4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Bi-Sexual Book Contemporary Cop/Crime DA Exploration GFY/OFY Heat Index High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased second chance at love Single Parent Virgin Widower

Retribution (The Protectors #3) by Sloane Kennedy

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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?


I’m a bit torn on this review.

First, I loved the hurt/comfort that we get. Both MCs are so damaged and then throw in a sick kid – wow! – so much angst!

I loved the HEA and the choices that get made regarding the “retribution” as well as the overall outcome.

I loved Matty! What a trooper! His superhero fanboy-ness was adorable!

What I didn’t love: The first sex scene between Tate and Hawke. It wasn’t rape, but it wasn’t exactly consensual and it definitely made me uncomfortable.

I also didn’t love how long Hawke drew out his feelings for his ex – despite his obvious attraction and feelings for Tate.

I also didn’t love how Tate allowed Hawke to just walk all over him – most of the story!

But… I did love the feels and the very sweet ending … so – all in all I can say I enjoyed this. But it had it’s hard moments.

3.75 (rounded to 4 ) of 5 stars


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