Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti
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Publisher: Forever Romance
Publishing Date: May 6, 2014
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 5 pages
For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there’s only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he’d never trust again.
The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He’s just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there’s an edge to him now that’s as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can’t refuse. But she has secrets of her own-secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives.
As the story continues, the Dean brothers are still looking for a way to deactivate the chip in their spines. With only three weeks left Nate Dean goes off to find the woman who might have the codes. The one who broke his heart five years ago. He needs to find Dr. Madison’s daughter, Audrey. Nate also needs more answers that just the codes to the chip. He needs to know if what was in Dr. Madison’s diary was true about him and Audrey.
Nate wants to harden his heart to the woman he planned to love for eternity, the one who would make a family with him that he and his brothers always dreamed about and then left him brokenhearted. Except when he sees her across the ballroom floor and hold her in his arms for a dance, the old feelings between them spark anew and although they try to bury them, the love they shared was just too strong to deny for long.
But Nate is correct about one thing, Audrey isn’t the same woman he knew five years ago. She was badly hurt during the brothers’s escape and she owes the Commander for using his medical team to save her life. So to repay the Commander, Audrey has been working for Senator Nash to make sure the Commander’s project is the one that receives the Senator’s committee’s funding. Except Audrey has plans of her own. She is working with the Senator to take down the Commander, but in a world of politics and black ops military, choosing your allies is a tricky business. Nate wants Audrey safe, but until he is certain of her loyalties, he can’t bring her to his family.
With so much on the line, it is even more important for Audrey to make sure the Commander trusts her so she can get into the facility and find the information to save Nate and his brothers. They have lost five years, and she refuses to lose Nate forever.
The Sin Brothers series has been thrilling and captivating so far, but this is my favorite story hands down. You know I’m a sucker for a friends to lover story, and a reunited lover’s story falls under the same trope for me. With these stories you already have a history between the hero and heroine and it is never an unbelievable jump to find the love. From their first dance, you could tell that the embers still burned between these two and it doesn’t take much to stoke that fire.
Nash gave me a strong Captain American vibe so of course in my head I saw him as Chris Evans. He is very protective and morally just. He was the one to try to protect his older brother Matt, as well as give his two younger brothers a feeling of family. He is willing to sacrifice himself to get the information he needs for his brothers, so they have have futures with their new wives.
Audrey too gives off that “sacrifice anything to make things right” vibe. Nate wants to get her safely away from the Commander but she has her own secret motives to stay which she isn’t willing to share with Nate at first since she knows he won’t risk her tangling with the Commander.
**Small Spoilers.*** My only annoyance is that in the first two books, Audrey is talked about between the brothers like a conniving, heartless bitch who set up Nate to fall in love with her and to destroy him. Yet, when she explains that the Commander made her break up with him, which she did to protect him, Nate gives her the “yeah, that’s what I figured happened.” If this was no revelation to him, why all the anger toward her in Book #1 and #2. Also, I will complain that plot wise, the Commander making her break up with Nate made no sense. I anticipated that Audrey broke up with Nate because Dr. Madison and the Commander was going to use Nate’s feelings for her to get between Nate and his brothers. The brothers had such a strong bond that the Commander and the Dr. were always trying to screw with them and threaten each of the brothers to keep the other in line. To me, I would think the Commander would find it more useful to use Nate’s feelings for Audrey in a more “chose which one lives: Audrey or your brother” fashion.
This was a great addition to a great series. Sadly the last installment isn’t slated to come out until next March!! Boo to waiting!
Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Slowly, as if she had all the time in the world, she maneuvered around people, her hips nearly swaying. After five years of physical therapy, she almost walked without a limp. The high heels were in celebration of her doctor’s visit two weeks earlier, where the doctor proclaimed her leg was a good as it was going to get.
Now all she needed was a confirmation that her last surgery three months ago had repaired her internally and she could finally relax. Concentrating on walking smoothly, she made her way toward the dance floor and to him.
