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I really enjoyed the first series, Enzo and Kai, even though it was dark and twisty. I enjoyed most of this series, but would have been a lot happier with a few less twists and unbelievable turns. This book gets 3 stars and I’d give the whole series of Zeke and Siren 3.5 stars. This book brought it way down. A lot of this book was setting up Langston's series. The author doesn't want us to know if he's good or bad. Unfortunately, the need to create that mystery really took away from the resolution of things for Zeke and Siren.
I received an Advance Reader Copy and this is my honest review.
This is the sixth and final book of the Sinful Truths series, which is a spin-off of the Truth or Lies series. It picks up where book five leaves off, and is best read in series. There are many hidden truths. Most are revealed here, while a few questions arise even as the series ends, leading to yet another spin-off. This book pulls things together and provides a happy ending. The series is very complicated to follow, but a refresher follows.
Siren, a.k.a. Aria Torres, now thirty-three, made a vow eight years ago to Jullian Reed, the drug lord who runs things on St. Kitts and beyond. He is working towards expanding his territory; in book one, he dipped into human trafficking. Siren is tied to him, but she hates him. She hates all men. They have all disappointed her. She works for herself, no matter what Julian thinks. But she must follow his orders and she can never lie. She lures bad men into her trap for Julian, who gains from their demise. She didn't want to deliver the dying man to Julian, but she had no other options. As much as she hoped he was different than the other men, she would never be free to be with him.
Zeke Kane, close in age to Siren, works for the infamous Mr. Black. They are more like family, and Zeke will stop at nothing to protect his family. His immense size and physical strength make him a formidable opponent. Yet for those he loves, he is selfless and sweet. He was rescued from bleeding out from a gunshot wound and drowning in the depths of the Caribbean by a beautiful woman with the voice of an angel. Siren, he called her. He was instantly drawn to her like no other. But her motives weren't altruistic. He had been willing to lay down his life for her but was cruelly betrayed and found himself Julian's prisoner instead.
In book two, Julian wants Mr. Black's location, but after Aria's exhaustive efforts to get Zeke to talk, Julian offers Zeke an alternative. Five rounds of truth or sin, similar to truth or dare. Julian adds the caveat that failure will result in Aria's death. Keeping his truths to himself, Zeke opts for sin in his first round.
Eli Beckett appears to be moving in on Julian's turf. Zeke's sin is to track down and eliminate the one-armed Mr. Beckett, about whom little is known. Julian assigns Aria to accompany Zeke. They discover that Eli Beckett works for Mr. Black. Zeke manages to rescue him from the death Siren believes he suffered and sends him into hiding. Meanwhile, Zeke and Siren struggle with their attraction as they find themselves on opposing sides.
In the third book, Zeke discovers Siren is married and he shutters his heart. Meanwhile, Julian announces that for the next round of sin or truth, since Zeke no longer loves Siren, he will kill Lucy if Zeke fails. Lucy is an innocent from Zeke's youth that his best friends know nothing of, so he needs to know the source of the information. Hugo, Siren's husband, says it was Siren who discovered Lucy. For the next round, the truth Julian asks for is the location of Mr. Black's vault. Zeke is shocked again to discover how much Julian knows, and chooses sin. Julian wants something of equal value, so he gives Zeke less than a week to steal one billion dollars and deposit it into his account. This is too easily accomplished via Hugo's conveniently uber-wealthy parents.
To prove herself to Zeke, Siren agrees to divorce Hugo. Hugo follows through on a clause in their agreement allowing him to sell her in case of divorce. She ends up sold to a horrible man named Bishop. Zeke's price for purchasing her freedom is every last penny he owns, which he doesn't hesitate to pay. Siren, however, immediately pushes him away and the truth of what she suffered remains unknown.
Book four begins by first stepping back one week in time to Siren's captivity. Bishop wants to control her mind, so that even in freedom she thinks of him. He once loved, and suggests if she loves him (Zeke is not named), she should push him away or else she will destroy him. Siren later struggles with this as Zeke seeks to earn her trust and finally bring down the walls that separate them. They address the subject of Lucy as Zeke introduces her and Siren learns more about Zeke's past. Julian eventually calls Zeke in for another round of their game. He chooses sin and is required to deliver Mr. Black's yacht. Enzo Black and Kai thus enter the story and meet Siren. Zeke and Siren envision a future together after the danger they now face passes, and Siren agrees to marry Zeke.
Julian captures Lucy, Kai, and Siren and forces Zeke to choose which one of the three women whom he loves to be saved. He chooses Kai, a mother, as Lucy is dying and Siren has repeatedly told him not to save her from Julian. Kai is returned to Enzo. Zeke races to catch up with Julian but is captured by an unknown woman. Meanwhile, Siren is in a faraway place and agrees to whatever Julian wants in exchange for allowing Lucy's last moments to be peaceful.
