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The underbelly of Chicago houses some of its most shadiest inhabitants. In fact, there is only a scuffed thin line that separates Ripley between anti-hero and depraved. He tortures, he kills, he feels nothing. He’s Keri’s darkest character, and yet I could not get enough of him.
If I thought my adoration for Keri’s writing could not get deeper, here comes Ripple Effect to prove me otherwise. Reading is never a spectator sport where Keri is concerned. Whether it be her characters or storyline, participation is a requisite.
Once again Lake delivers a deeply intense read which satisfies the most insatiable of appetites for dark delicious romance.
I've read a few of this authors books and after reading the blurb of this one I didn't hesitate to read it. This is part one of four.
What a great start to this story. Dylan and Ripley are two crazy characters.
Dylan hasn't had an easy start to life. Just about to turn eighteen she finds herself alone in the world. She seems to keep putting herself into dangerous positions.
Ripley is a murderer. He cares for no one and fears no one.
I'm really looking forward to reading more of this story.
This is episode two of this story. Make sure you read episode one first as the story continues in this episode.
Ripley and Dylan's story continues. We read more of their past. My heart broke for Dylan. She's so young yet been through so much.
Love these two and looking forward to reading more about them.
I'm loving reading these stories but I'm so impatient my inner self is regretting not waiting until the whole story is out before I read it as it's such a great story I keep wanting more. Thankfully the author isn't making us wait too long so if you like your books darker then get 1-clicking.
This is episode 3 of this series. Make sure you read the previous episodes before you read this story.
It's real hard to write a review as this is part of a series and I don't wanna spoil it for anyone. It's also a quick read.
I will say I really enjoyed this read and am looking forward to jumping into episode four.
Yay I totally loved this story. It's released in four episodes so make sure you read them all in order.
Ripley and Dylan. Wow two fantastic main characters. All the way through I was so rooting for these two. In this episode all the questions running through my head are answered and it's all made clear.
I thought this was more angsty but maybe that's because I was really hoping these two were going to have a happy ever after.
If your looking for a dark read then I can now recommend this as all four episodes have been released. My warped head and heart loved it.
This is an amazing read. I loved it. Totally recommend this read.
“…Every decision you make affects every moment that follows, Dylan. It’s like a ripple effect. Choose wisely.”
Boy, am I glad that I didn’t read this piece meal. Ripple Effect was 466 pages of dark, gritty, angsty, twisted, raw, emotional, dirty, unputdownable deliciousness. I inhaled this book, pulled an all-nighter and seriously could not put it down. From the first to last page this book had me rapt. Rip and Dylan were intoxicating, one of my favourite book couples…ever! I just clicked with these two, two seriously effed up individuals and yet together they were just “normal.” Well, as normal as a contract killer and a broken eighteen-year-old sex trade victim could be. Seriously, these two were explosive, intoxicating, brutal yet so damn perfect.
“Just remember, there are no good guys and bad guys. There are only wolves and sheep.”
Keri Lake is renowned for her dark reads and she doesn’t disappoint with this one. This is seriously dark, extremely descriptive and certainly churned my stomach a time or two. But it was this flawless writing that enabled the author to do that. Keri Lake transports you to Rip’s warehouse, you hear every scream, you see every drop of spilled blood and you feel the pain that this man inflicts. I had no pity for his victims, they were all scum, but the visceral scene setting was seriously off the charts and made me a part of Rip’s vengeance.
“Merciless and merciful. Wild and broken. He’s a raging fire, with the inclination to destroy whatever gets in his path, and I’m nothing but a small scrap of kindling. Yet the way he stares at me with such reverence, makes me feel like I’m the one holding the match…”
Dylan was a seventeen-year-old girl, who only got through life by popping pills to forget. At the hands of her Uncle, the man that was supposed to care for her and give her a roof over her head, she suffered unmentionable abuse and yet she still woke up every day and tried to behave as if nothing has ever happened. Dylan was stronger than she gave herself credit for, a little naïve, extremely intelligent and yet she was a victim. Her only tether to sanity was her dog, Charlie and when one night, it all becomes too much, Dylan flees, but the streets are no match for a seventeen-year-old.
“I’m not disillusioned by the fairytale. Girls where I come from don’t believe in them.”
