ARC Review: Retribution (Valentine Shepherd, #2) by Shana Figueroa

cover105329-mediumTitle: Retribution (Valentine Shepherd, #2)

Author: Shana Figueroa

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Expected Publishing Date: February 7, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 368

Rating: 3.5 Stars


V is for vengeance . . .

Private investigator Valentine Shepherd plays by one set of rules: hers. She’s haunted by dark, cryptic visions of the future, not to mention an aching hole in her chest where her heart—and the love of her life, Max Carressa—used to be. But when Val’s search for a missing woman leads to her own night of terror, the only thing on Val’s mind is revenge.

In the months since Val walked away from their relationship, Max has tried to move on. Yet, when she asks for his help tracking down her attacker, he knows resistance is futile; he’ll do anything for Val. Even sacrifice himself to save her.

♦ Personal Thought ♦

Well. I give this to the author: she doesn’t pull any punches. When the scenario asked for it that the heroine need to be invested in the case and feel the pain, pain and suffering she got. Poor Valentine. After all the thing she had gone through in Vengeance, and to fall victim here like that… whew.

The story picked up a few months after Vengeance ended, with Max (seemed to) move on and Val juggling between cases. One pulled her deeper than she could handle that she reached out to her exes for help. Notice that I use plural on the EX? XD That surprise the heck out of me, but if you’ve read Val’s previous book you could (maybe) understand her reasons.

This series is one of the twisted story I read in a while. There is no simple black and white, reader could expect help coming from unlikely source and vice versa. This series is riddled with grey characters. Even Val was a rather selfish and terrible friend here that I often thought she deserved bad things that happened to her. The concept of “best friend” only apply when one needed help, otherwise said friend could be gone for days and she wouldn’t care. Until the friend really did up and leave.

Despite the number of times it was said on page – back in her Army days or something like that – I still couldn’t get that tough Army persona from Val. In fact, she shed a tear more than I care to count here. The bad thing that befell her was a good excuse, but STILL!

As a pair with foresight gift, I felt – especially for Val – that they didn’t use the gift to the best of their ability. I mean, what good are their gifts if once they got premonition or something – they didn’t do something to prevent trouble from happening or being extra cautious! The pair were still sitting ducks to their enemies, that’s what I’m feeling. I guess on one hand that did built up the suspense, on the other hand it really annoyed me, that utter hopelessness…

This second book still hadn’t shed any light on the organization that orchestrate Val and Max’s life or the Alpha. I could only hope the final entry in this trilogy would be epic, that Val and Max (and someone else I’d rather not mention) would get their true Happy Beginning in peace. Fingers-crossed. 😉

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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