Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti
Narrator: Karen White
Series: Sin Brothers #1
Published by Hachette Audio
Published on: May 27, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 12 hrs
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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 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?
FORGOTTEN SINS is a unique blend of romantic suspense, military thriller, and paranormal—to be honest, I’ve never listened to anything quite like it. I was reluctant to add this title to my to-be-read pile at first because I tend to stay away from straight-up contemporary, and the amnesia story line was a bit of a turn-off. However, Rebecca Zanetti’s beautiful writing style, and Karen White’s enchanting performance quickly sold me on the merits of this genre blending audiobook, and the smexy SIN BROTHERS definitely helped to further seal the deal. This high octave listen will have you staying up well past your bedtime, and the sex scenes will also ensure that your partner won’t be getting much sleep either.
The plot line of this novel is masterfully crafted; I enjoyed watching the various threads unfold, and I loved how just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the author surprises you. I went from thinking that Shane’s reappearance was to blame—to suspecting Josie’s clients, coworkers, and kinda boyfriend—to government conspiracies, and back again. Zanetti does a superb job of keeping readers guessing up until the very end, and the way that it all comes together is exquisite. I found myself enjoying the amnesia angle way more than expected because it helped to add an extra level of mystery to the story, and then there’s the characters… wow! I’ve only just met the SIN BROTHERS, and already I find myself hard-pressed to pick a favourite.
Shane Dean is the epitome of alpha male; he’s inhumanly strong and fiercely loyal, but there’s also an underlying sweetness to him that’ll make your panties melt. I loved how in spite of his memory loss, his body and soul still recognized Josie as his. Their love for one another is rooted at such a basic level that it seemed almost instinctual at times which made the love scenes doubly explosive. It takes a strong heroine to hold her own against one of the SIN BROTHERS, and Josie was certainly up to the task. Her character is obviously struggling with abandonment issues, and I liked how she consistently disproved the brothers’ opinions of her “soft” nature by kicking butt.
This was my first experience with Karen White as a narrator, and I have to say that I was impressed. It took a couple of chapters for her to get the pacing down pat, but once she found her rhythm there was no stopping her! White’s tone mirrored the author’s writing to perfection; she successfully conveyed all of the characters’ emotions in any given scene, and also managed to capture the sexiness of Dean’s Southern twang. Needless to say, I enjoyed the narrator’s delivery, and will definitely be listening to SWEET REVENGE instead of reading it. What an outstanding performance!
FORGOTTEN SINS is one smexy audiobook! Great story, suspenseful plot, and the man-candy—oh, la la!
Nice. I love finding first in series. I have to many books to read to try to play catch up with another that I am behind on. This sounds good. Love an alpha male.
It’s always easier when you discover a series at book 1. I’m sure you’ll love Shane; he’s 100% alpha.
This is an author that I have been seriously thinking about reading. Nice to know the audio was good!
Read ’em already! I don’t even normally listen to this genre and I loved it. That pretty much says it all!
The romantic suspense sounds great
I’m no connoisseur, but I enjoyed it.
Ooh, this sounds delicious! I feel like I’ve read one of these books… God, that’s terrible that I can’t remember!! Maybe I didn’t read one. Just a review? Because it doesn’t seem like I should forget the Sin brothers. Seriously.
When in doubt… check GoodReads! 😀
I do want to read, or listen 😉 to these guys 😀
Let me know when you start, and we can compare notes!
When you said ‘a unique blend of romantic suspense, military thriller, and paranormal’ I was sold and then I saw it had an amnesia story line bit .-. Which did turn me off a little but you did say it worked out well for you in the end so I am really curious about this one!
(especially since I love romantic suspense).
Lovely review, Carmel!! 🙂
Thanks! Here’s hoping I don’t steer you wrong. Hehe
I’LL BLAME YOU! 😀 😛
(jk but I really do hope I like it)
Haha Yeah, I’m sure I’ll hear about it. 3 of my go-to audiobook peeps approve though, so we can’t ALL be wrong. 😉
You had me at sexy SIN Brothers LOL! Adding this one now!
You’re easy! Two out of three of those words are the series name. LOL
Wow, this book sounds hot. Sin brothers? Panty melting? Lickable? (That’s like the first time I think I’ve seen that icon, but maybe I just missed some of the earlier ones!) Carmel, you are so good at making a book sound temptingly delicious 😉
Good! That was my goal.
Love this book! Can’t wait until the other books are released on audio. As much as I loved the narrator, I wish they would get a male narrator for the guy POV’s.
That would indeed be hot, but Karen White still does a pretty good job. 🙂
Oooo! I’m excited that this is the first in a new series, plus the paranormal element *eyes on panty-melting and likable* sounds pretty awesome too . For some reason I thought it was a contemporary suspense/military style read. Yay – thanks Carmel. Great review, adding this one to my growing list of romances 🙂
It’s borderline romantic suspense / paranormal. It depends of your view on ‘enhanced genetics.’
Well now it’s kinda of hard to resist this series just based on those covers. I mean, look at that!! I’m so glad that this story is more than just a really great covers, but the characters and the story here seem really great. So glad you enjoyed it. Great review, Carmel 🙂
You can rest easy knowing that the inside is just as good (if not better) than the outside! 😀
This isn’t one I ever would have picked up on my own but you made it sound pretty good. I would consider grabbing it from audible!
It wasn’t on my radar either, so I’m super glad that it came in via review request.
Oh this plots sounds right up my alley with the constant guessing and going back and forth in your theories. Those always make for the best reads, and if it stays unpredictable that’s even better! And so rare in YA, too! Adult books are the way to go for mysteries, I find. I’ll def have to add this one to my TBR!
I love a good twisty plot line! This is why I stay away from YA… 😉
Wait! There’s paranormal elements?!?! I thought this series is just romantic suspense! I NEED!
The super soldier angle is kinda paranormal, but not really… Who cares, it’s still a great listen!
Great review Carmel! I also enjoyed this one very much, and I’m anxiously waiting for the next book 🙂
Get in line. LOL 😉
Love the review Carmel! It does sound like an intense read and I love how the author kept you guessing!!
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
This audiobook surprised me. In a good way!
wow that’s a beautiful review! I didn’t know about this series but you intrigued me now. I’m curious about the plot and the characters mainly if it’s unique. Who doesn’t love uniqueness in books? Thanks for your great review!
Thank you! It was my first romantic suspense, so it was probably more unique for me than most, but still!
Omigosh, Carmel! Maybe I should pop my audio-cherry with this one?!? It sounds fantastic! And I recently realized I rather enjoy romantic suspense. 😉 Awesome review!
Oooh, YES! This would be an excellent pick for that Brandee! Let me know how it goes.
You saucy little vixen — you know just what to say to have me adding this steamy little read to my wish list! I can’t wait to meet Shane Dean *noms* Awesome review!
My work here is done. LOL
I love that cover! I think I have a copy of this book but I haven’t picked it up as yet, it sounds like it has all the elements I enjoy – I really like books that keep you guessing.
A great review Carmel.
Me thinks that you should bump this one up your list, Sharon!
I have only read the third book in this series so far, and it was awesome, too! I love how much is going on, both when it comes to action and the way those sexy brothers have to stay safe while they learn how to trust again!
It’s great to know that the first book was good, too, as I promptly went to buy the first two after I finished my ARC.
Great review, Carmel 🙂
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