Review: Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge (Forgotten Sins #2)

Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central)
Date of Publication: December 3, 2013

SweetThe One Man She Can’t Have
Matt Dean was born to fight . . . and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he’s gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho . . . and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.

The One Woman He Can’t Resist
Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She’s spent years running from her own past-the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt’s strong arms offer her protection and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she’s ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt’s past and putting everything-and everyone-he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?

My Thoughts:

Wow – I’m duly impressed by Ms. Zanetti now. I read one of her paranormal romances (reviewed elsewhere on the blog) and now I’ve read her romantic suspense and dang, I gotta read more! I like this woman’s writing a lot.

Laney was a haunted woman, and while I realized part of her secret before it was revealed, I still was horrified at what she’d had to live through once Ms. Zanetti divulged the information. I’m amazed at the courage and strength of conviction that Laney had to take the path she did, even if that conviction was a bit weak in the beginning before she made the decision (yes, I’m being vague – it’s hard to avoid spoilers sometimes).

Matt – wow. A genetically engineered from birth soldier. I abruptly feel very old, because I must be older than him. Test tube babies weren’t developed until a couple of years after I was born (though I maintain my parents must have found a way around that because I refuse to believe they ever did anything), but Matt was definitely engineered. I like the advanced senses he has and how he’s used them to survive. He’s definitely a survivor and incredibly loyal to his family. He’s in a race against time (cliche, but true) to find the code to disable a kill switch that’s implanted near his spine and will kill him in less than 5 weeks (by the end of the book).

These two played off each other quite well and I found their romance to be very believable. I liked that Matt tried to be bossy (typical Alpha) and Laney didn’t take that from him. Some of the lovin’ wasn’t sweet or loving, but it was HOT. I loved these two in bed. Or whatever other surface they might choose to use.

The ending was great and I loved how Laney was finally able to face one of the demons she’d been running from to become whole (or at least more whole) than she had been for years.

I’m so glad I read this and I’ve already hunted down Book 1 and want to read Book 3 when it’s available! Thanks, Ms. Zanetti!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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