I have been waiting not so patiently for Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti to release and it is finally here! While I was really excited to read Jory’s story, I was also sad that this was the last book in the Sin Brothers series. This series is by far one of my favorites and I worried a bit about how Ms. Zanetti was going to wrap it all up. I worried for nothing! Total Surrender was really fast paced, it wrapped up a few things that had been lingering throughout the series and I loved Jory and Piper – they are my favorite couple from the series.
Jory Dean is part of an experiment to genetically engineer super soldiers, along with three of his brothers. In order to force compliance, each of the brothers has a chip at the base of their spine that is set to go off and kill them all unless a new code is entered every 5 years. While undercover in a lab trying to get the information needed to save his brothers, Jory is shot and ends up in a coma for almost two years as a prisoner with the commander and Dr. Madison. With time running out, he waits for the perfect opportunity to escape and finds himself falling in love with the beautiful hacker who is trying to reset the chip that will kill him.
Piper Oliver is an extremely talented computer genius who finds herself working for what she believes is a government agency after she hacks in to their system. When she is told that Jory is a traitor to his country, Piper is determined to do her job and ignore the man on the other side of the barrier. The more time she spends with him however, the less she believes everything she has been told. Piper has another reason for working with the organization that is holding Jory but I do not want to give too much away for people who haven’t read it yet. It was definitely an interesting twist and added several layers to the story.
I read on a few other reviews that people were saying Jory was an asshole and he was unlikable and I had two reactions to that. First was – have you read the other books in the series? All of the brothers are bossy, domineering, controlling, etc. It is part of their training and part of who they are. The second was – did we read the same book? Yes Jory has his moments where a woman would just want to hit him but Piper has no problem doing that. She wasn’t written as a fragile flower that cannot stand up for herself and he was not abusive to her.
One of the highlights in the book for me was Jory’s reunion with his brothers. They were all devastated when they thought he had died and they felt guilty that they had let him down. There were a few scenes between the brothers throughout that were so sweet but that one was probably my favorite. There were also some scenes that made me tear up in the book but they are related to a twist I didn’t see coming although probably should have, so I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who may not know.
Partway through the book I got really excited thinking we may get more Sins Brothers books and I rushed to Ms. Zanetti’s website and it still said that was the final book in the series so I’m not 100% sure if we will see more, but I for one hope we have not seen the last of the Dean brothers. There is still so much to explore!
Total Surrender was a satisfying conclusion to a fantastic series. We got enough answers that we could be okay if there were no further books or a spin-off series, but there was also enough left open that creating more stories would definitely keep readers interested. This series was my first experience with any of Ms. Zanetti’s work but I am definitely a long term fan.
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by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: March 31, 2015