- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: My identifiers Australian ISBN agency (May 31, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0648332411
- ISBN-13: 978-0648332411
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
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"One of those stories that you're hard pressed to put down".TheresaSmith Writes
I was fairly captivated from thestart, intending for this to be my work lunch break book for this week,however, I got so into it that I kept reading at home and now I'll need to pickanother lunch break book because Retribution only lasted for one day.
The ballet dancing - loved all of this! Jessie's dedication and drive to fulfil her ultimate goal was admirable.Despite being so single focused, she still came across as someone you would want to hang out with.
The hero - there wasn't much tonot love about BJ. He really was a dream personified, and such a gentleman! Hewas perfectly suited to Jessie and they complimented each other well.
The atmosphere - Diane's prose is a delight, her settings were infused with atmosphere, be it in the city or the country. She brought Melbourne to life so well and the Yass countryside just sang from the pages.
Whiskey the dog - I can't go pasta great dog character and Whiskey was such a beautiful, obedient, loyal dog.Plus, I used to have a Border Collie so I have a particular soft spot for thatbreed. I kept picturing my old dog as Whiskey, so she was always going to be awinner for me.
For those who read a lot of romance and romantic suspense, this is a novel that will appeal to you immensely. There's plenty of romantic tension and sizzling scenes of anticipation. The issues explored were done so with sensitivity and obvious research. The suspense aspect of the story was well drawn out with a few unexpected twists. There's plenty going on in Retribution and you'll find it to be one of those stories that you're hard pressed to put down.
From the Author
Retribution is a romantic suspense, a genre where the suspense element and the romantic relationship are equally important to the plot. I wanted to give a rich emotional depth to the story by constructing complex character arcs in a story that merges the deeper elements of life, love and hope.
This story is my way of paying tribute to the people who have endured more than most. Those who have lived hellish childhoods, those who have fought for our freedom, those who have experienced unimaginable trauma and those who may never recover from their suffering. With the overarching theme of forgiveness and redemption, Retribution pays homage to the human condition in all its glory and misery.
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This book is well-written and fairly fast paced with most of the action occurring within a two-week time period in December. I really appreciated that the author did not go overboard on detail about either MC 's career and kept the plot focused on the building tension related to Jessie's stalker and her family's loss. The secondary plot line about Jessie's mysterious nightmares helped extend the drama.
Brad (BJ), the hero, is strong, brooding and blamed himself for way too much, but he's a perfect hero. Jessie is a great heroine: strong and super focused on working toward her career dream but a bit weaker emotionally in the insecurities and doubts she harbors about the love of her family. The romance part of the story is fairly sweet and subdued but does have a bit of a sexy flare eventually. As to the stalker, I liked the use of alternating POVs that took us into his warped mind way before we learned his identity.
All in all, an enjoyable romantic suspense read with some great characters, both good and evil.
I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
BJ, a.k.a. Brad Jordan, attends Jessie’s yoga classes and steps in to help when a mugger attacks Jessie after a class. He’s a former SAS sniper who lost his wife and daughter to a drink driving crash, so no stranger to heartbreak. BJ is also a natural protector so it’s no surprise that Jessie turns to him for help when she needs it.
There were some lovely aspects to this story. I adored the imagery as Dianne Demetre described the countryside around Wee Jasper. It’s country I’m familiar with and I swear I could have been there thanks to her descriptions. I liked the story too, especially because of the central role played by BJ’s border collie Whiskey.
I did find the pace of this story a bit patchy and tension came and went from time to time, which meant I found it difficult to stay focused on the story. I also felt the use of first person to take us into the head of Jessie’s stalker really didn’t work, but this could be a personal taste thing. Much of the dialogue seemed forced and I struggled to accept the almost instant relationship between Brad and Jessie.
Overall I think this novel has some lovely aspects though it did seem to need some polishing to turn it into a really good story. A thoroughly good edit would do this story a lot of favours and allow it to shine.