ARC Review: Intrepid by Keri Lake

Title: Intrepid
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Standalone (Vigilante Spin-Off)
POV: First Person Dual
Expected Publication: April 10, 2018

 

In the corner house of an empty street, there is a boy inside a box. In that boy, there lives a secret, one so dark, it’s sealed with locks.

Nearly ten years have passed since the night I was captured. Tricked and betrayed, I suffered the hours of brutal torment with death’s cold whisper across my skin. And when the nameless faces that haunted my nightmares took everything and everyone I loved, I feared I’d never be free of the darkness.

But that’s the thing about fear. Over time, it breeds anger, and when anger fills the box, vengeance bleeds out.

It’s been almost a decade since I escaped their hell, staying in the shadows, hiding my demons, and God help them now that I’ve tasted retribution and crave more of it.

Blood is the price for pain, and I vow to take everything and everyone they love. I’m no longer a frightened boy, but the intrepid vigilante, a ruthless executioner, who will stop at nothing to punish the depraved few that stole my life and walked free.

The plan is perfect, except for her. The one woman I’m forbidden to have, whose soothing touch settles my fractured mind. My angel of mercy sent to silence the voices. Yet, not even she can save me from the black void wherein my skeletons lie buried beneath the truth. Because in order to feed my thirst for revenge, I have to destroy the very thing that gives me purpose.
Tooth for a tooth, heart for a heart.

 

Pre-order at:

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ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Serafina (Sera) Kutscher was finally free of the shackles that prevented her to live her life on her own rules. But a newfound freedom in a dangerous city could be short-lived especially if she didn’t protect her heart.

For the past few years Ty’s life had been fueled by revenge. Vowed to right the wrongs, he was willing to do anything to find closure. But fate had a way to throw in a wrench and he must decide the kind of future he wanted.

No home, no family, no consequences, and as far as the world was concerned, I didn’t exist. I couldn’t decide if that was a blessing, or a punishment.

I love Ty right from the beginning. The dark, mysterious kind never failed to make me pant. And the more I learned about his past, the more I felt for his broken soul.

I could almost hear the tearing sounds of Sera peeling back the layers on her face, the porcelain façade she wore, so well, that even I couldn’t see what was beneath. There was so much more to her, so much deeper than the surface.

Sera was the poor little rich girl that never felt like she belong. I like her compassion and her determination even though there were times she made questionable decisions.

The truth was, I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about him, either, but being with him was like riding a roller coaster in pitch-blackness. Sure, it was exciting, as long as it didn’t throw me off somewhere along the way.

I’ve always love urban dereliction setting both in real life and in books. Reading this book felt like walking into my kind of art gallery. The storyline was dark and gritty just the way I like it. However, my irrevocable depravity craved more of the “bad parts” lol!

I enjoyed the engaging storyline and putting together the pieces from the past and present, and how it all came together at the end. The push and pull between between the characters was good and the sex scenes were hot and intense.

That one single moment turned an innocent boy into a monster.

Intrepid is a story of revenge and acceptance. It would appeal to readers looking for an edgy, suspenseful romance.

Note 1:
This book makes me want to do some urbexing. But I’d stick to abandoned buildings instead of skyscrapers roof and tower cranes lol!

Note 2:
I’m hoping there’d be a hero who practices parkour in future books.

 

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

 

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Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees.  When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing).  She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

 

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