Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ten: My Brother’s B̶e̶s̶t̶ Friend by Ker Dukey Blog Tour

Ten years old I fell in love
Ten years was the price of that love
Ten years later our world’s re-collide

Alexandria (Alex)

My brother Jonah was possessive when it came to the things he owned; this unfortunately included the people in his life. The forbidden love between his best friend and me was just that… forbidden.

Our families were from different walks of life and as a sheriff’s daughter being with a Moore’s kid would never be tolerated. To my parents their son and Dalton Moore were on different paths and their friendship would end as soon as college began but it was my brother who had a craving for trouble. He was always looking for danger, committing petty crimes and getting away with it because Dalton would take the fall, blackening his already stained name. When Jonah found out we broke the rules by loving each other, his consequences impacted us all with immeasurable suffering.

Betrayal comes with a debt and it would be paid by all of us.
One with their heart,
one with their mind
and one would pay in blood.

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Soul mates. Not everyone believes they exist, but that’s because they have never met theirs.

How can someone who has never felt a connection so fierce, that you feel the power of it in every molecule of your being, believe such a thing exists?

How can you explain to them that the jolt that ignites every nerve ending in your body is like the sky crackling and exploding with lightening before it joins with the earth for the briefest yet most magnificent of moments, displaying the true force of nature’s power?

When that one person you were created with, comes into your life, you know without any doubt that they’re yours and you are theirs. It’s nature in its truest form.

There is nothing more natural then falling in love with your soul mate. It’s like an out of body experience. You transcend before crashing back into your body, seeing life through new eyes.

You don’t just find your soul mate; you reunite with them with intensity so powerful nothing can stop it. A love so potent you feel it in the atmosphere, and you see it in their aura.

Dalton Moore was my soul mate and I lived to love him.

He was in my every childhood memory, every dream I conjured.

He was every good decision I made.

But for him…

I was in his every childhood memory, every nightmare he slipped into.

I was the worst decision he ever made.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ten by Ker Dukey was an enjoyable read, with a few points that I had a hard time getting in to.
Alex has returned to her childhood home, to clear it up after the passing of her father.
Not only is she fighting the memories of her childhood, but also the Moore family.

This story contained some serious build-up, suspense, action, and ultimately love.
Getting to the 'Love' part was difficult – throw some Hate Sex in there, misconceptions to be cleared up, and total misunderstandings, this was a cluster-f*ck of a story.

At no point was I bored with the story, some of it was a bit unbelievable, but truly is was another dark, exciting read by Ker Dukey!

Dukey creates stories that unfold in such a way that you experience the emotions of one or more of the main characters along with them. This was certainly the case for me with Alex. After reading the first few chapters from her point of view, I felt her confusion at Dalton’s reaction and the reactions of others when she returned to town. When Dalton tossed her out of the bar and the others attempted to hurt her, I was just as confused as she was because neither she nor the reader knows why they’re reacting so violently toward her. Even when the reader is given a chance to see events unfold from Dalton’s perspective, it takes a while before things become clear because he’s actively trying not to think about Alex and what happened ten years ago. Of course, it doesn’t help any that there are so many secrets and lies surrounding that fateful night that neither Alex nor Dalton know the whole truth. And the reason for Alex’s return serves as a catalyst for old wounds to be reopened and old debts to be called.

To understand where I’m coming from in my review, you should know that my experience with Dukey’s writing is with her Empathy series only – I was actually surprised by that because I thought I had read more of her books than just that series (which I love, by the way). In comparison, Ten is not a dark read. It has a few dark moments, but we’re dealing with life and death situations at the time; but overall, I would not consider this a dark read. More than anything, I would classify it as a romantic suspense novel. As the story unfolds and we learn more and more about what occurred ten years ago and what is going on in the present during Alex’s visit to Point Meadow, it becomes obvious that there is one heck of a conspiracy surrounding Dalton, Alex, her brother Jonah, and that night. While I don’t want to give anything away, I will say that as each secret is revealed, the house of cards that surrounds that night gets more and more unstable until everything implodes, with Alex being caught in the crosshairs. I was shocked at just how many people were keeping secrets and while I wasn’t surprised that Alex was in the dark, I was surprised by just how much Dalton wasn’t privy to. I absolutely devoured this book in a matter of hours. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how everything played out and while there were things that happened that I hated to see occur, I was very satisfied with the ending the author crafted. Ten has the Men in Numbers series off to a great start. My only complaint is that I now have to wait for the next book in the series and I want Six’s story NOW!

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active... I would want to change the script. I would watch films and think of ways they could of improved the story if they took another direction so I thought it best that I tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I'm not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I'm a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

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