Series: Vigilantes #2
Published by Self-Published on June 9, 2016
Genres: Dark Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
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No matter how unbreakable he may seem, every man has a weakness.
A year ago, my home became a bloodstained crime scene. That night marked the beginning of my hell—the same night I was tortured by my enemies and tossed into an underground prison to die.
They failed. I survived.
Now that I’m free, only one motive burns in my soul: revenge.
Lucky for me, they think Jase Hawkins is dead. Maybe I am. I’ve got nothing but a cold, merciless rage, and Black Betty, the sharp steel blade that never leaves my side.
Then she drifts into my life.
Lucia wants answers—so much so, she’s willing to fall into the darkness where my enemies lie in wait, to kill her for what she knows.
Or to take her for the depraved fantasies her body alone can rouse in a man’s mind.
Me? I want her for the fire in her touch that feeds my addiction, forces me to feel what has become numb, but my appetite for bloodshed runs deeper than flesh.
For my own sanity, I’ve vowed to stay away from her. Because she’s my only weakness, an obsession that leaves me craving more—one that could make even the most steadfast plan backfire.
Series: Vigilantes #2
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Dark Erotic Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 9, 2016
Cover Design: Hang Le
Cover Photo: Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Model: Johnny Kane
Goodness… I’m literally speechless having just finished reading one of the most intricately woven dark romantic suspense novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. I am blown away with how perfectly all the details meshed into each other. Each time you got an inkling of how it would all end up or who was behind it all, another curveball was thrown you way. Little details bled into significant events that meshed with other events and before you knew it your head was spinning. The main subject matter was something that had been touched on in other books I’d read before, but nothing so detailed as was in this story. You’re going to be disturbed. You’re going to be disgusted. You’re going to get so involved with these characters, you’ll wish the story never ended. Your heart will be broken. It will shred, rip to pieces and become unrecognizable. But you will also be given a sliver of hope. And that sliver will blossom into something you never saw coming. It will blindside you and knock you on your tail. You will run through a gamut of emotions and by the time it’s all said and done, you won’t know which end it up. It was dark. It was delicious. I wish I could forget the entire story just so I could experience it from the beginning again.
I love that we weren’t eased into this story. From the first chapter you are thrust into danger and intrigue. What Lucia witnesses in those first pages sets the tone for the remainder of the book and what it hints at are the things nightmares are made out of. I live for dark books, books that push the envelope. Books that make me question just how depraved people can get. It’s human nature at its worst, but you also are privy to those who battle against it. It’s a reminder that even in the darkest of places, there’s always a chance for a ray of light to break through. I loved that Lake kept me guessing the entire story. There was a point about halfway through when I thought, well duh, that’s who Pasat is. I was right in a way, yet oh so wrong. There are things that lurk in the shadows, things that others protect, and people who either aren’t who they claim to be or are leading a double life. The questions and surprises never ended and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The depravity you will witness will chill you to your core. I thought I had read and seen it all, but never in my wildest of imaginations could I think up some of the stuff that went on. It kept me on the edge of my seat, anticipating and dreading what would come next in equal measures. My heart bled for characters no longer present in the story, but none more than for Lucia and Jase.
I loved that behind all the darkness and suspense, Backfire truly was a love story. An unconventional one at best, but one I won’t soon forget. These characters had a beautiful backstory which wasn’t realized until a ways into the story, but that connection only helped to further what was growing between them. Jase was somewhat of an anti-hero and his methods, to some, came off as questionable. This only helped to further the air of mystery that surrounded him and furthered the fall into his broken soul. These characters both had their own wounds, internal and external, but it was those scars that truly brought them to an equal playing field. It was when they opened themselves wide and bared their feelings raw that you really got to witness something beautiful. For as different as they seemed to the outside world, they couldn’t have been more alike if they tried. Yin to yang, it was impossible to deny their connection, even while they both tried in vain to. Their road wasn’t easy, and there were definitely moments that the pain will puncture your soul, but it made them who they were. Had a single step been altered, they might not be the people they became. And that truly would have been a shame. Their energy was electric and palpable, and when they came together in a fit of passion you could literally see the sparks fly. Their partnership became one of dependence, trust, and reliability. It was heartbreakingly beautiful from start to finish and I can’t wait to read the next installment.
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.