Sunday, July 31, 2011

ARC review Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Retribution (Dark-Hunter #20)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Source: Request from publisher
Genre: Paranormal romance
Fromat: Hardcover
Authors website 

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief- Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meets the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster...

Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.

I am going to have to rate this book a little different. The story is great. I loved the characters the powers they had to use and I really enjoyed the Indian heritage brought to the plate. I also was very thankful that there wasn’t a bunch of new characters added to keep up with. You’ll find humor, adventure and danger, with all of this mixed together it made this one a fast pace read. So, for the story I give a 4.

Now, for the romance I have to give a 2. Yep, this one feel very short in the romance. I never felt one spark between Jess and Abigail and at times I never felt anything believable about them being together. Don’t expect a hot romance in this story.

I really hate to go more to the story with such a big description for the book. I do want to tell you a little that goes on. Jess knew Abigail when she was a baby and kid after her parents accident (which you’ll have to read to find out what happened) he lost track of her after that, until one day he came face to face with Abigail which wasn’t as much fun as he would have liked. I have to admit it took me a bit to warm up to this idea and I really don’t know why, but it creeped me out. LOL Abigail has a thing for Jess, but it’s not want you think she wants him dead. After taking the wrong advice she has open a can of worm so to speak and now she has to turn to the one who she hates to get her out of the mess she has gotten into.

I liked Jess, he strong and caring. Abigail well she tends to hold way to much of a grudge and wont drop it. After a while it got boring.

At the end you’ll find a bonus scene for Asheron and Troy’s birth of their son. It was good except for one instance. I didn’t care for Artemis being there one bit, but that’s me:)

 Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Tara for sending me a review copy. 


  1. I haven't even started this series yet much less book 20.

  2. I read book one and tried to make it through the second book. Some how this series just didn't stick with me. I gave up on it.

  3. Danielle- LOL Well that's some of the series there more then 20 really if you want to read them all.

    Cynthia- I could understand your not being into this series.

  4. OH so JEALOUS you got a review copy!! I'll pick up mine tomorrow. I have to say I've been a bit disappointed with the DH books of late. *sigh* Of course, it being one of my favorite series, I'll still read it. Thanks for the review.

  5. What's the name of Ash's son???? I was betting it would be a girl named Ryssa.

  6. Twimom227- I agree with the disappointing and I am still there after this one. I hope you enjoy it. Your welcome.

    Jen- Do I really have to spell it all out it's quite long?? LOL. Ok so SPOILER HERE DON'T LOOK UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW and don't complain if you looked;) Sebastos Eudorus Parhenopaeus and don't ask me to pronounce it, I'm calling him Ash II or baby Ash LOL

  7. I was on pins and needles waiting for this book to come out since SK hadn't written an DH book in a while and I must say I was sorely disappointed. Although this novel was funny and Jesse was a personable DH, there was way to much gloom and doom for a romance novel and the only hot scene in this book was a quickie in a cramped car surrounded by a swarm of killer wasps. After that the two characters (Jess and Aby)that had great reasons to hate and mistrust each other were "baby this" and "honey that". There was no transition from "I hate you" to "I love you" because in the two days that these characters were thrown together, there were several characters with then at any given time with impending danger and plagues at every turn. I don't mind that this book has had a shift from Greek mythology to Native American mythology (although I miss it), it's just that it was not SK finest work. The book is a good/decent read alone but within the series, it's a flop. I gave this two thumbs down, 2 stars and a warning to save your money and get it free at the library or wait until it comes out in paperback when its cheaper. I feel bad saying this as an SK fan but that's how this books makes me feel. ;(

  8. I have not read this book yet, but it's on my reading to-do list very soon!! I have to say, I'm getting a bit disappointed in general with Sherrilyn Kenyon...I'm a long time fan of hers- but it seems that each new book she kicks out, is just not as good as the last one. I wish she would go back to the good ole days and write fabulous, amazingly heart-stopping romantic stories about the great Dark Hunters like Kyrian, Zarek and Wulf (although not really a DH). Those are what really hooked me to her wonderful DH world. I remember how excited I was to read Ash's story and since, it's been sort of a letdown :( I always hope for the best and sometimes she surprises me...but I'm sad when she doesn't.


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