Series: A Vigilantes Novel
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone
Published: June 9, 2016 Cover Design: Hang Le Image Credit: Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Model: Johnny Kane
Cover Model: Johnny Kane
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.
"Backfire is dark, gritty, and unapologetic. You'll be reading it with your heart in your throat and your stomach twisted up in knots. It's violent, a touch depraved, darkly erotic, action packed and absolutely, positively unputdownable." -Dirty Girl Romance Blog
"It's brilliant. It's rewarding and it is a mind screw done perfectly. You will hear your heart break for what Jase and Lucy go through. You will love, hate and shatter." -Kathy Coopmans, USA Today Bestselling Author
"So dark and disturbing you read with one eye open, unable to look away -riveted by what's playing out before your very eyes as Keri Lake takes you on a twisted rollercoaster flying in different directions at great speed." -Totally Booked Blog
"Once again Keri Lake has given us a wonderfully engaging story which sucks you into a whole other world, making you feel everything and revel in the brutal underworld that she has created. It's a book you experience,not just read, and if you're in the mood for this sort of story, it's going to blow you away with its dark intensity." -Escapist Book Blog
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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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Enticing Journey
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Standalone yet part of a series
My Back Fire Review . . .
'As you focus on your goals, never lose sight of the beauty that surrounds you.'
Yet, again Keri Lake has delivered a dark, gritty story which was raw, powerful, yet still beautiful and hopeful in it's own way. Backfire is technically the second book in the vigilantes series but definitely can be read as a standalone. You don't need to read Ricochet first to understand what's going on this book, but its just as brilliantly written that is a definite recommend.
Even though Keri's books are recommended they are not for the faint of heart. As she delves ball deep into a very dark world. Here she encompasses us whole for a raw, gritty journey through the underground of Detroit.
"Yes, Darkness and light. Day and night. When they come together, it is the most powerful union there is."
Jase Hawkins has lived through a rough life and he's out for revenge to right the wrongs of his life. He will take everyone down who was involved. Lucy is strong minded, brave girl but ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time causing her to be in the center of a big clusterfuck and right smack into the revengeful journey of Jase Hawkins.
These two lives are way more intertwined they first realized causing a deep bond between the two as they deal with their growing attraction to one another. Even though Jase has an agenda he gets a bit railroaded where Lucy is concerned and as the reader we are along for the ride of their path to revenge and the stairway to the light within this dark world.
I'm such a fan of dark romances because they are outside the box of the normal formulatic romance genre. They keep you engaged within the story and since there is still a romance we get our happy or light within these dark worlds, while at the same time we get all the raw and gritty of this world because lets be honest in real life not is all sunshine and rainbows. They are a great mixture of dark and light and Keri Lake is a master at this genre and I can't wait to read more from her and this series.
4 . 5 Raw, dark, gritty, disturbing yet profoundly beautiful thumbs up!