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RIPPLE EFFECT (A DARK HITMAN EROTIC ROMANCE) by KERI LAKE :: REVIEW

4 Part Dark Erotic suspense hitman series

SYNOPSIS
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.

*This is an erotic suspense/erotic romance not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence and sex.

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Ripple Effect Book One

          

Ripple Effect Book Two

          

Ripple Effect Book Three

           

Ripple Effect Book Four

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 gripping stars

 ‘For those of us in the flock, survival comes down to how well we manipulate, because a predator’s eyes are naturally drawn to the most innocent.’

We pretty much knew that by picking this four book serial up we’d be in for a violent twisted story that would have us gripped as we turned the pages. After all this is Keri Lake we’re talking about and once again, we were not disappointed! It was compelling, it was intense and it was utterly f**ked up. Just how we like it when we’re in the mood for something dark and gritty. We were hooked! Brilliantly written dark erotic suspense.

‘I’m ravenous and impatient. He makes me this way. He’s become my drug. The rush that excites me, and the high that keeps me addicted.’ ‘I want to absorb some of his pain, some of his punishment that surrounds him, and make it my own.’

We have to admit that we question if we would’ve enjoyed it as much as we did if it wasn’t for the fact that we read the four instalments in one sitting. The momentum would’ve been hampered, as would the uneasiness and utter intrigue we felt, if we’d had to wait. It became a race against time as we just had to know what was going to happen and how two completely messed up characters could find something akin to ‘normalcy’ in the shape of love and trust. So, we definitely recommend reading all four in one hit in order to truly feel the power behind the words; feel the impact of their crucial weight as ripples become a raging current.

‘She’s one of those rare finds that you stumble upon, covered in dirt and grime that, when you scrub away the tarnish, is actually a stunning piece of art.’

Dylan is a conundrum- her past and present all tied up haphazardly with a vicious blood-dripping bow. We get harrowing glimpses, ugly and extremely painful snippets from her past – there is no safety nor security in her life. Whilst there’s no question that she has her wits about her and a sharp intelligence with a penchant for striking back, she also has a caring and vulnerable side which she only reveals in part. This girl is overwhelmingly scarred and her consequent behaviour questionable at times. What she needs is someone who can match her in every way.

‘I’m a vengeance dealer. A mercenary. I feign loyalty to exact revenge.’ ‘There was a time I’d search for something about the bastards that would justify the kills. Something that would eliminate the guilt. Years later, I find myself searching for some reason not to kill. A glimmer of humanity inside of me. There’s nothing.’

Ripley is the ultimate anti-hero; a brutal killer with an urge for over the top violence.  He’s as dark as they come, conditioned to and for evil.  He’s enigmatic and a frightening force. With his own tragic and horrific past he’s a loner and reluctant to form any associations. Vulnerable? Blink and you’ll miss it … but is there a chance Dylan could expose it?

‘I hate that he has this power over me, but that’s the nature of Ripley and me. We’re fucked up- two wrongs that somehow make a right.’

Whilst being a thrilling and intricate storyline despite the excessively dark, raw and violent theme, there’s a thread of humanity pulsating through the pages which two desperate characters are clawing their way through life to grip in order to survive their respective darkness. Sometimes love comes in different guises and your saviour is who you’d least expect. When life is the actual nightmare what do you do? What can you do?

‘My little Bandit. My goddamn ruin.’


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THE VIGILANTE’S SERIES by KERI LAKE

Vigilante's series

Ricochet Book One 

                    

Backfire Book Two 

                    

 

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BACKFIRE (The Vigilante’s Series) by KERI LAKE


5 + STAR REVIEW : BACKFIRE by KERI LAKE


Standalone in a series
A dark, raw ‘heart in your mouth’ story of fierce love and vengeance.
‘I’d bleed for her. Kill for her. Die for her.’

Available to purchase below

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backfire 9th JuneSYNOPSIS

This book is a standalone set in the same world as Ricochet.
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.


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Backfire

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘Love was not a choice, but merely a destination.’

This was the second time we spent with Keri Lake and like last time (Ricochet) we are in complete awe of her talents. Why? Because she managed to once again make our hearts pound from page one to the last with a story so thrilling, dark, sexy and gripping we felt like we were reading in a race against the clock. We were honestly so completely consumed in this story that it was as if we were bystanders in every scene such was the flawless and evocative writing.

‘Revenge burned hot in the darkest pit of my soul, a glow that kept me warm while the rest of me had gone cold and numb from the torment….I wanted blood. Their punishment. My revenge.’

No question, Keri Lake, in our opinion, is one of the most accomplished authors in this genre we’ve come across. She stuns us with an impressive tale of vengeance, betrayal and love set in the dark underbelly of Detroit. We literally felt the story explode in our very hands, not a word wasted or emotion denied.

‘I was forged in the city like the steel of its rusted out factories. Infected by its unshakable hope. Molded and shaped by its pain and abandonment, until I’d become as much a part of it as the graffiti that colored its destruction. Wouldn’t matter if I left Detroit. It’d never leave me.’

