Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Ricochet by Keri Lake

Title: Ricochet 
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: July 9, 2015


The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.

A son.

A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I'm cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.


Review ( 5 stars )

Ricochet is like Batman meets Arrow minus the mask and bow.

This is my 4th Keri Lake and the first being a contemporary. To say I have a high expectation for Ricochet is a big understatement and I'm extremely glad that this book hit all the right spot for me. It is full with action, suspense and twist at every turn. It had been a long time since I was so entertained and engrossed with a book. 

Readers prepare to be thrown into an intensely brutal ride with Nick and Aubree and witness how they find love amidst the destruction surrounding them. Immerse yourself in Nick's path to vengeance and the absolutely depravity of mankind that left me cowered in terror. 

Nick Ryder is a man who suffered absolute destruction of his perfect life right in front of his eye. The only motivation that keep him breathing is to make the people who ruined his life pay for what they did.

Aubree Culling might seems like the perfect trophy wife to Mayor Michael Culling, but her life was a far cry from perfect. She had been living in terror ever since she was married to the monster who might kill her one day.

When Nick decided to kidnap Aubree as part of his revenge plan, is Aubree leaving one hell for another, or she could finally taste freedom for the first time?

Perhaps Nick and I were opposites in life, as he said, but in pain, we were the same.
Two broken halves, with jagged edges that seemed to fit together in some messed up way.

Nick and Aubree's chemistry is explosive and left me panting for me. I love that Nick had so much darkness within him and such a tortured anti-hero. I wonder how can he crawl out from his self-destruction and find hope in his life again.

He'd become my rescuer, my savior. A dark angel, with blood on his hands and fire in his eyes.

Keri Lake did what she did best from her experience in paranormal series which is to paint a vivid picture of the utter depravity of Detroit that make me felt as if it is another Gotham City. The bleak backdrop really set the mood right for me. I don't think I can hear the name Detroit without a shiver up my spine. 

Although I am a romance reader at heart, I will honestly claimed that I was even more invested in the suspense part of Nick's revenge. Whenever he managed to kill another motherfucker, I just want to cheer and pop the champagne. I don't think I had ever been as blood thirsty before. I will not be eating any pasta though. Thanks for Keri's graphic description. Eww... 

Recommended for lover of dark and suspenseful romance and who have the stomach for violence. And the best part is - this is a standalone. 

In his bed, amid the darkness, the destruction, the ruin, he fixed me. His gentle hands delicately fastened together the pieces of me that'd become so broken and scattered with no hope for convergence. As I lay beside him, I felt whole again.

I saw darkness in her beauty, and she saw beauty in my darkness. Yin and yang. Black and white. Beauty and scars; fury and forgiveness.


Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things. 

She loves hearing from readers …

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