Author: Mandy Lou Dowson
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: May 4, 2015
Three people irrevocably linked.
A remorseless 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, and hell bent on taking all of his pent up rage out on one person in particular.
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?
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~~ Barb’s Review ~~
First, thanks to Give Me Books and Mandy for allowing me a copy of Retribution to read in exchange for an honest review. Secondly, SWEET dark and deadly maniacs. What a story. Dark, twisted and everything it promised to be. Braxton/Deagan was just… a man on a mission. Setting out to right a wrong in the best way he knew how. Retribution for years of jail time that was not his to be served. I loved it. I mean L.O.V.E.D. it!!
***small spoiler alert***
Okay so this story is dark, twisted, a bit of a wild card game but it is realllly good. We meet Braxton Alexander. Convicted murderer. A man with a dark anger inside of him wanting to be released. A man on a mission to get out from behind the bars that have held him captive for the last eight years. He has a debt to pay and so far he has made it through, doing what he can, saying what is needed to be said to get out. And get out he does. His plan is instantly put into play. But for two years he has to play it safe. Once his probation period is up its game on.
And two years later he is right where he wants to be. Working side by side with the man he is here to break. To destroy him slowly, piece by aching piece. Braxton who is going by Daegan Crane now is set up and in the inner circle of Brycen Cole. The man that has caused all of his problems for the last eight years. Eight long years. He has a plan and that plan once it is completely played out will not only put him back where he was but ease his hated and his heart. Or that was the plan. But as with any good plan things don’t always go the way you expect them to. The plan was get close, get in the inner circle and then slowly take everything from Brycen. His business, his money and his girl. Not to say it wasn’t easy to take his business all he needed was money, which he had from an inheritance his father had given Braxton so once he got out of prison he would never show his face at home again. Loving asshole of a father he has there. But anyways, using connections he had, favored owed to him and a number of pawns in his chess game Braxton/Daegan made his moves.
It doesn’t take long for things to start spiraling into a fury of events that have Brycen sweating, fuming even and Daegan sitting back smirking. Yes it all played out just as he had planned.. all but what happens between himself and Gemma. Brycen’s toy. The woman by his side. Once Daegan actually gets to spend time with her, tease her, get her wanting him.. the dumbass falls for her. He tries to not let her get under his dark hated and into his heart but she does. That act alone changes the plan. Because it leads her to his doorstep and into his bed. But before he can tell her of his mistrusts and lies Brycen finds them. What he tells Gemma can’t be denied. He makes Braxton tell her the truth of who he is. The moments of doubt, fear and mistrust from her break him. Watching Gemma walk out the door and away from them both hits him harder than it should have. But now that he cared for her he was lost. And alone.
Weeks later when an old ‘friend’ Demen comes to him he is in a rowdy, pissed off sulky mood. He misses Gemma. Before he left town he mailed her a letter and told her everything. The set up, about his arrest and why he now did what he did. He didn’t know that she wanted to see him, had gone looking for him but instead of finding Braxton, Brycen had found her. And now, three weeks later Demen has told him Gem is missing, Brycen is missing and its game on. He has to find his girl. Yes she is HIS girl. And so he calls in reinforcements. The biggest, baddest of the bad and the hunt is on.
Mandy Lou Dowson was born and raised in a small town in Ireland, in 1983, and at this stage in life, she's pretty sure the town won't let her leave. Family is a huge deal to Mandy. She has three wonderful children (most of the time), and two Siberian Huskies who are each as naughty as the other – in fact, she's sure they egg each other on in silly cartoon voices when nobody is looking.
“Climb out the window and get covered in mud.”
“No, I did it last time. You do it!”
“R'uh, r'oh, here SHE is. Shhh.”
When she's not writing, reading, or plotting her next book -- or, you know, world domination – , she likes to relax with a few glasses of wine and some karaoke. You can usually find her procrastinating on social media of some sort, chatting to fans and talking nonsense.
Mandy started reading at quite a young age and her appetite for the written word has only increased with time. It would not be at all surprising to find her reading anything and everything from shampoo bottles to Edgar Allan Poe.
She is the author of three different genres of romance books. The Moon Bound series, which is in the Paranormal Romance genre, and is gathering rave reviews, and the Taboo series, which is Contemporary with a hint of the forbidden, the first of which has gathered very mixed reviews across the board, from one extreme to the other.
She has also made a foray into Dark Romance recently, with her first title in the genre, Retribution, releasing in Summer 2015.