I am a brother
I am a police detective
I am a contract killer
I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want … EMPATHY.
They say some people are born with decreased activity in the front central lobe causing them a deficiency in empathy. Maybe that’s true about me but whether I was born this way or created in a moment of evil, empathy was something I didn’t possess until her green eyes met mine in the mirror and I couldn’t take her life.
I didn’t want to feel, didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived but she was there at every turn. Sent to haunt me for my sins. Her light so bright she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. When a job turns bad quickly altering my life forever I’m forced to feel. When nothing is making sense I’m forced to face truths I never would recover from. When life drowns you in its cruelty you don’t know which way the current will drag you or who you’ll become once you re-surface.
I was a daughter
I was a student
I was a victim
Did I have his love?
Did I make him feel?
Did I have his empathy?
When the actions of a soulless killer forces sorrow into my veins I never dreamed the man healing my wounds would be the one to leave the worst scar. His love would scar my soul. Scars are permanent; I will never feel the relief from them. Will I learn to live with them, remember why I have them and learn never to let him close enough to inflict more? Will I eventually cover them… like tattoos coating them with new memories, new love and new starts? I didn’t know these answers because the pain was too suffocating, the only thing I knew was they will always be under the surface lingering. He had scars too, from his sins. There is nothing that can cover them, they were too deep, too ugly, too dark and they marked us both forever.
Warning: This book will mess with your mind. It is a very dark, sexy, twisted romance novel. 18+ only.
So, Blake and his brother Ryan has had a really had life. Things that happened to them growing up changed them and altered the way they felt about things- it made them dark. I mean really dark people, most of the time you would stay away from people like this.
Melody has had the ideal parents and has lead the ideal happy go lucky life. She is in college, she sits next to Ryan in one of her classes, she thinks he is smart. She gets to be his friend.
Melody gets an urgent email from her mom asking her to come home. She rolls her eyes, but heads after class knowing it will be a long drive. She gets there that night and her whole world changes.
Melody is the ultimate heroine! She is so kind, loving and compassionate and how she got messed up with these two brothers does make one really great story.
Blake and Ryan you will hate them at times but you will think maybe they are redeemable. Oh, see he is being sweet- then it's like oh, no he didn't! Both of these guys become obsessed with Melody, one really cares about her. The other has more issues than Cosmopolitan to care about anybody. One will be her saving grace and the other will show his CRAZY side.
This is one of the best stories I've read this year, I'm always on the lookout for my next epic read. I'm a self proclaimed author stalker, so if I see someone and especially another author talking about a book that was so good they could not put it down, I go and buy it. That is what I did! I was not disappointed!! I probably could write a review a mile long complimenting this book but if I say much more I will probably let something slip! I will say Ker Dukey can WRITE!!
I give this 5 awesomely dark stars!!
EMPATHY by Ker Dukey
I get a call from my Bestie and the only thing she says is, “Are you done with the book you are reading? Good, you have to read this.” I know I am in trouble. She reads so much more than I do but we have a major passion for a lot of the same books and when she calls me and says “read this”, just like when I call her and say “read this”, we stop and do it. I knew it was going to be so good but holy heck, I did not know it would be this good. I cannot even begin to express my feelings for EMPATHY!! The whole time you think one way and it turns out to be a completely different way. This is a dark read but I kept thinking, it’s not so dark. WRONG!!!
EMPATHY by Ker Dukey is one of those books that gets under your skin. I could not but it down. I had to at times because my kids think they have to be feed every day but I would soon return and pick it up. When I was not reading, I would think about it. There are so many twist and turns that hit me blindside, I never saw some of the things that happen coming.
Basic of the story without any spoilers, Melody is a girl stuck between two brothers. One is a cold-hearted killer and the other, well let’s just leave it at that. I finished this book in a day in half, which is super-fast for me and if you are fast reader, it will not take you any time. I am so thankful that DESOLATE is already out, because I think I would die knowing there is more to the story but I have to wait to get it.
Melody, Blake, and Ryan are not three characters that will be forgotten. This book is just amazing. Murder, Suspense, Sexual Hotness, Surviving and how evil never wins (or maybe it does) makes EMPATHY a huge success and one that I will recommend to anyone that listens. EMPATHY is a standalone without a cliff hanger but leaves you thinking there is more to the story. I promise you will love this book.
EMPATHY by Ker Dukey receives 5 out of 5 Stars
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