Monday, 4 May 2015

Mandy Lou Dowson - Retribution

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Dark Romance. This book is not suggested for younger readers due to the sexually explicit content, violence and over all theme. This is not your typical romance, and will not appeal to all readers.

Three people irrevocably linked.
A heartless killer.
A shady businessman.
A woman caught in the cross-fire.

Braxton Alexander is a beast without remorse; a vessel filled with hate. Imprisoned for the murder of the one girl who loved him, now he is free.

Brycen Cole knows he must stop Braxton from taking everything he has and turning it to ash.

Gemma Woods has loved Brycen for years, but ever so slowly the happiness she once felt in the arms of her lover has turned to fear and resentment.

Braxton has one goal, one thought, and one mission – destroy Brycen Cole, by any means necessary.  
He will not stop.  
He will not fail.  
Like a juggernaut, he will keep coming, destroying everything in his wake.

Brycen runs a successful corporation and provides a lot of pay-checks; he also has a shady past and a dark talent for hiding things.

Gemma spots the wolf in sheep’s clothing but cannot stop gravitating towards him again and again.

What happens when the lines between good and evil become blurred?
What happens when the one you love is the one you should fear?
What happens when the one you fear becomes the only one you can trust?

Mandy Lou Dowson's 'Retribution' had me hooked from the word go.

We meet Braxton Alexander and learn he had been sentenced for the death of his then girlfriend. But despite him being the bad boy we learn wasn't him surely?! This remains the question throughout but we know it haunts him. We know it's his reason for seeking out his enemy he holds so much contempt for.

Braxton has a score to settle with Brycen and he would feel the wrath of Braxton Alexander.  

"Retribution would be his"

Braxton needed to get close enough to Brycen to execute his plan. He would do that under the alias Daegen. So that's what he would do. Close enough to gain his trust, access to his life, and Gem.

"The darkness in me craves your light. It's too fucking hard to deny."

I don't want to say too much more but I could literally rant about this book till the end of time. With the three different POVs made it all more fascinating in getting to know the characters all the more.  

The dark twists and turns of the story continues throughout and there really is something for everyone in here. From the crime lord, to the violence, to the love story. All leading to the retribution of one man.  

I can't give this book any higher praise. I loved it!  
A 5* rating doesn't seem enough for Mandy's latest release. 

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Get your copy of Retribution here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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