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Ricochet (A Vigilantes Novel Book 1) by [Lake, Keri]
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WARNING: **Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. Trigger warning for self harm.

The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.
A son.
A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I'm cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2067 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Keri Lake (9 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0105H0E7G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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WOW! What an amazing book to read. Not only for the story line that was created but also for the brilliance of the writing throughout Ricochet. This was my first book by Keri Lake and I can honestly say I was blown away. Not only did I find her words moving and poetic I also found them philosophical at times. The knowledge and out look that Lake brought to the characters voice, especially Aubree was pure genius and spoke straight to my heart. I’m pretty sure the entire book is highlighted of just the inner voices of both Nick and Aubree.

Nick, good grief! My heart and soul bleed for what he went through. I wanted to hold him close and never let him hurt ever again. His story line was on of the most gut ranching I’ve read in a while. He was absouletly the best alpha male I could think of. He had the dark grittiness about him that I find I also want to read about but not only that but he is such a good man underneath I truly want him to be happy and I am so glad he found Aurbee.

Now, Aubree, can I just say she is one of the strongest heroines I’ve read to date. One girl I would love to be BFF with. Her spirit and fight for not only her life but also Nicks was inspiring. To see them both heal together and confront their fears and pain was not only the most heart-breaking but beautiful moment throughout but was what had me sobbing like a baby. The ending had me crying happy tears for them both, I just knew that what happened towards the end wasn’t actually the end of their story.

In saying that though, the Twist Lake put in there regarding Nick was ah-maze-ing!!! Once that was revealed I was like OF FREAKING COURSE!!! Such a good plot twist it was amazing. Had me racking my brain going through pretty much the whole book again thinking ‘Yes! I can see that now’.
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If you like a book with twists and turns, something to keep you on your toes the whole way through then this is the book for you! This story is about Nick. His wife and son where brutally murdered right in front of him. He is on a mission to get revenge against the people who did it, first of by kidnapping the mayor's wife. The story then takes some on gobsmacking twists and turns. The whole book left me speechless, I didn't see half the things that where coming! If you like a dark suspenseful, thrilling romance then this book is for you!
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4.5 stars--RICOCHET is a contemporary, adult, standalone, dark romance from author Keri Lake focusing on revenge and retribution. This is former computer game designer Nick Ryder, and abuse counselor Aubree Culling’s storyline. The storyline is set in the dark and seedy underbelly of Detroit’s criminal element and the political elite who believe themself above the law.

Told from alternating first person points of view (Aubree and Nick) as well as several third person perspectives RICOCHET follows Nick Ryder as he seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and son, and the horrific nightmare that has been left in its’ place. Three years earlier Nick walked into a brutal massacre, of which, his beautiful wife and son did not survive. With Nick left for dead, the killers set the house ablaze and walked away without a second glance. What ensues is a dark, gritty and graphically violent plan to take down everyone responsible including the people calling the shots. Enter Aubree Culling-Mayor Michael Culling’s wife, and the perfect target to start Nick’s vendetta.

Aubree Culling is the mayor’s wife, and therefore, guilty by association. As Nick sets his sights on destroying Mayor Culling, Aubree will be abducted and held hostage while Nick sets his plan into motion. But Aubree has a secret, one that Nick will soon discover, pushing our anti-hero to avenge the woman with whom he is falling in love. There is a slight ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ or ‘Capture Bonding’ feel to the storyline wherein our heroine will fall for the man holding her hostage.

RICOCHET is a graphically violent storyline about a man obsessed with vengeance against those that destroyed his life.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read But Still Torn...... 24 July 2015
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I was torn on what to rate this book. The mystery/thriller part of this book is a solid 4 star rating for me. The romance aspect is, at most, a 3 star rating. So, for me, this was a 3.5 star read. Nick(H) is a man bent on revenge. He must destroy the man who is responsible for the death of his wife and 5 year old son 3 years prior. Part of that plan is to kidnap the man's wife Aubree(h). Nick is a complex man. His grief is palpable. His flashbacks and dreams of his son are heart wrenching. I really felt for the man. Aubree is a mostly likable character. She is strong. Her life with her husband was abusive. Her husband is a monster. Their individual backstories were horrific. These are two damaged individuals.

