Saturday, April 23, 2016

Retribution by Natasha Knight


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.

Break it.

Break her.

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 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.

Please note: Retribution is a dark read with an HEA Adam and Elle will more than earn. No cliffhanger, only a dirty talking Alpha male with an agenda and a liking for dirty, kinky sex.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Adam Smith is on a mission to avenge his sister’s death. She was kidnapped at 24 years old and held as a sex slave. She was able to escape, but when she returned home, she was never the same. After being home for two weeks she couldn't handle it anymore and she took her own life.

Now, 15 years later, Adam is finally able to hurt the man that hurt his sister. And the way to do it was to kidnap the man’s daughter. Elle Vega doesn't know all that her father was involved in and if she did, she looked the other way. She lives in a condo and has an allowance paid by her father. While Adam has been following Elle for a few weeks, his is getting closer to taking her. He will break her just as Vega broke his sister. But when Adam actually meets Elle when she cuts her hand and he helps her, he begins to see her for who she is, a real person that just might be innocent. Elle sees Adam as a good guy and even after he takes her, she still sees the good guy behind the monster he tries to become. What Adam can't understand is after all the pain and hurt, Elle still sees the good man he is. So with the help of his mentor, Clay, and Alex, another woman Vega hurt in the past, will they be able to bring him down? Will Adam be able to forget Elle once her father pays for his sister’s death? Can Elle move forward without Adam? Will Adam and Elle win in the end?

This is a really good story that is dark and the pain and heartache that Adam has gone through will break your heart. This is a first for me from Natasha Knight and I can't wait to read more from her.

Retribution was an okay read; it wasn't my personal favorite so that may taint my review a bit.
Adam is looking for revenge. He needs RETRIBUTION for the awful tragedy that befell his family at the hands of a Mafioso family. He has a plan, he has his sights set on Elle to make those plans a reality.
What he doesn't expect is to actually like Elle...

Okay, so basically this is a captive story that is a bit different then "normal" – I'd actually call it a quasi-captive story (as this is only a small part of the story).
I never felt the chemistry between Elle & Adam, honestly I don't even particularly like these characters. He's one dimensional, she is just everything I dislike in a heroine.
No matter how much torture Adam inflicts upon Elle, she remains steadfast in her belief that he's "a good guy" and is always ready to "take" him.

I wanted to love this story, unfortunately it just wasn't for me.

Fifteen years ago, Adam's sister was kidnapped and used as a sex slave. When she escaped, she couldn't live with the things that were done to her and she killed herself. Adam has held a grudge all this time. He's been trying to find a way to make the man that took her pay and the best way to do that is by taking away the one thing that means the most to him, his daughter, Elle. Elle has no idea what her father has been up to.

Adam has been following Elle for some time, even moving into the same condo, to keep track of her. What he doesn't expect is to have feelings for her. He likes taking care of her and that can't happen. Adam kidnaps her and tries to make her pay, but he can't quite be as dark as he needs to be. Elle's opinion of Adam never seemed to waiver, after all the abuse, she still always saw him as the good guy.

I did like the dark-ish and suspenseful story line. Adam didn't get dark enough for me, but it kept me invested and I had to know what was going to happen.

I enjoyed this read. When I read the summary, I thought the story would be darker. It was a little lighter then I would have preferred, but the suspense kept me interested. I found it fast paced and interesting.

USA Today Bestselling author Natasha Knight writes dark romance as well as spanking romance in a variety of genres including contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction and fantasy. She is a #1 Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories forever searching in every story for that single most important element of love. All of her stories contain at least one kinky Alpha male, lots of dirty talk and a well-deserved happily ever after.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Retribution by Natasha Knight to read and review.

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