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His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken ...
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Overview

His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him
Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside-or who he even is-but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew-one who carries such a deadly secret?

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Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
After two months of marriage, Josie Dean’s husband, Shane, abandoned her, leaving her to take refuge in her accounting career. Two years later, an amnesiac and bloody Shane reappears, with little memory of his past life but with an unwavering certainty that he still wants Josie and must protect “his woman.” Josie wants him to finalize their divorce, but her determination to move on with her life is at war both with Shane and her own desires. As Shane puzzles out his past, he realizes he’s more of a deadly weapon than a man, with superhuman strength, hearing, and expertise in killing. Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy the twists and reversals that Zanetti (the Dark Protector series) puts her protagonists through, and there’s a sly subversion of the tiresome trope of the helpless little woman and the brawny protective man as, time and again, Josie proves more than capable of taking care of herself. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates. (Jan.)
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RAVE REVIEWS FOR REBECCA ZANETTI:

"Top Pick! 4 1/2 stars! The rich world of romantic suspense gets even better with the first in Zanetti's tremendous, new, paranormal-edged series. Zanetti pulls together a heady mix of sexy sizzle, emotional punch and high-stakes danger in this truly outstanding tale. Brava!"
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"Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy the twists and reversals that Zanetti puts her protagonists through."
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"Hot and fast from beginning to end!"
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"Everything you could want in an action/adventure is in this book. Wow,
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It is a fantastic start to a new series. One I will be waiting for with anticipation."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455574438
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Sin Brothers
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 9,777
  • File size: 985 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day-or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

Please visit Rebecca at: http://www.rebeccazanetti.com/
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Forgotten Sins


By Rebecca Zanetti

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2014 Rebecca Zanetti
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4555-7444-5



CHAPTER 1

Present Day


Josie's heels clicked in rapid staccato against the well-worn tiles, the smell of bleach making her stomach cramp. Her mind spun. How could this be happening? It must be some sort of trick.

Someone had taped smiling pumpkins along the hospital walls to celebrate the month of October. Something about their jagged teeth against the dim walls creeped her out. Even as an adult, the sense of helplessness she'd felt as a child in the hospital caused her body to tense and brace to flee from the antiseptic smells.

Several nurses converged behind a wide counter, studying charts. Josie ignored them and hurried down the hall. She reached the last room on the left and ran smack into a uniformed police officer. Bouncing back, she struggled to balance herself in the heels she'd worn to work. The call had come in after dinner, and she was still at the office. As usual. A promotion to vice president was up for grabs, and she was going to get it.

The cop steadied her, dark eyes appraising. "You all right, ma'am?"

"Yes." She tugged her handbag strap up her arm, needing to get a grip. She was an adult and in control now. "A Detective Malloy called me to come down. I'm Josie Dean." Her breath hitched on her last name; she'd be changing that soon.

"He's inside with Mr. Dean."

"Major Dean," she said automatically, and then her face heated. "I mean, he used to be a major. He may have been promoted." God. She sounded like an idiot.

A voice over a loudspeaker announced a code blue. The officer straightened, listened, and then relaxed his shoulders as a room on the third floor was named. "You can go right in." He tipped his head toward the open doorway before flashing a smile at a pretty nurse pushing a book cart down the hall.

Yeah. She'd go right in. Easier said than done. Josie took a deep breath, steeled herself, and walked inside, her attention instantly captured by the male figure perched against the hospital bed.

For the briefest of seconds, time stopped. Memories flooded through her mind, her body, maybe somewhere deeper until her lungs forgot their job. That quickly, she was helpless with the need to heal him. Coughing, she forced air down her throat and took a good look.

Several bandages were strapped across Shane's muscular torso while a splotchy purple lump rose from his forehead. His long legs were encased in bloody jeans, and he'd crossed his thick boots at the ankles. He sat bare to the waist, his scarred chest and packed abs betraying a life of combat. The new wounds would fit with the rest.

Those scars broke her heart all over again.

His gray eyes lasered in on her, and she fought the urge to run. Pain, need, and familiarity swirled through her brain. Her skin warmed. Damn, he looked good. Dark brown hair swept back from his battered face, and even with the bruises, his rugged features spoke of strength and masculine beauty. Fierce and dangerous like a wolf.

