Release Day Blitz + Review: Ripple Effect episode 4 by Keri Lake


They call me RIP. 
I’m a killer. A murderer. A psychopath. 
In the eyes of the righteous, I’m a monster, born of sin and depravity.
I want to protect her, but I’m not a good man.
I want to love her, but I no longer feel.
She gets under my skin, though, and has awakened something inside of me.
Something I’d kill for.
I’m not her savior—not even close. In fact, I’m worse than the hell she’s already suffered.
I’m her vengeance. Tit for tat, as they say.
And if she’s not careful, I’ll be her ruin.


For months, I’ve watched him.
I’ve fantasized him as my savior, my lover. My ticket out of the hell I’ve lived in for the last six years.
I never dreamed he’d be my nightmare.
Had I known what he really is, I’d have never gotten in the car that night, but life is full of cause and effect.
And sometimes the choice on offer isn’t a choice at all.
It’s the result of something already in motion, and we’re merely left to survive the ripple effect.

*This is an erotic suspense/erotic romance not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence and sex.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED THIS!! This story about Rip, a lethal killer, and Dylan (I won't share her story - you need to read it) is fierce, raw, dark and highly addicted!! I couldn't get enough, even though Keri made me uncomfortable at times and I struggled with my feelings for Rip.

I'm the first one to admit that I love anti-heroes. The dark, the dirty, the dangerous, yes!! Well, Rip is all of that and more!

At times, I was scared of him and didn't know if there was anything to redeem and then at other times, my heart broke for him.

And Dylan, she was an amazing character. I can't even imagine her pain and the strength she had for enduring and surviving. Her story wasn't always easy to read, but it was real.

Together, Rip and Dylan were beyond intense!! (view spoiler)

I can't recommend this enough, it's a must read! If you love erotica, suspense and dark reads, pick this up! Now, if you need your dark fix in doses, then reading episodes as they release would be the best bet. But, if you're a dark read junkie *raises hand*, then you might want to wait for all four to come out. Either way, READ IT!

**ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ripple effect episode 4 was absolutely fan-fucking-tastic! Damn you think you know but you don't! Until the very end you'll get confessions. While reading it's impossible to tell what's gonna happen next. With each episode of Ripple Effect Keri Lake manage to bring the element of surprise several times. I was captivated and was wondering what was in store for Rip & Dylan.

"It’s ironic that his violence is what saved me. That the very hands that killed have gently put me back together."

Their love is beautiful but them being together is also dangerous and might not be possible in the long run.
I loved them together. They are meant for each other in their tortured ways. And what comes out of them is one hot & sexy love story!

"She’s my perfection. My reason. My obsession. My beautiful butterfly."

I really hope Keri will think about giving one particular character is own HEA because she gave some hint that can't be ignored.

~ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest review ~

“Look, I know it doesn’t mean anything to you.  I get that you don’t like the hero stuff.  But I really do appreciate what you did.”  I run my finger along his perfectly trimmed hairline and bend forward to kiss the back of his neck.  I can’t help it.  It’s the first time I’ve attempted affection since his accusation.
He doesn’t react at all.  Doesn’t even look at me, and I’m at a complete loss for how to crack this man.  There are times I feel I’ve touched his soul, only to find I’ve not even breached his skin.  
His lack of reaction to me is nothing short of embarrassing—rejection of the worst kind, because I’ve tacked it on to a pathetic gesture of thanks.
“Forget it.”  I step past him and feel a hard grip of my arm that spins me right the hell around.  Twisting my wrist is a fruitless effort in his steel grip, and in spite of my resistance, he pulls me back into him, until I fall awkwardly straddling his lap.  I slide back on his legs, and he yanks me forward by my wrists, until I’m fully aware of what must be one hell of a painful bulge between us.  “This isn’t easy for me, you know?  Showing my gratitude.  I’m not used to this shit.  And you make it … impossible!”
“I don’t need your fucking gratitude, Dylan.  It was a job, okay?”
“I’m just a job to you?”  I can’t even believe I’m talking aloud, saying this shit like something straight out of an angsty teen movie, but he’s got me so pissed I can’t help myself.  The words continue to fall in all their cringe-worthy glory.  “That’s it?  You didn’t give a shit, right?  You’d have let those bastards use and abuse me right there? Rook wanted to fuck me with a pair of pliers.  Did you know that?”  The tic of his eye and the clench of his jaw tell me I’ve hit a nerve, and still my mouth won’t quit.  “Is that what gets you off, Ripley?  Are you such a sadistic bastard, so goddamn hell-bent on pain you’d have let that happen?”
His brows come together at the same time he grips my jaw, and for the first time in the last hour, I see something flicker across his face—pain, anger, I can’t tell, but it’s better than the stoic expression he’s been wearing.  “I’ve killed him a million times in my mind for touching you, Dylan.  You’re having trouble showing gratitude?  I’m having a fuck of a time playing the good guy here.  I don’t save people, sweetheart.  I kill them.  In brutally violent ways, but last night …” His lips form a hard line, brows stern.  “I would’ve taken every bruise they put on your body.  Every punch for you.  Only for you.  Seeing you laid out like that flipped my fucking switch, and I lost control.”

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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, paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction on the many occasions distraction sucks her into the Land of Shiny Things.

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