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Nov 13 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Twisted Truths (November 14, 2017)

Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti,

Rebecca Zanetti
Twisted Truths (Blood Brothers #3)
Forever / November 14, 2017 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital

Despite the advances science has given the world of reproduction, it’s still considered questionable by some folks. Imagine what they’d say to crazy-assed Dr. Madison if they found out she’d enhanced the in vitro fertilization process to make humans with extra abilities. We’re not talking X-Men enhanced—in Rebecca Zanetti’s world, the extra-abled humans are soldiers and survivors and honorable men … and boy are they oh, so compelling. The final installment of her Blood Brothers trilogy concludes with Twisted Truths and delivers a very positive result.

“You gonna study me?” he asked quietly.

Her mouth lost its firm line and she looked softer. She turned the car down a long dirt road toward a big white building. “Yes, I am. You, Ryker and Heath are special.” Suddenly she reached over and grabbed his hand, enclosing it with her soft skin. “You are the most special of all, Denver. Someday I’ll tell you why.”

We first met Dr. Madison in the Sin Brothers series, where we thought she’d been put out to pasture. Nope. Instead, she features prominently in the Blood Brothers series, and in Twisted Truths, we finally find out why. Turns out, she’s got more at stake this time, so the danger and tension are at an all-time high. Denver is the youngest of the Jones brothers who grew up under the twisted and abusive Ned Cobb. When the boys were forced to kill Ned, they hit the road and have been running ever since. Unfortunately for them, Ned’s brother is the Sheriff … and also Dr. Madison’s lover … and has made it his mission since to hunt down and kill them. They’ve managed to stay ahead of the murderous, dirty lawman, but when the only woman Denver has ever loved tracks him down, leaving a digital trail even the most severe Luddite could follow, he’s compelled to hold his own retribution at bay long enough to help her.

“I need to know.”

“What?” He paused in typing and looked at her, his focus digging right into her head.

She swallowed. “How—I mean, how dangerous are you?” It was probably stupid to ask him that question, considering she truly didn’t know the answer. He cocked his head to the side. “I’m a killer, Noni. Have been for most of my life.”

. . .

“Am I in danger?” Her voice quivered, but she had to know.

“Yes.” He didn’t move. Didn’t even seem to breathe.

She blinked. Rapidly. “From you?”

His eyes darkened. “No. With you, the only thing I’m capable of breaking is your heart.”

Noni was heart-broken when Denver left her, and of course, she didn’t know he’d done it for her own safety. When Noni’s friend was murdered and the dangerous gang who did it also stole her baby, Noni’s only thought was to reach out to Denver and his Lost Bastards agency. She had no idea she was leaving breadcrumbs for Madison and Cobb to follow, until it was too late and she was in the mix, hunted alongside her love.

“I think you might be paranoid.”

He shook his arms out. “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not coming for you.”

Noni and the baby are a distraction Denver doesn’t need, but unlike Dr. Madison’s test tube preciseness, real-life emotion can’t be anticipated or controlled. Noni is everything Denver secretly wished and hoped for, but never allowed himself to voice.

If they survived this, if he lived through the coming showdown with Cobb and Madison, could he hope for a life with her? Was it possible? Hope was a dangerous drug, and he’d tried to keep it away for so long. What if?

‘What if’ isn’t going to bring any scientific closure to an experiment, but it sure as hell opens up a world of possibility to unanticipated results. What if Denver and his brothers had been raised in a loving environment rather than with the painful, hateful Ned Cobb? What if they hadn’t been forced to kill or be killed as children? What if Denver and Noni could have continued their relationship in Alaska like regular people, and sweetly fallen in love? What if Noni’s friend had lived and cleaned up her act, and could’ve raised her daughter on her own? What if the world wasn’t so heavy on Denver’s shoulders?

I can decisively report that Zanetti has concluded another brilliant series, full of robust characters, exciting plots, and heart-pounding suspense. And what if she’s already working on her next one …

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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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