This one is going to be hard for me to top this year, and THAT is saying a lot.
I dove head first into Jess' world in this awesome book, which I read in a little over 10 hours total this weekend.
I'm going to admit straight-up that this is the first of Sherilynn's book's I've ever read. *cringes waiting for fall-out from other fans*
For those who haven't read Retribution yet, this is the story of our Dark-Hunter, William Jessup "Sundown" Brady. It starts out with going back to his mortal life and what should be the best day of his life, which turns ugly in a flash. In a weird twist of fate, he is handed a change at vengeance against the person who wronged him and eternally changed his destiny. We come to see his quirky sense of humor and his dark side as he find out there is someone out in the world hunting the Dark-Hunters. Jess, being a little cocky of his powers and being nearly invincible, doesn't take much heed in the warning foretold to him by many of his allies. It isn't until he finds himself face to face, with a person from his past and drawn into a trap that his world, again is flipped upside down. As he fights this foe, he comes to realize that they have changed, and not in the way he hoped.
Abigail Yager, is a human with a Dark-Hunter complex... She craves to Kill Jess "Sundown". Once she has him in her grasp, she comes to find out things aren't always what they seem. And that includes finding out the the events of her past which lead her down this path, were not as she remembered then in her youth. She learns a lot about who she truly is what happened that dark and frightening night and what happens now as a result of her mis-deeds, which were of no fault of her own.
Sundown is caught between wanting to hurt Abby, as he comes to call her, and love her as he begins to help her find out the truth about her past. He struggles with his Dark-Hunter instincts to kill those who are hunting his kind and protect her with his own life. Through profound and other-wordly circumstances they join forces to fight against even more powerful forces hunting them both. Will they survive or will the forces hunting them win? Will Jess winover Abigail's heart in the end?? You need to read to find out.
I give this one a perfect five!