So dark and disturbing you read with one eye open, unable to look away – riveted by what’s playing out before your very eyes as Keri Lake takes you on a twisted rollercoaster flying in different directions at great speed. Exhausted by the end but overcome with such happy book hearts.

‘If I was the light, then he was the dark matter all around me that had me bending to his will.’

Corruption, double crossings, violence and horrific crimes; this story will break your heart as will the story of Jase Hawkins. He grew up under dire and tragic circumstances which follow him into adulthood. His story is not for the feint of hearts and ours quite literally broke into smithereens. We championed him in his journey of revenge and stood loyal by his side as he made peace with who he truly was inside, separate from the horror in his past that’s playing out in the present. Devastation, survival and love – acceptance and understanding. We experienced it all by his side. Hard to love, sure, but love him we did.

‘I hated that she saw beneath the mask, beneath the bones and flesh, and yanked at my soul like a beam of sunlight fighting its way through murky waters of a swamp.’

It all started with a girl, Lucy, who finds herself entangled in a scene that goes beyond her comprehension and shocks her to her very core. Her exhausting and disturbing journey begins with a kidnapping and ends with discovery, life affirmation and ultimately love. We were shocked at how some things played out, yet the ultimate test is how far would you go – how high a risk would you take to protect the one you love?

“We’re civilized for the most part. But every one of us hides a monster, I think. A primitive side of the brain that runs on a single instinct to survive.”

Backfire is book two in the Vigilantes series and whilst you don’t need to read Ricochet first as they’re standalone’s we highly recommend reading Ricochet as it’s just as brilliant. Haunting and dark – violent and vengeful. This series is quite simply epic and Keri Lake is a master of the written word and spinner of the most suspenseful, redemptive and thrilling romance. It’s ugly but then that’s how you see the real beauty isn’t it! Love can exist everywhere- like a flower growing in a crack of concrete. We are so incredibly invested in this amazing series we’re now counting the days to the next installment. Bravo, Keri Lake, a TBB standing ovation!


THE VIGILANTE’S SERIES by KERI LAKE

Vigilante's series

Ricochet Book One 

                    

Backfire Book Two 

                    


RICOCHET BOOK ONE 
Our 5 Star Review

Ricochet

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 son.
A reason for living.

Ricochet collage


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RICOCHET by KERI LAKE

RICOCHET by KERI LAKE is available to purchase below

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Front Cover

SYNOPSIS

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 son.
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.

♥  ♦ 

Ricochet collage

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯✯  explosive stars

‘That was the thing about pain, it came with a universal understanding for those who survived it – don’t ask, don’t tell.’

Well, wow…..what can we say other than bloody hell what an intense, dark, violent, passionate ride Ricochet was! You’re going to want to pick this book up if you too enjoy reading on the edge of your seat with one hand on your kindle – the other covering your eyes a bit because you’re horrified yet riveted in the same breath. You do NOT want to miss a thing! If like us you enjoy originality in your fiction and getting exactly what is promised then look no further but be aware….

‘There was no room for morals between us. We’d breached the line of decency and fallen into dark depravity.’

This is not a unicorn and rainbow ride; nor is it beautifully fragranced with chirping birds in the midst. What it is though is captivating with well written passion, vengeance, humanity and redemption.

‘He’s become my rescuer, my savior. A dark angel, with blood on his hands and fire in his eyes.’

It’s ugly and dramatic – it’s fiercely controlling whilst the criminal underbelly bleeds into power through the disloyal and masked. Within the pages of Ricochet is a purity of heart that casts shadows of ferocity as the eye for an eye turns cunning and savage.

“You are the violence inside of me…My most exquisite destruction.”

The story of corruption, double crossings, murder and disloyalty has devastating effects as people succumb like dominoes. Nick Ryder is a man who’s experienced hell whilst living and breathing with no way out. He’s seen it with his very own eyes. Eyes that can never un-see the realities of what life has become and won’t rest until the last perpetrator is left standing. Eye for an eye.

‘..the man was like a finely crafted blade – lean, beautiful and dangerous enough to cut me to the bone…’

Nick’s story broke us…literally broke us. But that is all we will say because this story needs to be read unspoiled as the paths twists and turns and you are left gasping for breath feeling like you’ve just finished running a marathon of heart stopping emotions.

‘You punch a brick in the wall, your knuckles bleed. You shoot a gun, it recoils. You destroy a man’s life, he seeks revenge. An eye for an eye.’

As the words of Ricochet bleeds off the pages into your heart and mind – you too will fear. Fear the hate and love – cry the tears, embrace the passion and grab the sharpest object near to you seeking revenge and justice for those who tread the gripping and heart-breaking path in Ricochet by Keri Lake.

‘But that’s what happens when you shoot at something impenetrable. It ricochets.’

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author via Netgalley, with thanks**


THE VIGILANTE’S SERIES by KERI LAKE

Vigilante's series

Ricochet Book One 

                    

Backfire Book Two 

                    

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