked her nipples. Her fully exposed rather achy nipples.

Crimson spread across his masculine cheekbones.

Yeah, she was tempting him. Teasing him. Completely messing with him. He deserved it for throwing her off balance.

His smile was slow and somehow dangerous. Then his face softened in a way she had never seen before.

Her breath caught, and belatedly she wondered if she had pushed too far. “Uh–“

Warm hands manacled her hips, lifted, and set her down on the table. He stepped into her, his muscled thighs forcing hers apart.

She gripped the table trying to keep from falling back. Vulnerability flashed through her, followed by a blast of heat that rapidly stole her breath. “What are you doing?”

He leaned in, hands flexing. “Picking up your challenge.”

p.185 Piper and Jory from Total Surrender

Piper has been warned about the prisoner’s smooth ways and seen his file so she has no softness for a man who is a traitor to his country and to the Commander. This is her chance to prove that she belongs in the organization. She will figure out the code, impress the Commander and nail the job. He saved her from getting arrested for hacking into a government site and now she wants to make him proud.

One look at Jory and her resolve weakens. A few conversations with him and he has her doubting what she has been told. And many adventures later and she doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she has to finish the job because she can’t let Jory die.

Jory slid a warm hand along her jaw. “This sucks, baby, and I know it. The Commander is a sociopathic prick, I’m a stone-cold killer about to die, and neither of us is a good bet. But you have to choose a side, and since I’m dead in three days, you have to choose now.”

  1. 191 Jory from Total Surrender

This story was so exciting right from the jump. It was all that I was anticipating and more. It just never let up and the twists? My lands! I was knocked on my backside so often by the unexpected. Just when I’m thinking all the high cards are out there, the author pushes out the ace in the hole and it’s a whole new game.

Jory is amazing. There has been so much build up and expectation about the mysterious fourth brother and he manages to live up to it nicely. He’s an amazing hero with brains as well as brawn. He’s got that cold-hearted killer in him, but also tenderness and understanding. He will sacrifice for those he loves and put himself in the line of fire. And his reactions to Piper are perfect hero stuff. He’s as alpha as his brothers before him and soon learns that the woman he has fallen for is strong and doesn’t want coddling though she isn’t opposed to his kisses and other amorous advances.

Piper was a heroine that I could get behind right away. She thinks she’s got things figured out in her life and knows what is what until…she doesn’t. But it is in her confusion and being on the fly figuring stuff out that she really shines. She learns caution and suspicion. She is gutsy, but not stupid. Her heart and her head are in conflict over so much, but she just keeps going. She’s perfect for Jory who hasn’t really known the tender or truly passionate love of a woman. He’s brilliant and strong, but still vulnerable about family and love, but she’s there to help teach him.

The final showdown was breathtaking. I was riveted with the ups and downs as time started running down to zero hour and a solution didn’t seem to be in sight. Loved how the author strung things so taunt.

Now just as I was about to go into a funk because I thought I was nearing the end of a series, that ending closed out this series arc, but yet left wiggle room for more. More, yes, brilliant idea! Bring on more Sins Brothers.

In summary, this is a passionately hot, truly suspenseful and action packed series that Romantic Suspense lovers should not hesitate to grab up.

My thanks to Grand Central Forever and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Shari’s Review

The Delight

It has been a long wait for Jory’s story and it lived up to everything I wanted and needed from these heroes. Piper is a spunky, smart, sexy heroine to the brooding, fatalistic, alpha heartthrob Jory. I am excited and sad. Excited over an awesome story. Sad that is has come to an end.

It’s hard to believe this journey has come to the end. The last of the Dean brothers is lost and there are just days left for the kill chip to take the lives of them all. Never giving up hope, the Dean brothers look for Jory even though they saw video where he was shot in the chest point blank. Now Jory’s back under the thumb of the Commander and Dr. Madison. A thumb that is looking to get all the Dean brothers back and working once again for the wrong team.

Jory hasn’t given up hope. He is ever watchful and waiting for the right opportunity to get what he needs to save his brother. Saving his brothers is his top priority, but when the Commander brings in Piper Oliver, a computer guru recruited not for her ancestry, but for her skills. He knows he won’t make it as the shot that “killed” him damaged his chip. Coming to terms with his own death only if he can save his brother. Piper is just the ticket he needs to get the codes, break out and save the day.

Now Piper has only one mission, to prove herself to the Commander who saved her from being prosecuted for hacking into their systems. A computer genius, she just needs time to get Jory’s chip working, but like any man, he keeps distracting her. Her guard is up as she was warned he would work her, use her and leave her as he makes his escape. Believing all the lies the Commander and Dr. Madison have fed her, she wants only to bring Jory to justice. But nothing is adding up like it should…

Jory has Piper doubting everything she has been told. Naive, she finally catches on and can’t figure out who to trust. The desire she feels for Jory continues to build. The acceptance she wants from the Commander keeps her head spinning. She feels an aversion to Dr. Madison from the start so no surprises there.

These two are made to be together. We don’t really know much about Jory going into the story. He’s loyal to a fault and alpha to the bone. Nothing is too small or big when it comes to those he loves. He does have one huge flaw…he truly believes he will die. His only goal is to save his brothers and protect Piper for when he is gone. While he is never too rough, he is passionate around Piper. Hard, fast and furious is how their love coursed along.

There were so many twists and turns to this story. While the series did end, it was also left open in case she wants to visit it again for more Dean brother love. You are left wondering for page to page if anyone can be saved, who would die and if the world would explode. I couldn’t put the book down! You do have to read the series in order to fully understand the secondary characters. Each story builds on the last to the end. This story arc does close up nicely, but I love the crack she left in there to come back to this world I have grown to love.

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!
  • Melanie Simmons

    I so loved this series. It was a lot of fun learn all the Dean brothers. Great reviews.

    • I love them too, Melanie. I really hope we can get more.

  • Great review – I’m eager to read that series, already got book #1 😉

    • Yay! Can’t wait to see what you think, Iza.

  • Fabulous review!! I really need to get started on this series, and this author is just sooo amazing. I just love the exciting thrills she puts in place in her stories.