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May 10 2017 9:30am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Lethal Lies (May 16, 2017)

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Lethal Lies (Blood Brothers #2)
Forever / May 16, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

There’s never any lack of drama, suspense or romance in a Rebecca Zanetti novel. And when you combine the badass virtues that make her stories exciting with the Blood Brothers saga, it’s a winning combination. Every time.

…but he’d give anything to smell his mom’s lotion again. Her scent had been soft and sweet, kind of like he imagined pink roses would smell. If he’d been stronger, smarter…he could’ve saved her.

I’m fascinated by this notion of blood brothers. My family is so small that three generations of us can ride together in sedan. When I was younger, I always got to ride in the front seat; as a parent of just one child, I never had to choose whose soccer game or track meet to attend. But small though it may be, it’s mighty. I always knew someone had my back. With the Jones boys, neither Ryker, Heath nor Denver had anyone to lean on until they found each other. And once that bond was forged, all three knew it was unbreakable.

Lethal Lies opens with another Lost Bastards Investigative Services case. Heath calls on Loretta Best, who is working with him on a serial killer case, known as the Copper Killer. Only, instead of Loretta answering, her sister Anya does. Anya is a criminal psychologist who’s been targeted by a man with a penchant for pretty, young women with red hair—like her. Loretta has been missing for two days, which makes Anya jumpy. But the men posing as US Marshalls at her door make her panic. They grab her and in the process of kidnapping her, Heath barrels in and saves the day. As was the case in Ryker’s story, sinister forces from their childhood continue to hunt down the Jones brothers.

“Why are they after you, Heath?”

“It’s a totally different case from the Copper Killer case. Don’t worry about it. They’ll leave you alone since I know they’ve been bugging your phone. As a lead to me, you’ve been blown.”

She swallowed, cold clacking through her. That was weird, right? Who are you?” she whispered. What had she been thinking to jump into his truck?

“Just a private eye, Anya.”

“This is crazy. It’s all so crazy.”

Like the genetically modified Dean brothers, Heath and his brothers have a touch of modification, too. And like the Dean brothers, the Joneses are also on the run from Dr. Madison and Sheriff Cobb. The doctor wants to study them, and the Sheriff wants them dead.

While Cobb didn’t truly understand the science that had gone into creating those boys, he knew without a doubt they weren’t really brothers. He’d had a brother who’d run the orphanage kind enough to take them in. He’d loved his brother…and they’d killed him. Heath, Ryker, and Denver had murdered Cobb’s sole family member.

Anya has no idea the perils facing Heath in the background, and flings herself into the limelight to try and draw out the killer. And if it wasn’t bad enough that she waved the killer’s personalized red flag on television, she also claimed Heath as her fiancé … putting him directly in another killer’s crosshairs.

“You know I’m the best bet to find this guy.”

“Only because you just set yourself up on every damn news channel,” he snapped.

Anya’s spontaneous taunting has dire consequences. She’s selfish enough to throw Heath into the fray without thinking about how it may affect his life, but he’s private enough to hold the details of his history to his chest. Secrecy has its limits, and in this situation, its dangers. Until Anya and Heath can be honest with one another, their relationship (and future) are at a stalemate.

I’m not yours to protect, Heath. We’re not together, and we’re not responsible for each other,” The words sliced through her even as she said them. “You’ve been more than clear on that score.”

Balancing threats is no easy feat for Heath, and between the forces vying for his head, he really gets it coming and going. Because as much as he begins to believe in a future with Anya, it’s hard for him to see an end where he comes out breathing.

He couldn’t lose her. She had to survive and live, be happy.

Zanetti’s stories are always woven with vivid detail and a breakneck pace. As a reader, there’s really no time to draw a peaceful breath until the story ends. Lethal Lies is another winner.

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Dolly Sickles is a Southerner with a lifelong penchant for storytelling. Her Secret Squirrel identity is Dolly Sickles, but she also writes romance as Becky Moore, and this year her first children’s book will be published as Dolly Dozier. She’s an avid reader of all literature, but she takes refuge in the romance genre, where despite the most grandiose, exhilarating, strange, and unlikely plot that’s out there, every story has a happy ending.

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