REVIEW – THE RIPPLE EFFECT: EPISODE FOUR (Ripple Effect #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.

*****Mel’s review*****

4.5 Stars!

Dylan is still living with Ripley & now wondering how she can ever face the reality of life without him when their arrangement is over. He’s her lover but to her also her savior. He doesn’t want to be her hero, but to Dylan, that’s exactly what he is. She excepts all his crazy & yearns to be closer to him and to know everything about this complex man. He’s become her escape & she’s getting too comfortable with depending on him. He’s taken better care of her than anyone has in her whole life. He always saves her & makes her feel safe. Even though he does bad things, he’s a good man in her eyes.

-Ripley is salt in my wounds sometimes- a deep, penetrating burn that heals as much as it hurts. It’s a sting I’ve grown to need, though, because it forces me to feel something again.

-I’m ravenous and impatient. He makes me this way. He’s become my drug. The rush that excites me, and the high that keeps me addicted.

-In a killer’s embrace, I feel something I’ve not experienced my whole life- I feel safe.

-Something has awakened inside of me since being with Rip.

-“I don’t know what it is about you, Dylan. You touch some dark and carnal part of me.”

Ripley shouldn’t care so much about Dylan, but he does. She’s become his obsession & his weakness because there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to protect her. When her past comes back to haunt her, Rip won’t let anyone touch or take what’s his. He will always keep her safe. Even if that means setting her free. The thought of anyone hurting her destroys him & makes him feel like losing control. He’s deeply affected by her pain & she’s continuing to make him feel.

I really loved this series & this last episode was my favorite. It was full of action & emotion, and we get a lot of answers. I would love a book for Jorgen next!


*****Patty’s Review*****

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

We’re volatile and chaotic together, ripples in the water that explode into riptides, pulling us deeper. The more she takes, the more I want to give. The more I want her.



Episode Four did not disappoint in the least! It’s filled with panty melting steam, jaw-dropping revelations, and tons of action and bloody violence! I never thought that I would be so addicted to the dark romance genre but sometimes I love it even more than RomComs which truly does surprise me. What I’ve learned after having read this series, is that I love the way Keri Lake writes. Her words are hauntingly beautiful and if I go back and look at all the excerpts I highlighted, I don’t think I would be able to keep track!

What I will say about this last episode is that many questions are answered and that love does indeed conquer all. There are too many enemies and it seems their end game is to keep Rip and Dylan apart, but Rip will unleash his fury on anyone who tries to take what is his!! Ah, how I loved that dark and complex man! He made the story for me!

Even though I loved this series and believe me when I say that Keri Lake has a new fan in me, I have to say that after having finished the books, I truly wish that this had been released as one full novel, instead of being broken up into four novellas. Normally I have a truly exceptional memory – you can ask Mel and Dee, they will attest to that! However, when it came to this series I had a hard time keeping track of how each episode ended. There were way too many bad guys and some of them had multiple identities which had my brain in a deep fog! I couldn’t for the life of me keep track of who was who and what had they done to wrong either Rip or Dylan.



But even though at times pieces of the story messed with my brain, I really did enjoy reading it, for the most part, Keri Lake has become an automatic read author for me. Here’s to hoping that she writes a book for Jorgen!!


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