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 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, stand-alone Dark Romantic Suspense novel. NO Cliffhanger. Intended for mature readers.
This book gives an all new meaning to the term 'Hate Fuck.' I can't believe all that shit actually happened! I went into this thinking that it would be a lite-dark (yes that's a thing to me) book and that nothing too crazy would happen. I don't know exactly why I thought that, but I was wrong.
Adam has lived only for revenge ever since his sister was taken, and tortured before returning home only to kill herself. He wants the man that hurt his sister to pay for his sins, but Adam thinks that killing him would be too easy. So he waits and he plans until the time is right for him to hurt the one person his enemy loves most - his daughter.
Elle was excited at the thought of meeting a new man. She's ran into her neighbor a few times while coming and going to her apartment and when she finally gets to meet him up close, she realizes how good looking he his. She thinks it's a start of a new relationship, maybe even just friend with benefits, but what she never though was that he would end up being her ruin.
I feel like I should start seeing a therapist or something because I thought Adam was such a hot anti-hero. Even while he was being a complete psycho I wanted to jump him, and make him mine. His character was definitely a crazy one but I loved seeing how he viewed things and what he was willing to do to get his revenge.
Retribution will make you question everything, and you'll start to wonder what kind of person you are...
Is his vengeance warranted? Should she pay for her fathers sins? Can they move past the bad history?
I liked that the story kept me on my toes and was able to shock me. There was a lot that happened that I never really thought would, and the reactions from the characters made me wonder why I liked them. Elle was a tough girl for going through everything she did and yet was still able to come out on top. I loved the emotions we got to see from her and she felt very real to me.
Overall, I loved this story and I highly recommend it. I hope we'll get a story for Nikki because I really want to get updated on her. I'll be checking out Natasha Knight's other books since I've only read one or two before.
About the Author
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 but vulnerable, flawed, perhaps damaged but with an incredible capacity to love.