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July 13, 2015

Suped Up: Ricochet by Keri Lake

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 9, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

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.



Oi! This post is late because I messed up, I accidentally scheduled it for the wrong time of the day! 

Anyway, today marks RICOCHET's virtual book tour kick-off so I'll go to the point as some of the other blogs you follow might be hosting. I don't want to be redundant.




7 Things you should know about RICOCHET

  1. RICOCHET is Keri Lake's first contemporary novel and it's as dark, gritty, bloody, and sexy as her PNR series, Sons of Wrath. For now it's a standalone, yet I'm hoping there's more books coming of this tone and theme. 

  2. RICOCHET is like The Punisher meets Law Abiding Citizen. Nick is a vigilante, avenging the death of his family by going after and killing the ones responsible for it: The Seven Mile Crew, Detroits most notorious hooligans, the Chief of Police, and the city's current Mayor. The flashbacks and the paybacks aren't for the faint of heart. The novel is filled with guts and gore, the rape that Nick's wife endured alone will make anybody sick in their hearts and stomach. It doesn't stop there though, because Nick doled out his revenge in spades, so brace yourself because this novel isn't light and bright. 

  3. RICOCHET's plot is filled with curious twists and turns. The motivating question for me was why they killed Nick's family when they're nobodies, just regular folk in the big scheme of things? As things start to unfold, we learn that the web is bigger and more savage, it's layer upon layer of muck and pure evil, and Nick's vengeance might be illegal, but definitely warranted.

  4. I like Aubree enought, but I sympathize with her more than I pitied her. As the Mayor's wife, her role is far from ideal and it's not filled with pearls, champage, and charity balls. Aubree's life is atrocious to say the least, and it'll probably drive a weaker woman insane or even suicide! There's nothing like a fighter and a survivor to inspire me though, and was giving her fist pumps for her small victories.

  5. RICOCHET is Nick Ryder. Even if the novel is told in multiple POV's, Nick drove the story and he did it in the most compelling way! Sure Nick might just be as soulless as the men he's trying to come after, but I guess his reasons for doing so justifies things? I always root for the underdog, and though Nick isn't exactly one, I can't help but applaud his passion and zeal. I don't condone the violence, but in this case, I guess one can't beat the dark unless one succumbs to it. 

  6. There's a twist in Nick's character that I didn't see coming. I guess I wasn't overthinking things, I did say I planned on savoring RICOCHET, and savor it I did. Anyway, it came towards the end, jumbled with the other revelations, it was a surprise but a great touch to further enrich Nick's anti-hero personna.

  7. Lastly, RICOCHET is indeed a dark romance. It's a romanticized case of Stockholm Syndrome but not the kind where the bad guy is made out into a hero. When you learn of Aubree's life, you'll realize that her gravitating towards Nick is inevitable. Back to the romance, despite all the violence that's going on around these two, their romantic development came across as tender in its vulnerability, it's emotionally co-dependent in that Nick and Aubree have things in common, it's intense, passionate, honest, and very raw. They didn't band-aid their hurts with sex, the darkness and light are rolled in this big ball of sexy, desperate, angry, seeking, LOVE that reeled me in. It might not be conventional, but love comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

  8. "You are the violence inside of me, Aubree. My most exquisite destruction." - Nick

RICOCHET. Fucking sensational romantic suspense. Masterfully written. Highly recommended read. It'll give you chills, feels, and thrills. The romantic suspense genre just got itself a strong and prized member in KLake. 






With my right hand, I pinned her flailing fist, then released her throat and seized the other. She stilled, flat against the wall, with my body pressed into hers.

You had everything to do with it.” I pushed harder, my muscles steeled. “He didn’t just wrong me, he annihilated me. And there you were, stroking his cock, smiling beside him all the while.”

