Title: Ten (My Brother’s Best Friend)
Author: Ker Dukey
Released: December 20, 2015
Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs
Photographer: Clyph Jean Philippe
Model: Kyle Nelson
Ten years was the price of that love
Ten years later our world’s re-collide
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.
4 Stars – a fast paced intense read
Ker’s books are always an automatic one click for me and when I read the blurb for Ten I couldn’t wait to read it and I was certainly not disappointed. This book is gripping and fast paced filled with intense on the edge of your seat moments that will set your head spinning.
At just ten years old, Alex met the love of her life, Dalton when he moved in across the street. From a trouble ridden family and with her father being the police chief it was inevitable that this was not going to be a match made in heaven and life took a devastating turn which led to her being taken away from her home and away from Dalton
Ten years on Alex is back following the death of her father to sort out his home and she isn’t met with a warm welcome. Dalton shows her such hatred, the depth of which she does not understand and throws her out of his bar where she is attacked and he does nothing to stop it.
Dalton despises Alex and her family. She is the reason he ended up in prison, the reason his life took a downward spiral and he wasn’t able to follow through on his own plans. Not knowing why he feels this way about her, Alex is determined to get to the bottom of things even if this ends up putting her in even more danger.
Dalton is in no way a likeable character; in fact I really didn’t like him at all to start with. He was cold, arrogant and cruel, not helping her when she was attacked and initially not wanting to hear anything that she has to say. He had his reasons for the way he was and he did redeem himself later in the book but I did feel that maybe he was a little too hard and callous and that Alex too easily accepted his reasons and forgave him with little fight. Having said that, there were so many parts that I loved; hearing how he got his nickname “Ten” and Six – that man is a complete bad ass and I can’t wait to read his story next.
If you have read and loved Ker’s books previously, then this book will certainly meet all of your expectations. It’s edgy and filled with darkness and plenty of angst that will pull you in from the very first pages and have you constantly questioning whether there can be any kind of happy ending.
I look forward to the other books to come in this series.