After reading Ricochet by Keri Lake, I was nowhere near ready to leave that world. Luckily, Keri Lake wasn't either. Backfire is set in the same world, but is a standalone story. While I highly recommend reading both of these books, if you haven't already read Ricochet don't let that keep you from reading Backfire. Backfire had that same gritty and raw feel to it as Ricochet did, and I am already anxious for the next book in the series.
Lucy is a freelance photographer who one night stumbles into a world she never expected. Her discovery of corruption amongst the local police is even bigger than she first realized and soon her investigating leads to her life being in danger. Jase is also investigating, though his reasons are completely different. After being sent to an underground prison and abused, Jase is out for revenge. Their investigating leads them to one another, and soon they realize that not only do they want each other, but they need the other as well.
The chemistry between Jase and Lucy was off the charts! These two were so hot, which is something that I loved about Ricochet as well. Keri Lake definitely knows how to bring the heat, and these two were no exception. Jase is definitely not your typical romance novel hero. He isn't a bad guy, but he isn't exactly a good one either. There were times that I wanted to dislike him for things that he did and yet I didn't. I might not have been able to relate to what he had been through, but I was able to understand it and see how that had shaped him into the man he was here. Lucy was strong and fierce, and I loved how she handled things. She wasn't a weak heroine at all, yet she was vulnerable at times. It was good to see different sides to her, and I loved how well her and Jase fit together.
Overall, this was such a great story. I highly recommend setting some time aside when you start this one, because it is captivating and once you start you won't want to put this one down. This dark contemporary novel is filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and plenty of suspense to have you guessing the whole way through. I have really enjoyed both books in the Vigilantes series and I think that fans of darker romance stories will enjoy them as well. If you are new to Keri Lake, she is definitely worth taking the chance on and if you are already a fan of hers, Backfire is a must read!
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