(ARC Review + Giveaway): Ricochet by Keri Lake

14 Jul 2015

Book Title: Ricochet
Author: Keri Lake
Series: Standalone
Release Date: July 9th, 2015
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Dark Romance
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.



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

 Ricochet is one of those books I REALLY wished I'd simply read the book blurb and dove in and not bothered with reading reviews, as, take my word for it, there's reviews that'll spoil the great ride this book is! I'd never read a book by Keri Lake because she writes mostly PNR (not my cuppa) and I hope this book's success makes her realize she has TALENT in the dark erotic genre too. And well, let me say this, this book is INTENSE!


Keeping this spoiler-free, I can tell you this... 

 What can we find in the book Ricochet? 
 ***Dark brooding, scarred hero- CHECK 
***Tough as nails, yet scarred heroine- CHECK 
***Suspenseful- CHECK 
***Dark, gritty, gruesome- CHECK, CHECK, CHECK 
***Hot as heck, annihilating sex scenes- CHECK 

 All equalling AWESOME!


Nick Ryder is a man scarred beyond measure- both physically and mentally. Having endured the worse torture and loss on Devil's Night in Detroit three years ago, his only focus is on revenge. Revenge against the men responsible for the filth that is Detroit and the loss of his family. One man is on the top of his list, the leader of Detroit corruption, Mayor Michael Culling. Eye for an eye... he will take what's most valuable to that man...his beautiful wife Aubree. Then he shall systematically take down the entire organization one monster at a time.

Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth- Leviticus 24:20
There were so many aspects of Ricochet that had me turning the pages as fast as humanly possible. I love a good dark read, but especially when the antihero is such that it doesn't matter how much I should hate him for his violent actions, I simply can't. Nick was that kind of man- stone-cold yet so incredibly empty, his only drive to get up and move everyday is for one goal- to get back at the men that took his family from him. Then, and only then, will he be able to rest. 

Aubree Culling is NOT what the media portrays her to be. Always the smiling dutiful wife on the arm of her Mayor husband, terrible things go on behind the closed doors of her home. Nick may think he's abducting her from a life she loves but he may just be doing her a favor. If now she can just escape Nick... jump from one cage to the next. She will escape. 

When I say dark, this book has some fairly brutal scenes. It definitely highlights the worst of the human species. Torture, rape, murder being on the short list. What REALLY drew me to the book is the setting in Detroit. I live outside the Detroit Metropolitan area and this author clearly knows these parts. She is spot-on with the descriptions of the shithole The is the city of Detroit. Couple that with the political corruption and drug/gang violence that is 100% a daily scene for that city, I felt as if I was reading non-fiction. Sad but true... 


Ricochet centers around one thing- vengeance, yet in the face of everything Nick worked tirelessly for, he finds something...someone he wasn't prepared for. Amidst all the anger and pain, there's an underlying sense of hope, of healing, of second chances at happiness in a once empty and hopeless life. Can Nick continue through with his plan to ruin Michael Culling when Aubree may be his biggest weakness?

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The writing is top notch and I seriously wish Ms Lake would continue to tap into this darker side of Contemporary Romance. If so, I wouldn't hesitate to auto-buy anything she writes in the future, aside from PNR.

A fantastic journey of loss yet hope, Ricochet will stand at the tops of my short list of favorite dark reads of 2015. Bravo!

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 ***As a side note, this author/book does a stellar job at highlighting child trafficking. I had zero clue it was happening so close to home. Detroit is number two in the nation for child human trafficking and forced prostitution. Keri Lake did extensive research and forwarded me articles. I find it truly disgusting and very saddening this is happening so close to home. 


  Advanced copy received by author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


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 …


 Our blog will be giving away a signed paperback (US ONLY) and an ebook copy (INTERNATIONAL) of Ricochet. Stop over to FB blog link below! 

Giveaway will go live July 14th, 9AM EST and will run until July 17th 12PM EST.

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