Author: Keri Lake
Series: Vigilantes #2
Genre: dark, 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.
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Backfire by Keri Lake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
4.5 **Sparrow & Warhawk** STARS
“Two souls who’d survived hell, only to suffer the goddamn replays over and over.”
That was one hell of a suspenseful, gripping and complex read. I really enjoyed it.
Backfire is the second book in Keri Lake’s Vigilantes series. Each book can be read as a standalone and surrounds one anti-hero vigilante. Backfire tells the story of Jase and Lucy.
“What I wouldn’t give to nail you against this wall
and smile when your morals come crumbling down.”
Lucy is a freelance photographer who likes to push the envelope with her work. She often explores Detroit’s abandoned buildings and on one of those occasions she saw something she shouldn’t have. That night sets in motion a series of events, changing her life forever.
Jase is a lot of things, a thief, a killer and in his free time he is into extreme urban exploration. Until eleven months ago when his life changed forever. Now he is out for revenge.
Of course it doesn’t take long for both Jase and Lucy to collide within this world of corrupt cops, dangerous underground club, human trafficking and a lot of death.
What can I say? Ms. Lake has created a dark world of questionable morals, gut wrenching pain and utter devastation. I love it. There are some parts in this book that really twisted my stomach, but overall I have to say in comparison with Ricochet this book really convinced me with the way Jase and Lucy's love story was developed. The hate-lust-love relationship was sizzling right from the start and held me captive to no end.
“Something clicked. Like watching her through the lens, the aperture flicked and the light hit her face differently. She glowed. So goddamn beautiful, it hurt to look at her. Like an eclipse, I knew the longer I stared, the more fucked I’d be. Even so, I cupped her face, the dark ink of my tattoos against peaches and cream skin. Dark and light. Night and day. The moon and the sun. Mia Luce.”
The story and the world that is built around the main characters is very detailed. It took me a good 20% until I really was hooked. That is also the point where Jase and Lucy first really collide. Don't get me wrong the exposition is exceptionally well done and really grips you, but it took me a while to grasp it all, and once I got past that it was an edge of the seat read that had me turning pages like a mad woman and no sleep to speak of.
The characters are extremely well developed, the suspense is anxiety inducing and not to mention our lovely couple burned up my kindle. All in all a great book, maybe a little bit too long, but nevertheless an exceptional read.
**ARC very kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
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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