on July 9th, 2015
Genres: Dark Romance
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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 ÔÇÿsafeÔÇÖ, 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 promiseÔÇöto avenge the wrong and set it right.
IÔÇÖm no longer Nick Ryder. IÔÇÖm a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to loseÔÇöone who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the cityÔÇÖs flawless veneer.
Michael Culling doesnÔÇÖt know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that IÔÇÖve kidnapped his beautiful wife.
An eye for an eyeÔÇöisnÔÇÖt that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.
If she doesnÔÇÖt destroy me first.
Ricochet by Keri Lake makes it nearly impossible to write a review that does this amazing story justice. Keri Lake has put me under her spell with the tale of Nick and Aubree.
I love this book so hard that I want to yell about its awesomeness from the rooftops. I want to shove it into the hands of everyone I know and urge them to read it. It’s the type of book that will stay with me for a very long time to come.
It has left me completely stunned and in awe. It tore out my soul and heart. It obliterated me and my feelings. It was painful, brutal, raw and intense, but in the end, it was worth every tear, every sob and every pain it caused. Keri Lake doesn’t hold back, doesn’t make things pretty and shiny to make it easier on the reader. She writes them as they areÔÇödirty, gritty and heart-crushing.
Lately, I’ve been reading more and more dark books, but none of them have a chance to live up to the tale Keri Lake created with Ricochet.
This is one of the best reads of 2015 for me, one of the best reads ever. I love it and I love it hard.
It’s such an intelligent dark read. I knew I’d love the book but I was expecting it to be the usual dark readÔÇölots of steam, kink and dominance that turns into more. But this, it just blew my mind. It had heart, soul and brought on so many emotions, I felt like I might drown in them.
It is one of the most heart-breaking mind-f*****g books I’ve ever read and damn, I so didn’t see most of the twists coming until they hit me in the face with the force of a wrecking ball. I’m emotionally exhausted and loving it.
The prologue had me already hooked and glued to my Kindle. What followed was the classiest, most elaborate dark romance I’ve ever read. The violence that was portrayed wasn’t there to add drama. It wasn’t for show. And it definitely didn’t depict violence and abuse as sexy or kinky. Ricochet showed violence for what it is – raw, painful and real. A force that destroys. It gave a look into the mind of psychopaths and into the mind of their victims. It showed what people go through and what they have to do to survive. It allowed a glimpse into the lives of those that are submerged in violence, poverty and crime. It shows what humans are capable off and it is frightening. But Keri Lake also shows what a difference love can make. How it can heal, put the broken pieces of a person back together. And sometimes you find love in the most unusual places.
Everything about this story was perfectÔÇöexcept maybe one thing: It ended.
It was extremely well-written with awe inspiring eloquence and perfect metaphors. It was full of surprises, twists and turns that were impossible to foresee. There was depth and lots of emotions, but also absolutely hot, steamy sex. But the sex wasn’t just there for the sake of having some smutty moments in the story. No, it fit perfectlyÔÇöit brought another layer to the story and to the characters. Characters, who were so multidimensional, so real, that it felt like they exist.
Both, Aubree and Nick won me over in their own way.
Aubree for being strong and defiant, despite being a victim of horrors that are painful to imagine. She never allowed the flame inside of her to be extinguished, never truly gave up hope. And despite having encountered her fair share of human monsters, she still manages to see the good in people. Even in those people who can’t recognize anything good in themselves.
And NickÔÇöI have no words to describe what his character did to me. My heart broke for and with him. His pain was palpable, his despair crushing my heart to dust. He was a truly tortured soul. A broken man. And yet, despite his thirst for revenge and his need to destroy the ones who have taken everything for him, he is a good man. A truly good man with a loving, caring heart.
Together they are two broken people, defined by their past full of lies, pain, loss and violence, who might have more in common than they ever expected.
5+ this-story-rocked-my-world-so-five-stars-can-never-do-it-justice stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)