His hair had grown to his shoulders and added a wild new edge to the danger.

She had a lot of layers, and he'd appealed to her on each one by providing security and fulfilling her desperate need to belong. Until he'd abandoned her. She faltered and clutched her handbag strap until the leather cut into her skin.

A throat cleared. "Mrs. Dean?"

"Josie." She shifted her focus to a man in a rumpled brown suit who leaned against a poster depicting the inner ear. The room was small—examination table, smooth counter with sink, one rolling chair for a doctor. Yet she hadn't even noticed the other man until he made a sound. "Detective Malloy?"

"Yes." Shrewd eyes the color of his suit studied her, and he began scribbling in a notebook. "Is this your husband?"

The quiet power of Shane's presence yanked her attention back to him. Even after all this time, he commanded her body's responses. He cocked his head as if awaiting her answer.

She nodded. "This is Shane Dean." This couldn't be happening. The helplessness she'd felt as a frightened and hurting child in the hospital closed in on her. The need to flee made her knees tremble. She focused on the closest person she had to family, struggling to keep her lips firm. It was really him. Really Shane. "They said you have amnesia."

Shane gave a short nod. "I can't remember a damn thing."

The familiar rumble of his voice slammed into her solar plexus. Emotion washed through her edged with a sharp pain. Two years. Two long years since he'd left her. "What happened?"

The detective stopped writing. "We were hoping you might provide an explanation. Where was your husband going today?"

She barked out a laugh. Seriously? "I have absolutely no idea. We're separated."

Shane stilled, the air thickening with tension around him. "We are?"

"I haven't seen you in two years." Her voice shook, and she fought to settle raw nerves. She would not let him affect her. "I didn't even know you were back in the country."

"What country should he have been in?" the detective asked.

Like she'd know. "He's in the marines based out of Pendleton. Call them." Wait a minute. "How did you know to call me if you didn't know he was in the military?" She took a small step back to study her husband. "And what are you doing in Washington State?"

Shane shrugged. The paper on the table crinkled as he moved. "Dunno. Probably coming to visit you from my home in Oregon? I have an Oregon driver's license as well as a card with your name and phone number in my wallet ... along with our marriage license. Am I from Oregon?"

Her thoughts began to swirl. "Yes. I mean, I think so."

A muscle in his jaw ticked. "You don't know?"

"No. I didn't know much about you, Shane. We met in California and married there." Within three weeks of meeting each other—the one and only time in her life she'd taken a risk and been spontaneous. Of course it had ended in disaster. She had been so stupid. What had she been thinking?

The detective cleared his throat. "Your husband isn't wearing dog tags. He was found down by the river, which is miles across the city from your home. To your knowledge, does he know anyone else here in Snowville?"

"No." At least, she didn't think so. More than 100,000 people lived in the eastern Washington town. Shane might know somebody else who lived there.

Her knees began to tremble, and she forced them still with stubborn pride. She dug her nails into her palms to quell the urge to caress his bruises. Her romantic notion of being able to heal him, to show him love was possible, had earned her a broken heart. Rightfully so. It was over. They were over. Her body needed to freakin' remember that fact. As did her heart.

Shane's eyes sharpened. "When did you move to Washington?"

"Two years ago."

"When we separated."

"Yes."

He lifted an eyebrow in an expression she remembered well. "Did I know we were separated?"

Warmth flushed through her chest, just under the skin. "Ending our marriage was your choice." In fact, he hadn't bothered to officially end the marriage. He had just disappeared—leaving her alone after making promises he clearly had never intended to keep. Some people didn't get a family, and she should've remembered that before trusting him.

The detective clicked his pen, gaining her attention. "Please explain. Is it some religious type of deal? The separation?"

Josie tilted her head. "Excuse me?"

Malloy straightened his pose against the wall. "The separation instead of a divorce. Is it a religious deal?"

Josie blew out air. "No. We're getting a divorce. I didn't feel right requesting it in absentia, and I wanted to wait until Shane could sign the papers. It just seemed fair ..." She'd wanted to face him, to end it right. Of course, there had always been that tiny chance he'd try to win her back—explain why he'd deserted her.

No such luck.

Now she'd had enough of waiting—the papers were ready. As was she.

