Series: Vigilantes #2
Also in this series: Ricochet, Intrepid, Ballistic
Published by Indie on June 9th 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Review Copy Provided By: Author
Dark Contemporary Romance coming June 9, 2016
This book is a standalone set in the same world as Ricochet.
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.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Everyone had a story, but ours was carved in bone and written in blood.❞
WOW! This book! It is just as action packed, suspenseful and thrilling as ‘Ricochet‘ but ‘Backfire’ has a different feel to it. There is a pull between these characters that you can’t help but feel. Keri Lake’s writing is captivating, intriguing and purposeful. I am a huge fan, HUGE!
❝I feel safe with you.❞ Her eyes flicked back and forth. ❝You’re my home.❞
Just because you want it, doesn’t mean you believe you deserve it, and it doesn’t mean you can rid yourself of the thoughts that have been engrained and haunted you all your life.
❝Kids with shady pasts and drugged-parents, who lived in trailer parks and stole shit to get by, didn’t get the girls who lived in the houses across the street, though. They got the easy ones.❞
Born of a drug addicted mother who shacked up with physically abusive men, Jase and Reed had to fight every day of their lives. Fight for love. Fight for food. Fight for survival. Living in the poorest part of Detroit, where crime-lords ruled and nightmares were not just in their dreams, these two learned to navigate the underbelly, the “darknet”, where ‘what couldn’t be seen couldn’t be caught.’
The problem is, the more you dig, the more involved you become, and the more footprints you leave behind.
In retaliation, Jase’s home is set ablaze, his family killed and he is sent to an underground prison. When the architect releases him from captivity and reveals his new plan, Jase questions what he gains by releasing him.
❝The same as you. Freedom from the nightmares that have kept me awake at night.❞
and so begins, the intrigue, twists, and turns.
What strikes me about Lake’s writing, is while it is brutal and dark and violent, she peppers humor throughout her books, thus, lightening up what otherwise could be too heavy of a storyline.
❝Look, it’s sweet…you showing up here like a knight in shining handcuffs,❞
Also, I find that her stories aren’t dark just for the sake of being dark nor violent for the sake of violence. She doesn’t add darkness and violence for shock value. Each incident has a purpose, a reason, thereby enhancing the storyline. This kept scenes from becoming OTT.
‘Backfire’ is not just thrilling and suspenseful. The love story between Jase and Lucia is tender and all-consuming, which adds validity to the darkness and violence. The pull between these two characters sucked me in, I was hooked from the moment they banded together. Their love and connection are undeniable.
❝Like a lion conquering a lioness and watching her squirm beneath him in ecstasy. She made me feel like the king of the jungle.❞
I can’t say enough about Keri Lake’s writing. She doesn’t tell you a story, she shows it to you. She immerses you into the world she has crafted. Her writing is descriptive, it’s poetic, it’s breathtaking.
Another book to add to my Favorite’s of The Year! 5 Huge Stars!