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(Vigilante Justice #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In Justice, Colorado, the Kennards run everything, including the only big business in the area. Their sawmill employs most of the town, and the Kennard brothers live up to a long family history of keeping their neighbors and coworkers safe—until a motorcycle club comes to town and starts causing trouble. Big trouble. The kind that ends in funerals. The kind no law enforcem ...more
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Published January 25th 2018 by Kinship Press
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Jessica Alcazar
so this was ridiculously HOT and so fucking engaging I didn't stop reading till the very end!

This is one you're gonna want to put on your radar #TRUST

Some words that come to mind when I think of Payback: fast-paced, suspenseful, passionate, dramatic and very sweet. I was hooked from the beginning. Not only did the author hook me to the current story, but I am very hooked to the arc she very intricately wove into the story for future books in the series.

The most unique aspect of this story is th
Gwen Shafer
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have had the privilege to read by Kristin. She has gained a fan of her books. I cant wait to read more from her. I absolutely loved the story of Alder and Shye. Alder is a determined alpha male that will do anything that is needed and will do anything that is needed to keep the woman that he loves safe. Shye is a strong independent woman that just wants to be free and feel safe. Put these two together and holy cow you have quite the chemistry. I absolutely loved thi ...more
Kira Gold
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-stuff
This was exactly the testosterone ride I needed today. A quick action-packed romance that starts with a fire, and burns even hotter. Alder is the alpha oldest brother of a logging company in Colorado, and Shye is the sweet young thing with a dark secret. As they give in to long held feelings for each other, a motorcycle club with bad intentions tears their world apart.
This was sexy and fun. One of the most intriguing parts were the descriptions of the wood (no, not that wood...well, that too) an
The first book in the Vigilante Justice series by Kristen Harte. Alder Kennard runs a lumber company along with some of his brothers. When he buys the timber on a mountain he sends his men to check things out and discovers members of Soul Suckers MC there. Soon after a trailer is set on fire that Shye Anderson lives in. Shye is the star of Alder's fantasies but he hasn't acted on his desires yet. Now the woman of his dreams needs help and he is there.

Shye is a waitress at a diner that Alder freq
Mandi Schreiner
I like the premise of this - the MC is the bad guy. The super alpha, over the top protective heroes...

But it fell a little short for me by the end. The bad guys were not present enough in the book and I just needed more from the story

Review to come
Judy Lewis
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Payback
Series: Vigilante Justice
Author: Kristan Harte (Ellis Leigh)
Designation: Book 1 of Series, Short Novel (Approx 200 pages), Not Recommended As Standalone, No Cliffhanger but HFN #contemporary #romanticsuspense #militaryromance #sexyalphaheroes #smalltownromance
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
My Rating: Five Sinfully Sexy Stars*****

Oh my! I loved, loved, loved Payback, the debut release for Kristan Harte and the first book in her compelling new Vigilant
It will work for others but not me. Most of the things Alder said caused me to laugh, roll my eyes, or want to slap him. He did manage to say some really sweet things but his pillow talk .......not for me. Had to skim.
Also very repetitive writing style which is not a fave for me. The words "Mine, chanting, growling, my girl" were used A LOT.

To each her own.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a contemporary romance by the author Kristin Harte. Although this is my first book by her, but will not be my last, I have read other works by her under her other author pen name of Ellis Leigh (paranormal books)and this book is just as well written. The story revolves around Alder Kennard, his family/close friends and the fictional town of Justice, Colorado. Alder is the eldest son, a former Green Beret and owner of t ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Payback focuses on the Kennard Brothers and is book one in this new series. This book focuses on the eldest brother Alder Kennard, who runs and pretty much owns the town of Justice, Colorado. The head honcho of the sawmill, he oversees everything that is going on in town from jobs to the safety of the residents. When that safety is threatened by a motorcycle club, Alder isn't impressed and he and his brothers are going to stop at nothing to make sure that the MC doesn't over run the town.
Alder i
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Five years ago Alder Kennard returns to his hometown to run his parents business along with some of his brothers. A lumber company. However, he is more than that he has appointed himself as the protector of this small town. They personally look after each individual in the town. They provide their own vigilante justice. Moreover, most people in the town are grateful for the unofficial post Alder has taken upon himself.
Skye Anderson moved to a rundown trailer just outside the town three years ag
Marissa Chavez
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shye and Alder were super sweet! I love how protective he was of her! All in all it was a great book! 😊
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eeeeps. This has trouble written all over it. Wowza.

Alder Kennard, former special forces and now informal leader of their town of Justice, has been in love with Shye since she arrived in town, 3 years ago. Alder, as the head of his family, will do anything in his power to keep his family safe, his town flourishing and their lives peaceful.

But then the Soul Suckers MC roll into town and disrupt their lives. They’re somehow connected to Shye, and now that she’s in hunted by them and now that fires
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The story was great. Then the ending happened and it felt very, VERY rushed. 2.5 stars. It was almost a three. Almost. Alder was great. Shye was decent. All of the other characters in the book were pretty good. None of them were that annoying which was a pleasant surprise.
Has promising & interesting elements though some macabre. E.g. The wood color variant, ex-special forces brotherhood non military industry boosting hometown's ecconomy then the extreme brutal payback system of MC
I found the patience of a man who controlled a town & naivety of a biker princess a bit of a stretch.
Will Decker
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so fed up with authors not putting anything in the blurb about the story not having an ending. I don't care how good your writing style, or the great character development, or even that it has a fast paced plot with lots of suspense. If it doesn't have an ending, it isn't worth my time, period.
Claiming Skye!!!

Alder Kennard, a former Special Forces soldier and now owner of Kennard Mills was living up to his family's reputation. The Kennards being the fonder of their town Justice, it was up to him and his two younger brothers (Bishop, Elijah & Finn) to protect the townspeople.