"That was nice of you, to wait I mean." Irony clanged in Shane's tone and spurred Josie's vertebrae to snap to attention one at a time.

"Yes, it was." More than once she had thought about filing the papers, but she couldn't steel herself to end it one-sided. To divorce a soldier most likely in combat seemed wrong. Even after everything, to hurt him like that would hurt her more. "I sent the divorce papers to your base in Pendleton. You could've mailed signed copies back to me."

"Maybe I don't want a divorce." Shane's jaw set in the way always guaranteed to prod her temper.

She forced anger down. Way down. She would not argue in front of the cop. Her gaze searched Shane's bruised face. "Was he mugged?"

The detective began to write again. "We don't know. If so, the muggers might need medical help, as well." He gestured toward Shane's bloodied knuckles. "He beat the crap out of someone." Scribble. Scribble. "Ah, Mrs. Dean, would you know anyone who'd want to injure or kill your husband?"

Besides her? She'd have to know him to know his enemies—and she didn't. "No. But again, I haven't seen Shane in years. You really should contact the military. Or his brothers."

Shane's head snapped up. "Brothers?"

"Yes. You let it slip once that you had brothers." How could he not remember anything? For a control freak like Shane, it had to be hell. "Though I have no idea who they are."

He exhaled in exasperation, and his gaze wandered over her face in a caress so familiar she almost sighed. "Sounds like I didn't trust you much, blue eyes."

"You don't trust anybody." She'd given him everything she had, and it wasn't enough. Tears pricked the backs of her eyes, and she ruthlessly batted them away. He didn't get to see her cry now. Before he'd left, there was one night when she'd thought they were getting closer, she had thought he was finally letting her in. Then he'd disappeared.

His eyes warmed and a hint of a smile threatened. A tension of a different sort began to heat the room. Josie tugged her jacket closed as her traitorous nipples peaked. She'd forgotten his ability to shift affection into desire. Damn the man.

Shane glanced over his bare right shoulder. "Have I always had the tattoo?"

"Yes." Malloy leaned for a better look. "Nice symbol. What does it mean?"

"Freedom," Shane murmured, rubbing his shoulder. He swiveled his head to meet Josie's gaze, both eyebrows rising. "Right?"

"Yes." She swallowed. "You already had the tat when we met, and you said it meant freedom."

"I don't remember getting inked, but I know what the symbol means." Shane frowned, running his wounded hand through his hair.

The detective cleared his throat. "So, you don't know who'd want to attack your husband, and you haven't seen him in two years. Ah, Mrs. Dean, you've built a life here, right?"

"Yes." A good life with roots. Sure, she was alone, but she was secure.

The detective nodded. "Are you dating anyone?"

Heat rose into her face even as Shane's eyes sharpened to flint. She shook her head. "That's none of your business, Detective."

Shane lifted his chin. "But I believe it is my business, angel."

The man always could issue an effective threat with the mildest of words. She opened her mouth to tell him to stuff it when his words hit home. "You remember. You called me 'angel.'" He'd given her the nickname the first day they'd met at a small coffee shop in California.

He shook his head, giving a slight wince and then holding still. "No. No memories. You look like an angel—big blue eyes, wispy blond hair. My angel."

"Not anymore." She wouldn't let him do this to her. It'd taken two years to deal with the past, and she couldn't face the pain again. No matter how lost he looked, or how lonely she was. "We're over."

"Who are you dating, Josie?" As usual, Shane ignored her words and narrowed his focus to what he deemed important.

"We do need to know, Mrs. Dean," Detective Malloy cut in before she could tell Shane to go to hell. "Just to clear the suspect list, if nothing else."

She sighed. "I'm not dating anybody."

"Someone popped into your mind," Shane said softly. Too softly.

Icy fingers traced her spine, and her heart rate picked up. She shrugged off the sensation. The cop narrowed his eyes. Both men waited.

She took a deep breath, pulling calmness in. "I'm not dating anyone, but I do spend time with Tom Marsh. He's in construction, and the last thing he'd ever do would be to mug somebody. And we're just friends."

"What kind of friends?" Shane kept his focus solely on her as if the cop weren't in the room.

"None of your business." The panic that rushed through her veins ticked her off.

