EMPATHY by KER DUKEY

FIVE STARS

Reviewed by Donna Elsegood for Kindle Friends Forever

Empathy- the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

The title was all I had to go on and I was delighted to be asked to read and review Ker’s new book.

It is clear from the prologue that Blake and his younger brother, Ryan, have had a very unconventional upbringing. Blake is a cop but secretly a contract killer and you soon realise he is a dark soul. One thing is clear; he adores his brother and supports him through college. Ryan is a very close-minded character who does not interact with the other students. There is no eye contact, no interaction, he just exists. Melody is intrigued by him. Sitting next to him and glancing at him, they are thrown together by circumstances when they are paired up for a project and become friends.

Melody goes home to visit at the weekend and a tragedy strikes changing her life forever. However, she literally bumps into Blake and she thinks he is a rude, arrogant ass regardless of her attraction for him. Blake cannot get her out of his mind either, so is his dark side going to come together with her light?

There are some very hot sex scenes and also some very on the edge of your seat scenes. This story has a real twist in it where you think you know where the direction is leading, bam; something happens you never see coming.

This novel is very cleverly written because it makes you think you have all the facts about the characters; nevertheless, while waiting for the secrets to come out, you’ll not only be surprised, but shocked as well. My heart was beating fast and my environment ceased to exist when the whole story was unfolding. Very dark and gripping and sexy of course!

Towards the end, there is a very sweet ahhh scene and you think it is all going well only to be hit by another scene that could be a brilliant set up for more books surrounding the characters. I would love to know more about them, and I’ve got to say that Blake is my new book boyfriend. Dark, brooding and definitely a sexy alpha male. Melody is a great female character. Smart, sexy too, and a breath of fresh air for Blake in spite of the fact that she’s been through a terrible time. As for Ryan, I’m not too sure! He certainly gave me goose bumps and I’m not entirely sure if that is good or bad.

A very worthy five stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and wish Ker every great success with it. Highly recommended and I can see myself reading this at a later date for a second time and there is also a great playlist on Spotify that fits the story so well.

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