Tour/Excerpt/Review: Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Lethal Lies 

by Rebecca Zanetti

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Blurb:

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.

Excerpt:

She swallowed and met his gaze. “All right. Let me get this straight. We’re going undercover to flush out a killer who’s obsessed with me, and you’re offering to play at being my man for real with no strings or future?” She hoisted the bag onto her shoulder. “That’s some ego. Are you that good in bed?”
“Yes.” And that was definite interest in her eyes.
She clicked her tongue. “I’ll keep your offer in mind.”
“You do that.” He maintained a low and calm voice. “While you’re considering, let’s look at the situation. You have publicly made me your fiancé in order to draw out a killer, which means I have to act as such. Any halfway intelligent law enforcement officer or private investigator would keep his redheaded fiancée very close after the stunt you just pulled. If you’re not with me, the killer is going to be very suspicious.”
She stilled, expressions crossing her face rapidly. “That’s a good point,” she said slowly.
Yeah. Sometimes reality helped him out a little. Plus, the killer had a hard-on for her, and he must already have plans to take her at some point. She’d just upped the timeline. “In addition, you need protection around the clock now, and I’m willing to provide that. So while you’re keeping my offer in mind, we’ll be staying in the same hotel room or same apartment.” He made sure he had her full attention. “While we plan the wedding, of course.”
Her challenging smile thrilled something inside him. “That’s fair.”
He stepped back to give her some space. “Good. Are you ready?”
“Yes.” She looked around the room. “I do have to ask. What if I didn’t agree with you about your keeping secrets from me? Considering people shoot at you, and I’m going to be at your side, it seems fair that you tell me who these people are.” She cocked her head to the side and focused back on him.
“I have more immediate concerns than being fair,” he said smoothly. “You brought me into this mess.”
A frown drew down her eyebrows. “Listen. I want an answer about you.”
“I just gave you one.” At her mulish expression, he searched for better words that wouldn’t end in an argument.
Suddenly, the door blew wide open and bounced loudly off the table. “Anya!” he yelled, jumping for her.

4.5 “Disguised Love?” Stars!

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 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!

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.


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