Ripley was a contract killer with a difference. He never failed and he tortured and maimed until he got the answers he needed. Death never came quick, it was a long, drawn out, gore fest. The stronger the mind the longer the torture. He was feared, revered and was a complete psycho. Rip was the perfect anti-hero, a man you should hate, a man you should despise and yet you don’t. Rip was the antithesis of a book boyfriend…and yet he wasn’t. Rip was fearless, twisted, focused, ruthless and yet he was broken just like the rest of them.
“You’re looking at a dead man, Dylan. Time’s just not up yet.”
Ripley and Dylan were fated to meet, from not so innocent window watching, to a coincidental meeting, to a premeditated break-in. Life and circumstance kept bringing these two together. Ripley doesn’t do attachments, in his line of work he needs no distractions, no potential bargaining chips, there is no love, no love interests, no family, just him and his bag of tricks.
“There are times I feel I’ve touched his soul, only to find I’ve not even breached his skin…”
Ripley was intrigued with Dylan, she was an enigma, she was stronger than she looked and fearless. Dylan called him out, turned him inside out and actually made him feel. Dylan though had no place in Ripley’s life, it was dangerous for him and more importantly, dangerous for her. There would be no innocents lost in his life and he always knew their time together had an expiration date.
“I won’t lose you. To anyone. So I didn’t save you last night. I saved myself.”
Keri Lake delivers a plot that will have you constantly on the edge of your seat. Palpitations are the norm and fear is a constant. Yes, it is graphic, but it is these scenes that really hammer home the kind of world that these two find themselves in. It is this world that gives this story its depth and grit. Yes, ultimately this is a romance, an unavoidable romance, an unforeseeable romance, but it was this romance that made this book.
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Keri has become my favorite person ever.
Swooning!!!!! I definitely not well on the head to be able to love these anti-heroes so much like I do every time Keri writes one. I'm bad but I don't care at all once again she don't disappoint me and I think neither of you will be. The story is intense, dark, and fast pace that keep me hooked from the first line and needing for more. Dylan and Rip am dying to know moreeeeee,so be prepared to this because I know is gonna be AMAZING!!!!!
OMG RIPPLE!!!!! CAN I BE YOUR BUTTERFLY PLEASE
Every episode is more and more enlightening by the author knows how to keep you hooked in the dark mind of a super hot and sexy psychopath. Because every episode we learn more about Rip and let me tell you every line I like it more and more. I know I'm bad in the head but who's going to tell me is wrong nobody. Dylan oh Dylan you are a spitfire and one of my favorites heroines ever. This story is darker and raw but is captivating to the point of devour it. Rambling much, once again can't wait for know how this story will end, soooooo I will patiently wait!!!!
This is the third episode of the series an is about to get more dirty, more angst and I freaking loved it. Every part of this story from the beginning till the end is perfect. Is dark, twisted, hot and sexy as F**k. Keri Lake knows how to keep you there and feeling that you are there too. I found it amazing, and super super addictive. The characters, RIP AND DYLAN what a couple, Dylan is my favorite heroine ever because she is a CHAMPION!!! And RIP OHHHHH RIP YOU GOT ME MAN!! The connections with the characters is beyond expected, and I cannot wait for read more about them! So definitely recommend this to everyone!!!
Brilliant, dark, intense and super addictive!!
This is the final episode of one of the best dark series ever. Dylan and Ripley's relationship is dark, extremely hot and beyond obsessive and I love every single part of it. This story was told in dual POV and had everything; angst, darkness, love, but must of all had power in every part !
Definitely recommend this read to everyone! Because you will be come addicted.
Keri has become my favorite person ever.
Congrats on this amazing story and keep keep bringing another ones. Hands down!!!
At time the dark elements were hard to read about. Spoilers included below.
This story is filled with things that most readers will find disturbing including both the hero & heroine were abused as children,
attempted rape in the present, drug usage, age difference between h who is 18 years old & H who is in his late 20's, hero is a contact killer
who enjoys torturing his victims and scenes are graphic. at time too graphic for me.
Dylan as a character I didn't like much, for someone that went through what she did, she seemed childish and acting out. Always pushing Riley to extremes.
I did like Riley he seemed a true tortured soul, just doing what he had to to protect the only family he had left.