Friday, 17 June 2016

Blog Tour | Backfire by Keri Lake | #NEW #DarkRomance #NewAdult #Review

Title: Backfire
Series: A Vigilantes Novel
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: New Adult Dark Romance
Published: June 9, 2016

Cover Design: Hang Le
Image Credit: Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Model: Johnny Kane 

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.


This is the second book in the Vigilante series but can easily be read as a standalone. Having been enthralled with the first book Ricochet I was eager to see if this would be the same intensity.

Jase Hawkins has lived a desolate life with the only slice of happy being that of his brother and grandmother. When they are both murdered he is intent on the savage revenge of those involved. After a period of being held captured he is surprised when his capturer lets him leave but with one small task – murder. jase is up for the challenge, especially as it will aid him to exact that revenge he is desparate for. 

Lucy has always sought for the edgy life and her unique photography leads her to some dark places. It is in one of these dark places that she records something horrific and in her dash to get away from the perpetrators she leaves some damning evidence behind of her identity.

Through the twists and turns of the underworld of Detroit, Jase and Lucy are brought together when he takes her from a scene of near death. As their proximity sets off a dark and twisted lust they come to realise they have met before, long ago in the past. It is that glimmer of a beacon of light from their first meeting as kids that has kept them both hanging onto that feeling of hope, that things could get better.

This was a very involved plot line and at times I had to stop and regroup to try and fathom what was going on and how this impacted on the dynamic duo. There was plenty of gritty and graphic violence and death that only lovers of dark suspense romance could gel with. As for me the grittier and darker it is then all the better but I would say this was not too extreme. I also felt this was more of a new adult dark romance as Jase didn’t come across as the menacing mega alpha like Nick did in the last book. However it was an engaging and enticing read with lots of passion, angst and hardcore sex thrown in to give the intensity of the connection between Jase and Lucy all the more deep.

Overall I did enjoy and would rate this a four star. Looking forward to the next in the series. 

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"Backfire is dark, gritty, and unapologetic. You'll be reading it with your heart in your throat and your stomach twisted up in knots. It's violent, a touch depraved, darkly erotic, action packed and absolutely, positively unputdownable." -Dirty Girl Romance Blog
"It's brilliant. It's rewarding and it is a mind screw done perfectly. You will hear your heart break for what Jase and Lucy go through. You will love, hate and shatter." -Kathy Coopmans, USA Today Bestselling Author
"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." -Totally Booked Blog

"Once again Keri Lake has given us a wonderfully engaging story which sucks you into a whole other world, making you feel everything and revel in the brutal underworld that she has created. It's a book you experience,not just read, and if you're in the mood for this sort of story, it's going to blow you away with its dark intensity." -Escapist Book Blog

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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