REVIEW – THE RIPPLE EFFECT: EPISODE 1 (The Ripple Effect #1) by Keri Lake

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SYNOPSIS

Ripley

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.

Dylan

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.

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author)

Darkness has a way of welcoming immoral self-indulgence. Whether it’s sex or murder, the night makes it a bit more personal, dream-like, since most of the world is in a state of suspended consciousness. Completely unaware of the danger that lurks among them during the day.

 

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The Ripple Effect is a seriously dark and gritty story. There isn’t even a hint of romance within the pages of this book. The characters are deeply flawed and broken, and yet for some reason, you can’t help but hope the Hero and Heroine will eventually end up together. At times the scenes are beyond gory, so if you are squeamish, this may not be the book for you.

Dylan is just another unfortunate victim of the child welfare system. She’s been living in foster care since her crack whore mother died several years back. Her current foster dad pays nightly visits to her room, drugs her and then sexually molests her. She’s become addicted to oxy. The only thing to bring happiness to her life is her dog, Charlie, and the man who goes to the diner across the street every night who she has illicit fantasies about. One day, after school she is attacked by her foster dad and is put in a precarious situation which ignites her survival instincts and she ends up escaping with her dog and another little girl who was staying at the house as well. Desperate to make some money, she heads out to the streets in hopes of picking up a guy who’d be willing to pay her a couple hundred for some sexual favors. She ends up getting into the car of the absolute worst guy imaginable.

 

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Ripley is an assassin for hire. This man definitely has a strong constitution and a huge imagination. Killing someone would probably be too mild of a term to describe how his victims meet their end. It is just too gory to even describe. But somehow he has a sexy edge to him, I mean it’s not like he’s killing innocent people. These men are in organized crime, pedophiles, rapists, and deal in human trafficking. During his stakeout on his latest mark, he sees what appears to be an underaged girl trying to turn tricks and she becomes an unwanted complication as she gets into the car of his next intended hit.

Rip follows them to an abandoned warehouse. When he gets inside he can’t help but be impressed by the tenacity of the young woman. She’s a fighter and does her best to protect herself from the slime who has made it clear his intentions are to rape and kill her. Rip ends up stepping in before Dylan is about to be taken out and she is knocked unconscious. When she comes to, the horrific scene that is laid out before her eyes has her gut wrenching from the grotesque visuals. Somehow she is able to reach the part of Rip’s deeply hidden humanity and he spares her life. He gives her $50 from the canvas bag full of cash that her dead potential rapist was carrying on him.

There seems to be a perpetual black cloud hovering over Dylan. She finds herself in need of some serious cash but having no home nor anyone to turn to, she recalls that bag of cash that Rip took with him and as luck would have it, Rip turned out to be the man from the diner who she would watch and fantasize about every Friday night. She knows when and where she’ll be able to find him and somehow get the chance to get her hands on that money.

I’ve never read anything by Keri Lake before but having seen so much love for her previous series, I couldn’t wait to dive into this book. I usually love for my stories to have some romance in it and although this one was lacking in that department, I still was very entertained. There were moments in the beginning where I wasn’t sure I could read it as I’m not a fan of child abuse and molestation but luckily the story doesn’t stay in that uncomfortable area for too long. I’m not too sure what to think of Rip at the moment. I think he had good reasons for getting into his line of business but thenumber of kills under his belt has nearly obliterated any semblance of an empathetic soul within him.

I do hope that somehow, Dylan is able to get out of the dire straits that her life has led her to and that maybe these two characters will find solace within the connection that is building between them.

THE RIPPLE EFFECT: EPISODE ONE is currently available.

Amazon: http://hyperurl.co/tfa59t

 

 

 

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

3.5 Stars!

-When you want a man dead, you buy a gun. When it’s personal, you hire me.-RIP

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Dylan Westrick is a beautiful 17 yr. old girl that lives her life between foster care & living on the streets of Chicago. She’s had a tragic life at the mercy of others with no opportunity. She feels discarded & alone, and is just trying to survive the next two months till she graduates high school. She will be 18 in a few weeks & will finally be free.

Dylan has been watching a gorgeous man for months from her window & fantasizes about him. She doesn’t expect to ever meet him, but when she unexpectedly comes face to face with this stranger, she quickly finds out he’s more complicated than she realized. She soon thinks he’s a psychopath. Stunningly handsome, but crazy & scary as hell.

Ripley aka RIP lives in a world where it’s kill or be killed. After a rough childhood, his moral thread snapped years ago. He works for the underworld & left his humanity behind when he began ridding the world of vile scumbags. He’s now nothing but a feared machine used to exact someone else’s vengeance. He’s a mercenary that delivers pain. He’s a numb, heartless, killer. He’s a calculated monster that shows no mercy & feels no empathy, so when he meets a beautiful young girl that he wants to protect, it goes against his instincts. She quickly gets under his skin & he can’t stop thinking about her.

-He’s beautiful. A sad, but beautiful man.

-I hate that his touch is everything I’d fantasized- strong and penetrating, but gentle.

-She is the wrinkle in smooth satin, the curiosity that won’t leave me be.

-“Every decision you make affects every moment that follows, Dylan. It’s like a tipple effect. Choose wisely.”

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