He grabbed a crumpled shirt off the flattened pillow and yanked it over his head, grimacing as he tugged down the worn cotton. He pushed off the bed—toward her. "Does Marsh know you're taken?"

Awareness slammed into her abdomen as Shane's unique scent of heated cedar and rough male washed over her. How could she have forgotten how big he was? How much taller than her own five foot two? She tilted her head to meet his eyes. "Tom knows I'm about to be divorced."

"You sure about that?" Shane grasped her arm, his focus on the detective. "Malloy, you have my contact information while I'm in town. I'll be staying with my wife. Call if you hear anything."

The firm hand around her bicep—so warm, so familiar—sent a wave of thrilling awareness through her veins. The one touch could set her back months, maybe more. The man had always been unreal and larger than life. Wanting him had nearly destroyed her once. Never again. She sucked in a breath. "Did the doctors release you?"

"Yes. I have a concussion, and once it's healed, my memory should be restored. Though"—his voice dropped to a rumble—"you'll need to awaken me every two hours tonight, darlin'."

The twang. That Southern twang that escaped when he was either tired or aroused—an idiosyncrasy he normally managed to camouflage. The mere sound of it ignited memories of heated nights and soft whispers from her brain straight to her core. It was an intimacy most people didn't know about him, and learning about it made her feel special. Her mouth went dry.

A visible tic set up underneath the detective's left eye. "You're not free to leave, Major Dean."

Shane smiled.

The air rushed out of Josie's lungs. She knew that smile. The detective didn't stand a chance.

Neither did she.

Shane lowered his voice to a purely pleasant tone that wouldn't fool anybody with half a brain. "Malloy, I was attacked and have cooperated with you. I unfortunately have no new information, nor am I under arrest. Thus, I'm going home with my wife. Call me if you have questions."

The twang was gone.

Malloy tapped his pen. "I could hold you as a material witness."

"Try me." Somehow the tone became even more pleasant.

Josie fought a shiver.

Malloy, to his credit, ignored the threat and turned bloodshot brown eyes on her. "Is there anyone who'd want to hurt you, Mrs. Dean?"

Josie sucked in air. "You think he was injured because of me?"

The detective shrugged. "I don't know. This might've been a random mugging, but we need to explore all possibilities."

She hadn't seen her husband in two years. No way was the mugging connected to her. "Nobody wants to hurt me. Besides, most of my friends don't know I'm married." Next to her, Shane stiffened, and her breath quickened in response.

The detective nodded, his gaze taking in them both. "Are you sure you want him with you?"

No. Though it was time to finish this. "Sure. We need to talk, and I have papers for Shane to sign. Thank you for your concern." Not for one second did she think Shane would stay away at this point.

"Are you sure you're safe? He may be dangerous." The detective appraised them both without expression. Cop face ... soldier face. She'd seen it on her husband.

"Shane's dangerous as hell." He'd saved her from an obnoxious jackass the first day they'd met, his combat training obvious. She allowed herself a wry grin. "But he would never hurt me." Physically anyway.


(Continues...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    I received this book a bit early in exchange for an honest revie

    I received this book a bit early in exchange for an honest review. I am a big fan of Rebecca Zanetti's work. And this first book in her new series does not disappoint. I personally love military related romance since my husband is a Marine. The story line is fantastic. The ups and downs that the characters experience had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to skip ahead to see how it all ended (i didn't though) Shane is a strong Marine who ends up in the town where he has left his estranged wife with no memory as to how he got there. Throughout the book he gains back pieces of his memory and along the journey finds his brothers and rekindles his relationship with his wife as well. I enjoyed the humor between not only Shane and Josie but also between Shane and his brothers. Forgotten Sins is action packed and has just the right amount of heat to make you want more. The story flows very well from one chapter to the next and I found minimal spelling errors (two if i recall correctly) I felt that this was a wonderful new approach to a love story instead of the same story with new names. This is a wonderful beginning to a new series and I cant wait for book 2. Well done Ms Zanetti, well done!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    As an orphan living in foster care, Josie was alone in the world

    As an orphan living in foster care, Josie was alone in the world.  When she met Shane she thought she'd finally found someone to be a family with.  Marrying shortly after meeting him, Josie knew he hid a darker side, and there were things she didn't know about him, but she felt like they belonged together.   That all changed though the night Shane left...and never came back.

