Review: Retribution by Katie Reus

AuthorKatie Reus
Series: Retribution #1 (can be read as a standalone)
Publish date: May 12, 2015 by KR Press, LLC
Genres: Suspense, Paranormal
Tropes: enemies to lovers

Publisher Blurb:

She sees brief glimpses of the future…

Nika and Alena Brennan will do anything to kill a vicious Russian crime boss and they’re using his only son to get to him. Yet when the time comes to execute their plan, psychic Nika hesitates due to an unexpected entanglement with sexy security expert Declan Gallagher. When her sister is kidnapped and all their carefully laid plans go awry, Nika must depend on Declan and her mortal enemy’s son to get her sister back.

He invades her dreams and teases her with sensual pleasures…

As a dream walker, Declan is capable of seeing anyone’s innermost thoughts as they sleep. With Nika, however, he finds himself playing a deadly, seductive game. He knows she’s not who she says she is and he’s determined to find out the real reason she’s in Miami before she gets herself or someone else killed.

Time is running out…

Nika’s window of opportunity is closing to save her sister and find a way to protect their secrets without landing them both in jail. With innocent lives at stake, Nika must decide if the retribution she’s waited a lifetime for is worth losing the man who has won her heart.


Retribution is a multi-point of view, action-packed, romantic suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There is not a dull moment in this book. There are people with special paranormal gifts, hot security/bodyguards, and dangerous mobsters. It is a novel that will keep you flipping those pages. This is my favorite romantic suspense read of 2017!

Declan and Nika are the main protagonists who meet in their dreams when Declan is tasked with eliminating threats against the man he is hired to protect. The tension between them is smoking hot in and out the of the dreams. It made for some wonderful angst. I loved the development of their relationship and how they slowly learned to open up and trust each other. Even though Declan fell in love with Nika, he didn’t let his feelings compromise his responsibilities for his job and Nika understood that.

The secondary couple Andre and Alena were not featured as much but they did get their own point of views and some development. Their story continues in the second book Tempting Danger. I do wish there was more backstory shown between these two as well as the struggle of what they went through. They were mostly separated during Retribution because Alena was kidnapped. I will definitely be reading Temping Danger.

Katie Reus is known for her paranormal books and I must confess I have not any read them despite owning one or two. Retribution is my first taste of her writing and definitely will not be my last. I found her style of writing is to my satisfaction. The paranormal aspect isn’t a huge part in this book it isn’t the main focus, but it does help move the plot along. If you’re not into paranormal, then I suggest you don’t past this one up just because it says it is a paranormal read.

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