Mar 26 2015 3:15pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Total Surrender (March 31, 2015)

Total Surrender by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Total Surrender
Forever / March 31, 2015 / $8.00 print, $2.99 digital

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can't resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for—and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

Did you ever see the Kurt Russell movie, Soldier? I’m a longtime fan of Russell, harkening back to his Snake Plissken days. I think that’s why I love Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series about a trio of hot soldier brothers with enhanced abilities. Here are three men who have never known softness or love or compassion from the laboratory where they’ve been reared or the commander who’s overseen their lives. Yet they have created their own family, forged by blood and sweat and tears…and have allowed their nature to trump the nurture they never received.

The boys don’t know who their mother is: “Who cares? We paid for eggs from extraordinary genetic pools, and those women never wanted the ensuing children.”

In this third installment, Total Surrender, we meet Jory Dean. Youngest of the gray-eyed trio, and as a child, the most dependent upon older brothers Matt and Nate.

“You’re going back out to practice for at least another hour. Tonight, when you’re least expecting it, I’m coming at you. You had better defend yourself.”

Jory swallowed and leaned back against the concrete-block wall. His hands shock harder in his pockets. Matt was his big brother, and he loved him, but sometimes Matt got scary. When he got all determined to train them.

All three bring something unique to the world—strength, intelligence, bravery. Jory is a techie, among the other brute force elements. And he’s the last one stuck in the lab.

Each of the Dean brothers has a deadly chip implanted in their spine and when the charge goes off…that’s all she wrote. Each story in the series focuses on a brother and the woman captivating enough to catch them, and Total Surrender is no different.

When Piper Oliver walks into the lab one morning where Jory is being held behind a glass cell, the world shifts, for both of them. “Is she for me?”

Well, not intentionally. Though Piper is just as drawn to Jory.

His gaze felt physical, and a tension, a layered change in the atmosphere around them, seemed to come from the man in the cell. She’d read about charisma, and she understood tension, as well as instinct. Hers told her the guy had been watching her.

She just knew it.

Turns out, Piper is the commander’s daughter. She’s a technical genius—and she’s also the last hope for the Dean brothers.

“You’re wasting your time with trying to engage the chip,” he said. “I strongly suggest you give up now and get out of here.”

Charismatic and too handsome, without question. A sense of sexual danger all but cascaded off him, and she had the oddest sense he knew it. Maybe even controlled it—which did nothing but intrigue her more.

She shook her head. The military place full of secrets was messing with her imagination and the romanticism she had to tamp down.

Too bad the military is not messing with her imagination…everything Piper senses is real. The military is all jacked up, and her father is crazy. At least, this covert branch is anyway. The romanticism is real, too.

The brief file she’d studied about Jory showed his proficiency with making connections with people—especially women. Charming them and gaining trust. He’d tried with her, and damn, she’d seen the appeal.

So the race is on, and it’s exciting and full of explosions and bombs and soldiers racing around the woods. Jory and the commander have an epic come-to-Jesus meeting that had me applauding aloud.

“You made my brothers’ lives hell, and you made us kill.” With a flick of his wrist, he threw the monster from his childhood over the desk and across the room. The commander impacted a wall of weapons and guns rained down to the floor. “You made us into something we didn’t need to be.”

Zanetti has a great balance of suspense, romance and soldier-y stuff…and a little philosophizing: “Life was too damn short for uncertainty or taking things slow.”


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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 in the spring of 2012, 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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1. Gaye
OMG!!! I just Rebecca Zanetti! Her books have fabulous characters and just don't last long enough. I am constantly waiting for a new release. Four thumbs up for anything she writes.
2. Kag
Love Rebecca Zanetti. That being said, the story about Jory is the 4th not the 3rd book in the Sin Brother series. You forgot Shane. All of her books have strong male and female characters and it's such fun to see them develop as the story unfolds. Please keep writing Rebecca, because I want to keep reading them!
Dolly Sickles
3. Dolly_Sickles
Good catch on the numbering, Kag. Sorry about the typo. :)
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