Payback’s a bitch — or it would be for Elle.
Fifteen years ago, my sister was kidnapped. For months, she’d endured hell. Somehow, she’d survived it. Someway, she’d escaped her captors. But it hadn’t mattered. In fact, it had been like losing her twice, because six weeks after she came home, she was dead, and the man responsible was alive and well, oblivious to her fate, ignorant to what he had coming.
Fifteen years I’d been waiting for this moment, all that time, planning, preparing, readying to put things into motion. To finally make the SOB pay for what he’d done.
Killing him was too easy. Too quick. No. There was a much better way to exact revenge.
Take what he loved best.
I just didn’t realize that in the process of destroying the girl, I’d destroy myself.
“I only want your pain.”
I hadn’t understood what those words meant, not really. Not until he made me understand.
I noticed Adam the very first day he moved into my building. He was a badass on a bike in a thousand-dollar suit. When he looked at me, it was with a hunger just this side of obscene.
Our meetings were strange, accidental. Too coincidental. There was something about Adam. Something I couldn’t put my finger on.
Something I couldn’t resist.
He told me I didn’t know him. He warned me to run as far from him as I could. He was moody. Dark. I’d found it romantic. I didn’t know, and I wouldn’t realize until it was too late that he’d meant for me to heed his warnings. That some part of him had hoped I would run, that I would escape him.
For too many years, vengeance had fueled him. It had taught him hate. The object of that hate? My father. And me? I was the means to my father’s end. Adam would destroy my father by destroying me.
I accused him of being a monster, of being no different than those who took his sister, but even in the harshest moments, all I could see in his eyes was pain. And like a fool, all I wanted was to touch that darkness.
To make it light.
Retribution is a full-length, complete Dark Romantic Suspense novel. No Cliffhanger. Intended for mature readers. Contains BDSM content.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve never read this author before, but this certainly is not my last book of hers. I was looking for something different. My usual go to is contemporary romance. But the blurb of this book was different than my usual reads. Edgier. Darker. And I am so glad I went outside my normal reads. I found it difficult to even put this book down.
“I wanted to give it to him, wanted give him everything, and as he took from me, he gave me back all of him, letting me see him, his darkness, his weakness, his strength, his vulnerability, his pain.”
Adam Smith is looking for payback. Years ago his sister suffered an unfortunate faith at the hands of a man he now despises. But killing or hurting him would’ve been too easy. It’s not enough. But breaking his heart through, his daughter, Elle Vega? That’s his plan. He wants her to suffer as his sister did. But when he comes face to face with Elle he knows she is not the only person that is about to break.
Adam found that destroying Elle would mean losing a part of himself. He feels something towards her. This was never part of the plan. But as he spends time with her, they build a connection. Something he’s never felt with anyone else. She sees him. Beyond the walls he tries to put up. But it is at that time that Adam knows it can go not go on any longer. He makes a decision. His sister must not be forgotten. And Elle must pay.
The writing is impeccable. The story line? Flawless. The execution of the story is mind-blowing! I held on to every word. The chemistry between Adam and Elle is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s so powerful and emotional. Highly erotic and sensual. While Adam wants to destroy Elle, his heart cries out for all of his wrong doing. And despite Adam’s pain, Elle still sees a light in him, even through his darkness. Their love is unconventional. Their love push boundaries. Their loves make you FEEL. Their love hurts, It's ugly. Yet it is beautiful. You may not understand the depths of love until you read their story. That out of something ugly like greed and vengeance, love can still exist. Love perseveres. It endures all.
Retribution is not for the faint of heart. Nothing is as it seems. There are many twists and turns you never see coming. This story is cruel, gritty, and raw. Their love story is not an easy one. But you will be absolutely captivated. It allows you to see that love can never be confined into a box. One does not define love. The author brilliantly tackles themes that are hard to read, but she allows you to understand. The character development in this story is amazing. Your heart will race as the story unfolds. You will question your thoughts and ideas of love. How far can you go for the one you love and are you willing to lose yourself in the process? This heart wrenching story is a must read.
Natasha Knight is the author of several BDSM and spanking erotic romances all of which explore the mind of the Dominant male and the submissive female, discovering just beneath the surface of each story that key element of love. Her characters are as human as she: powerful and vulnerable, flawed, perhaps damaged but with an incredible capacity to love.
For more information, follow Natasha's blog and read excerpts of her work at http://www.natasha-knight.com.
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