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Revenge and Redemption

By: Mia Easton
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Copyright: ©2018 by Blushing Books® and Mia Easton
12 chapters / 30,000 words
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He wants his revenge:

To lure Anne to a remote lodge,

And punish her for her role in his betrayal.

 

Surviving a broken heart, courtesy of Steve Jamison – the love of her life who left her without warning or an explanation – has been Anne's daily struggle for the last fifteen months. 

Only the thought of revenge has sustained Steve, who was double crossed and nearly beaten to death. The betrayal left him scarred, emotionally as well as physically. He intends to take Anne in all the ways he fantasized about – to mercilessly use her body to reclaim his virility.

As physical boundaries are crossed, defenses come down and truths emerge – but the truth may be even more devastating than the lies they'd each believed. 

Publisher's note: This steamy dark romance contains elements of power exchange.

 

 

Chapter One

 

 

The driver glanced at the lone passenger in the backseat through his rearview mirror. She was pretty, exceptionally pretty, with a sense of shyness or maybe vulnerability about her that appealed to him. "Nice to get out of the city," he ventured.

Anne Holmes' gaze, which had been focused on the scenery, connected with his in the mirror and she smiled flickeringly and nodded in an attempt to be friendly. "Yes."

"A little vacation?"

"No," she replied reluctantly. She wondered how to frame an answer. "Actually, my brother sent a message asking me to come." She ran her hand over the smooth leather seat as she glanced over the interior of the limo, wondering how much the ride had cost. It was so unlike Marshall, who never thought of anyone but himself. She couldn't remember the last gift he'd bestowed on her or anyone. When was the last time he'd even acknowledged her birthday? "I'm not sure why," she added, although the afterthought was more to herself than to the driver.

One thing was for sure; something was definitely going on with her brother. He'd recently done a disappearing act, although she wouldn't have known it if her sister hadn't repeatedly called and demanded to know where he was. Anne shook her head at the notion that she would know. The only thing more bizarre than being expected to know where her brother was, was her sister calling to ask.

None of the Holmes siblings were or ever had been close. In fact, if there had ever been a desire to be close, Anne didn't remember it. She had long ago learned to distrust and avoid Lisa, her elder and only sister, and with good reason. Lisa despised her. Maybe the hatred stemmed from having too much responsibility thrust upon her at too young an age. Maybe it was because Lisa believed she'd been more traumatized by their parents' death than her younger sister, and it was true that Anne didn't remember them well. Her memories of them were few and fleeting, more impressions and isolated moments than anything. The third possibility for Lisa's demeanor was that, maybe, she was just a bad seed, calculating and cruel at heart, and maybe she would have been that way even if their parents hadn't been killed in such an unexpected and traumatic way. There was no way to know, and Anne had long ago given up trying to figure it out. Now, she did her level best to avoid both her siblings whenever possible. Fortunately, it was possible, most of the time.

"Feel sorry for them," her best friend, Rebecca, always counselled. "They are so totally morally bankrupt. And everything that goes around comes around. If not in this life, then in the next."

Saint Rebecca.

"Shit lot of good that does me," Anne always countered, since she didn't buy into the philosophy. "But thank you for the oh-so-wise guidance, sister superior."

Sister superior wasn't a bad description at all for her best friend. The two of them had met and become best friends their sophomore year in high school, and Anne continually thanked God for it. Rebecca's parents were also saints who had welcomed her as a second daughter. Her life would have been much bleaker without them.

Rebecca was a platinum blonde who stood five foot one, three inches shorter than Anne, who had always felt short. And insignificant. Rebecca had helped turn that battered self-image around because she didn't respect self-pity any more than meanness. If there was anyone who could have indulged in self-pity, it was Rebecca. She'd battled and beaten childhood leukemia, and, in the midst of it, a bad reaction to one of the drugs had damaged her eyes. Without powerful glasses, she was just shy of legally blind. But Rebecca chose to see the positive in most every situation and in most everyone. "Your sister and brother might be the exception," she'd said more than once. "Usually, if you look hard enough, you can find the good, but—"

In Anne's opinion, the meek didn't inherit the earth. They didn't get diddly-squat. She had learned and she had chosen to eschew self-pity, but there seemed to be no denying that she was a bona fide, card-carrying member of 'The Meek', as unfair as that was, since she'd never signed up to be one. But, apparently, the events of her life had formed her into what she was. Her parents' death in a plane crash when she was not quite six had left her in the care, if one could call it that, of a negligent aunt, a bully of a sister and a narcissistic brother. Still, she'd always tried to be a good person and to do the right thing. What had it gotten her?

