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Retribution [Kindle Edition]

J.L. Campbell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

JUSTINE CHARLES is still trying to put the pieces of her life together seven years after a disastrous extra-marital affair. She’s raising a troubled teenage daughter and six-year-old Emile, the result of her indiscretion.

A chance meeting drops the still-scorching Xavier McKellop back on her radar. Her former lover is hurt and furious that Justine has kept his son’s birth a secret. She has little choice when Xavier demands time with Emile.

Though the moments between Justine and Xavier are tense, it’s evident the flame of attraction between them still burns hot. And just as she begins to hope and dream about being with the only man who ever stirred her heart, body and soul, Justine’s life is thrown into chaos. Her daughter discovers Justine’s betrayal and Xavier’s soon-to-be ex-wife wants him back.

This time around, in her quest for love, Justine might not only lose her deepest desire, but everything she holds dear.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2092 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (January 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8XY59A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Hide the Truth Forever April 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the reasons that I like Ms. Campbell's novels is they're like taking a little trip to Jamaica, only one that fits my current budget.

Yolanda, Justine's 14-year-old daughter, is playing guitar. Unknown to Justine, the music shop, Rapporté, where Yolanda prefers to shop and have her guitar worked on, belongs to Xavier. Xavier, the man with whom Justine broke off a passionate affair, seven years ago. The man who is 6 ½ year-old Emile's father, but doesn't know it.

Until the day a now-widowed Justine brings Yolanda's guitar in for more work, and Emile follows his mother into the shop, while Xavier comes out to meet this super-fussy customer.

This novel continues the story of Justine and Xavier from Distraction, but works on its own as a stand-alone; you don't have to read Distraction to enjoy this novel. However, unlike Distraction, only has one storyline, that of Justine and Xavier. Girlfriends Dionne and Kyra do make cameo appearances, they do not carry their own storylines.

While it takes Xavier only one glance to realize that Emile is his son, he does not know that Justine is widowed. She does not know that Xavier has been separated from his wife for two years, and has already filed for divorce. This novel is about how these two people, who are still so strongly drawn to one another, learn to admit the chemistry is still there, to forgive past wounds, and to work towards a relationship that is complicated by their children.

I felt like this started out a bit slow, and Justine was irritatingly wussy at first. In the middle, it really caught fire. The chapter headings that all begin with a Jamaican proverb are wonderful, and I liked getting to hear from Xavier's point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing... November 24, 2014
By Dst4T
Format:Kindle Edition
J.L. Campbell's "Retribution" was a hell of a read and picked up right where "13 Steps to Distraction" left off. I absolutely love the 3 best friends that are there for each other through thick and thin. I hate that I didn't read these two stories before I read "Absolution" because I would have had a much better appreciation for that story when reading it. I was more sympathetic toward Annette in "Absolution" even though I knew she had issues, but after reading the first two stories of this group, I am glad that Xavier handled jus business and that Justine got her man, lol. I can't wait to read the next story in this Intriguing a Series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retribution by J.L. Campbell March 28, 2013
By qtpa2t
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love the book and I've read the 2 prior. There is an excerpt for the book after this but it isn't out yet and no one knows when it will be. :(
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4.0 out of 5 stars Xaver, the Music Man, is Back! February 22, 2013
By Mina B.
Format:Kindle Edition
Like most of the readers, I read the first chapter of Retribution back when I read Distraction. Since then, almost a year later, I've waited for this book. All I can say is Xavier is back! The story picks up where the Justine and Xavier's relationship left off some seven years later. Justine knew the day would come when she'd have to face Xavier and reveal the secret that could ruin everything they had, including the beautiful memories they created. They meet unexpectedly only now Justine is a widow, cursed with relentless guilt of her past wrong doings. Xavier steps back into Justine's life, forcing her to make the right choices for her and her son's future. Xavier was such a rock in the book and I will forever refer to him as the music man. Both characters made significant mistakes in their lives, but the beauty was their determination to see things through for the good of their family's future. With the years comes more challenges like raising teenagers and divorce. What I loved about Retribution, was Campbell didn't write a cookie-cut romance, she wrote a beautifully in-depth story about love, loss, friendship and how wonderful things can be when two people make amends.

On a side not, I can't get enough of the Proverbs Campbell put before each chapter, giving the reader a hint of what's to come. I loved this. Here's a sample:
Proverb: Bush have ears and wall have eyes.
Meaning: Be careful how you disclose sensitive information that can filter to those you don’t want to know your business.

If you're looking for a different take on romance and you're willing to take a journey with a couple that make their fair share of mistakes, then Retribution is just the book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retribution September 4, 2014
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She did it again! All I can say is that musician is a real man. Justine needs to be happy finally.
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More About the Author

J.L. Campbell is an award-winning Jamaican writer, who is always on the hunt for story-making material.

She writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. Campbell is the author of A Baker's Dozen-13 Steps to Distraction, Anya's Wish, Chasing Anya, Contraband, Christine's Odyssey, Dissolution, Distraction, Don't Get Mad...Get Even, Kicked to the Kerb, Retribution, Taming Celeste, Saving Sam and Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson).

She also writes non-fiction and is a certified editor.

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