The mystery/thriller portion of this book kept my full interest. A lot happened and there was quite a bit of action. This book is a page turner in that aspect. The romance was too much. They fell for each other too quickly. I felt nothing for them as a couple. Not even the sex scenes could get me into these two. After a few days of her kidnapping, Aubree tells Nick that she needs some razors because she usually gets waxed but since that is not possible she will need some razors. Seriously? You are a kidnapped married woman and you are going to bring attention to your puzzy to your male kidnapper? Better question. If you have been kidnapped why would you even care about the grooming of your puzzy? Eye roll! And...WTF! I wasn't digging Aubree in some of her thoughts or actions. I won't get into the issue with Blue, Nick's dog, but after that situation I just wanted to shoot her. Nick on the other hand was a great character. I felt for the man and I was routing for his revenge. I loved his POV. My only issue with his character is that he was very damaged. The man cuts himself to release the "poison" in his blood when his thoughts and memories get to be too much. Cutting is a serious issue. It was never resolved. He cuts himself repeatedly and has plenty of scars to prove that point and yet it is never discussed again. My biggest issue is this....These two characters have horrific backstories. They are very emotionally damaged. This book, as many like it, send the irresponsible message that mind blowing sex with a gorgeous person will solve all woes, cure all ailments. I hate it when romance novels do this. Yes, this is fiction but I still cannot abide by this false notion. If you are going to introduce real life trauma then do not treat it so frivolously. That, of course, is just my personal pet peeve when it comes to romance novels. The ending, while giving resolution to the story, was, again, too much. I won't give anything away but again my eyes were rolling. Such a dark premise and story yet the ending was too perfect and quite sappy.

I know this review does not sound very positive, but in truth I did really like the mystery/thriller aspect to this book. I liked Nick. I mostly liked Aubree. I did not like the romance aspect at all. It did not move me or make me feel for them as a couple. The writing is solid. The action and "can't wait to see what happens next" feeling kept me turning the pages in genuine interest. My issues with the romance aspect are my issues. I am sure others would disagree with me. This book is worth the read so, yes, I would recommend.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars 10 July 2015
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Ricochet was a gritty romantic suspense, which sees Nick Riley seeking revenge for the brutal death of his beloved wife and son. For three years, Nick has been planning to make the dregs of Detroit pay for almost taking his life and executing the family that he loved so much.

Michael and Aubree Culling, the mayor and his wife, are high on his hit list, and with the help of his partner in crime Alec, he plans to kidnap Aubree and eliminate all of the bad people who are reeking havoc on the city.

What Nick wasn't expecting, was for him to feel an empathetic and protective force of feelings towards Aubree which puts his plan into jeopardy.

This was fast paced and expertly written and I can see why this would be a gripping read for a lot of people. Unfortunately for me, I just didn't connect to the story as much as I would have hoped but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it, I loved the developing relationship between Nick and Aubree.

What I loved about it most was the warring emotions inside Nick's head and the way Aubree for the first time in her life was experiencing love and affection, even if it came from such a dark character as Nick.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read for me and I am very confident that if you are a fan of romantic suspense, you will no doubt love it. Not for the feint hearted though, it was pretty gruesome in places.

Ricochet is a dark romantic suspense, told in multiple POV's and is a standalone.
31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So you can buy reviews on Amazon now...good to know! 5 August 2015
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Please be aware there's a couple small spoilers towards the end of this review.

