Ricochet by Keri Lake
“I saw darkness in her beauty, and she saw beauty in my darkness. Yin and yang. Black and white. Beauty and scars; fury and forgiveness. She should’ve been my nemesis, but in her, I found something I didn’t know I was looking for.”
Great writing? Check. Tortured sexy hero? Check. Kickass heroine? Check.
Ricochet is a dark, cunning tale of two people who have the worst cards in life coming together and blasting their way out of the shit hand they were dealt. Nick is a man who seeks revenge against those who murdered his wife and son, and who shot him in the head and left him for dead. Aubree is a prisoner in her own life, she married the wrong man and now suffers behind her public smiles. In his plan for revenge, Aubree is a key player, and Nick will do whatever it takes to get his vengeance.
“Monsters did exist. They didn’t hide under the bed, though. They stormed through the fucking door and stole away everything we loved.
To defeat a monster, I had to become one.”
So first things first: Keri Lake is a phenomenal writer. I don’t say this lightly at all. There’s just something about the way she uses words, they flow across the page. The way she writes is beautiful and yet not longwinded, something very hard to pull off but she did.
Dark romance isn’t always my first choice when selecting a book to read. I had seen many friends in the past enjoy this book, but I honestly picked it up because my friend Angela over at Feeding My Addiction reviews said she devoured this 500+ page book in one day. So obviously my curiosity was piqued. And while I didn’t succeed in reading this book in one day (because of stupid real life), I will admit this is a book that’s incredibly hard to set down.
THIS. This is the kind of dark romance I enjoy reading! If all dark romances were like this, I would read a whole lot more. The kind with characters who aren’t perfect but are redeemable. Characters I can root for! To steal words from FMA reviews out of her mouth, Nick is the perfect antihero (a statement not mine but one I wholeheartedly agree with). I hate when I read dark romance and the antihero is some sort of sociopath who isn’t good in any way. I loved that Nick wasn’t entirely good, but he still had good in him. Darkness swept over him, but ultimately he fought it.
Aubree is a strong heroine that I loved. I hate doormats and she’s whatever the antonym of that word would be. My heart bled for her and the hardships she faced. She was the perfect counterpart to Nick, for he needed someone to protect, yet someone who would also fight.
Overall a very compelling and thrilling novel, one the reader will devour until the last page. I know I will be checking out Lake’s other books real soon, and I am so happy I took a chance on a book that isn’t normally my preferred genre to read.
“The ultimate revenge isn’t the murder of my enemy. It’s the whisper of truth on my last stolen breath.”