Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Source: Zeitghost Media
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (August, 2011)
Series: Dark-Hunter #20
Rating: B; Great, would want to read again
Heat Level: 4; Very hot
Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series is still going strong with her latest installment, Retribution. With a rowdy gunslinger, a damsel hell-bent on getting revenge and the impending apocalypse, this novel is a one heck of a journey.
William Jessup Brady a/k/a Sundown has never lived his life on the right side of the law. When he finally finds the one woman worth changing for, his partner in crime kills him on his wedding day. Not one to let things go easily, he exchanges his soul with a Greek goddess to have his revenge and become an immortal Dark-Hunter.
Orphan Abigail Yager has been raised to believe Dark-Hunters are the enemies of the world. After all, Dark-Hunter Jess Brady brutally killed both her parents in cold blood. She has been raised and trained to protect her adoptive family’s race and to destroy the Dark-Hunters. More than anything though, she wants Jess…dead.
When Jess is ordered to find the person responsible for the recent Dark-Hunter deaths, he never expected to find Abigail. He realizes she looks very familiar and resembles a part of his past that he wishes he could forget. He is also shocked she’s out for revenge since Jess most certainly did not kill her parents. With everything that’s happening, Jess can’t help but feel something funny is going on. Then they find out Abigail has unintentionally started the apocalypse. Jess and Abigail must decide if they can fight together to stop it before all hell breaks loose…literally.
Well I always love me a good Dark-Hunter novel! Retribution is certainly up to par with the rest of the series as this series just seems to keep going on and on! I really enjoyed the different approach with this novel taking on a western flair with Native American history but still keeping true to the Greek history and paranormal craziness that Kenyon fans love best. Retribution certainly kept you on your toes wondering what was going on or what was going to happen next. It had a great supporting cast of characters, witty dialogue and plenty of excitement.
I have always thought Kenyon created the best paranormal heroes and this book continues my theory. Jess is the bad boy cowboy with a ‘give ‘em hell’ attitude…which is completely adorable! Still, he has a past that tortures him every day. Underneath it all is a gentle heart just trying to do right in the world to atone for his sins. All this together makes a character any girl would swoon over.
“I gotcha.” Sundown’s grip tightened on her hand in a silent promise that he wouldn’t let go.
She locked both her hands around his and hoped he wasn’t holding a grudge against her for anything. “Please don’t drop me.”
He actually winked at her. “Not on your life.”
The reason this book does not have a perfect rating is the history between the two characters. Without going into too much detail, Abigail and Sundown have a bit of a past. Abigail would flashback to these moments and it was really distracting to their romance. In her flashbacks, she was a child and since Jess is immortal, he looked the same as he does for the current time of the book. It was a little odd to read, but not that major of a hindrance. It’s also a very fast romance. The book is focused around a time period of one or two days, so if you like your paranormal romance a little more drawn out, this may not be the book for you.
Could you read this book as a stand alone? Absolutely. Should you? That I’m not so positive about. Plenty of characters from earlier books are brought in to help save the world and new fans may be a little lost. I will say for as much history as this series has, Kenyon does an excellent job of recapping or explaining the history of her paranormal world. I don’t know of any other series that manages to explain everything so quickly and so thoroughly. Old fans who haven’t visited this world in a while will appreciate the effort that is taken to bring you up to speed.
Suffice it to say, I completely enjoyed Retribution. Kenyon is proving to be an unstoppable literary force in the paranormal world as she continues her amazing Dark-Hunters series. Who knew the end of the world could be so much fun? And so funny? Dark Hunter fans won’t want to miss this!