Book five opens with Siren and Zeke each in captivity, brutally violated and beaten - Siren by Julian and Zeke by Palmer. Palmer is Lucy's former lover who suddenly shows up on the island and blames Zeke for Lucy's disappearance. Julian and Bishop are working together and bicker over who gets Siren first. Julian wins, claiming he is in charge. But when Bishop gets her, he claims to be in charge and is only interested in her mind. Siren negotiates her freedom from Bishop by promising him a horrible task. Bishop still insists no love is unbreakable but Siren refuses to believe him.
With Enzo's help, Siren retrieves Zeke and all return to Mr. Black's yacht. Zeke and Siren are both so damaged, however, that their future together is uncertain. They have a lot of pain, both physical and emotional, to work through. But Siren made a promise to Bishop that promises to shatter whatever pieces she and Zeke have managed to piece back together.
The final book has the various players trying to locate Lucy's box that contains the cancer virus and associated cure. It represents the power to pick and choose who lives and who dies. This has been Julian and his financier's target all along, and Bishop has teamed up with Julian in this effort as well, as they have many similar interests and it benefits them to work together. Zeke, Siren, Enzo, and Kai are hoping to reach the box first and destroy it.
As the story opens, to save Siren, Zeke has just shot Enzo as ordered by Julian. Enzo manages to go overboard and Kai follows after him. Zeke leaves Siren behind on Enzo's yacht with his friend Langston, who unbeknownst to Zeke, is also Bishop. Siren, pregnant with Zeke's baby, has learned that the dreaded and mind-controlling Bishop is Zeke's good friend. And Zeke agrees to take Julian to Alaska in search of the sought after box with the cancer virus, knowing he will likely never see Siren again.
Alone with Langston/Bishop, Siren struggles to determine if she is dealing with Langston, Zeke's good friend, or Bishop, a dark version of the man that evolved following excruciating heartbreak (presumably from Liesel). She notes that he hadn't hurt her physically and seems to mask his goodness, but he warns her he is not a good man. As truths unravel, his motives remain hazy.
The truths that are revealed are shocking and the action will keep you at the edge of your seat. As usual, things get tense and violent. And Zeke and Siren have great chemistry even in the midst of it all.
Zeke and Siren's story in Broken Anchor centers around destroying the box and their enemies so that they can get the elusive HEA they desperately hope for. The couple put behind any doubts about one another in book five when they were married. They are expectant parents now, so their lives will soon need stability. Zeke is paired with Julian, Siren with Bishop. Zeke, ever the protector, has more to worry about here as Siren is pregnant. He can't protect her when they are separated, and for the first time Siren needs to sit out of the fighting. They get caught up in the power stuggle between Julian and Bishop, which tests their strength.
There are some issues which merit mention. **Spoilers** First, coincidence plays perhaps too large a role. That a new generation happens to cross paths in a deadly game that they are already connected in is difficult to buy into. Second, there is a considerable amount of memory loss, some manipulated and some blocked reflexively, but taken altogether it feels too convenient. Third, Julian knew all along that Siren's memories needed to be recovered so it is unclear what his intentions were when he tried to take Zeke to Alaska and later when he takes Zeke again. The explanation is fuzzy. Fourth, it is unclear why Julian would make a deal on the box in exchange for Zeke when he already knows Siren has relevant buried memories - and then at the same time Julian believes Zeke still knows the location of the box that Lucy had given him. Fifth, Langston gives a long history of Siren and the box, but it is unclear how he pieced it all together. Sixth, it is unclear why Bishop had Siren make a pass at his friend Enzo in book five, and unclear why nobody questions it once his identity is known here. Seventh, the idea of killing someone Siren loves is extreme and not guaranteed to get results, yet seriously considered along with other extreme ideas. Eighth, it would have been easy to take out Julian and his men when they were on Langston's turf, torture him for info and hack his phone - like the original plan. The drama and broken friendships and trust were unnecessary. Ninth, the motivations of Siren's parents are confusing. They wanted to rid the world of evil but they were out for revenge for being pushed out of a drug and arms trade arrangement. Tenth, Langston mysteriously knows the hidden location of the box and shares it with Zeke near the end. Eleventh, Julian's strange and mysterious affection for Siren is never fully explained although even more questions arise during this final book. Finally, the many coincidences feel almost incestuous, and the choices are often unnecessarily complicated.
Zeke and Siren's final story is a dark suspenseful romance loaded with danger and deception that will finally answer most outstanding questions. Zeke and Siren hope to find their forever but circumstances may put forever out of reach. The book is nicely written. The POV alternates between Zeke and Siren, with a cameo in Kai's POV. The plot is very complex. The characters are well-defined. I rate this book 3.5 stars.
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What these two have to go through to finally be together is epic and well worth the read.
Ella Miles you rock