by Keri Lake
on June 9th, 2016
Genres: Dark Romance
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STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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.
**Not recommended for readers under the age of 18. Trigger warning for violence, drug abuse and scenes of rape and torture.
BACKFIRE is a spin-off of RICOCHET and can be read as a standalone.
I finished this book a couple of days ago and let me tell you that Keri Lake managed to both enthrall and horrify me with this book.
Word of warning: this book contains very graphic violence. If that isn’t your cuppa, then this book wouldn’t work for you. I can’t call myself a dark romance reader. I don’t seek dark reads as often, but if I do read books of this nature, I tend to be very picky.
Long story short, Keri Lake writes my brand of dark. While her characters are flawed and exhibit violent streaks, they also retain their moral compass. You understand why they became such dark characters. And in a way, you sympathize with them because you can see yourself reacting the same way these characters did when faced with adversity. And that’s the reason why I read her books.
Backfire is set in the world of Ricochet. And although, there is a connection between Backfire and Ricochet, Backfire can be read as a standalone.
I don’t want to give anything away but once I started this book, I just could not stop reading it. The plot, the romance, the heart-pumping action–everything just worked together. But more than that, I really loved the two main characters. They’re both strong, enigmatic characters.
Lucia more than held her own against Jase. Her strength was evident from the get go, and though she was in a position of weakness, she wasn’t weak. And she went through some really horrible stuff too. I still can’t unsee some of the things I read in this book.The things she went through turned my stomach and broke my heart. At one point, I had to stop reading and just walk away for a bit because…man, Keri Lake did not hold back.
Jase Hawkins was volatile and angry at the world and at himself. His journey in this book was all about coming to terms with the guilt he held for so long. I enjoyed their individual character growth and the dynamics of their relationship. And even though there were stuff that I found too convenient, it wasn’t jarring enough to affect my enjoyment for the book. Plus, I really liked the set up for the next book in the series.
ARC provided by Keri Lake in exchange for an honest review.