Retribution by Kate Pearce

Retribution_400x600Title: Retribution
Series: Tribute, #2
Author: Kate Pearce
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Novella (100 pages)
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 5th, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Cheated out of his exit from the Tribute program, Kai Mexr is forced to return as a trainer for one more year. His trainee, Aled Price, is an idealistic Mitan patriot who Kai struggles not to loathe on sight, and who seems up for any challenge Kai sets him. As Aled learns to give up control and endure the program’s worst, Kai is drawn into an intense sexual game that leaves him wanting more.

But then Aled must fulfill his duty as Tribute. He must endure the Ungrich—or die.

When Aled returns, it takes Kai’s ruthless presence to pull his trainee back from the brink of madness. Surviving the Ungrich makes Aled doubt his blind allegiance to his planet—and to everything else he’d never thought to question. But with Kai at his side, Aled finds a new cause to believe in. And with the help of master trainer Akran and his partner Anna Lee, Aled and Kai forge unbreakable allegiances of blood, sex, and love that could save the entire planet from the Ungrich for good.

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Reviewer: Portia

Review: Retribution picks up where Sacrifice left off. Even though a reader could start here and enjoy the story, I recommend starting with Sacrifice.

The length of service for trainers in the program depends on the number of successful sacrifices they are able to prepare. Due to a technicality, Kai is forced to submit one more successful sacrifice, before he is a free man.

I really enjoyed the ménage between Akran, Anna Lee and Kai, but I ended Sacrifice itching to find out who Kate Pearce would pair with the sexy warrior. From the beginning, Aled captures Kai’s attention. Their interaction definitely falls under non-consent to start with. But, despite the secrets and pain, the relationship deepens. For me, it wasn’t the inferno that swept up Akran and Anna Lee, but more of a slow burn that was just as hot.

There is a lot going on, and many plot twist really amp up the excitement level of this series. We learn more about the aliens and learn a little more about the inner workings of the program.But, a few questions were dropped and not answered.

The sex is off the chart sexy, even when it’s meant as punishment, not pleasure. And the ending had me staring at my Kindle in disbelief.

This amazing trilogy wraps up with Triumph (scheduled release date 11/07/15) and I’ve already pre-ordered my copy. Mainly, because my bloodthirsty ass is hoping and praying that Kate found a particularly nasty way for a certain asshole to die…cuz some people just need killing.

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