Book Review – Ricochet by Keri Lake

by Maryse on February 21, 2016 · 29 comments

in My Book Reviews

This one caught my eye a few months ago upon its release, and nooooooo, not just ’cause of that gorgeous, mesmerizing cover ;) ! It totally gave me a blurb jolt and I highlighted it big time:

“A few blurbs are giving me that coveted *jolt* …ESPECIALLY Ricochet (OMG… his wife is murdered so he exacts revenge by kidnapping the murderer’s wife… and you know how THAT goes).

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… <— WHOA!”

I know, right??? I should have read it then, because it was as awesome as I was expecting it to be.

But it was when some of my fellow readers, months later, went crazy for it, that I finally jumped in!

Jean: Omg you guys! Ricochet by Keri Lake! Freaking awesome! Couldn’t put it down last night and picked it right back up this morning! Went into it totally blind and boy am I glad I did! Nothing will get done today until I finish this book!

Fabi: I am at the last 10% of Ricochet and making myself late for work because I can’t put it down. Great rec Jean!

Jean: Finished Ricochet and really loved it! A twist at the end I didn’t see coming!

Pia: I started Ricochet by Keri Lane and this is just perfect. I am around 80% and I just LOVE this book. So dark and so much angst – just what I needed.

Jean: Glad I could share the news about Ricochet! My girlfriend and I are still talking about it days later! You gotta read it Maryse!

Maryse: I wanna read Ricochet so bad! I keep forgetting. GAH!

Jean: Loved, loved, loved Ricochet! The author said they will be standalones. Maryse, allow this to act as your reminder!

And this one proved to be everything its blurb promised. Told from both POV’s (usually I only like one POV, but in this case, it was perfectly delivered, and STILL managed to surprise me)!!

Exciting, scary (actually terrifying, at times), but with so much backstory, and I was DYING to know where this one was going o take me. Plus, it had a few delicious twists that made me go… “oooooooooh would you look at that!! :D ” And then… eek NO. WAY.

Maryse: OMG YOU GUYS!!! A bunch of us are buddy-reading Ricochet, and I AM IN LOVE with this book!!!! It is amazingly well-written, dark, profound and I’m in love with the bad-guy vigilante hero. Seriously. This is one of “those”… I can’t stop highlighting EVERYTHING!!

Stephanie:  I agree! I read it awhile ago, but I really enjoyed this story too!

A dark read, yes, but with so much rich, profound emotion (so much of it ugly, but for a reason, and as crazy as it gets, it’s SO REAL, so understandable, so believable). And best of all, along with it being such a complete, well rounded story, it was so wonderfully written! An intricate story of tragedy, and circumstance, vengeance and liberation (on all sorts of levels). It had everything needed to make the “dark spots” truly mean something, and while, at times, disturbing, I didn’t find it gratuitous.

Now… I will stop right here and say for those of you that like going in blind, STOP HERE, and start reading the book ASAP!!!! I’ve said enough for you to know it’s gonna be right up your dark romance alley!!! :D ‘Kay?! 

But for those that don’t mind just a little extra detail, I’ll expand. ;) No real spoilers, or anything, but I actually DID go in pretty much blind, and was DELIGHTED with the beginning “angle” (so here’s “the rest” of my review):

It sets the stage, the characters, and the motivation. And what I loved most? THIS (no worries… I was still in the first 10% of the book and knew about this “angle” right from the start…):

Maryse: You know it’s bad (and good!) when you can’t wait for the revenge-killer to kidnap her, so she can be finally free from her monster of a husband. ROAR!! Of course the kidnapper doesn’t know that… he just wants to get his revenge. But gah!!! I’m so excited for her!! LOL!!! She’s gonna be free… well sorta. She’s still gonna be kidnapped. *snort*

Ratula: OMG I loved that book. 5 stars!! Can’t wait for the next 2! Just wait!!!!! It gets better and better and the ending. Gahhh. KEEP READING!!!!

Maryse: I’m SO excited. THIS is awesome. Amazing writing and exciting and scary, and there is SO much substance to it as a whole. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! *sigh* I LOVE bad-guy vigilante heroes. :D

Grey: Ricochet! Yep, I am loving it too! mmm, yes please!