Okay, there had been good things, sure, but then something bad generally followed. She'd gone to college on a financial scholarship, did well and graduated with a Liberal Arts degree. But she'd graduated when the economy was stalled and she couldn't find a job except for waiting tables for more than a year. At twenty-four, she'd fallen head over heels in love with the world's sweetest, sexiest man, only to have him up and leave her for another woman. So, when the hell was all the 'good energy' she put into the world supposed to be repaid?

But maybe it had been. She had a pure, perfect love with Sam, and her friendship with Rebecca was sustaining. It was invaluable. Plus, she had a decent job as an assistant in a law office that she didn't always hate, even if it didn't pay well enough for the hours and the bullshit she put up with. She scraped by and she got to come home to Sam.

"Maybe your brother thinks you deserve a vacation," the driver offered.

She shrugged and smiled politely at the driver, who was trying to be friendly, but, yeah, right, she thought. Marshall, the self-absorbed. He'd probably only summoned her because he was in some kind of trouble and had figured out a way she could help him out of it. He was in commercial real estate and made a lot of money, but he spent it just as fast. She never understood how, but he had delusions of grandeur and he thought the world owed him. She didn't understand her siblings, but she saw them clearly.

She eyed the selections of beverages offered, tempted to have a drink. The driver had said to help herself, that it was part of the package, so why did it feel so bold and outlandish to do that? She bit on her bottom lip as she reached for a bottle of chardonnay with a screw-on top and opened it, feeling totally conspicuous. Why not? She could be bold. She could be outlandish.

Yeah, right.

She reached for a stemless wine glass, poured, and then glanced up at the driver through the rearview mirror, but he was focused on the road. She set the bottle back and took a sip. It was delicious. She sipped again and watched the passing scenery, determined to relax. How many times had she or would she get an opportunity to ride in a limo with a mini bar? Never before and probably never again.

But you're here now.

So, relax. You deserve to relax, she coached herself.

But, ever since she'd gotten the world's most cryptic message from Marshall through the hardly ever used answering service at work, she'd been scrambling to rearrange her schedule and her life to accommodate him. Why?

  1. , she thought wryly. And the truth was, she wouldn't have bothered, except there was such urgency to it.

"Annie, I need you to come meet me. Alone. Don't tell anyone. Will send car to your apartment at four on Thursday. Plan to stay a couple days. It's a casual lodge so no special dress required. Please, little sister. I can't tell you how important it is."

She'd read and reread it three times. The message had so baffled her that she'd called the service to talk to the operator who took it.

"Yes, ma'am. That's how he said to write it," the operator confirmed. "He had me read it back to him, too, to be sure I got it right."

It was so completely weird. In fact, she could have made a list of things that made no sense. Like, why hadn't he just called her cell? She hadn't changed her number. If he'd just called her cell, he could have reached her and explained what was going on. Instead, he called the office during lunch hour and left the bizarre message. What could possibly be so important that she needed to drop everything and come meet him? She'd had to use a vacation day.

And another thing. Why had he insisted she come alone? Bringing Sam would have made the trip a thousand times easier and more enjoyable. Her brother definitely had some explaining to do, but, of course, he could always come up with explanations. He was the consummate man with the plan. And the plan always benefitted him. Which made her a big idiot for jumping through hoops to come meet him.

 

Redrabbitt on 06/30/2018 09:02pm
If ever there was a book title that was fitting, Revenge and Redemption would be it. But then, this story is more than revenge, it is full of anger, angst, bitterness, lies, deceit, betrayal, and fifteen long months of plotting and planning to clear the slate.

