Lethal Lies

Rebecca Zanetti
Lethal Lies
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Publisher
Forever
Release Date
May 2017
ISBN
1478970103
Series
Book 2 of Blood Brothers
Genre
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

With twists and turns that will take your breath away, LETHAL LIES is sexy, action-packed suspense at its very best from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Apr 09, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
111 people found the following review helpful
LETHAL LIES, like Deadly Silence, is a spin-off from the Sin-Brothers series, with some paranormal bits hinted at, though it takes more of a back seat as Rebecca Zanetti focuses instead on the suspense. In here, Heath Jones fights for his own happy ending with Anya Best after the Copper Killer puts her in his sights and kills her sister as collateral damage. Revenge and grief push Anya into setting herself up as bait for him, inadvertently involving Heath in this crazy plan as her fake fiancé. But Heath's weakness is playing the protector when he sees women abused or chased down and soon enough, finds himself in an untenable position where his foes finally know where he and his brothers are hiding out.

With the opening scenes arranged in an order that wasn't entirely linear (with some flashbacks written into them), I felt as though I was thrust into a middle of a situation without a grounding context and spent quite a while bewildered, like an outsider who couldn't quite make sense of what was going on until partway through. Is this book good as a standalone? If Heath and Anya had a history, what exactly is it? What is Anya's murdered sister connection with the brothers?

It was only after the facts settled that it became somewhat clearer. Anya's gauntlet, thrown down so impulsively, isn't something that allows any secrets to be kept…and Heath and his merry band of brothers have a huge one that is compromised by her very public, naive trap-setting actions. Like the Sin-Brothers, there are foes out for Heath and the layers that help shield their business are all geared towards keeping them out of the public gaze which Anya has blown wide open. That bit intrigued me as it did in Ms. Zanetti's previous series: the compound of elite, trained soldiers, genetically-modified and controlled by an evil doctor, though it isn't emphasized at all here.

As far as suspense goes, LETHAL LIES was surprisingly slow-paced as we follow the story of how Anya and Heath get on drawing the killer out, with some steamy scenes thrown in as they give in to their mutual attraction. Fifty percent into the book however, Heath/Anya are still on track (or rather, undercover) to become bait for the killer whose sights are on the latter, with several meetings with his brothers and an ex that refuses to go away as they spend too much time deciding if what lies between them is real or fake, in a to-and-fro that got frustrating. Several territory tussles between the brother and the FBI ensue, all of which seemed like red-herring fillers to bring the page count up but didn't seem to add much to the developing action. I couldn't quite decide if Anya's insistence on her continued involvement was gullible or admirable though it was balanced at times by shots of maturity that didn't deviate from her determination to avenge her sister. Heath on the other hand, was hard to unravel, apart from his inability to leave women in distress.

It did get better though, in the last 50 pages or so, when we're finally set on the straight and narrow to getting the Copper Killer to appear. But his identity isn't that much of a surprise and is more connected to the Sin-Brothers history than it is to Anya.

I'm left somewhat mixed on LETHAL LIES, frankly. Yet there's enough of their unresolved background and a foe still waiting in the wings that presumably, will lead to a showdown in the next book, which will probably keep me reading to the end.
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Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 27, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
80 people found the following review helpful
Lovers of romantic suspense titles will not want to miss the Blood Brothers series. Additionally, for those of you who enjoy PNR or UF titles, there is also a minor overlay of supernatural abilities that surrounds this series as the heroes are all part of a genetic engineering experiment meant to build super soldiers with supernatural senses. However, the suspense is only part of the equation as each story also features one swoon worthy "blood" brother with alpha protective tendencies towards his heroine.

Please note, however, that these books should be read in order. Rebecca Zanetti's 2nd book in the Blood Brothers series continues both the suspense arc begun in Book 1 (Deadly Silence) and which takes place over the entire series, plus layers in a second suspense plot that is fully contained with this book. Additionally, we are treated to the romance story of Heath and Anya, which is fully contained with this book. Because of the series suspense arc, however, I strongly suggest that you start with Deadly Silence if you have not yet started the series, otherwise you might feel like you're missing some of the background information surrounding the hero, particularly at the beginning of the book before the story has a chance to evolve.

Anya Best, a criminal psychologist, has been receiving letters from the Copper Serial Killer. In an aim to find him, before he finds his next victim, she involves her sister (Loretta) an FBI agent. To her horrible surprise, however, the Copper Serial Killer kidnaps her sister before she is able to make any progress on his case.

Fortunately for Anya, however, she's not alone in trying to sleuth who the Copper Serial Killer is as Loretta had been collaborating with Heath, a private detective. Moreover, when Anya finds out the gruesome discovery that the serial killer has made Loretta his next victim, she makes a bold move, ready to stop the killer once and for all. In coming forth with this bold move, she also ties Heath to her efforts by publicly announcing their intended location and stating that they are engaged (a fact she completely makes up in the hopes that it will antagonize the killer and cause him to finally come get her).

Heath has his own share of "family" drama that he is trying to sleuth and put to rest (namely Dr. Isobel Madison who ran the genetic study that created him and his "brothers" and Sheriff Cobb who is her psychopathic ally). However, he is determined to help Anya and then disappear in order to avoid entangling her in his very dangerous situation as he knows that Dr. Madison and Sheriff Cobb will stop at nothing to continue producing their superhuman army which they intend to use for malicious, self power propagating purposes.

However, working together will not be easy. Putting aside their natural attraction (an attraction which Heath doesn't plan to ignore but Anya resists), he also refuses to share with Anya his precarious situation. Anya meanwhile insists on figuring out what he is hiding. Additionally, helping Anya, given her public declaration, potentially leaves them both vulnerable. In Anya's case she is left exposed to the Serial Killer, and in his and his brothers case, their location is potentially now discoverable by Dr. Madison and Sheriff Cobb who they have been hiding from. However, given his background, especially how his mother died, Heath has very real issues with leaving a woman "defenseless." So notwithstanding the danger to himself and his brothers, his alpha protective tendencies prohibit him from leaving Anya by herself to find the serial killer. He would feel better, however, if Anya would go to a safe location while he and his brothers caught the killer. Anya, however, like most independent heroines, refuses to hide.

So begins the race against time where Anya basically plays bait to lure out the serial killer. Will Heath and his brothers be able to protect her? Moreover, will this very public detective engagement with Anya in the Copper Serial Killer case put Heath's and his brothers' mission in jeopardy?

I enjoyed both the suspense and the romance in this book. Watching the tug and pull between the hero's and heroine's desire for one another but yet, particularly in Heath's case, disbelief that they could ever have more given the looming danger was a big part of this story. However, what I enjoyed the most was the big twist that interconnects both of their situations and leaves them in the end with common goals.

I can't wait to continue with Book 3, Twisted Truths, which I have to assume will contain Denver's and Noni's story!
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