Retribution by Shana Figueroa #Review

Retribution by Shana Figueroa #ReviewRetribution by Shana Figueroa
Published by Forever Yours on February 7th 2017
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

V is for vengeance . . .
Private investigator Valentine Shepherd plays by one set of rules: hers. She's haunted by dark, cryptic visions of the future, not to mention an aching hole in her chest where her heart---and the love of her life, Max Carressa---used to be. But when Val's search for a missing woman leads to her own night of terror, the only thing on Val's mind is revenge.
In the months since Val walked away from their relationship, Max has tried to move on. Yet, when she asks for his help tracking down her attacker, he knows resistance is futile; he'll do anything for Val. Even sacrifice himself to save her.

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Retribution is book 2 in the Valentine Shepard series and picks up about a few months after Vengeance ends. Val and Max have broken up and it appears that Max has moved on. Val is juggling cases when one of them pulls her deep enough that she asks for help from her exes. (Yes that is supposed to be plural.)
As in the previous book, there is a lot of action, violence, and sex. Although there is more focus on the world building and plot in Retribution and less focus on the sex. Shana Figueroa isn’t afraid to kill characters off and I want to call her the Shonda Rhimes of the book world. Seriously, there are characters who feel very important to the story and then WHAM! they are dead and gone. This series is seriously addicting and I can’t get enough of these characters!

About Shana Figueroa

Shana Figueroa is a published author who specializes in romance and humor, with occasional sojourns into horror, sci-fi, and literary fiction.

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two young daughters, and two old pugs. She enjoys reading, writing (obviously), martial arts, video games, and SCIENCE---it's poetry in motion! By day, she serves her country in the US Air Force as an aerospace engineer. By night, she hunkers down in a corner and cranks out the crazy stories lurking in her head.

She took Toni Morrison's advice and started writing the books she wanted to read. Hopefully you'll want to read them, too!

four-half-stars

Vengeance by Shana Figueroa

Vengeance by Shana FigueroaVengeance by Shana Figueroa
Published by Forever Yours on September 6th 2016
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Not every Valentine is a saint . . .
Corruption. Greed. Illicit sex. Murder. Private investigator Valentine Shepherd thinks she's seen it all, and her strange ability to glimpse the future gives her an edge no one else in the world has. But when her fiancé is killed trying to exonerate his client, billionaire Max Carressa, Val makes it her personal mission to bring the people responsible to justice, no matter the cost. Convinced the two men are linked by more than attorney-client privilege, she enlists Max's help in her investigation and gets more than she bargained for.
On the run, Val and Max must uncover who wants them dead and why. The answer leads them to a conspiracy that has Val herself at its center. She doesn't understand how or why, but time is running out to expose the truth and escape the danger she knows is coming . . .

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Vengeance is properly named. There is a lot action in this book and the body rises as you go along. Val is a PI with the power to see things in the future before they happen. She spends her time trying to change the future. To say her life is exciting is putting it mildly, especially when she loses her boyfriend, Robby. Not long after that, she meets Max who has the same ability as her and the chemistry between these two is explosive. Of course, Val feels guilty and tries to fight her attraction to Max but it doesn’t work. They have an extremely strong connection.
As things happen in this story and it progresses, there are things intertwined that are unexpected. This book is full of twists and turns and at times it’s hard to keep everything straight. This is a book you have to be paying attention to while you read or you will miss something. There aren’t many books like this one and I really enjoyed that about it! I can’t wait to read the next book!

About Shana Figueroa

Shana Figueroa is a published author who specializes in romance and humor, with occasional sojourns into horror, sci-fi, and literary fiction.

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two young daughters, and two old pugs. She enjoys reading, writing (obviously), martial arts, video games, and SCIENCE---it's poetry in motion! By day, she serves her country in the US Air Force as an aerospace engineer. By night, she hunkers down in a corner and cranks out the crazy stories lurking in her head.

She took Toni Morrison's advice and started writing the books she wanted to read. Hopefully you'll want to read them, too!

four-half-stars

Reckoning by Shana Figueroa #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Reckoning by Shana Figueroa #ReleaseBlitz #ReviewReckoning by Shana Figueroa
Published by Forever Yours on July 11th 2017
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Hell hath no fury like Valentine . . .
Five years. It's been five years of blissful peace for private eye Valentine Shepherd and her hot-ass husband, Max Carressa. Five years of watching their twins grow up healthy and happy, even as Val waits for Hell to unleash its fury. Her enemies have been planning, and Val knows she doesn't have nearly enough weapons to protect her family . . .
Yet Val and Max have one advantage---their insatiable desire for each other allows them to see into the future, and the visions they share may just give them a chance. But as events are set into motion that endanger everyone Val's ever loved, she'll do whatever it takes to stop the horror she's already seen---even if it means her end.

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Reckoning is the final book in the Valentine Shepherd series by Shana Figueroa. It’s a supernatural romance/suspense novel and it’s phenomenal. I don’t normally read this genre since the few I have managed to read have felt dumbed down especially compared to this series.
Val and her husband, Max, know that hell is going to unleash its fury eventually. It’s been 5 years of peace that has allowed them to watch their twins grow but Val knows her enemies are plotting their revenge. She also knows there is no way she will be able to protect everyone she loves. The desire between her and Max gives them an advantage- being able to see visions of the future; which will help them but it may not be enough.
I loved this entire series and this book wrapped that up nicely. I am always afraid to read the final book in any series because I am afraid I will not like how it ends. I thought Reckoning ended in a way that gives the author the opportunity to revisit this world at a later date if she so chooses. I love the chemistry between Val and Max and we don’t lose any of that throughout. I also love when Val goes on a warpath and the deaths start stacking up. That makes me sound like a sadist but trust me if you read this series you will understand what I mean. I’d recommend everyone give this series a try even if the genre isn’t your usual. You might be surprised.

About Shana Figueroa

Shana Figueroa is a published author who specializes in romance and humor, with occasional sojourns into horror, sci-fi, and literary fiction.

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two young daughters, and two old pugs. She enjoys reading, writing (obviously), martial arts, video games, and SCIENCE---it's poetry in motion! By day, she serves her country in the US Air Force as an aerospace engineer. By night, she hunkers down in a corner and cranks out the crazy stories lurking in her head.

She took Toni Morrison's advice and started writing the books she wanted to read. Hopefully you'll want to read them, too!

four-half-stars