Amy: Ricochet…LOVING it!!! *This* is what I’m talking about when I say I want unique stories.

Eeeeep! Unbeknownst to her, she was about to be taken away, and I was rocking back in forth, with delight for her!! LOL!

So what’s it about?

Okay, so… Detroit has deteriorated, and there is a group of commissioned killers, er I mean “task force” (pretty much run by the Mayor) that rids the city, once a year, of gang members, criminals etc…

Around Detroit, they were known as the Seven Mile Crew— the most ruthless band of contract killers the city had ever known. In a matter of just a few years, they’d snuffed the most dangerous gang members, quickly climbing ranks and banking cash.

But one night, for some reason (per what Nick believes) they also killed (I should say TORTURED and killed) Nick’s wife, and then his tiny son.

He absolutely LOSES it,


The word simmered in my head, a steady boil of seething that’d kept me from blowing my own brains out the last three years. Like the word held some kind of sanity. A purpose.

…and, with nothing left to love, and only hate left of his being, he partners up with “good yet bad-guy vigilantes” (kind of gave me the cyber-vigilante “Anonymous” feel, ya know? FUN!) and they plan to take out that whole crew. And at the top of the list, is of course, the absolutely corrupt Mayor, (Michael Culling), that, to the media, and city as a whole, is a hero.

The smile happened to be his best feature and his greatest disguise, while his eyes very effectively concealed the slippery killer buried behind them.

To the public, Michael was calm, logical, soft-spoken, as a psychopath should be.

And considering his far-reaching connections (he’s got law enforcement and more under his thumb), they instead plan on taking his wife, as a part (or should I say a pawn) in their grand plan.

“Culling’s preoccupation with his missing wife will render him careless. Keep him from focusing on the big picture.”

“And then what?”

“You’re to hold her while negotiations take place.”

But little does Nick know, that Aubrey (said wife), is desperate to escape, and even though she may be the Mayor’s wife (and appears to have it all), she’s also secretly, just another one of his victims.

He could have any woman he wanted. It just so happened, I’d have left in a heartbeat if I could’ve, which made him want to keep me. Not because of love. The a$$hole didn’t know a damn thing about love. It was control. The more I longed for escape, the happier he was to keep me chained.

And once she’s kidnapped… the story truly begins! ‘

Whether my circumstances had gotten better or worse was yet to be seen, but maybe I’d won. Michael swore I’d never escape him, unless I was being carried out in a body bag, and there I was, chained and possibly facing a whole new slew of torture, but free from my sadistic husband.

Hooray!!!! Er… or? Eeeeeep!!? neutral

Cause… you know. Bad guys, good guys, old scars, fresh new wounds, and things… brought to light. Twists, that I didn’t see coming and the whole “what you see may not be the whole story” is a big part of this one!

It was just SO gooooooood! It kept me on the edge of my seat, and the brilliant writing had me connected both to the story, but especially to the characters, right from the start! I was right there with them, every step of the way!

4.5 stars!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa February 21, 2016 at 11:57 PM

Ok. Im putting this next on my list to read. I too downloaded months ago.
But Im taking Jean’s advice and going in blind so I’m not reding your (no doubt excellent) book review til Im done Maryse.

Cindy February 22, 2016 at 6:22 AM

Hey Maryse,

Awesome website. I emailed you about a book I’m trying to remember, a love triangle with a reluctant older guy with a friend’s sister and then the sister meets someone else and then weirdly it becomes this BDSM polyamory thing.

It’s more the author of the story I want to find out cos the characters were awesome.

Denise February 22, 2016 at 8:02 AM

Just read some of your review about wanting to find more books by this author, she has a new book coming out in this vigilanty series called Backfire. Cover reveal March 3rd. I’m still reading this book so I didn’t read all your review yet. I’ll finish it after ;)

Denise February 22, 2016 at 8:03 AM

Oh and it’s about a completely different couple. She wanted to keep ricochet a complete standalone.

Jean February 22, 2016 at 11:01 AM

Great, great review Maryse! So happy you loved it as much as I did and you read it fast! EVERYONE HAS TO READ IT!

