Monday, August 29, 2016

Six by Ker Dukey

I grew up in the foster system and bounced around from place to place…I know what you’re thinking.
Bad things happened to me and fucked me up?
Don’t feel bad for me. I didn’t know a privileged life therefore I didn’t miss one.
I was what I was and I made it work. I actually had a few good homes in my lifetime, met some good people but that’s not what my stories about.
It’s not a Romeo and Juliet saga either, even if our stories do revolve around similar bases.
I knew a real love, a rare love… a love between two people that were never supposed to fall in love.
Rival gang members are never allowed to fall in love and it cost us everything.
The things I learned growing up the way I did is this:
Love is deadly and often not real.
People come and go and only the rare few stick around when shit gets tough.
I learned the hard way what lurks behind false smiles and that deceitful truths get whispered in sexual moans.
I was taught that dark souls are not born but they are created and you can avoid them, hide from them or learn and become them.
Revenge sculpt and molded me into the darkest of souls and with my wrath comes agony and torment more severe than hell itself.
I took out six of the men who hurt my woman and I will be coming for the rest.

Get in my way and I’ll come for you too.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Six left such a lasting impression in the previous book, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on his story! The second book in the Men by Numbers series didn't disappoint.

I will say this story was a bit more introspective than the first, but no less entertaining.

We knew that Six was a newly released convict, and we even had a little idea of why he served time. We didn't know the extent of his inner turmoil or the anguish he has dealt with daily, definitely deserving of the title "Tortured Hero."

Misty provides the innocence that is needed to balance out the darkness that Six represents. She isn't a pushover though – she is ready and willing to fight what she wants!

As I said before, this story was a bit more introspective, but it still kept me interested. It seemed to go by way too quickly and was hot (when it needed to be), it was angsty, it kept me guessing, and overall it was very entertaining.

I know that anytime I read a Ker Dukey book, it will be dark [and always awesome], this story was the perfect mix of dark and light.

The release of Six has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions for me. When we were notified of its initial release, I could not get signed up to review it fast enough. Six was a mystery of a man I was dying to unravel after reading Ten. As such, I cannot begin to express how devastated I was when the author had to delay its release – while I was excited for the author for the reason behind the book’s delay, I was still needing my Six fix. Obviously, I was ecstatic the day I got the email informing me of the new release date and when to expect an advance copy to be delivered to my Kindle. I couldn’t wait, yet I had to because I had other books on my schedule that kept me from being able to delve back into the world of Men by Numbers and the women who love them. And I’m pleased to say that Six’s story was worth the wait.

When I read the prologue, I thought I understood why Six was the way he was, but as the story unfolds, Dukey shows that while that incident played a huge part in forming the man we met in Ten, there were even more secrets hiding in Six’s past. And no, don’t expect me to tell them to you because that would ruin the experience. As it turns out, Misty, the woman he hired to manage the bar and who tempts him like no other, is also full of secrets. Although her childhood was touched by sadness at early age and emotional abuse as she got older, it was worlds better than Six’s and she came out stronger for it, not allowing it to break her. No, Misty’s secrets are from adulthood and when Six begins to discover them, he can no longer hold her at arm’s length. But as everyone knows, when life is going great, you better be ready for the shoe to drop (at least in romantic suspense novels you should). And once it dropped, it wedged itself into the door to let Six’s past come back in to threaten him, the life he’s made, and the people he loves. The ghosts from his past really should have known better than to poke the bear...

The action in Six is intense, but then again, so is Six. Because of a mistake he made sixteen years ago, one of misplaced passion and trust, Six killed six men and spent fifteen years in prison. Yet he still carries the guilt about his best friend, Hayley, being targeted as a result of his choices. His failure to protect her and the actions he took to avenge her have left him feeling as though he is undeserving of happiness – especially someone as sweet and innocent as Misty. This is what makes Misty’s revelation, the one that batters through Six’s wall, so hilarious. The romance is rather subtle because the focus is on Six’s guilt and coming to terms with the possibility of happiness when Hayley had none. Yet Misty worms her way into Six’s heart just as he secures his place in hers. And that’s actually what made their “break-up” scene feel a bit over-the-top to me. Within only a few pages, Misty goes from being sure of their love, knowing how Six feels about her because his behavior and affections prove his feelings despite his lack of saying the words, to believing it was all a lie simply because he says he doesn’t love her. It didn’t jibe with me because it was out of character for the Misty I had come to know over the course of the novel. Perhaps if we had experienced a memory or two of her father’s verbal abuse, it would have been easier for me to believe, but it just didn’t ring true. However, that was a minimal blip on my radar and was quickly overshadowed by what Six learned from the main target of his wrath, as well as Max’s secret. Didn’t see any of that coming. Not at all. Six was a great read and addition to the Men of Numbers series and Dukey has once again left me salivating for the next book in the series because now I’m dying to read Seven’s story.

Also Available in the Men by Numbers Series

Book 1
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Also Available via Kindle Unlimited

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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.

You can find me on Facebook where I love interacting with my readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Six (Men by Numbers #2) by Ker Dukey to read and review.

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