Anne Holmes had never had an easy life, losing her parents when she was just a small child, abused by her older siblings, but through it all, she moved forward in her life and is a decent person. By chance, she would meet Steve Jamison, a partner of her brother, Marshall, and they just clicked. But then he left her, supposedly for another woman. No warning, no explanation, nothing, he just was gone, and in the process, he shattered her heart and dreams.

It has been fifteen months since Anne left Steve for another man. But she wasn%u2019t the only one who tried to destroy him, so did his partner, Marshall. With the help of his thugs, he will be beaten nearly to death, left bloody and broken%u2014not just physically, but emotionally. He has made his plans and now it is time to exact his revenge of Marshall and Anne.

The plot will have Anne receive a vague message delivered to her work about the importance of meeting Marshall and that he will send transportation. It is so out of line for the way her siblings treat her, but she decides she would go and see what she can learn.

The story will take on a sinister feel when Anne arrives and is left at the lodge and then discovers Steve there but no sign of Marshall. But he isn%u2019t nice and accommodating, he is angry and bitter, and he is determined to make Anne and Marshall pay. Believing that she is part of the evil that befell him. His plan includes using her in whatever way he wants and humiliating her before he is finished and ready to cast her aside. After all, she threw away what they had and was now with another man.

Two people were destroyed by those who were evil and self-centered. Anne only has ever loved Steve, and he was her world. She never understood him leaving her the way he did. Steve believes Anne left him, and after a night of degrading her, using her, it will be an eye-opening experience to learn the truth. Now it is time to put plan two into motion to make Marshall pay, and painfully at that. Sometimes plans need to be changed, and forgiveness received.

The story includes kidnapping, forced submission, dubious consent, humiliation, power exchange, and explicit sex scenes. When the truth comes to light, two people that have been hurt have a chance at making things right. This is a second chance romance with a happy ending.
Lillie322 on 06/15/2018 05:54pm
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book. This is Steve and Anne's story. A story of revenge and lost love. A good read. A little spanking and dominance with an interesting storyline.
Lalaland on 06/11/2018 01:00am
This was an interesting quick read, Anna was let down badly by the love of her life Steve when he just up and left her. Although Anna has very little confidence, she is actually a very lovely, intelligent, brave and strong woman. Steve thinks Anna betrayed him and is determined to get vengeance. I have never read any of Ms Easton before and but this was a very good start. A quick engrossing read with an interesting twist and a satisfying conclusion. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy
charlotte Huelsemann on 06/10/2018 06:19am
Revenge and Redemption by Mia Easton
Anne Holmes and her family never got along but her brother summoned her to a very nice home for some reason.
Come to find out it is Duke the love of her life that left her broken hearted is waiting for her and he has some secrets to share with her that she will not like. This is a story of betrayal and love that proves everything is not what you think. This story has mystery and love and revenge. Justice is served. I like this author, the story flows nicely and is easy to read. It kept me reading up until the last page. Good job Mia Easton
Tami on 06/10/2018 02:31am
Revenge and Redemption is an intriguing story about, yes, revenge. Steve wants to punish Anne for her apparent role in his betrayal. At first Steve can only think about his revenge, but when he has lured Anne to the lodge and they spent more time together again, he realizes that Anne might be innocent.

Mia Easton is a new author for me and I am glad that I read the story. Anne and Steve did have great chemistry and the steamy scenes were sensual and hot. This author knows how to use words, I just wished the story would have been longer because I loved the story.
Ajjmb on 06/08/2018 09:05am
Revenge and Redemption is a short story and is exactly what the title states. I love the ironic ending and it is a good one but you will need to read the story to see what I%u2019m talking about Anne thinks she is a meek lady but she is very strong and way sexy. Steve is a man with a mission and he has become way dominant in carrying out his fantasies. This is a quick but nice read. Plenty of emotion. Sex. Some mild spanking. Very enjoyable. My only complaint is that it could have been longer. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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