Audiobook Review: Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted September 19, 2014 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 75 Comments

Audiobook Review: Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti
Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti
Narrator: Karen White
Series: Sin Brothers #2
Published by Hachette Audio
Published on: June 24, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 750 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The 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?

AlphaMale Twisted Intriguing

When I first discovered this series I was hesitant to give it a listen because it’s shelved as both Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance. And, even though I loved the first installment, I wasn’t sure whether it was because of the ‘new’ factor or legit enjoyment. Well, as it turns out book 1 was no fluke—I really liked this one too—albeit slightly less than FORGOTTEN SINS, but I think that was more Matt’s fault than anything else. He just couldn’t measure up to Shane Dean’s smexiness. Like the first novel, the plot’s very life-or-death thriller with an added dash of evil mastermind. What’s not to love?

In the earlier chapters Rebecca Zanetti flashes back to the SIN BROTHERS’ time at the facility to help put Matt’s alpha-ness into perspective. It helped me grasp that this guy really does have the weight of the world on his shoulders, or rather at least all three of his siblings’ lives. It was a smart move on the author’s part that allowed me to sympathize more with his character because after the first book, I thought that Matt was somewhat of a d*ck. That being said, there was still something missing to help me fully make the leap from drill sergeant to love interest. He’s undeniably strong and fiercely protective of his family, but he’s also very serious because he’s the oldest brother, and as a result I found that his dialogue was a little dry at times. It’s hard to pull off flirty when his personality lacks a playful side.

Laney on the other hand was an absolute delight! I loved that she was a grey protagonist; her intentions are good, but you know what they say about hindsight… The SIN BROTHERS seem to have a weakness for soft women—well, as far as first impressions go anyway—but Jacobs promptly proves Matt wrong. I liked how her past tied in to a number of plot threads, and I suspect that she’ll play a key role in helping the Deans get out of this whole killer microchip mess before all is said and done. The romance between Laney & Matt was instantaneous, and continued to burn hot and bright for the duration of the story. There was however one rather awkward sexy scene that included an attempted murder; it just didn’t sit entirely right with me, but otherwise I have no complaints in the steam department.

Karen White continues to work her way up my list of favourite narrators, and with over 150 audiobooks under her belt, it’s easy to understand why. In this series she excels at keeping up with Zanetti’s quick paced writing style, her character voices are consistent from book-to-book, and she’s not afraid to pull out her Southern twang when the need arises. It’s hard to say for sure what I would have rated this novel has I read it instead, but I strongly suspect that White’s narration helped curtail some of the issues that I had with Matt.

SWEET REVENGE is a great addition to this series, and I look forward to listening to BLIND FAITH. I think that it’s important that I be properly introduced to all of the SIN BROTHERS before deciding which one is alpha enough to be my new fictional boyfriend.

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75 responses to “Audiobook Review: Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti

    • The third installment is due out later this fall in audio, so you’d best get on that, but I hear ya on the never ending review books. It’s so hard to stay on top of ’em all!

    • The only paranormal aspects are the super soldiers, and that can be chalked up to genetic engineering, but I needed an out to be able to feature this series on the blog. LOL

    • You’ve added plenty of books to my TBR as well, so fair is fair! The second brother isn’t as hunky IMO, but that’s more a personal preference I think.

  1. I’m really glad to hear that even if you didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first book, it was still worthy of 4 stars!
    And it’s really great when an audiobook helps you get over some issues with the characters instead of pulling you out of the story with the narration!

    Happy Friday Carmel, have a great weekend!!
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    • YES! This series totally sold me on Romantic Suspense, so when I saw how you categorized your Mandy Baxter review I was strongly tempted. I wouldn’t have thought that a female narrator would have been able to carry a predominantly male POV so well, White is a seasoned pro.

  2. It’s nice to have a good narrator like that. I’m not sure audiobooks are for me, it takes me too long to read them but it’s nice to discover this series. I didn’t know this one or I don’t think so but I’m curious. I like one like that from time to time.

    • The narrator can make a HUGE difference, so maybe get a couple of recommendations, and give audios a second chance? Short & funny usually works best for beginners.

