ARC Review: Ripple Effect: Episode 4 by Keri Lake

Title: Ripple Effect: Episode 4
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Erotic Thriller/Suspense
Type: Book 4 of 4 from Ripple Effect series
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: April 4, 2017

 

Ripley

They call me RIP.
I’m a killer. A murderer. A psychopath.
In the eyes of the righteous, I’m a monster, born of sin and depravity.
I want to protect her, but I’m not a good man.
I want to love her, but I no longer feel.
She gets under my skin, though, and has awakened something inside of me.
Something I’d kill for.
I’m not her savior—not even close. In fact, I’m worse than the hell she’s already suffered.
I’m her vengeance. Tit for tat, as they say.
And if she’s not careful, I’ll be her ruin.

Dylan

For months, I’ve watched him.
I’ve fantasized him as my savior, my lover. My ticket out of the hell I’ve lived in for the last six years.
I never dreamed he’d be my nightmare.
Had I known what he really is, I’d have never gotten in the car that night, but life is full of cause and effect.
And sometimes the choice on offer isn’t a choice at all.
It’s the result of something already in motion, and we’re merely left to survive the ripple effect.

 

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

In the final episode of Ripple Effect series, Ripley and Dylan’s peace was shattered when a new revelation surface. Trust became a luxury neither of them could afford and they must be smart in order to survive.

He may not be a hero in the traditional sense, but in my world, where violence is life and suffering is survival, Ripley is a brutal contender against the iniquity I’ve come to know. And that makes him a good man, in my eyes.

After finishing book 3, I expected a lot of things will be happening in the last book. It certainly did.

I do know how it ends, but pain is like a magnet. Once you’ve felt it, you see it in others and it draws you in. When you’re around someone else’s pain, it doesn’t hurt so much.

There were a lot of things that went on – some even made me wince lol! I like how the answers were unraveled. Some of them I could guess throughout the book, but I’m glad there were still things that I didn’t expect.

There are times I feel I’ve touched his soul, only to find I’ve not even breached his skin.

At first I wasn’t feeling it as much as the previous books because of my correct guesses, but then the author managed to flip that around. That in turn made me love the characters even more.

“Sometimes our minds are worse than the hell that surrounds us.”

Ripple Effect: Episode 4 is the conclusion to the edgy, gritty, fast pace Ripple Effect series. The series would appeal to fans of sexy, high actions stories.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

 

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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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