Retribution: Book 2 - The Vendetta Trifecta

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Griffyn Ink, Apr 8, 2014 - Fiction - 383 pages
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Sin and Lee are back! – Readers say it’s “even better than the first, which I could not put down!”

Sin and Lee have left their violent pasts behind, but the past will never leave them. They’ve tried to lay low. Sin and Lee have whole new identities as Will and Diana Kincaid. Will/Lee is supposedly a mild-mannered accountant, and Diana/Sin is now … a police officer.

When the body of mafia leader Kolya Kurev’s son turns up in her district, Diana is forced to take a hard look at how well she has—or hasn’t—covered her tracks. A stronger generation of Kurevs is growing out of the wasteland she and Lee left behind and the Kurev sons have a memory that is long and angry.

Her precinct is concerned about the growing threat of the Kurev family and more than a little curious what brought it to them. But was it Sin? Or was it her new boss, Nick Stelian? He specifically recruited her to his department and now she’s having to ask herself why. It’s hard to choose sides when Diana can’t even determine what the sides are anymore.

She can’t run, she can’t stay, and she can’t protect what she fought so hard for, not when a newer, more dangerous breed of assassin waits around every corner…

Retribution is the second book in the Vendetta Trifecta by USA Today bestselling author A.J. Scudiere. While it can be read as a standalone, you’ll want the whole series before you even finish.


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After Vengeance, I was unsure A.J. could do better, but I was wrong. When most authors write a series, the things they
cannot seem to get right are: making each book work as a standalone; giving an idea of the previous story, but not repeating too much, and knowing how to end each book at the right point. Few authors can do it well. A.J. Scudiere hit it on the head with all three, just as she has done with her “The NightShade Forensic Files” series. Whenever you read a book by A.J. Scudiere you know you get certain things: the book is well-structured, well-proofed and well-edited; the storyline is fast-paced, without trite or contrived scenes; the story is strongly written, the characters are complex and well-developed and the dialogue is honest and believable.
Retribution is a fun read that has all of the excitement and suspense you could ask for in a “You know who done it.” The book is hard to put down as the story unfolds in front of you because you want to know what is going to happen next. The twists and turns of the story leave you wondering “What now?” in a good way. I don’t like to put spoilers in a review, so all I can say is that you are not going to expect what is happening. The story is filled with the action you expect and just as you get back to a normal state, something else happens that gets you racing through the book again. I’m just glad there is a third book, “Justice,” in “The Vendetta Trifecta,” since Retribution left me wanting so much more Sin and Lee. It is that desire for more that makes A.J. Scudiere one of today’s favorite authors.

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Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33

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