Saturday, January 9, 2016

Blog Tour: Ten by Ker Dukey

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 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.
Alexandria (Alex) 

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 an 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. 

True love Is 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.

3.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Dalton Moore is Alex's best friend. He may be her older brother Jonah's friend, but from the time he moved across the street, Alex claimed him for herself. Alex's dad is the town's sheriff and he doesn't think much of Dalton. Dalton's mom was a whore and his dad was mixed up in just about anything illegal you can think of-he killed his mom when the two of them were fighting. Since he's now homeless he has been sent to leave with his uncle. His uncle is just as dirty as his father. Alex's dad thinks he's bad news just like every other Moore. From the time she was ten Alex believed that Dalton was her soul mate. She saw him grow from a boy into a man and was forced to see other girls throw themselves at him; especially one particular slut named Lisa Marie. She never hesitated to let Alex know that she was sleeping with Dalton and he would never be hers.  As she got older and more insecure, he kept assuring her that when she was old enough, he would marry her. 

"I hate Lisa. I hate that you do things with her. i hate that she talks about it all around school. I hate that you tell me I'm special and that we will be together one day, but all the time you're with her and I'm alone."

When she was 16 they finally became lovers. Jonah's was possessive of Alex and the two knew if he found out about their relationship he would freak out so they kept things hidden from him. 

Jonah spiraled out of control as he got deeper into drugs. He dragged Dalton into his mess and one night  changed everyone's life. Dalton and Alex were broken apart and it would be years before they would see each other again. 

Fast forward ten years-Alex is back in town for her father's funeral and to settle his affairs. Her dad changed when everything hit the fan and her parents ending up divorced. Alex was forced to live her life without Dalton. No matter how many times she tried to call him, or wrote to him, he never answered her. But she had responsibilities and didn’t have the luxury of wallowing in self pity. She's about to come face to face with her past.

I left her letters unopened and refused her visitation whenever she applied for it.

When she meets up with an old friend from high school they decide to get a drink at a local bar. But Alex is thrown to the ground and sees Dalton’s angry face before she just about passes out. He hurls her out into the alley in the back of the bar. Turns out this is his bar and he treats her like trash. 

Dalton is here. Dalton just threw you to the ground in a wet, trash-filled alley. 

Dalton is now known as Ten and he blames Alex and her family for the life he was forced to live in prison for the last ten years. He is under some false assumptions about Alex and she has been fed a bunch of lies too. Ten wants to hate her, but he wants her just as much as he ever did. I had a hard time moving past his treatment of her when the two met again. Come on, she had just gotten knocked to the floor by his fuck buddy, Lisa Marie and in the alley he let her kick Alex while she was down. Bad move…hard to overlook. 

"You belonged to me too and I would never have hurt you on purpose. I would never have let you take that kind of hit for Jonah, or for anyone. I loved you more! I would have always chosen you."

"Your whole family fucked me over and ruined my whole life."

But there are so many secrets and lies and deceptions in this town. Little by little the truth comes out and it’s not pretty. Ten seemed to be generally sorry for the way he treated Alex, but I think I would have liked to have seen him  grovel a bit more. One of his “brothers"from prison, Six (what is with all the guys names being numbers?) plays a strategic role in this story. Now he’s one guy who is a real diamond in the rough. He’s had a pretty raw deal in life, and yet he is an honorable guy. His story is next and I think I am going to love that one. 

I've just got out of prison but I'm not opposed to going back in for the right reason. Protecting Alex and honoring my friendship with Dalton is as good a reason as any.

It’s hard to imagine that just about everyone has been played in this town and the story line does wrap up rather quickly. There were some plot lines that confused me, (like how much did Alex's mother know and where had Jonah been all this time) but this is basically a second chance at love romance. Alexa is the one who is innocent in all of this and I had no trouble liking her character. Ten was too harsh and over the top mean for me-although I have to admit he was trying to survive in prison and took things at face value rather than questioning what possible motive Alex would have had in being part of his false imprisonment. I just never got to the point where I liked him; regardless of his anger towards Alex, in the beginning he let her be brutalized and stood by and did nothing. That's the primary reason for my rating. The writing was good, but if I can't connect with a character, then I can't fully enjoy a book. 

Ms. Dukey's writing is always fresh with a hint of dark. In spite of my disconnect with the hero, I still look forward to reading what she has next in store for us!

"People like us, who are meant to be together, always find a way back to each other, even if we have to take detours to get there."

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

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