Genre: adult, dark, romance, suspense, contemporary
Release date: July 9th 2015
Length: 530 pages
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.
WARNING: Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. Trigger warning for self-harm.
My rating: ★★★★+0.5
*ARC provided by author in exchange of an honest review*
“Except, monsters did exist. They didn’t hide under the bed, though. They stormed through the fucking door and stole away everything we loved. To defeat a monster, I had to become one.”
I’ve never read anything like this one before and I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading it. It’s the first book I read written by Keri, and at first – like we all have when starting something by an unknown author – I had doubts about the development of the plot (to me plot- and character development is very important). The gorgeous book cover and mysterious blurb caught my attention of course, but I was scared that it wouldn’t be more exciting than that. Usually darker romances is all about sex and the bad boy, but holy shit, this one is so well-developed and freaking badass! Even before finishing the first chapter I was completely into it. The suspense and the urge to figure out the little dark secrets about the two main characters is just irresistible!
‘For a sadistic, loveless bastard, you got a heart of gold, Nick.”
I was extremely pleased that this book was in two point of views. It gave the whole book a special touch. I don’t think it would have been the same if it was only in the POV of Aubree or only of Nick. Keri played it very well with switching it up. And taking about our two main characters: THEY WERE PERFFFFFFF. I never thought I would be able to connect with a dark character like Nick. He’s being haunted by his past and that makes his mysterious, unpredictable and very dangerous. And yet, he captured me completely. He made me swoon after only a few chapters. And Aubree? 100% badass. She’s not what I expected at all and I like that her character was as strong developed as Nick. Her character has so much depth and her past was so interesting!
“What made me a good man has turned me into a killer. Love.”
Both characters are their own are already awesome but… Nick and Aubree together?? AIR PLEASE! They have a palpable and strong attraction to each other and their first time was oh so freaking hot! Oh my god! I was on the train while reading it (worst idea ever haha) and I’ve never been so grateful for air conditioning!! I ship them so hard and I loved every single moment between them! I cried, laughed, squealed and swooned. They are definitely one of the hottest couples I’ve read about in a long time.
“How far do you want to go?” – “Until you feel free.”
So hell yes, I definitely recommend this book! The dark aspects in the books are creepy, disgusting and freaking amazing. And the ending! OHMYGOD! I would have NEVER expected this and my mind was completely blown. Just amazing. Please read this book!! You will not ever regret it!
“You’ll destroy me, Aubree. And I won’t stop you.”
Keri, you definitely convinced to read more dark romances. I hope you will write more of this genre, because I’m totally loving it! Now, excuse me, but I’m going to buy all the books written by Keri. I need more of her amazing writing style.