Author: Keri Lake
Genre: contemporary romance, dark
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 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.
WARNING: **Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. Trigger warning for self harm.
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Ricochet by Keri Lake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 **bulletproof** STARS
“A dark angel, with blood on his hands and fire in his eyes.”
Oh, how I love it when a book lives up to the hype. I've had a lot of luck with my last reads, but Ricochet takes the cake. For me personally, this one has it all. A seriously messed up anti-hero, a resilient heroine, suspense, angst, copious amounts of violence and danger, and on top of that sizzling chemistry.
And then there were the eyes. OMG, the eyes. If ever there was a cover that made me want to read a book without knowing what’s it about this would be the one. Major cover love! And the best part, Nick lives up to the picture as well.
Alright, let’s get on with the revenge...
“Monsters did exist. They didn't hide under the bed, though. They stormed through the fucking door and stole away everything we loved.”
Nick Ryder has a mission. The only thing that keeps him alive is to bring a world of pain and suffering to the people who took his family from him. For all intents and purposes this man is a weapon with nothing to lose and no where to go. Right on top of his hit list is Mayor Michael Culling, the man responsible for all that is wrong with the city of Detroit and the monster who took away his meaning in life.
Aubree Culling, the Mayor’s wife is part of his plan. He kidnaps her and that not only splits Cullings attention but also makes for good vengeance. Problem is, she is as much of a victim in all this as Nick is, and when they get to know each other his plans might change slightly in the process.
“The man was like a finely crafted blade -- lean, beautiful and dangerous enough to cut me to the bones, if I wasn't careful.”
Nick is a very complicated and complex character with a few twists that only get revealed over the course of the book. I have to confess, I guessed the big one at exactly 31% (even wrote it down) but it took nothing away from my enjoyment, in fact I would say it was more fun to read that way.
Aubree kicks ass. Plain and simple. Yes, she is a victim, but she doesn't let it get in the way of surviving. She has a big heart and a will to live that helped her through some very tough times, but dealing with the enigma that is Nick Ryder seriously tests her limits.
Both Nick and Aubree are two desperate souls who find each other at the most perfect and yet most difficult point of their lives. She wants to escape and Nick wants to dive in head first guns blazing. What could possibly go wrong?
“I don’t want easy and uncomplicated. I want love that makes me fucking insane and irrational. I want to drown in it and never come back up for air.”
Ricochet is a standalone dark romance, with very graphic description of violence and abuse. There are some triggers possible readers should heed. It’s a fast paced - edge of the seat read, my very first book by Keri Lake and most certainly not the last. The writing was gripping and had me turning pages and losing time like no ones business.
A nicely balanced read with a lot of heart, quite a lot of edge, not one dull moment and the most fascinating and dirty anit-hero you should absolutely meet sometime.
**ARC very kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.