Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Backfire by Keri Lake

A Vigilantes Novel
by Keri Lake
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone
Release Date: June 9, 2016

No matter how unbreakable he may seem, every man has a weakness.

A year ago, my home became a bloodstained crime scene. That night marked the beginning of my hell—the same night I was tortured by my enemies and tossed into an underground prison to die.

They failed. I survived.

Now that I’m free, only one motive burns in my soul: revenge.

Lucky for me, they think Jase Hawkins is dead. Maybe I am. I’ve got nothing but a cold, merciless rage, and Black Betty, the sharp steel blade that never leaves my side.

Then she drifts into my life.

Lucia wants answers—so much so, she’s willing to fall into the darkness where my enemies lie in wait, to kill her for what she knows.

Or to take her for the depraved fantasies her body alone can rouse in a man’s mind.

Me? I want her for the fire in her touch that feeds my addiction, forces me to feel what has become numb, but my appetite for bloodshed runs deeper than flesh.

For my own sanity, I’ve vowed to stay away from her. Because she’s my only weakness, an obsession that leaves me craving more—one that could make even the most steadfast plan backfire.

5 'brutal, raw and beautiful' stars

Once again Keri Lake bring us back to the utter depravity within the Detroit City with Backfire. I thought Book 1 Ricochet is dark, but Keri bring it one step further with Backfire with more brutality, which is definitely not for the faint of heart. 

Jase Hawkins is a small time criminal and an urbex enthusiast. When his family was killed before his eyes and he subsequently got thrown into an underground mine for eleven months of pure torture, he only had one thing in mine: revenge. His wish finally came true when a mysterious figure save him from the hellhole and pass him a mission. 

Lucy Novakova is an urban photographer who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. While exploring an abandoned building, she came across a group of men who are dumping something resembling of body parts, much to her horror. From then on, Lucy keep looking over her shoulder and terrify of the day when they finally found her.

The backbone of Backfire revolves around the darknet that host torture porn. Jase believes that the gang who killed his family was somehow related to the figurehead behind the darknet. With his mission at the forefront of his mind, he will do anything including kidnapping the woman who he thought involve with the underground cult. 

Lucy find herself being kidnap by the big bad Jase, who she thought is either a fricking rapist or a cold blooded murderer. She's torn between scared out of her wits and turn on as hell. A little bit of Stockholm Syndrome is always interesting, although the truth is Lucy and Jase had one hell of a history, which surprises me. 

There are plenty of flashbacks that gave me a more in-depth understanding to the characters especially Jase and his brother, Reed. Reading about Reed's childhood and subsequently his demise is just too much heartache. I long for the two lost boy to find their peace. 

Jase and Lucy relationship ain't no flower and roses. Is all kind of wrong with brutality and vengeance as cheery on top. With constant worry for their life and seeking justice for their love ones, will they be able to come out of it unscathed? 

Backfire is the kind of book that should come with a ton of warning sign. There are mentioned of torture, rape and animal abused. The gory details aren't over the top but is enough to make me sweat and shudder. The suspense and twist kept me at the edge of my seat and is totally unputdownable until I figure out the truth behind all of it. 

For those who are new to the Vigilantes series, it works as a standalone, but once you finish I'm sure you will be anticipating the next one, which features one of the secondary character in this book.

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.

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