ARC Review: Ten by Ker Dukey

Title: Ten
Author: Ker Dukey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Standalone Book 1 of Men By Numbers series
POV: First Person – Dual
Release Date: December 20, 2015


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.




ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Alexandria Murphy was the sheriff’s daughter. Together with her brother Jonah, they were expected to behave and not hang out with the wrong crowd. When a new boy moved across the road, she can’t help but fall in love with him.

Dalton Moore’s life was made difficult by his last name alone. Coming from a criminal family, he was prevented from being friends with the Murphy kids. But the three of them clicked and friendship turned to secret love. He had a bright future ahead of him until a betrayal shattered his dream. Ten years later, he vowed to make right the wrongs.

When I first came across this book looking at the title tagline (My brother’s best friend) my first thought was: “What?! Is Key Dukey writing a kinky semi taboo book?” lol! No it’s not. This one is more of a semi dark romantic suspense.

I’m scared of him. The boy who owns my soul is lost inside the eyes of the stranger standing over me.

For 10 years, Alex suffered alone, not knowing what really happened between them. During that time, she found solace in something else – a new meaning in her life. I love how she was emotionally strong and physically resilient. But still, she had a weakness and that weakness was Dalton.

Dalton had a long held grudge. I wouldn’t blame him for it considering how his life was turned upside down. He worked so hard to have a better future, but when it all burnt down, he used that as a motivation – as a gesture of “fuck you” to all the people who had a hand in his fall.

“I’m not that boy you remember anymore.”

This book was more towards physical darkness than psychological one. There were some unsavory scenes that actually made me cringe and there aren’t many things that could made me cringe haha!

The sex scenes were pretty hot. There were plenty of hate fuck and for me those are always the best.

“I keep myself busy to forget you, and when I slip, I try to remember what being friends with your brother cost me. What loving you cost me.”

I’ve always like stories about breakdown of friendship/relationship and how it affected the character. Technically this book was well written with well developed plot. However I wanted more when it comes to the soul of the characters. I needed to feel more of their pain. Yes I could see their pain in written words, but I needed to feel it deeper in my heart.

Speaking of soul, Six was a secondary character, but to me he stood out more because he had that soul I’m talking about. I am highly anticipating his book.

Ten is a story of how two individuals cope with a major turn of events in their lives and how they sift through betrayal and lies to survive. It’s a fast pace read with enough intrigue infused with a few shots of darkness to keep you flipping the page until the end.

Final Verdict:

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My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. We also used to put on performances by acting out stories. I wanted to become an actress from an early age so I could live out many roles but unfortunately I learned early on that my mind was too active…(I would end up wanting to change the script)
I would watch films or TV shows and think of ways they could have 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.

Come find me on facebook where i love interacting with my readers.

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