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.
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.
**Ripple Effect: Episode 1 generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**
3 "Go on and take your piece." Stars
Keri Lake does dark and dangerous so very well. Ripple Effect: Episode One kicks off an episodic series of books by laying the foundation for what seems is going to be an epic, dark tale of love and destruction. In Episode One we meet our main characters, we learn a little of their desperately unfortunate pasts and present lives. We see how they meet and what they're going through, a tiny glimpse of who they are and why and what it takes for them to survive. I felt invested in the story in and in these characters as individuals. However, for a romance you don't get that so much here. There's the hint of a connection individually but not anything concrete to understand yet. And while I can tell in future books there's going to be an awesome edge to their romance you don't get that so much in this first episode. As usual though, Lake's writing hooks you naturally without forcing the characters onto you and she always takes you to the deepest recesses of her characters dark minds without apology. I'm looking forward on where she takes us on this Ripple Effectepisodic journey moving forward.