Book Review: Backfire

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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: 4 stars

**Backfire generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

Keri Lake brings dark and gritty to a whole new level Backfire, a stand alone book two of her Vigilantes series. Told from the points of view of both hero and heroine, along with a couple others sparsely woven throughout, Lake once again paints a very vivid yet dreary picture placing readers right into the heart of her dark and twisted Detroit world. Her penchant for writing the settings of her books and creating the backstory is key to her writing. I literally felt, sitting in the sun on a bright day, that I was thrust into a dark place in the heart of the inhumanity happening in her story. This immersion into her story is a brilliant part of her writing that I rather enjoy. 

Lucy, our heroine, is a woman who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her connections to the underbelly of Detroit are vast some in ways she doesn't even know. She's tenacious, feisty, yet afraid of these things she can't control. Our hero, Jase Hawkins, is clouded in the dark. He's been through and seen so much filth he finds it hard to be clean. He's anti-hero for sure with an appetite for vengeance and an attitude to match. Their passion and chemistry was a visceral experience to read - a lot of hate and anger wrapped up in lust. I understood each characters motivations, where they came from, and what they were trying to accomplish. There were a few transitions of their relationship that happened very quickly for me, to the point I was unsure how the change occurred but overall a passionate couple with a thirst for the grittier side of love. 

What I especially loved about this book was the backstory and connection to book one. It's there laced in the words and motivations from the people pulling the strings to the Seventh Circle causing more havoc and harm to innocents. We meet new characters who fulfill certain roles I hope Lake explores more in the future. The progression of this dark underworld in Lake's writing is quite interesting. Surrounding Jase and Lucy I found in relation to what's happening around them there was quite a bit of coincidence but the author worked this out in a satisfying way. 

Backfire is not for the faint of heart. It's really hard at times and heart breaking. Keri Lake does an excellent job of drowning readers in the filth of humanity. There were a couple times I felt uncomfortable with what was happening and really felt horror for these characters. Horror and sadness. Through hauntingly passionate prose and scarred characters we find a certain level of peace though in who they are together even as enemies. Lake really excels at exposing vulnerabilities as an example of strengths rather than weaknesses. Weaving past memories into her story to shed light on Jase and Lucy was perfectly placed for me furthering the last point. Her writing and story telling as a dark contemporary romance author are to be commended. Fans of Ricochet will enjoy this second tale in the Vigilantes series. 

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this awesome review! ❤❤