New Release and Review: Retribution by Mandy Lou Dowson

New Release and Review:  Retribution by Mandy Lou DowsonRetribution by Mandy Lou Dowson
Series: Retribution #1
Published by Mandy Lou Dowson Publication Date: May 4, 2015
Genres: Dark, Romance
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Three people irrevocably linked.

A remorseless killer.

A shady businessman.

A woman caught in the cross-fire.

Braxton Alexander is a beast without remorse; a vessel filled with hate. Imprisoned for the murder of the one girl who loved him, now he is free, and hell bent on taking all of his pent up rage out on one person in particular.

Brycen Cole knows he must stop Braxton from taking everything he has and turning it to ash.

Gemma Woods has loved Brycen for years, but ever so slowly the happiness she once felt in the arms of her lover has turned to fear and resentment.

Braxton has one goal, one thought, and one mission – destroy Brycen Cole, by any means necessary.

He will not stop.

He will not fail.

Like a juggernaut, he will keep coming, destroying everything in his wake.

Brycen runs a successful corporation and provides a lot of pay-checks; he also has a shady past and a dark talent for hiding things.

Gemma spots the wolf in sheep’s clothing but cannot stop gravitating towards him again and again.

What happens when the lines between good and evil become blurred?

What happens when the one you love is the one you should fear?

What happens when the one you fear becomes the only one you can trust?

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

My Review

“Monsters aren’t born; they’re made.”

I have read other books by Mandy Lou Dowson and find her to be a great author.  This is the first in a more dark genre of romance for her, which is not always a go-to genre for me. However, this one was definitely worth the risk. I picked it up at night and read until it was done, intrigued by every moment. 

“He’d wrongfully assumed she was looking for a knight in shining armor when the truth was, she needed a rough and ready warrior.”

Braxton Alexander and Brycen Cole are mysterious and dangerous. They have a history together that is only partially revealed to us in the beginning.  Gemma Woods is Brycen Cole’s girlfriend.  She is mostly innocent to the workings of Brycen’s business, but she continues to remain with him despite her suspicions.    She, undoubtedly, is set up to become a means to an end. It is soon in the story that all of their paths collide, and the past, present, and future meld together to give us a fast-paced and heart-pounding read. 

Everything about this story made me sit on the edge of my seat.  Mandy Lou Dowson created well-rounded characters and a storyline that sucked me in, twisted me up, and held onto me until the end. I loved the whole “who’s the good and who’s the bad guy” thought in the story. It made me want to flip pages so fast to get to the answer, because I had my suspicions. Gemma initially infuriated me, as I thought she would be another helpless female. But she surprised me and flipped on her brazen-switch when it counted. Of course Brycen and Braxton each had their own alpha-male qualities, but one took it a little over the edge. And that is the fun of reading this review…you must read the story yourself to find out! Of course, no good story is complete without those added characters that bring out so many more qualities in the main characters. Each of these in Retribution gave more information and clues as to the true nature of Brycen, Braxton, and Gemma, and solidified the story’s development and outcome.  A great beginning to this new series from this author.



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About Mandy Lou Dowson

Mandy Lou Dowson was born and raised in a small town in Ireland, in 1983, and at this stage in life, she's pretty sure the town won't let her leave. Family is a huge deal to Mandy. She has three wonderful children (most of the time), and two Siberian Huskies who are each as naughty as the other – in fact, she's sure they egg each other on in silly cartoon voices when nobody is looking.
“Climb out the window and get covered in mud.”
“No, I did it last time. You do it!”
“R'uh, r'oh, here SHE is. Shhh.”
When she's not writing, reading, or plotting her next book -- or, you know, world domination – , she likes to relax with a few glasses of wine and some karaoke. You can usually find her procrastinating on social media of some sort, chatting to fans and talking nonsense.

Mandy started reading at quite a young age and her appetite for the written word has only increased with time. It would not be at all surprising to find her reading anything and everything from shampoo bottles to Edgar Allan Poe.

She is the author of three different genres of romance books.

The Moon Bound series, which is in the Paranormal Romance genre, and is gathering rave reviews, and the Taboo series, which is Contemporary with a hint of the forbidden, the first of which has gathered very mixed reviews across the board, from one extreme to the other.

She has also made a foray into Dark Romance recently, with her first title in the genre, Retribution, releasing in Summer 2015.

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  1. Jo Anne V said:

    Thank you for her donation to Retribution’s release party!


    1. Ella said:

      You’re so welcome 🙂


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