All you saw was a smile, then. You should’ve looked deeper. So what? I’m your revenge? Your ticket to hurting him?” She sneered. “Guess what? He doesn’t give a shit about me. He never did. So, go ahead, Nick. Kill me.” She lifted her head away from the wall, only inches from my face. “Snap my fucking throat, if that’s what you plan to do. You’d be doing him and me a favor.”

Her body pulsed with tension, the tremble beating against me, through me, inside of me. Anger. Hate.

So much hate.

With one quick twist of my hands, I could’ve snapped her neck, been done with the whole plan and exited my miserable fucking existence on the wings of a bullet to my skull.

Instead, I slammed my lips against hers. Loving the struggle of her body trying to push me away. Hating the fact that her lips tasted like sweet salvation, beckoning me to whatever web of deception she’d been weaving since I’d taken her. Her delicious smell pervaded my senses—water on the flames burning inside of me, steaming up my mind.

Three years.

The last time I’d devoured a woman’s lips was three years ago, and that had been out of love. Kissing Aubree was something else entirely. Not gentle or tender. I kissed her violently, with all the fury locked inside of me, our frantic breaths clashing with one another.

Her moan vibrated inside my skull, as her hands clenched to fists, trying to break free from my grasp.

She opened her mouth wider, dragged my lip between her teeth, and bit me.

Aggression surged through my body and rattled the cage of something dark inside of me.

I wanted more. More pain. More rage. I wanted to tear into her while cursing her name. Purge myself of the hate until it was spent.

I broke the kiss, breaths heaving, as I glared down at her. “What do you know about Brightmoor?” I rasped.

I don’t know anything about Brightmoor,” she gritted out.

Lies. “Yeah? Then, why did you have the fucking blueprints tucked in your purse? Devil’s Night plans safe and sound, beside your goddamn lipstick and compact.”

Her chest rose and fell as I kept her captive against the wall, her stare deadpan. “I didn’t—”

Don’t lie to me.” I pressed harder, lips to her ear. “I fucking hate liars,” I whispered, inciting a shudder in her that brought a smile to my face. “Why did you have the chip?”

I stole it.”

You stole it.” I wanted to laugh at the stupidity of such a thought, but my voice lacked any ounce of humor or inflection. “I don’t think you did, Pistol Lips. I think he gave it to you. His little pet.”

I fucking hate you.” Venom laced her words as she stared back at me, those golden eyes blazing with vehemence.

I licked my lips and glanced down at her pert breasts, and smiled. Squeezing her captured wrists with one hand, I reached up under her dress, only grazing the patch of lace that kept my finger from being inside of her, knowing everything she was too stubborn to admit.

Her lids turned heavy, as drunken eyes riveted on my lips.

Tell me how much you hate me.”

Don’t,” she warned, and I caught the scrape of her tongue across her teeth.

Grabbing a handful of hair, I tugged her head back until her neck stretched taut, and like a creature of night, I wanted to bite down into that supple flesh and rip her throat out. Dragging my tongue along her shoulder, I made my way to the base of her neck and bit her collarbone. She let out a gasp and I released her wrists. Lust blazed through my veins, when her fingers tangled in my hair and her leg curled around my hip, drawing me against her.

You know what, Aubree? I fucking hate you, too, but goddamn … you taste so good.”


Hell was having her skin against mine and craving her so badly I wanted to crawl out of my own body. .





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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53 comments:

  1. Whoa! Intense. I'll bite, my dear. One, you make some pretty dang compelling points selling it, and two, wow, that cover! I got chills :D

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    1. I hope you don't scare easy, this is pretty sensational!

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  2. This isn't my typical kind of read but it does sound interesting and dark (which I do like).

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  3. Oh wow that was some excerpt. I'm definitely going to have to check this author out now.

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    1. She writtes PNR too, Sons of Wrath, it's pretty good!

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  4. I've heard so many wonderful things about Keri Lake's books. I love romantic suspense, so I'd love to give this one a try!

