Review: Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

6 Oct

Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
St. Martins Press (August 2011)
Hardback: $25.99; ebook: $12.99
ISBN: 9780312546595

Favorite Lines: “You know, Jess. If something breaks in and eats me while you’re gone, you’re going to feel real bad about it. You’ve seen the movies. Read the books. You know it happens. Sidekick and girlfriend always get kidnapped, snuffed, or usually both by the bad guys after the good ones.” (p. 179)

Harm no human…

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 meeting 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…

I’m just gonna come right out and say it. I’m not a fan of this new Dark-Hunter novel. Gasp! Normally I love each new installment of the series, but Retribution–book 20–steered so far away from my expectations that I didn’t want to finish it. It feels like a spinoff of the Dark-Hunters, not part of it. I didn’t like the way the Native American mythology was intermingled with the usual Greek mythology.

I have very few good things to say about Retribution because I was so irritated and hung up on distractions. Number one, I hated the way Jess spoke. The colorful comparisons came constantly and became irritants. Every time he spoke or thought I wanted him to shut the hell up.

Number two, when I read the name of the man everyone had mad respect for, I wanted to roll my eyes and say chocolate in Spanish. His name? Choo Co La Tah.

Number three, I was grossed out by the idea of a man falling in love with a woman he knew and cared for as a child. He was friends with her mother before she became pregnant with the heroine. Afterward he was a common fixture in the heroine’s life until her parents were murdered. The heroine clearly remembers the hero from her childhood and moments later they’re making out. Dis-gus-ting.

And in that instant, she had another memory. Sundown sitting at her kitchen table, coloring with her….Abigail had beamed with happiness while her mother brought them both a cup of hot chocolate. When her mother turned her back, Jess had added hs marshmallows to Abigail’s cup because they were her favorite. He’d winked at her and then held his finger to his lips and cut his eyes to her mother’s back to tell her to be quiet about it so neither of them would get in trouble for it. She couldn’t count the number of times he’d done something sweet like that for her.– p. 83

Jess couldn’t move with  her cradled against him as she breathed raggedly in his ear, sending chills down his arm. Every inch of her body was pressed against his. And deep inside, he felt something in him stir. Something he hadn’t felt in a long time. Before he could rethink his intentions, he nuzzled her neck. A low moan escaped her lips. He started to pull away, but she cupped his head, stopping him. Then she did the most unexpected thing of all. She kissed him.–p. 115

When the spacing of the heroine’s childhood memories occurs right before the couple become intimate, I’m even grossed out more. It makes me feel like the hero is a dirty old man.

Number four, I didn’t like the heroine. She was a murderer who got a happily ever after. Granted she was the reincarnation of a special woman, but come on. She killed several Dark Hunters and a Native American guardian. Then everyone forgave her super quick.

I’m sorry to say that Kenyon did not meet my expectations for the first time in Dark Hunter history. (I wasn’t a fan of the Dream Hunter series, either.) The only part of the book that I truly loved was the bonus scene at the end of the story. The bonus showed Ash and Soteria’s child being born. There were several characters from past books present, as well. Something else happens in the bonus section between Ash and Artemis that could prove to be a game changer. I’m excited to see how it plays out in future Dark-Hunter books.


4 Responses to “Review: Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon”

  1. A Buckeye Girl Reads October 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    I couldn’t finish this one. I tried three different times, and it was almost like someone else wrote the book, wasn’t it? The two before this one where just meh, and how can you have a dark hunter book with out Ash or Simi? A bonus chapter just doesn’t cut it for me.

  2. scooper October 9, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I agree. It was…different.

  3. Mad Dark Hunter Fan November 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I agree with your review I, was so disappointed!!! I couldn’t finish this book either. This is the first time I haven’t finished a Kenyon book! The only good part of this book is the bonus scene.

  4. scooper November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    The bonus scene was great. I didn’t expect Artemis to do what she did though…

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