Monday, June 6, 2016

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Backfire by Keri Lake


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. 

**Not recommended for readers under the age of 18. Trigger warning for violence, drug abuse and scenes of rape and torture. 

BACKFIRE is a spin-off of RICOCHET and can be read as a standalone.

5 absolutely dark stars

So if you don’t know I LOVE me some dark reads and Keri Lake is the master of masters. If you don’t remember how crazy I was over Ricochet then you need to go back and read my review. It was my first read of hers and now Backfire is my second …. And I cannot get enough. I know there will be at least one more in this series … These books are standalones but dear lord go get Ricochet and read it with this one. Nick will freak your mind. 

Jase Hawkins is with his brother planning to stay at his grandmother's house on Devils Night. He can't understand why the woman won't leave her home and move to a safer place in Detroit but she refuses. The boys have gone back and stayed each year in order to keep her safe and make sure no one messes with her. Protecting her, the last person he loves beside his brother, is the most important thing left in his dark life. Nothing has ever happened while the boys are around until now … the masked men in her house have no desire to leave any of them alive. How do they seem to know his little brother and why are they calling him by his name no one should know. Eleven months later after being held captive someone has given him the opportunity to revenge his family’s death. Nothing will stand in his way. 

Lucia Novakova is a photographer who captures the beauty in the run down spots around the city. Knowing she needs to leave these places before night begins to fall she gets caught up in the old slaughterhouse capturing the shadows in the empty building later than she should ….. being in the wrong spot and the wrong time has just catapulted her into the Seventh Circle …. Being hunted by these men is like throwing a sheep to the wolves. 

Im not going to say another word about what happens and how/why Jase and Lucy come into each others lives. What I can tell you is that it is NOT a love story of skipping through the meadows singing a sweet love song together. Holy shit it's nothing like that. I have never in my life wanted to be a fly on the wall watching this entire horrific and brutal story unfold. Fear, vengeance, brutality and complete disregard for spewing blood everywhere is all over the pages of this sick and twisted story. You will find that there are characters that are not who you think they are. Dear lord I wish there would have been more. 

I seriously feel like a twisted individual after loving these two books so much. I feel like I need to be trudging through the streets in all black leather looking for the bad guys. I do need to warn you. If you do NOT like violence in any sort in the most twisted of events do not click this book. If you loved Ricochet definitely slam your finger over that buy now button. If you aren’t certain.. think along the lines of 8mm … remember that movie … yeah …. I can tell you there isn’t a ton of graphic information but there is some on that particular subject --- I know --- sick and twisted – that’s me and I love it. 

Oh! Also I thought I was going to have to say nope Im done concerning a part involving dogs and fighting but in the end the dog wins ….. so I let out my breath and moved forward. Kill all the humans you want but when you go after my pups … you're done … I won't finish and I won't read you again. So thank you Keri because I thought for a minute I was going to have to toss it! 

Thank you Keri for an absolutely fascinating and traumatizing read. Thank you for trusting us with another ARC! I can't wait for the next release. 

Review to post to Ramblings From Beneath The Sheets. 

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