They have been doing just that when a motocycle club, the Soul Suckers blew into town and threatened to disrupt their town. He wasn't about to let that happened on his watch. Especially when it seemed those bikers
K Cram
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page Turner! Riveting, Action Packed, Suspense, Sweet, and Sexy Hot!

Kristin Harte has kicked off her new Vigilante Justice Series with a BANG! As Kristin’s first book under this name you may think she is a new author, but she is an incredibly gifted paranormal author also know as Ellis Leigh, and also as a contemporary romance co-author known as London Hale.

Payback is Alder Kennard and Shye Anderson’s story. The Kennard’s own a sawmill and lumber company in the little town of Justice, CO. Shye m
Alexa Adams
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Honestly the worst thing I’ve read in a long time. I can’t DNF a book but I got super close with this one.
The “hero” Alder is so possessive, and NOT in any kind of romantic or nice way. He constantly calls Shye “my girl” as much as he possibly can in any given context, to the point where I wonder if he has some sort of mental illness where he covets people as possessions. Also, his thinking that she’s hotter because she’s a virgin? GROSS. That’s gross. I don’t care what you think about that, I
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Holy heck was this a full packed ride of alpha male testosterone.

Justice, Colorado is a town that has been pulled back from the brink thanks the Kennards that run Kennard Mills. The Kennards are the protectors of the town and now it is time for the mend of Kennards Mills to batten the hatches and put their military training to the test. An MC appears to be moving into town and they are targeting townspeople. Eldest brother Alder will do everything he can to stop destruction going on an
Rebecca Austin
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-companies
Alder Kennard is a former Green Beret and along with his brothers they run a mill in town and do their best to keep the people of the town safe. When a motorcycle club, called the Soul Suckers, starts creating issues in town he vows to shut them down.

Shye Anderson has been living in Justice, Colorado for over 3 years and when her trailer is burned to the ground, Alder vows to keep her safe.

But Shye has secrets she is keeping from Alder and what happens if he finds out? Will she lose everything h
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alder has been in love with Shye for 3 years, but hasn’t made a move, waiting for her to show some sign she’s into him. Little does he know she has been for just as long as him.

Shye has her reasons for not approaching him during this long period of time- but he doesn’t know. Finally Alder is presented with a chance to get a taste of her, and he goes for it.

Even if Shye wants him- she has a deep secret she can’t let him know about- and she tries to hold it in- even as he pursues her and tries to
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02019
Grrr. Ok, I wouldn't tell anyone not to read it, and I was going to try and give it a bland 3 stars, but there's too many things that bug me.

It's pretty damn slow. The hea is there, but the main point of the story seemed to be the MC trouble, and it's just left hanging, so cliffhanger IMO. It does look like that is carried thru to the rest of the series, and obviously that works in other books... but for some reason, the way it happened here, just didn't seem right to me. Anyway, the guys... Fr
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
Suspense books are out of my comfort zone but I honestly wanted to like this. I think I would've even DNF'd the book if it wasn't so short. I even DNF'd it around 90% but like I was so close of finishing it, so I wanted to see what happens.

I couldn't connect with the heroine. The writer(s) wanted to keep the readers waiting for answers so finding out what she did before why she did what she did just made me dislike her. I don't like secrets and I just couldn't invest the story much because of th
Melissa Marino
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honey. Honey. Honey.

Oh my. PAYBACK by Kristin Harte was one rollercoaster of a hot, sugary sweet, and sexy ride. Alpha Adler guards his town of Justice with fierce protection. When a motorcycle club starts creating havoc, and endangering those close to him, he will stop at nothing to protect them--this is especially true for, Shye, the woman he is being secretly in love with for three years. Shye finds herself the target of the Soul Suckers motorcycle club vendetta, and this causes Adler to fina
Linda Barrett
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Payback is a great 4 star read by new to me author Kristin Harte and I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting.
This book is fast paced,engaging and completely hooks you in from the first chapter.
This storyline is captivating and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Alder and Shye are a great combination of his brooding alpha and her shy and innocent.
He will do anything to keep his honey safe and she loves her fierce dragon protecting her.
Things get a bit complicated in Justice C
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the town of Justice,. Colorado gangsters receive payback and readers cheer!

I was really terrified for Shye and Alder as war is declared against a brutal motor cycle club! Ready to protect his girl and his town, Alder and his team of former elite military are ready to rid the country of Soul Suckers MC!
I dislike cliffhangers, but I understand authors need to sell books! Payback left off at a very inconvenient place!
The dynamic characters, powerful storyline, romantic sizzling sex and yes fear
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was more than I was expecting! As soon as I started this book I was thrown straight into the world and the characters! I loved Alder from the start of the book as I loved how he came across as protective yet loving. Shye was such an amazing female character for me and I again loved her from the start too at first you don’t understand what she has gone through but then you understand her struggles. This story for me was a quick read because I was just so invested in the story and wanted ...more
R Rais
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ehmm between three and four

Bit difficult for me with this review. My first read from this author and got it for free, i like the blurb. Start ok. Dirty talk alpha with steamy sex scene. But the girl kinda bummer. There's no spark in her that i love. And i was waiting for the big bang at the end when the author seems to rush to finish it so when its done i was like....we're done?? Seriously?? I mean the hero keep talking about attacking the MC that mess with his town and his girl and then just th
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Kristin Harte started off as a chemistry major in college but somehow ended up writing romances featuring ex-military heroes and the women who knock them to their knees…literally and figuratively. She likes drinking in the shade, snuggling under a warm blanket on a cold evening, and researching how to blow things up. Her children know nothing of what she writes, and her husband just hopes he’s not ...more

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