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
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.
How could you not want to read this book after reading those three lines? I have to admit I haven’t read many “loving the brother’s best friend books” so I was anxious to see what would happen between the characters.
I don’t know where to begin. You have Dalton and Jonah who are best friends and then Alex, who is Jonah’s sister. I thought I was going to be reading a book about forbidden love although I’ve never really understood why it’s so forbidden to fall for your brother’s best friend…part of the “bro code” I guess.
Instead the story I found was one of betrayal…and it was on the brother’s part. Jonah and Alex were the son and daughter of the sheriff and Dalton was the son of criminals. Jonah constantly screws up and Dalton constantly takes the fall. One of those screw-ups ends up taking ten years from Dalton’s life. So, the betrayal that we all thought was going to be on the best friend and sister was really to the best friend from the brother.
In addition to the betrayal, there were a lot of cruel words in this book. I almost couldn’t stomach the ways that Dalton treated Alex in order to get his revenge. I get his being angry, but wow, he could be cruel with some of the things he said to her. As for what he let happen to her while he watched, I would have been done with him if I was her. Again, I get his anger, but this was just too over the top.
Still, I thought Ten was a good book. Yes, there were elements in it that I didn’t care for, but at the same time, I can’t take away the fact that Ker Dukey is a pro at weaving a story that keeps you enthralled. So congrats to her for that.
I’m really torn at how I want to rate this book. I think that Ms. Dukey did a great job pulling out emotion from the reader. Never once did I get bored or want to put the book down…it was that compelling. At the same time, I can’t condone the violence. If it had just been words, maybe I would be ok, but watching someone you cared about in the past get beat down even if its by another woman is just not ok with me.
Sorry, if I sound preachy…that’s not what I intended at all. I’m going to compromise and give Ten 4 stars. I look forward to reading more from Ker Dukey and seeing what else she has to offer.
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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.
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