Amy February 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM

I’m at 76% and feeling pretty anxious with my knee bouncing and everything, and I need to finish this one up so I can find out what’s going to happen but I have a ton of work waiting for me so I have to stop for now, DANGIT!!! *takes deep breath*

I’m loving the intensity in this!

Oh, sweet Blue… *shakes head*

Jean February 22, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Amy! I’m so glad you’re reading this! Blue…..

LisaKay February 22, 2016 at 2:20 PM

I am definitely going to put Ricochet on my TBR list. Maryse I would like to ask you and your faithful friends, if you could recommend some great MC books? I have already read Kristen Ashley, Jamie Begley, Bella Jewell, with that said could you recommend any others? Thanks in advance.

marina February 22, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Such a great book. So glad you liked it Maryse!!!!

Lisa February 22, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Hello LisaKay. If you are after great MC books you seriously have to read the Dartmoor series by Lauren Gilley. I adore this series…its dirty and dark but not as devastating as I found Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan (a favorite around here). Check it out and let me know if you like it. No CHs but each book about new characters within the club.

Maryse February 22, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Amy… Blue.

I know it.

Maryse February 22, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Lisa!! I was about to recommend both of the ones you just posted to LisaKay.


You have good MC taste. ;)

Maryse February 22, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Thank you Jean!!!! :D

It was fantastic. I agree with Fabi. GREAT recommendation!

Maryse February 22, 2016 at 8:09 PM

Thank you Denise!!! :D

I posted the series reading order (even if two aren’t even pre-orders yet). LOL!!!

Maryse February 22, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Cindy… I will likely be posting that on Thursday. :D Let’s see what we can come up with…

Cindy February 22, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Huge thank you Maryse. (So impatient!) I should start Ricochet instead!

LisaKay February 22, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Thank you Lisa, I appreciate the recommendation. I am hooked on MC books right now, I think I like the romantic suspense that is a part of a good MC book. Thank you Maryse for your input, I appreciate it.

Amy February 22, 2016 at 9:18 PM

Finished Ricochet and loved it. *sigh* You know what I really liked was not knowing how everything was going to play out…I spent the book having no idea whether it was going to be an HEA or if only she would survive or if only he would survive or if *neither* of them would survive. THAT is what I love, the unpredictability.

LisaKay…another MC series that has been well loved around here is the Signal Bend series by Susan Fanetti. I read the first book, and it wasn’t as gritty as the Undeniable series (which I loved *because* it was gritty ;) ) so you might want to give it a try.

LisaKay February 22, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Thank you Amy, I will give that series a try, I appreciate the recommendation.

Cheryl February 22, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Loved this book and your review is spot on Maryse. I loved the uniqueness of the story and the unexpected twists and what Amy said about not knowing how or if this could be a HEA. But, Blue…

Linda February 22, 2016 at 11:02 PM

Just finished Ricochet! Loved it!!! Had it on my tbr list since its original debut. Thanks Maryse and everyone for the final nudge to finally read this unique and wonderful edge of your seat treasure. I so love love love when you start a book that puts you in a total fog but you must put it down because real life doesn’t allow us to overindulge and you go through the day tending to all your duties but with a smile and the anticipation of getting back to the story!!

Linda February 22, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Lisa Kay I highly recommend the Signal Bend series! I’ve read them all and it’s a series that will stay with you. Each book becomes more and more intense. Love this author.

Antonella February 23, 2016 at 1:12 AM

I am reading it right now. Hard to stop reading your review, had to quickly scroll to the bottom.

Holly February 23, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Good book! Unfortunately I pretty much knew what the twist was, early on, which ruined it slightly for me. So glad people got what they deserved in the end!!

LisaKay February 23, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Thank you Linda for the recommendation, I appreciate it.

Lisa February 23, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Amy and LisaKay…I started Signal Bend series last night and cannotputitdown!!!!
Shit..and there’s 6 books in this series and I really wanted to read Richocet and Ground Rules. Too bad. I’m hooked.

Maryse February 23, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Lisa… I hear it gets better and better. I think book #4 floored a TON of people. I think it’s number 4? I want to read this series too.

Jennifer November 7, 2016 at 5:34 AM

Hi, do you know the name who models for the cover of ricochet? Tq

Jean November 7, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Chris Williamson! Hot!

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