Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Military, Paranormal, Suspense
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
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 brining him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUEB EYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I recently received an ARC of Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti in a Good Reads Giveaway—I’m a huge fan of romance, even formulaic romance, so it’s no surprise to anyone that I was looking forward to giving this book, and the Sin Brothers series a chance. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed.
Now, I’ll admit, there were a few errors in the copy I received—I found three—but, keep in mind that my copy was an ARC (advanced reader copy) that probably wasn’t done with it’s final bout with the editor—so I hesitate to dock it any points. Overall, the writing was phenomenal. The sentence structure was well done, easy to read and follow, and concise. Not once did I stop and cringe at an awkward bit of wording or flowery language.
As for the characters: I fell madly in love with Piper and Jory as a couple. Sure, Jory could be domineering and arrogant, but it worked with his character and even when he was pushing Piper around it was obvious that he did so for her safety—not because he was just an ass. Piper was by far my favorite character. She was foul-mouthed and full of spunk (my favorite kind of heroine), and despite being no physical match for Jory, she held her own verbally.
The one major detractor from this book, unfortunately, was that it was very formulaic. It had your usual tropes of a domineering alpha male and the petite gorgeous woman who loved him. As with most sure-read romances (as I like to call them), the ending of the book was an idealized vision wrapped up in a neat little bow complete with a three-part epilogue where everyone was snuggling and talking about kids and marriage. If you don’t like happy ending romances, you may have a problem with this book.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with formulaic romances, and in all honesty, I sought this book out because it was one. Sure-read romances are the bread and butter of the romance genre, and one of my favorite types of books—it’s like curling up in a cozy chair with some hot cocoa and a box of chocolates. Even though I pretty much know how the book is going to end, that doesn’t lessen the appeal to me. Sometimes you want a cozy read.
That aside, the book is fantastic. The writing was exquisite, the characters were loveable, and the action and romance scenes were enough to set my heart racing. If you want a hot, fast-paced romance filled with gun fights, hacking ordeals, and sassy verbal wars, you’re going to enjoy this book. It isn’t going to be for everyone because like I said, it was a tad predictable, but that doesn’t make it any less of a good read. I’ll definitely be tracking down the other books in the series and more from this author in the future.