    Now Shane is 'back', but he can't remember anything.  Nothing from his past, nothing from his marriage, and nothing from the last 2 years he's been missing from Josie's life.  When he is found badly beaten, it is Josie who they call for him.  Josie has tried hard to move on with her life after Shane left, moving to a different city and getting a new job she's working hard in.  Being with Shane again is not what her mind wants, but her heart and body say differently.  She still doesn't know why he left her, or what secrets he is hiding.  Shane can't remember, but he knows he wants to be with Josie.

    As Shane slowly remembers bits and pieces from his past, it is a sad, haunting past.  Even though he's had his brothers with him his whole life, Shane has always wanted a family too.  But his past, what he's done, and who he is makes him question whether or not he would be good for a family.

    Shane is a big, strong man who can be deadly, but even with her doubts, deep down Josie knows he would never hurt her.  As he remembers and reveals his past to Josie, she is not scared away, but feels even more for Shane.  As big and tough as Shane could be, he really made me just want to give him a big hug.  Nothing will keep Shane from making sure Josie is safe, even if it means leaving her again.  Now Shane's past is coming back to haunt him, and Josie has a stalker who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.  Shane wants to protect Josie, but Josie isn't sure who she can trust...especially a husband she thought was gone forever.  They have been thrown together again, but will Shane's past keep them apart?

    Rebecca truly gives us a pulse pounding romantic suspense with Forgotten Sins!  At times my heart really was racing as I was almost scared to turn the page to see what would happen next!  Forgotten Sins is an original, fast paced, action packed romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the last page!  I loved both of the main characters in Forgotten Sins.  Shane is the protector, defender, all things alpha man!  His upbringing was tragic, and he has a lot of secrets, but he has somehow managed to become a better man because of it.  Even though he sees Josie as 'soft', Josie gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "tiny but tough"!  She is independent, smart, strong minded, and not willing to sit back and let Shane protect her.  The chemistry between Josie and Shane is really hot and well written into the story.  

    Rebecca manages to draw us in with her writing, giving us lots to think about and look forward to the next book in this series!

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    There are so many reasons to love this book: excellent sexy char

    There are so many reasons to love this book: excellent sexy characters, and a great action storyline, are just two. The 'Gray' brothers are the ultimate in fighting power, raised to be killers, yet they still have a strong sense of family. When one of the brothers, Shane, falls for Josie, they do their best to keep them all alive. I'm looking forward to the next in this series!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    Page-Turning Thriller!

    Forgotten Sins is a pulse-pounding novel that romantic suspense lovers will thoroughly enjoy. Rebecca Zanetti captivates the reader with compelling characters and a unique plot.

    As an orphan, Josie Dean found her happily-ever-after, being a part of a family, when she married Shane Dean. But, two years later, Josie’s life is turned upside down when Shane leaves without a word. Josie relocates to start her life over, alone. Everything changes when her absentee husband resurfaces with amnesia. Upon seeing Josie, Shane believes in his heart that he truly loved Josie even though he doesn’t remember why he left in the first place. Shane is unsure if it’s his job or Josie’s job as an accountant that has put her in danger, but he is determined to protect her even if she doesn’t want it. Josie is an independent and strong character who stands her ground with Shane, which I just loved. She won’t let Shane prevent her from figuring out why some of her clients’ books don’t add up. Shane’s character, on the other hand, is difficult to interpret at times because he is trained in all kinds of manipulation. So, you question whether his feelings toward Josie are sincere or not. As they work together, Shane slowly gets his memories back and realizes how much he hurt Josie, and his pain is palatable, which helps soften his rough edges. Their chemistry sizzles as Shane shows Josie a more take-charge attitude in the bedroom, which she enjoys immensely. Shane and Josie’s intimate scenes are intense and full of passion and fire.

    Zanetti does a masterful job of building secondary characters—Matt, Nathan, and Jory—Shane’s brothers. She balances the Shane and Josie’s relations with brilliantly complex story lines, creating a page-turning thriller. I truly enjoyed getting to know each of the brothers throughout this story. But, what really had me glued to my e-reader were the jaw-dropping plot twists!

