Backfire by Keri Lake….Blog Tour & Review

Title: Backfire
Series: A Vigilantes Novel
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance – Standalone
Published: June 9, 2016
Cover Design: Hang Le
Image Credit: Eric Battershell Photography
Cover Model: Johnny Kane 
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.
Backfire Review

Where do I even start my review of this book?  I don’t know how many times the words “WTF” or “holy sh*t” crossed my lips while reading this book.  Let me tell you – the warning in the blurb that this book is dark is no lie – it’s very dark & edgy.  But it’s sooooo damn good. 

Backfire takes place in the same area as Ricochet – the seedier parts of Detroit.  The characters all have their stories and each one just as gruesome and messed up as the next.  Not everyone has a rainbow and puppies outcome, but some do.  The journey just is filled with grit, grime and a lot of ugliness.

Lucy is a photojournalist for the Detroit Mudracker.  But she takes one on the riskier jobs and is able to work in her love of urbex with her job.  It’s her love of urbexand her next case at her job that unintentionally lands in her some deep shit. 

Jase grew up in horrible conditions -hungry, poor and beaten daily.  He relied on stealing, cheating and eventually dealing to keep him and his brother alive.  But matter what he did, he still found himself in the pits of hell in the end.

“For my brother, I was willing to go to war.  For you, mia Luce, I am willing to wage one.”

To say that Jase and Lucy’s story is a rough one, would be putting it mildly.  Keri takes us on an ugly, gritty and edgy ride.  She holds nothing back and gives her readers no mercy.  She’s uncompromising and unapologetic in writing of this story.  But where there is all the violence and gut wrenching parts, you will find the erotic and steamy scenes added in.

Keri takes you deep into these characters and the plot.  You will feel your heart breaking and wanting to smash things as you read.  You will feel the anger, vengeance and sheer hatred from these characters.  But you will also find your heart being put back together and fighting with them for their freedom.  You’ll feel the empathy, love and utter devotion to one another.

“In that moment, I imagined that my desire for vengeance didn’t overrun my desire for Lucy.”

Keri – you blew me away with Ricochet; but with Backfire, you have me in utter awe of your writing talent.  I love that there is no line you aren’t afraid to cross.  There is no limit on what you can feed us.  And thank you for not making this in to two books – this is the perfect length for a great story!  Told any other way, it just wouldn’t be the same.  I can’t wait to see what you bring us in Ballistic.

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“Backfire is dark, gritty, and unapologetic. You’ll be reading it with your heart in your throat and your stomach twisted up in knots. It’s violent, a touch depraved, darkly erotic, action packed and absolutely, positively unputdownable.” -Dirty Girl Romance Blog

“It’s brilliant. It’s rewarding and it is a mind screw done perfectly. You will hear your heart break for what Jase and Lucy go through. You will love, hate and shatter.” -Kathy Coopmans, USA Today Bestselling Author

“So dark and disturbing you read with one eye open, unable to look away -riveted by what’s playing out before your very eyes as Keri Lake takes you on a twisted rollercoaster flying in different directions at great speed.” -Totally Booked Blog


“Once again Keri Lake has given us a wonderfully engaging story which sucks you into a whole other world, making you feel everything and revel in the brutal underworld that she has created. It’s a book you experience,not just read, and if you’re in the mood for this sort of story, it’s going to blow you away with its dark intensity.” -Escapist Book Blog


Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes dark contemporary and paranormal romance. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions when distraction sucks her in to the Land of Shiny Things. 

She loves hearing from readers …

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