Even as she kept up a calm facade, her mind raced. He had to get out of there. Didn’t he realize the commander still hunted him? For years she’d figured she’d be the bait to bring Nathan back, but she hadn’t thought he was stupid enough to seek her out. Especially in public.
The commander would have no problem causing a scene if it meant reclaiming one of the Gray brothers.
She reached Nate’s side and almost recoiled from the heat and familiar scent of the man. Male and spice, something undeniably danger—Nathan. All Nathan.
Instead, she held out a hand as if they’d never met. As if he didn’t still occupy every dream she had after falling into an exhausted sleep. “Hello. I’m Audrey.”
Nathan’s hand engulfed hers in a touch so familiar her heart broke all over again, even while desire unfurled inside her abdomen. “Jason McGovern. I work for the Neoland Corporation as a lobbiest.”
Ah. Good choice. Several executives from flush technology firms were in attendance at the ball. Audrey extracted her hand and forced an interested smile as she studied him. He had inserted brown contacts to mask his unusual gray eyes, but the longer brown hair seemed to be his. She had wondered if he would grow it out after escaping the military group that had raised him. A shadow lined his jaw, also looking natural. He’d definitely hardened even more in the five years they’d been apart. “Your disguise doesn’t hide much,” she whispered.
He lifted a muscled shoulder that revealed the true predator lurking beneath the classic jacket. “I’m done hiding.”
Those three innocuous words flared her neurons awake in terror. He had to stay underground, away from the commander and his men. “You can’t beat them.” Nobody could beat them. “Leave now, Nathan. Please.” She needed him alive, even if he hated her. The world had to keep him in it.
“Now, Audrey, you actually sound like you care.” He claimed her flute and finished the remaining champagne in two drinks, his lips covering the same spot she’d used. The hard cords of his neck flexed.
Feminine awareness zinged through her body and pebbled her nipples. The man had always been dangerous, yet an edge lived in him now that was as appealing as it was deadly. That edge tempted her on a primal level she’d hoped had disappeared when he had. Apparently not.
To mask her unwelcome desire, she moved to go. “Well, enjoy your night.” She expected him to stop her retreat and wasn’t surprised when his calloused hand wrapped around her bare upper arm, but she hadn’t anticipated his next words.
“Let’s dance.” He turned her toward the dance floor.
She balked. “No.” She couldn’t dance with him, couldn’t be touched by him.
“Yes.” His hold slid down to the back of her elbow, and he ushered her toward where the orchestra was playing “I will Wait for You” by Michel Legrand. The warmth in Nate’s touch flared her nerves to life in an erotic need she’d worked hard to overcome.
She could either cause a scene or go along with him. Didn’t he understand if she protested, he’d be a dead man?
He turned and pulled her into his arms.
The bittersweet moment her body met his stole her breath away, while memories of passion and love assailed her. For the briefest of times, she’d belonged in the safe circle of his arms. The only time in her life she’d been truly happy and not alone. Ah, the dreams she’d spun, even though she’d known better.
Happily-ever-after didn’t exist for her. Hell, it didn’t exist for anybody.
The music wound around them, through them, proclaiming a romance that couldn’t really exist. His heated palm settled at the small of her waist.
Every instinct she had tempted her to slide against him, to burrow into his warmth. Her mind fought to keep her body calm but her brain had never triumphed when dealing with Nathan. Her heart had ruled and in the end had been shattered.
“Shhh.” He tightened his hold and drew her into an impressive erection.
She gasped, her face heating, her sex convulsing. Blinking, she glanced up to see if the contact affect him, and stilled at the look in his eyes.
Furious. The man was truly furious. Even with the contacts masking his eyes, his anger shone bright.
She tried to step back but he kept her where he wanted her. Yeah, she knew she’d hurt him when she’d ended their relationship, but after nearly five years, he shouldn’t still be so mad. He’d had freedom for five years, which was a heck of a lot better than she’d had. She’d had pain and fear and uncertainty.