Retribution (The Protectors #3)

Title: Retribution (The Protectors #3)
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 17th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Ex Special Forces soldier Michael “Hawke” Hawkins has spent every day of the last ten years waiting for the moment he would get to watch the life fade from the eyes of the men who brutally murdered his wife, but when he finally gets the break he’s been waiting for, the trail leads him to someone he wasn’t expecting.

After nearly two years of running, 24-year-old Tate Travers has become an expert at hiding…until the day a dangerous stranger shows up looking for vengeance and threatens to destroy the fragile life Tate has managed to build for himself and his five-year-old son. Except the life Tate has been struggling to hold on to started unraveling long before Hawke showed up looking for the same men Tate has been running from…his own father and older brother.

Retribution – it’s all Hawke has wanted since the day he held his wife’s hand as she took her last breath. And he won’t give that up for anything or anyone…not even the tormented young man trying to give his little boy a better life. Because Tate is the only one who can lead Hawke to the men he’s been searching for. And if it means forcing the young man to confront the past that nearly destroyed him, then so be it.

Only the last thing Hawke expects to feel is something besides the hatred that has driven him. And he definitely never expected to feel it for a man.

But when it comes down to choosing between the unwanted feelings Tate stirs in him and the revenge he’s finally close enough to taste, will Hawke be able to give up the one thing that has kept him going for a second chance at a future he gave up on ever having?

Sloane Kennedy’s books are my new addiction. Admittedly, there are OTT moments, and sometimes I really need to suspend my disbelief, but I just don’t care! There’s so much emotion and passion and intensity in her stories, which make me come back again and again.

Absolution is still my favorite book in the series, but this one came close.

Trigger warning:

There is a sex scene here that I would classify as dub-con. I admit that it made me a little uncomfortable. But if it’s not a trigger for you, don’t let it stop you.

We met Hawke in Salvation. Hawke is still grieving the loss of his wife. But while trying to avenge her death, he crosses with Tate’s path, who’s living a different kind of hell. And that’s all I’m going to say, because I don’t want to spoil the story. Just know that it’s like an adventure with quite a few surprising turns.

I normally, don’t like kids in my books, but Matty is the star here. He stole the show and he stole my heart. He made me cry and clutch my kindle. Matty is all about superheroes, but let me tell you…he’s the superhero in this book.

The grieving part is done exceptionally well. It felt genuine ant true. Hawke just can’t let his dead wife go. Even when he realises he’s falling for Tate. I won’t lie; there was a point I thought that Hawke will never be able to give Matty what he deserves. I was wrong.

The sex is scorching, and there’s dirty talk and shirts are being torn apart.

Once again, this felt a little insta-lovey for me. It’s not that the characters didn’t have a lot of time to fall in love with each other, because they did. It’s just that the transition from “I want you” to “I love you” wasn’t all that smooth.

I’m very happy that this wasn’t the end of the series, and that there will be another book. I read the excerpt and Mav’s story sounds fantastic. I can’t wait!

To the person who wrote the song and the these few lines in the beginning: your words are amazing, and they floored me.

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Mother, wife, teacher and READER. I read MM almost exclusively. My kindle is my best friend and the most important thing in my life after my son. My poor husband…

I read MM romance almost exclusively. As a reader I don’t have any hard limits except incest. I like Contemporary and Historicals and I rarely read Paranormal unless recommended…

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