    • And, here I was thinking that I was the only one who hasn’t given this genre a whirl yet. Thanks for making me feel better about my listening habits. 😉

    • I imagine that Romantic Suspense is like any other genre, there are good books, and there are bad ones. It’s easy to get burnt out when you’ve read a few so-so novels in a row.

    • Yup, the Sin Brothers have been making the rounds of our mutual blogger peeps. I don’t know if Jennifer has reviewed this one yet though… Either way, White’s narration rocks!

  3. It’s really nice to know that this is good in audio as well, Carmel. I’ve read this one, but not the first, and I’m actually reading Blind Faith right now. I have started to really enjoy romantic suspense stories, when they are well done, I get the best of both worlds – the mystery and suspense AND the hotness with some smexy scenes as well.

    Your description of both Matt and Lainey is spot-on, too. I love the term grey protagonist – I wish I had come up with it 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Carmel!
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    • Oooh, I’m so jelly that you’ve read Blind Faith already!! I’m holding out for the audiobook. I’m happy that I did the characters justice in my review; I’m still new to this genre, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.

  4. I love it when authors develop a potentially problematic character into one you could emphasise with in the next book. Sounds like Laney was a really great character for the brothers too. But uh oh, that sexy scene with an attempted murder? I read something like that in TAKE BACK THE SKIES and it was disturbing to say the least. Great review Carmel!
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  5. I AM SO GLAD TO SEEE YOU ENJOYED THIS ONE TOO, CARMEL. I also have to say that, please don’t hate me, I still haven’t read book 1. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM WAITING FOR. It sounds like I’ll love it, I mean it’s rom sus, what’s not to love, but I don’t know. It just seems like I need the right moment to come about before diving in. Plus Anne Stuart has set humongously high bars and it’s hard to find rom-sus’ that measure up to her stuff.

    Anyway, I PROMISE, I’ll get started… soon.

    Lovely review, Carmel!! 🙂

    • I’m not familiar with Anne Stuart’s writing, so you are forgiven just so long as you don’t hold that against me. It probably helped that I was a Romantic Suspense virgin before this series because I was easy to impress, not that I’m knocking Zanetti or anything!

  6. Joy from Thoughts By J  

    Waaaait, sexy time that led to a murder? I’m so confused there haha. Matt sounds like one of those stoic bad boys that are stickler for the rules. I like the fact that he’s so protective of his family. Definitely a good quality in the romantic interest! Glad the second book still rate highly! Wonderful review Carmel xx
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    • I hear ya. That scene was definitely… different. Matt didn’t do it for me nearly as much as Shane, but I’m sure that there are a lot of readers out there who’ll disagree. That’s ok, more for me!

  7. Nereyda from Mostly YA Book  

    Holy shit, I love this series! I read it when it first came out and heard the audio a few months ago too. My favorites are books one (Shane, yum!) and book 3, they’re a close tie. I think the reason those worked for me better was because the MC’s already knew each other and had a connection. Although I really liked this one, it did feel rushed. I am so freaking pumped for the last book!!!!
    I hope you like Nate’s story!
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  8. I’m not much of an audio book person so I’ll have to skip on that but you’ve got me convinced to start the first book in this series and see how it goes! Lovely review 🙂

  9. Leila from LeilaReads  

    I loved Blind Faith and will definitely be reading the other Sin Brothers books (sometime). I personally don’t listen to romance on audiobook if for no other reason that when I start my car an embarrassing sex scene could start playing with my MIL in the car…
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    • It seems like everyone has read Blind Faith except me. *stomps foot* I can totally sympathize with those awkward sex scenes in audio. I listened to one at work once, and kept thinking “OMG, they know!!!”

  10. I’m still pretty new to audiobooks, but I’ve completely fallen in love. Such a great way to sneak some reading in while I’m cooking! I haven’t listened to a book narrated by Karen White yet – would you say this is one of her better series? I do enjoy the occasional romantic suspense and I think I’d enjoy Forgotten Sins.
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  11. LOL I agree that you *must* meet all the Sin Brothers before making a decision, Carmel. It’s only fair they each make their case. I’m glad you enjoyed this second installment even if it was a little less enjoyable than the first. I haven’t read this series of Zanetti’s but I’ve read some of her Dark Protectors series and enjoyed it. I’ll have to give this series at least a read, if not a listen. I’m still on the fence about audio although I have enjoyed The Hollows in audio. 🙂