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Matt Dean is on the search for the one woman he believes can save him and his brothers. In Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti, Matt and his brothers are super soldiers, raised in a military camp with only themselves to rely on. Now a chip that has been surgically implanted into their spine to keep them in line will kill them all if they don’t find a way to disable it within the next six weeks. Matt has gone undercover in the small town of Charmed to track down the scientist who he believes can save him and his brothers.  But for the first time in his life Matt finds himself distracted from his mission by a woman, Laney.

Laney Jacobs runs a bar in Charmed where she helps the locals and feels like she is part of something. When the mysterious Matt stops by looking for a job Laney knows that he has trouble written all over him, but is it just regular trouble or trouble for her heart?

Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti is the second book in the Sin Brothers series. While I enjoyed but didn’t love Forgotten Sins (read my review here), Sweet Revenge is a fabulous read about the super protective Matt. The premise for the Sin Brothers series is an interesting take on the super soldier, basically grown from a test tube, the brothers took care of each other and created their own version of a family growing up in  the tough military camp. Having broken away from the Commander who trained them, the brothers spend all their energy trying to save each other from capture by the Commander and tracking down someone who can disable their microchips before the microchips blow up, killing all of them. The relationship between the brothers is fabulous: strong, loving and tempered in fire. Sweet Revenge gives us a glimpse as to how the boys were raised and why they are so close. Zanetti did surprise me with who the scientist ended up being (I won’t share any more than that because I don’t want to spoil it for you). Laney’s character is a strong female who still has a softer side exhibited by her taking care of those who come into her bar. Sweet Revenge’s characters are dynamic, intriguing and riveting. While I think you could read Sweet Revenge without reading Forgotten Sins I do recommend that you read them in order to have a better understanding the world that Zanetti has created.

You can read an excerpt here.

Sin Brothers Reading Order:

Forgotten Sins

Sweet Revenge

Blind Faith (May 6, 2014)

sweet revengeRating:  Star 4copy

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Title: Sweet Revenge

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 384


Publisher: Forever

Release Date: December 2013 ebook, June 2014 print copy

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Lucy Sheridan left the town of Summer River as a teenager after Mason pulled her from a party claiming she was in danger, now thirteen years later she is returning to Summer River to deal with her deceased aunt’s estate. In River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz, Lucy never expected to run into Mason Fletcher on her first day back in town, last she had heard he was off pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Mason has returned to the town of Summer River to get his head on straight after a case went wrong but he didn’t realize he was sleepwalking until Lucy showed up, jolting him awake and aware. But will the secrets from the night of that party that Mason saved Lucy from come back to haunt to whole town and pull the two of them apart or will they be able to find a murderer in time?

River Road is a return to Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense stories, no paranormal elements here (which is one of things I love in some of her other novels). I have to admit, Krentz’s romantic suspense novels have been very hit or miss for me, some I love and some I don’t care much for but River Road is a fabulous tale of murder, passion, and secrets long buried. I was completely surprised by where they find the first body (wasn’t expecting them to find a body that quickly), which is always fabulous when reading a romantic suspense. Lucy’s personality was a bit brusque at times but I still liked her and her no-nonsense approach to the problems in her life. I loved how we got a glimpse of Mason’s potential when he was a teenager and then got to see him live up to that potential with a few bumps along the way. I devoured River Road pretty quickly and enjoyed every suspenseful moment.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: River Road

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Format: Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 352


Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

School Starts

Sophronia survived her first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality (Etiquette & Espionage you can read my review here), getting away with stealing a device, Sophronia is prepared to knuckle down to her studies. In Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger those studies include poisons, the proper way to curtsy and proper protocol for dealing with supernatural members of society all while traveling in a floating dirigible.

With an unexpected trip to London and several boys from the neighboring school for evil genius, Sophronia should be busy.  But as usual, something clandestine is going on the school and it is up to Sophronia to figure out what it is before the long-term implications for society and the paranormal society take a turn for the worse.

Curtsies takes up where Ettiquette leaves off but where Ettiquette is a fun lighthearted humorous adventure story, Curtsies takes on a more serious note by the end of the novel with Sophronia growing as a spy and about living with the consequences of her actions. Just because she can achieve something without getting caught, should she?! Sophronia has grown, now 15, and I think Carriger has done a fabulous job having her age appropriately, getting more interested in boys and more adult but with enough light-hearted youthfulness to keep the reader quickly turning pages. Gail Carriger’s humor, interesting and, at times, ridiculous characters make her series (both the Finishing School and The Parasol Protectorate) a must read for me. I love how Sophronia jumps from level to level outside in the dirigible in her bustle and dress. I highly recommend this series and am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the Finishing School series.

While you could start the series with Curtsies & Conspiracies (Gail gives a little explanation about prior events) I honestly think you need to read Etiquette & Espionage first to really  understand what is going on and the history of all the main characters.

You can read an excerpt here.

There is a really fun website at Finishing School where you can apply to attend.

Finishing School Reading Order:

Etiquette & Espionage

Curtsies & Conspiracies

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Title: Curtsies & Conspiracies 

Author: Gail Carriger

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 313


Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

syringesAnna is content with her life helping her dad with the four boys being tested in her house’s basement. In Altered by Jennifer Rush all that changes the day that the group known as the Branch arrive to take the four boys away, when things go awry and the boys start to escape then Anna’s dad tells her to go with them. It was then that Anna starts to realize that what she thought she knew about herself was a lie and now her and the boys must figure out who they are all are and why someone is searching so desperately for them.

With only a few clues to go on, the five of them must stay off the radar of anyone trying to find them while they search out where they came from and why the boys were being tested in the first place. Anna feels drawn to Sam but the more they find out the more complicated everything becomes.

I flew through Altered.  The plot was intriguing, fast-paced and kept me glued to the novel. The characters of all four boys were well-done and there was a twist at the end that I totally didn’t see coming. I read a lot of novels so it isn’t very often that I don’t see a twist coming and Rush was able to surprise with Altered. I don’t usually read books in this type of genre but Altered intrigued me and didn’t disappoint. The romance angle was secondary to the main plot but was a nice accent to the adventure and mystery. Rush left the ending open a bit and I really hope that she continues with the series so we can find out more about the boys and Anna.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: Altered

Author: Jennifer Rush

Format:  Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN: 978-0316197083

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: January 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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