Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Dark Romance
POV: First Person (Dual) + Third Person
Expected Publication: Jul 9, 2015
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.
WARNING: **Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. Trigger warning for self harm.
ARC provided by the author, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
With his family gone, Nick Ryder had nothing else to lose. He had just one more goal he needed to meet – destroy the life of the man who destroyed his. He was determined to avenge his family by any means necessary.
Aubree Culling was the wife of Mayor Michael Culling, the man on top of Nick’s hit list. To the public eye, the couple was portrayed as model citizens and savior of Detroit. But behind the gleaming façade, Michael was corrupted to the core and held too much power for a single man.
With help from Alec, a cyber vigilante, Nick paved a bloodied path to his revenge. However, he soon learned not everything was necessarily what it seemed.
When I first came across Ricochet, the cover absolutely demanded my attention. I have a weakness for mysterious hooded hero. And when I read the blurb, I knew this is my kind of book and I am very happy to say it met every expectation I had.
You punch a brick in the wall, your knuckle bleed.
You shoot a gun, it recoils.
You destroy a man’s life, he seeks revenge.
An eye for an eye.
This was my first Keri Lake’s book and as long as she keeps writing dark contemporary romance, I will keep reading. Her writing was evocative and made me feel like I was part of the book. I especially love the details in the factory towards the end of the book. I could almost smell the rusted metals.
Anger was where I felt alive. I needed it to survive, to feed some twisted, charred part of my soul which I’d been waiting for a plan, craving something I couldn’t formulate inside my own head.
I admired Nick’s determination in following his revenge plan – how he stayed true to his goal even as circumstances changed. He was pretty much an open book. His reasons and motivations were not secrets, yet he still retained that aura of mystery.
Aubree was a strong female character with her own set of ghosts. I love how Nick called her Pistol Lips – she just fired things out of her mouth without thinking of possible repercussions.
Alec was such an enigma and I loved him. Even though his appearances in the book were limited and brief, he commanded every scene he was in. He had a presence that made you focus your attention his direction.
As for the story, the revelation took me by surprise because there were clues but interwoven with misdirection. There were a lot of violent graphic scenes in both sides attempt to gain their goals. But they were balanced by some scorching sexy scenes too. And a lot of flashback scenes just tugged my heart. So there were a lot of emotions brought out by the story.
“The stars in the sky are the souls of people we love. They shine so bright not even the night can hide them. And when we’re lost they guide us.”
“Will you be a star someday, Daddy?”
Ricochet is highly recommended to those who love dark romance and don’t mind graphic violence and super hot sexy times.
This review is also available on Goodreads.
Author of dark, edgy paranormal romance & urban fantasy~Vengeance dealer-Demon wrangler~Creator of badass, whip-wielding females-Sucker for brooding alphas.