Senator Darlene Christmas is the scion of the rich and powerful family that has controlled Mason County for generations. A predatory, ruthless politician, she has ensnared the county in a deadly web of greed and corruption.
Darlene's former classmate Jess Marceau and Mamie Todd learned the hard way what happens when the Senator is crossed. Jess was on her way to a promising career in journalism - until she reported a story that the Senator wanted killed. Blindsided by Darlene, Jess was arrested and imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit. Mamie, a hot-shot lawyer in the prosecutor's office, was disbarred and disgraced when she refused to do the Senator's bidding.
Strengthened by the love they'd been afraid to acknowledge, Jess and Mamie return to Mason County to confront the evil that still festers there. It won't be easy. The only way their plan can work is if they put themselves in Darlene's power once again. And the Senator has plans of her own for Jess...
A gripping thriller of romance, revenge, and betrayal, Payback will hold you spellbound from cover to cover!
Celia Cohen is the author of bestselling novel Smokey O.