BACKFIRE by Keri Lake

October 05, 2019

Dark and intense, Backfire is a read that doesn't disappoint!
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She is the glimmer of light in the dark
Backfire was a gritty story set against the grim backdrop of a city devoid of hope. Detroit is colored with dilapidated and abandoned buildings, a huge surge in corruption, and underground crimes committed in broad daylight. It's a scary world to live in and Keri Lake gave me all of the twists and turns I was hungry for.

One night, Jase lost all that he held dear. After living a life of struggle and strife, things come to a head and his family pays the ultimate price. For almost a year, he's a slave to the man who took everything from him. His only way out is taking on a suicide mission, one that will get him the revenge he so desperately desires.

Lucia has developed somewhat of an obsession with an urban explorer who takes risks she'd never dream of. She follows him everywhere while taking pictures and videos for a local paper. One day, she witnesses something she really shouldn't have and is now being hunted for what she knows. Terrified, she tries to right this wrong, but those bad guys aren't the only ones on her tail. Kidnapped by someone she believes to be a member of the most dangerous crime ring in the city, she's determined not only to survive, but to take them all down.

I'm not gonna lie... I didn't have a lot of love for Lucy. She did so many things that I can't stand for heroines to do. Even Jase called her out:
“Come on, brainy.” He slid his jacket up over his massive shoulders. “Don’t you have any street smarts?”
Yeah... no. She had absolutely NONE!! She constantly talked and thought about how strong and fearless and capable she was. I'm still not convinced. You're by the side of a confirmed killer. Jase doesn't just talk about it... you've watched him do it! And like the brat you are, when he makes you angry (although you have no reason to be angry), you act out and put yourself in danger. You even put him in danger! WTH?! I would never say this in real life, but you got what you got because you put yourself in that position. The saying goes 'when you're looking for trouble, trouble will find you'. And yet this chick was surprised that so many people wanted her dead.

If not for Jase and the fact that he was so hooked on this girl, I would want her to end up in a ditch. No joke. But that's not how kinda sorta happy endings work, right? Backfire was more than worth my aggravation and I can't wait to continue this series. I'm hoping to see the original vigilante again. Part of me hopes that all of these anti-heroes meet up as a united front against their biggest foe yet in the ultimate throwdown!

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.

About Keri Lake
Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees. When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing). She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

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