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Ricochet (A Vigilantes Novel) by [Lake, Keri]
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CAN BE READ AS A COMPLETE STANDALONE.

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: 2068 KB
  • Print Length: 531 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514635534
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Keri Lake (9 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0105H0E7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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 off by kidnapping the mayor's wife. The story then takes on some massive 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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The cover of Ricochet has been playing on my mind for awhile. See, I saw this cover and was spellbound. At first, I was consumed with wanting. Then I heard some talk, and I hesitated. For starters, people were talking about the darkness, the violence and the fact that the heroine is kidnapped and the hero was her captor. But…I was still consumed with the cover. How could that man on the cover be violent and a kidnapper? Would I want to become attached to a bad man? Then, it got worse. I heard that the man was a shell. His life had been taken from him when he lost his family. Oh geez. I’m now supposed to see him find a new love. No, I can’t do it. This will be too hard. I’m not strong enough to handle the pain. I shelved my desire to read Ricochet and left it sitting on my wish list on Amazon. I’d see it sitting there and ask myself if I was ready…until one day, I bit the bullet. Now, even though it was sitting on my kindle, I still couldn’t bring myself to read it. I’d look at the cover and think, soon…ish. Lo and behold, the wonderful Lana, from Dirty Girl Romance, was holding a competition for Backfire #2 in the series and I thought to myself, if I win Backfire, I’ll know it’s time to read Ricochet. Guess what I won…and my journey behind the cover began.

Ricochet is a story that sucked me in from the very first page. I was bracing myself for the violence and abuse knowing that it could get quite ugly. In my previous reading experiences, I’ve found that I’m somewhat able to blank out violence, death and destruction. I get a little upset, but I’m kind of able to compartmentalise it. What I didn’t really brace for was how close to home this story hit. I’ve been where Nick has been. No, I didn’t take a bullet to the head, but I did have a head trauma after a car accident.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A few distractions, but, overall, a very enjoyable read! 18 February 2016
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Ricochet was a 5-star read up until about 90%. Then it latched onto a cliched 1980s plot device (it didn't need) to excuse the aberrant behavior of the male protagonist. I won't mention what it is because that would spoil that twist, however small and predictable. I saw it coming around 60% and hoped I was wrong. I was disappointed to be right, but there is still much to love about this book.

The writing is very strong and skillful, though her editor needs a lesson on when NOT to insert commas, and that's coming from a grammar Nazi. The overuse of them, most times where there should not have been a pause, often stalled the momentum of the scene. And there is a lot of momentum throughout this story. I will say though that the author tended to overwrite emotionally early on in the story, pounding her character's point ad nauseum, another area her editor should have reined her in on. But she stopped after about 30%, though it did return right at the very end. This book should have come in around 400 pages. At 530, it's entirely too long.

The only other thing I didn't particularly like was the last sex scene. There should never be that much talking during sex. It detracts from the sensuality, and I found it very distracting, because, come on, no one really talks like that, especially during sex. I ended up skimming through that entire section. Same $h!t, different page, you know...

Other than those 4 things, 2 of which were minor, I really enjoyed Ricochet. I'd love to read more from this author, but I guess I'll have to wait and see if she writes more in this genre, because I don't care for paranormal. The characters were well drawn, and their dialogue felt and sounded authentic. Some of their behavior seemed written just for the sake of titillation rather than to move the plot forward, but not overmuch.

The setting was awesome! The only way I've ever experienced Detroit is through the Brandon Lee film, The Crow, and this book draws from that same exact well, even the Devil's Night shenanigans that instigate the tragedy. So yeah, overall, I would definitely recommend this book. Just know it's sexually explicit and the violence is graphic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away!!! 31 August 2016
By Emilie Tomaro - Published on Amazon.com
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Mind blown away!

Destruction...
Hurt....
Revenge...
Love...
All rolled into one book!!!!

By the end of Ricochet my mind was blown. What I thought was real wasn't. Absolutely loved every minute of reading this book!

A love story thrown into a world of destruction, betrayal and corruption. Loved it! When all you see is revenge and feel loss can one come out of the destruction and open there heart again.

My poor Nick - life was so happy for him until it wasn't. When he lost his family revenge consumed his life. My heart broke for him even through all the bloodshed.