    Forgotten Sins consummately blends all of the elements that got me hooked on series romantic suspense in the first place: a tight family of brothers, a strong leading lady, and a phenomenally intricate plot. Forgotten Sins is a spectacular beginning to the Sins Brothers series. The next book can’t arrive soon enough, I’m already clamoring to read Matt’s story.

    I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    Rebecca Zanetti does it again.This is a new series .the action s

    Rebecca Zanetti does it again.This is a new series .the action starts from page one and does not stop.this book has action/romance/mystery . There are twists and turns  all through the book.Rebecca brings her love of paranormal writing into this story and i love it.I will read anything by rebecca and she does not disappoint  with this new series.There are 3 brothers of our main hero and i am looking forward to the next book in this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Good Read

    This is a very good romantic mystery/suspense. I was delighted when discovered it was actually a story that was developed and not one page after the next with graphic sex. That gets boring and really not necessary to make a good story. I am looking forward to read the whole series about the brothers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Great Read!

    275pgs • Romantic Suspense • add'l pgs at the end for a preview of the next in the series

    I really enjoyed this book! I stayed up reading it and am excited for the next two to come out. There's a lot of fighting action and adult scenes.

    If you like Maya Banks' KGI series, you will enjoy this. It's kind of like books 4 (Whispers in the Dark) and 5 (Echoes at Dawn) in Maya's series. I also like Julie Ann Walker's BKI series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Great

    Really loved this book. Reminded me of the KGI series of Maya Banks because of the action-packed plot and steamy romance, but it also had a touch of paranormal that I really enjoyed. This is the first book in a series about the Dean brothers, who were created with enhanced genetics and raised since birth by a misterious goverment branch to become cold-blooded soldiers and assassins. But they never suspected the loyalty that the 4 brothers had for each other. In this book, Shane resurfaces with amnesia and is reunited with his wife Josie, who she abandoned without a word two years earlier. I liked that the couple was married from the beginning and we are spared the typical dramas of many romance stories. I also liked that the heroine was tough and independent, and not the submissive type that you find in so many books lately. You really get the best action and romance in a well developed and well written story. I highly recommend it. This is a series that promises to be very good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    A story well told

    Now this was a good read. Interesting plot,appealing characters, good back story. Enjoyed it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Major disappointment! Both characters and plot stretch credibil

    Major disappointment! Both characters and plot stretch credibility. It was hard to relate to Josie and Shane as a couple given their short history and lack of time together. There was "too much" of everything - angst, amnesia, lack of trust, stereotypical bad guys, bionic skills..... Disagree with the comparison to Maya Banks' KGI series which I enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Just ok.

    Expected more for the great reviews, but didn't really enjoy it. It took me a week to finish. I usually finish a 250+ pages book in a day or two. Enough said.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    This book was sooo good! Much like Shannon McKenna at her best.

    This book was sooo good! Much like Shannon McKenna at her best. Can't wait for the rest of these brothers' books to come out. Nonstop action and suspense. And sexy, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    WOW

    Loved it! Can not wait for the next book.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

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    REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly  NUMBER OF STARS:4 1/2 REVIEW: Shane &

    REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly 
    NUMBER OF STARS:4 1/2
    REVIEW:
    Shane & Josie had a whirlwind romance and for two amazing month they had a great marriage. But that was two years ago.  Two years of no communication.  Two years of nothing.  Now out of the blue Shane is back, but he can’t remember anything.  But he does know that he likes the idea that the feisty female that just walked through his hospital door is his wife. Josie is shocked that Shane is back.  But she is not sure what to do.  Does she trust Shane again? Not only with her safety but with her heart?  Or does she walk away and never look back. 




    Awesome start to a new series for Rebecca Zanetti.  Forgotten Sins book 1 in the Sins Brothers Series is great.   Rebecca creates a world of secrets, lies, science, and super soldiers.  I will admit as I was reading Forgotten Sins and the characters talk about all their special talents I was thinking along the lines of normal paranormal story lines, you know weres, shifters, vamps.   But I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns in this book.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series. 




    Disclaimer: 
    I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    For a romantic suspense junkie such as myself, I really enjoyed

    For a romantic suspense junkie such as myself, I really enjoyed Forgotten Sins. Imagine a sexier version of Universal Soldier. The story drew me in right from the first page, and I didn’t put it down until I was finished. The story was well paced, and there was a good balance between action and character development.

