Release Date: July 9, 2015
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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"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.
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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