Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: In true John Inman style, the tension gradually grows in Payback until it reaches an action packed climactic end.
Reviewed By: Jackie
Blurb: When Tyler Powell’s life is torn apart by an unspeakable crime, the need for vengeance takes over. Every moment of every day, as he tries to pull his shattered existence together again, it’s all he can think about—revenge.
Will he give in to his rage and become the very thing he hates most? A killer?
Only with the help of Homicide Detective Christian Martin, the cop in charge of his case, does Tyler see the possibility of another life beginning—the astounding revelation of another love reaching out to him. A love he thought he would never know again.
Will he let that love into his life, or is he lost already? Is payback more important to Tyler than his own happiness? And the happiness of the man who loves him? Tyler is determined to find a way to exact his revenge without sacrificing all hope for a future with Christian, but it will be difficult—if not impossible—and in the end he might be forced to make an unbearable choice.
Review: John Inman has written books that have made me laugh, cry, and even believe in ghosts, so when I got the opportunity to review this book I was ecstatic. I was hoping this one would live up to my expectations and WOW! did it ever.
The story begins by showing us the love Tyler shared with his partner. This was not just a run of the mill, small kind of love. No, this was a full on, love of his life, can’t live without him type of love. Tyler’s world is turned on its axis by a vicious hate crime very early in the story, and my heart just shattered for him. I can’t imagine waking up in the hospital only to find out my reason for living is gone. This is exactly what happened to Tyler. The following weeks and months were a true test for Tyler. One of the only things that got him through it was a cautious friendship with Christian Martin, the detective investigating his case.
Christian is a homicide detective and takes his job very seriously. When he catches Tyler’s case, he takes it very personally and promises that he will solve the crime and get justice for the two men. The worst thing for Christian is the attraction he feels for Tyler. He knows he can’t act on it, so he settles for friendship, and he does his best to keep Tyler from completely shutting down.
As the case begins to grow cold, with no new leads, the veil of depression begins to lift for Tyler. But depression is then replaced by anger and a deep need for revenge.
While Tyler is on the brink of becoming a vigilante, he also begins to acknowledge he is starting to have feelings for Christian. As they begin to slowly test the waters of a new relationship, Tyler ends up doing something that could end them before they even start.
In true John Inman style, the tension gradually grows in Payback until it reaches an action packed climactic end. The journey, however, was the focal point of this book and it was amazing.
I can’t count the number of times I cried while reading this book. It was such a realistic portrayal of the grieving process, and I felt like I could have been living this story instead of just reading it. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next from John Inman.
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