The twists and turns throughout the book had me on the edge of my seat. I was totally consumed with Ricochet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the cover… 13 June 2016
By Stacey is Sassy (Stacey B-Reviews) - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover of Ricochet has been playing on my mind for awhile. See, I saw this cover and was spellbound. At first, I was consumed with wanting. Then I heard some talk, and I hesitated. For starters, people were talking about the darkness, the violence and the fact that the heroine is kidnapped and the hero was her captor. But…I was still consumed with the cover. How could that man on the cover be violent and a kidnapper? Would I want to become attached to a bad man? Then, it got worse. I heard that the man was a shell. His life had been taken from him when he lost his family. Oh geez. I’m now supposed to see him find a new love. No, I can’t do it. This will be too hard. I’m not strong enough to handle the pain. I shelved my desire to read Ricochet and left it sitting on my wish list on Amazon. I’d see it sitting there and ask myself if I was ready…until one day, I bit the bullet. Now, even though it was sitting on my kindle, I still couldn’t bring myself to read it. I’d look at the cover and think, soon…ish. Lo and behold, the wonderful Lana, from Dirty Girl Romance, was holding a competition for Backfire #2 in the series and I thought to myself, if I win Backfire, I’ll know it’s time to read Ricochet. Guess what I won…and my journey behind the cover began.

Ricochet is a story that sucked me in from the very first page. I was bracing myself for the violence and abuse knowing that it could get quite ugly. In my previous reading experiences, I’ve found that I’m somewhat able to blank out violence, death and destruction. I get a little upset, but I’m kind of able to compartmentalise it. What I didn’t really brace for was how close to home this story hit. I’ve been where Nick has been. No, I didn’t take a bullet to the head, but I did have a head trauma after a car accident. I had the stabbing headaches, the need to rub the pain away, pull my hair out, scream my frustrations. I also dealt with extreme anger as the part of the brain affected was my short fuse. Years later, I can laugh about it, but at the time, I wasn’t the only one who suffered. Everyone around me suffered too. So, while in Nick’s case it was extreme RAGE and emotional trauma, I understood him. I was just a little nasty and took it out on those I loved. In Nick’s case, he had to deal with his head injury AND keep living knowing that the most important people in his life were gone. His only way to deal with living was to make his life a dedication to REVENGE AND CULLING.

Aubree Culling is living a lie. Her scars are hidden and the smiles on the outside are the mask to her true feelings. She’s married to a monster and every attempt at reaching for freedom is squashed with repercussions. The monster is the Mayor with the ability to hide his evilness behind a crooked chief of police and pollies in his pocket. Who would have thought that by being kidnapped gives her a taste of freedom?

There are times in Ricochet where your heart is pounding. That accelerated heartbeat is caused by the characters feelings of anger, frustration, lust and loss. I could see the emotions, feel the emotions, live the emotions. I was watching a movie in my head and at times, I wanted to scrunch my eyes closed so I wouldn’t feel so much. I loved both Nick and Aubree and felt the pain from their pasts. Was their love a perfect love? Probably not, but to two people who have lived through hurt and betrayal, sometimes an imperfect love is perfect.

Did this story leave me on a high? Yes!! Did it end the way I wanted it to? Yes!! Do I condone violence? No!! Did I understand the violence, where it came from and why it was so extreme? Kind of. It made sense to not trust that justice will be served because you don’t trust the men in power. Ricochet has made it to my Best-of-the-best Goodreads lists.

I need a break now from death and destruction, but I sure will be picking up Backfire soon…ish. ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, twisted, and oh so awesome 12 July 2015
By Mindy Bassett - Published on Amazon.com
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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!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nick & Aubree 28 January 2016
By Julie H - Published on Amazon.com
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS - What a crazy dark love story! Now that I think about it, I should be rating this book with 5 stars because the ending surprised me so many times that my head was spinning - secrets about Nick's identity, how teenager Lauren came to save Nick, how Aubree & her psycho husband Michael crossed paths as kids, etc. Detroit is torn apart & it seems like the low-life gangsters, druggies, child prostitutes are winning. Mayor Culling & the Police Chief control the whole city, even hosting one particular day where anything goes, a day that Nick remembers well since he lost his wife & young son at the Culling 3 years ago. Nick's partner Alec is helping him seek very violent retribution against the specific men who brutally took away Nick's family but Alec also wants Nick to kidnap the Mayor's wife Aubree. Nick has no idea that Aubree is just another pawn in the Mayor's game, a woman who is so scared, bruised, battered. Let me warn you, the abuse she suffers at his hands is just disgusting! Sometimes this book was just too much for me to take! When Nick & Aubree connect as victims it gets hot & heavy. "Too long, I've survived, to let you tear down my guard. I'll survive you, too." I really wanted Aubree to give in to Nick's affections but Nick isn't exactly all there either after the suffering he's endured. You will root for Nick & Aubree to make it out alive & somehow find a HEA, even though Nick wants to sacrifice everything to keep her safe. So many twists & turns at the end that I never saw coming which was awesome! In all of this violence & retribution there are some very sweet memories of Nick's son, especially when Nick told little Jay, "Your heart was made from mine." OMG how can Nick be part crazy psychopath & part sweetness?