It is clear that this author can write well, and while I can commend a unique story line and the fluidity with which she weaves a story that is both descriptive and coherent, this is NOT a "Romantic Suspense" novel, which is how this is characterized. It is completely transparent what is and will happen so there is no suspense. It is not romantic as there is little redeeming qualities to the hero (if he can even be called that). Let me also say that I am not a prude nor opposed to some grit, foul language or graphic sex scenes if the plot calls for it or enhances the story. However, I felt like the amount of graphic violence, especially as perpetrated by the "hero" was off-putting. Extremely descriptive scenes of rape and murder are prevalent throughout. The premise of this story is also about a man seeking revenge against people responsible for the rape and murder of his wife and son, who happens to fall in love with a woman who is also emotionally scarred. Understandable, BUT the manner in which he seeks revenge is so messed up that the person who is capable of carrying out these heinous acts could never be construed as a " hero" of the story. It's one thing to have thoughts of murdering someone who has done such a horrible wrong to you, it's another to slowly and methodically cut chunks of flesh from someone's body and then watch them slowly die...and that was the least gruesome killing. The "heroine" of the story had more redeeming qualities but I found it also unlikely that after being brutally, and I do mean brutally, attacked and a thrust away from being raped, that you would be able to have sex with someone you were in Love with, let alone someone you knew for a week- however much of a "connection" you feel. It was all just depressing and unrealistic (but not in a good way) while still pretending to be realistic..."real" people from the middle to low class area of Detroit, married to a stripper, trying to make a better get it. I find it HIGHLY unlikely there wasn't at least one person who stumbled upon this supposed gem of a story with ONLY 4 and 5 star reviews who didn't find this story unrealistic, contrived, overly depressingly unnecessarily graphic (the beloved dog dies! The best friend dies! Who doesn't die!?). Oh and did I mention the hero has Disassociative Identity Disorder...aka two personalities. Yeah, he's a keeper. I'm sure I'll get hate responses that this is supposed to be about real life problems, please consider that I mentioned this book is listed as a romantic suspense book and like I said, if this is supposed to be more "real" I would never be able to be with a man who has 2 personalities and can actually stomach murdering people via mutilation and has sought no help for these problems whatsoever. And if you're of the opposite opinion, that this is a book and therefore fiction-fantasy, again..this hero will never be my fantasy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, twisted, and oh so awesome 12 July 2015
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I have waited for this book for months and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. Instead of telling you something, Keri lake shows you. She builds up drama like no other. Nick and Aubree have such an amazing love story, and I waited with baited breath through the entire book. There are twists and turns, and darkness around every corner. I loved this book so much, and the idea of revenge and retribution is powerful stuff. Wow, that's all I can tell you. If you love a well told story this is for you. It may rock you to the core, but that's what great stories should do!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ricochet I for one always say what goes around comes around! 22 May 2016
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Very good Book! It should only be read be people over the age of 18 and Def not if you look for way to create pain for yourself or read something that could trigger that within yourself!

It is a Dark and twisted story and I like those kind of books! It builds up keeping us thinking one thing an then giving us something else completely I didn't see how Nick could make it through life with all that he had but the things he did to get him through is probably the only way you could loosing your family and watching it play out thinking you are dead and coming back to give chase but not be able to do anything about it would be just heartbreaking I would think a lot of people would have Had to turn to something terrible and dark to stay alive or else just kill yourself so with all that I was proud of Nick he had gone on made some friends and made a plan. Most wouldn't agree to this plan but if it was your life maybe you could, I can and I think the author did a good building these characters to be oh so believable. Audrey has her own life problems and Nick cant quite figure it out but sometimes people come into your life for a reason. That these two people that have known complete torture both completely different kinds of torture but it is terrible and to and find Love in an unthinkable twist of events is very good writing I think Keri Lake did a very good job with this book and its the first of her books I have read! The bad guys well they are really really bad. I didn't really understand how it all came to be with all the bad people and I think that could have been a bit more explored, some parts were dragged out a bit and for those reasons I only gave it 4 stars. The book is over 500 pages so it should have told us exactly what we needed to know but some parts that I think were skimmed over (again maybe more on the bad guys and how the gang, the bad cops and the mayor all tied together could have given us a little more back story about the bad guys. Now how it all tied together in the end was a Shocker (the mayor and Audrey) Nick and Lauren, Nick and Alex and I loved the excitement within the story and the buildup was good, I could tell it was well thought out! It shows Exactly what people will do for Revenge and for heinous acts that happen in life especially to be a part of that act and be left behind to remember it each and every day! And that these things really do happen in life maybe not exactly like this but bad men do exist and control cities bad people kill families and it gets swept under a rug and a person's life it left of nothing but a shell, I would have done the exact same thing if I was smart enough to have done all that Nick did!

It for sure has A TON of explicit HOT SEX and a LOT of Violence!

I would recommend this book for sure!