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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Retribution by Sally Royer-Derr

Retribution by Sally Royer-Derr
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: contemporary, suspense
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Book Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Alex is back and looking for revenge. His romance with the prison psychologist made him a free man, and once again his sights are set on Amy. The strong love Amy and Danny share continues to grow after fourteen years of marriage, but will Alex destroy their lives in his zealous quest for retribution?

Retribution by Sally Royer-Derr is an interesting, fast-paced short story that could be read in one sitting. Though the story is not really a romance unless you count the solid, ongoing relationship of our hero and heroine, I enjoyed it for the tension created, the “What is going to happen to this nice family?” feeling I got that kept me turning pages.

Retribution started out with a nice set-up. Danny and Amy Lopez and their kids are enjoying a nice family day together. Things start out very pleasant and happy. It’s a charming beginning; cozy even.

Then the tension begins. A man, Alex, is up for parole, and this gives Amy a lot to be worried about. She was responsible for putting him behind bars many years earlier, and she has reason to believe that he’ll come after her and her family for revenge. This not truly being a romance, I felt that something really bad might truly happen. An unhappy ending? Could it be possible? The story’s title, Retribution, made me think that maybe I’d read about a crime to come. Maybe the wife, the husband, or one of the kids would be hurt or killed and the surviving spouse/parent would get retribution.

Then it became clear that retribution really did refer to a crime of the past and not something to come, and would be attempted by the man being released from prison, but this did not interfere with the tension and therefore, the enjoyment of reading the story.

Things pick up even more when Amy and Danny’s children are involved in some scary things. I had to know how they were going to get out of this mess. This plotline kept me reading, and I’d recommend this short, fast-paced story if you’re in the mood for suspense.