    Shane and Josie made a great couple, and their chemistry was believable due to their history. Their backgrounds seemed to complement each other in some ways but threatened to pull them apart in others. It was that push and pull that made me feel invested in them very early on. I love a heroine who can defend herself if necessary, so to see Josie use some fighting skills to get herself out of a bind was a delight. The verbal and physical sparring also seemed to get both of them worked up which was hot. Despite their tough exterior, the sadness that Shane, Matt and Nate harbored inside each of them made me love them even more. They were highly intelligent when it came to combat, warfare and technology, but in matters of the heart or women in general, sometimes the words they spoke had a childlike quality to them.

    There were two mysteries running parallel in this book, one was the threat to Josie and the other that was a threat to Shane. It wasn’t confusing to follow, but I found the threat to her a little unnecessary.

    **SPOILER**

    Since Tom and Danny were already in place to keep her under surveillance, I saw no real point in having the drug-addicted colleague disappear so that she could take over the accounts and come face to face with Dr. Madison for the first time. Josie didn’t even put two and two together when she was eavesdropping on Shane, Matt and Nate, and they mentioned genetic engineering and neuropsychology. By then the connection between her account and Shane should have dawned on her.

    **END SPOILER**

    Things that I didn’t agree with:

    1) Josie putting her job before her safety which led to Shane having to come to her rescue three(!) times.

    2) Throughout the entire story (or what felt like it), her issues with abandonment kept coming up via her history in foster care. Emphasizing it once or twice was sufficient to get the picture.

    3) Tom was her friend, but he obviously would have liked more. Once Josie was sure that she wanted to give her marriage a second chance, she still allowed Tom to talk to her like she didn’t know her own mind instead of putting him firmly in his place.

    Overall, I loved how action-packed this story was and how evil the villains were. I can’t wait to read more of this series.

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    Forgotten Sins ¿ He just turned 10 My review will not reveal an

    Forgotten Sins ¿ He just turned 10

    My review will not reveal any teasers/spoilers etc. I do not want to spoil this read for other readers.

    What started out to be a mission for Shane Dean and his brothers turned into the most incredible love story of Shane and Josie. The Prologue does a short introduction to the 4 brothers Matt, Nate, Shane and Jory. They are raised on a military base but you’re not real sure what’s going on or why. They have enhanced abilities and strength. Towards the end of the introduction you find the boys on the training field and the Commander is bringing out what appears to be a beaten prisoner. They were going to be trained on the swiftest and most economical way to break someone’s neck. In Shane’s mind he was thinking please don’t let it be me. The Commander called out“Cadet Shane.” Shane understood this was another part of his training and he was old enough to kill now. He had just turned 10.

    Chapter 1 jumps to present day and I took it to be 20 years later. Josie Shane is on her way to the hospital after receiving a phone call that her soon to be ex-husband had been injured. Shane Dean was lying on an examination table larger than life and with a bad case of amnesia. Josie and Shane 2+ years prior were married and lived as a couple for several months when one day he never made it home. Shane had secrets and he could not bring Josie in. He was hoping for a normal life with Josie with a Happily Ever After. Until he disappeared into thin air not to be heard from again for two years until she got the call to go to the hospital.

    This was the most suspenseful, intriguing and on edge book I’ve encountered. This is not my normal genre’ and so totally out of my comfort read zone. I don’t know how else to explain it. Action packed, full of suspense and intrigue and a bitter sweet romance. Rebecca had several twists I never saw coming and so floored me I’m still trying to scrape myself up. Every character put you on edge. From Shane, Josie, Det. Malloy, Matt, Nate and towards the end shock of the century Tom and Daniel. My instinct is to just spill the entire story but I can’t. I’m hoping I put enough curiosity in my review without giving anything away to make you want to pick this up and read it.

    Rebecca I so give this book 5* and absolutely can’t wait for the next installment. In my heart I hope the brothers three turns back into the brothers four and I hope the Commander is taken down in a torturous way and that Dr. Madison gets her due justice.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    When I started this book I expected it to read like her other bo

    When I started this book I expected it to read like her other books...boy was I surprised! This book opens with Shane Dean in the hospital with no memory of who he is. Detective Malloy calls his wife Josie Dean in but she hasn't seen him in 2 years. There is still a very strong attraction between them. From there the adventure unfolds. It turns out Shane and his 3 brothers are genetically engineered soldiers with an evil commander and crazy Dr. Madison hunting them. They involve Josie which pisses Shane off. Through all of this Shane regains his memory, and love between Shane and Josie grows stronger and their sex is hot! I give this book 5 stars and a must read!!!