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  5. I like the sound of this one!! I've been in a rut with what I've been reading lately, so it would be nice to step outside the box a bit :D

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  6. I do worry I would find some things not for me

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    1. I understand, dark romance with lots of violence isn't for everyone. Heck! I don't even know why it's called romance

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  7. Yea... you had me at antihero and twist you didn't see coming. SO curious now! This sounds like something I would enjoy.

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  8. I have read Keri Lake her Sons of Wrath series and really enjoyed that, so that's one reason why I want to check out this book. But on the other hand I am not a fan of the dead wife plot and the revenge plot and it soudns pretty dark and I am not sure if I will enjoy that. The twist and turns and the mystery all sound well done. Great review!

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    1. That's fine, totally understandable. This trope isn't for everyone :)

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  9. I like the sound of the romance, it doesn't sound like a case of love fixes all the wounds of the past, which is a trope I am sick to death of.

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    1. Oh it wasn't like that at all. It actually was the opposite.

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  10. I want to read this book because the story sounds like one that you won't soon forget & it sounds like a keeper.

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    1. Oh it is and I hope there's more where this came from

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  11. Dude. 5 stars. You need not say anything else. Added. :)

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  12. Well, guess what I just one-clicked?!? I told you I was considering it when I saw it on your BB&B post. I think this is one I don't want to miss. I just started Lake's Sons of Wrath series this year and am loving it. So I'm excited to see how she does a dark contemporary. Awesome review, Braine!

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    1. I hope you love it. I think this is right up your alley though.

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  13. This definitely has appeal the way you describe it. So intense!

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    1. Very. It's the kind that may get under your skin in a good way

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  14. Oh man, that excerpt is hot. And see, I love this type of read when the female is angry and aggressive too. She's a fighter. So count me in!

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  15. I heard a lot of great things about this author but I haven't tried any of her books. I should try!

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    1. You can either start with this or her PNR, Sons of Wrath. Both are awesome!

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  16. Dark and gritty are def up my alley as well as the character development twists.

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  17. I know I shouldn't, but I just love a good vigilante book and you give two great examples of that genre, so this is a book I want to read. Twists and turns and your awesome review make this sound fantastic! Hugs....

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    1. Oh yeah, the Punisher is one of my favorite dark hero/revenge story ever!

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  18. A Suped-Up Rating with an awesome premise! Yes, please! I also like that it's a standalone and I don't read a lot of Dark Romances but I do read ones that's intriguing like this one. I liked that it's romanticized but the main male character wasn't excused as a hero. Will check this out Braine! -Amir

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    1. He knows he's a bad guy and he doesn't make excuses and is unapologetic for it

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  19. I know how much you love her Sons of Wrath series, so I'm happy that you loved her contemporary, too!

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  20. Ohhhh, it sounds like such a darkish, yummy read! I have a thing for vigilantes, not superheroes for some reason, but down to earth, actual badass human beings going out there and kicking ass :D
    And that excerpt.. *drool~drool*

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  21. YES...I need to read this ..it sounds intense and a little dark..mine!!

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  22. Oh cool review Braine, I need this book now!

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    1. Treat yourself to a copy then, it's worth every penny. :)

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  23. OOh love the cover and this sounds right for me. Thanks for the giveaway too!!

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    1. You're welcome and I hope you win!

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  24. Lots of people have really loved this one! Thanks so much for sharing that excerpt!

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  25. This might be a bit TOO much for me! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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    1. I can see how it can be much for other people. Thanks for checking it out!

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  26. It happens. I've flubbed a few times on a tour ;) We all make mistakes. I'm glad you got the post up though because WOW! It sounds intense. I don't know if I've read one where the bad-guy didn't turn out to be a good-guy. I will have to check this book out. ;)

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    1. Thanks for understanding... I think you'll enjoy this, Kristin! I hope you get it :)

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  27. You do know romantic suspense with a touch of dark has become one of my new favorite genres, right? And so, it's totally unfair for you to review a book that sounds this amazing... My one-click-finger is itching!! Great review Braine ;)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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