ARC Review: Ballistic by Keri Lake

Title: Ballistic
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Type: Standalone Book 3 of 3 from Vigilantes series
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: October 30, 2018

 

 

A life for a life.

On the streets of Detroit, it’s the code we live by. You take from me, I take from you. A balance of power, and a ceaseless war between rivals.

As a foster kid from the projects, I never had much, besides an unshakable addiction to women and drugs. Only took one glance into the amber eyes of a slave for me to realize my two worst vices could be one and the same.

And the woman behind those eyes quickly became my obsession.

Nicoleta is more than she seems. An enigma I’m determined to crack before time runs out and our enemies hunt her down. Except, she moves by her own trajectory, an unstoppable bullet on the warpath to track down the men who murdered a girl from her past.

Me? I’m the rogue whose path is less predictable. A junkie, fiending for the one thing I shouldn’t want: the only woman who gets me high. I want to keep her for myself, but when the unstoppable bullet finally hits her mark and secrets begin to unravel, another life must be paid.
A heart for a heart.

 

 

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

The moment Dax Wolfe saw a young woman slipped away into a lion’s den, he made it his mission to save her. His quest became an obsession fed by vengeance that would only be sated by street justice.

Nicoleta never had an easy life. Growing up, she had to learn to defend herself in order to survive. When she got tangled with dangerous people, she must find a way to free herself before it took her on a road she couldn’t come back from.

No, Dax and I were beautiful together—a messy painting, thrown against a canvas, that somehow came together in perfect balance. Both of us an intersecting dichotomy of good and bad, strong and weak.

Dax and Nicoleta were two tortured souls and I like how they could connect through their dark pasts. She surprised me because I didn’t expect her character to go into the direction the author took her. I like how both of them had to keep up with each other.

I love the overall storyline with the unpredictable directions. However, there were several circumstances that I felt didn’t fully connect or resolved.

I grew up keeping others at a distance, because I learned a valuable lesson early on: the more people in your life, the more times you could be hurt.

One of my favorite aspects of the author’s writing is the grittiness and the actions in her stories. Some parts of the book were dark and graphic, might not be easy for everyone to read. I like how it was enough to give an impact without going overboard.

Ballistic is a tale of retribution and finding closure. It would appeal to readers who enjoy romance with an edge.

Final Verdict:

Books in the series:
Ricochet (Vigilantes, #1) by Keri Lake Backfire (Vigilantes, #2) by Keri Lake Ballistic (Vigilantes, #3) by Keri Lake Intrepid (A Vigilantes Spinoff) by Keri Lake

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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