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  • Posted November 16, 2014

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite We find a true lo

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    We find a true love story in Forgotten Sins: The Sin Brothers, Book 1 by author Rebecca Zanetti. Josie and Shane Dean had a whirlwind romance and, after knowing each other only a few weeks, were married. For Josie, it was a dream come true - she was deeply in love and at last had a family. But the fantasy didn’t last; Shane disappeared, leaving Josie heartbroken. Two years later, Josie receives a call from a hospital. Shane has been found and has no memory. While Shane has no memory of Josie, he does feel a bond, a connection with her and a longing to protect her. Josie was raised in a foster home and wants nothing more than a real family. She has finally found that for Shane has several brothers; the brothers were genetically engineered to be elite military. They were forced into hideous acts as they grew up but eventually they managed to escape their handlers. The brothers want their freedom and they want revenge. No longer is Josie alone; she now has a family, loving and caring with the brothers. 

    I love this book! It is romance, suspense, action, adventure and it sizzles. Forgotten Sins: The Sin Brothers, Book 1 by author Rebecca Zanetti is an unforgettable tale of love, longing and desire. This is the first book in a new series. Happily, Rebecca Zanetti left many unanswered questions concerning the brothers. I can hardly wait until the next book in this series comes out. Rebecca Zanetti is a talented author and has certainly started this series out with a bang.

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

    This was my first from this author and I really enjoyed her writ

    This was my first from this author and I really enjoyed her writing, the story and the whole series.  I loved the plot, the characters and the story kept me interested chapter after chapter.  I especially loved the Dean brothers' relationship and can't wait to read the final installment.  The only reason I can't give it 4 stars is because of all the side stories that were added toward the end, there was so much going on that didn't have much to do with the central story that I didn't really see the point.  I can't tell you much without giving away spoilers but it seemed like there were added characters and people that didn't need to be introduced and the author almost lost me.  I liked that this wasn't predictable, she added twists and turns to the story that kept me guessing and wanting to turn the page.  Overall, a great first impression of Rebecca Zanetti, I got read the other two books and can't wait till the final one!   

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

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    Another new to me author and has me scratching my head as to why

    Another new to me author and has me scratching my head as to why I left it so long to discover this book. Romantic suspense stories are fast becoming my favourite and Forgotten Sins is now sitting firmly in the top of my favourites list. I loved every action packed moment, every sexy love scene, every heartbreaking emotional telling of the characters history.

    Shane and Josie were married just over two years ago, a whirlwind romance that lasted until Shane left and didn't return home after two months into their marriage. Josie has forged a life without Shane, as hard as it is, but has had no choice but to move on. When Shane returns, sans his memory, Josie is once again thrust back into her memories of their life together and the passion they shared.

    I really loved Josie's strength of character. As a child, she had gone from foster home to foster home and never had a family as such, no one that had her back, no one to rely on, until Shane. She lost all that when he left and I really admired the way she didn't just fall back into his arms but stood her ground wanting to know the full story, not wanting to be seen as the weak, fragile female that needs to be protected from the truth. She still obviously loves Shane but was not going to accept him back into her life unless he treated her on a more equal footing. I loved the way she had learned to protect herself and the way she stood up to the bad guys.

    Shane was a soldier, a highly trained, specialist, a true bad ass alpha. Protective and loyal to the end. As his memory starts to come back we are given more and more of his back-story involving his brothers, and this just really tugged at my heartstrings. While he didn't remember much about Josie to begin with, he certainly recognised right from the first days back with her, that he would never have let her go unless there were extenuating circumstances. Let me tell you there were extreme extenuating circumstances.

    This story unfolded at a cracking pace, full of great action scenes, and I loved the mystery surrounding the threats to Josie and Shane and how they played out. At no time did I feel lost, each scene and situation adding to the storyline until the climax and lead in to the next book. Overall, a fantastic book. Highly recommended

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