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‘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!


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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