Review:

Ricochet (Vigilantes #1) by Keri Lake

Sunday, July 10
My rating:

 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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What I loved:
- For the first time in a romance novel, I almost loved the heroine more than the hero. Almost. As the story progressed, there were so many layers to her. Loved all of them! Except the layer I blame for her getting Blue killed. Not the dog!!
- Nick. Just... sigh. I can never go back to one dimensional romance characters after this.
- All the peripheral characters - Culling, the scumbag gangbangers, Lauren & Jade... while I might not have loved them, I loved how much I was invested in what was happening with each of them!
- The twists. Though, I have to admit, I cottoned on to one of the major twists early in the story. I still loved finding out I was right, though.
- The ending. If the story hadn't been so dark, I might have rolled my eyes at it. But it was everything I would have wished for, for the MCs. Loved everything KL let them have in the end.

What I didn’t love:
- KL's writing has ruined me for other romance novels - does that count as a negative? If so, I am happily ruined.
- There was a point during the climax of the story that I thought Nick might be a bit of a fuckup. In the end, I didn't mind. I still loved him. So again, probably not a negative.

Overall…
Dark, gritty, artistic storytelling. Loved everything about it. A hard read (because of the subject matter covered) but a beautiful one all the same.

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