Review: Backfire (Vigilantes #2) by Keri Lake

Monday, September 5

My rating:

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.


Quote…Sliding my hand across her throat, I cupped her face, my mouth to her ear.
"I need you to know that I don't hate you, Lucy, but I'm about to fuck you like I do. Ready for me?"

Oh, come on! With words like these, in this order... I didn't stand a chance!!


What I loved:
- Jase. What a sexy, twisted motherfucker he was. Perfect in every broken, violent, gorgeous way I could hope he would be.
Quote…He was dark, threatening, and sexually magnetic, all rolled into one three-dimensional package of fuck me.

- Razor & Dagger. Because if you don't love them, you must be a wanker.
- If you've read Keri Lake's writing before, you know her character development is flawless. I loved getting to know Jase & Lucy, Roman, all the peripheral characters... even the asshole ones.
- This is definitely a standalone, even though it takes place in the Ricochet world. Like, you don't need to know anything about Ricochet to read this (but OMG you should. Nick & Aubree still have my heart) KL has a knack for drawing me in and trampling my heart to dust with her stories - the twists, the betrayal, the revenge, the pain and heartbreak Jase & Lucy go through.
And through it all I kept thinking oh my God, I can't read anymore, this hurts so much! You know I kept reading though, because this book is addictive! I had to know what happened next, I had to see Jase get something good, and KL did not disappoint. The awesomeness her leads get in the end is worth every...

ugly cry




break shit

...I went through to get there.

What I didn’t love:
- This book hurts. Not even sure I can count this as a 'didn't love' because you know I get down with the grit. After Ricochet, I figured I could expect dark, but sweet baby Jebus even my blackened soul cringed!

I couldn't let this story go, couldn't put it down, couldn't tear my eyes away from the life that unfolded before Jase & Luce. Now that it's over, I miss it, and I want the whole world to know how much I loved it. Billions of stars for this book!!
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