Empathy by Ker Dukey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age: 18+

Triggers: Murder, manipulation

 This was more of a mind f*ck then a dark romance allow me to explain.


I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want, her.

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, 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, I didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived, but she was there at every turn anyway. 
Sent to haunt me for my sins. 
Her light shining so bright, she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. 


When a job turns bad fast, it alters my life forever. I’m forced to feel things I never have before. Face truths I’ve hidden from for so long I’m not sure I’ll recover from them. 

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.


This is an International Best-selling, Dark romance novel. Warning this book will mess with your mind. It’s a dark, sexy, twisted and utterly addictive. 

We follow three characters in this book, Let’s start with Melody.

Melody, A happy girl with great parents, her life was working out. She came from a great home; her parents were wealthy. She’s in college wanting to become something of herself. Then it all happened, the day her life was destroyed. Everything good in her world came crashing down around her and she didn’t know how to stop it.

“When your story is written on a piece of paper and that paper gets crumpled up and thrown into a shredder, you can piece the tatters back together although the damage remains. So does your story, you just have to continue to write even if the paper isn’t perfect.”

She befriended a boy from school, he’s dark and moody and doesn’t give a shit about anything. Stuck in his own head he watches the world around him, and Melody just wanted to get close. Until she met him.

Blake, A brother, A cop, A killer. All he wants to do is make a life for his brother. Life threw him a curve ball and he had to grow up quick. He wanted to ensure that his brother had a normal life and did what he did best to provide it.

“No-one is ever the same when evil visits, but how you let it sculpt and define you is the key to surviving it.”

The day Melody ran into him, he knew his world was about to change. The girl with Live on her wrist and fire in her eyes. Blake wanted her, to bask in her light. To slowly tint her soul with his darkness.

“She is so feisty I can’t decide if I want to squeeze her throat and watch her eyes gloss over with tears or rip her tiny shorts off and bury my dick inside her, making her scream, making her so fucking dirty she’ll never get clean. 

Tasked with a job that was going to change Blake and Melody’s world. They begin to spiral down a whole of lies and deceit. No where to run but to each other they find that not all is ever what it seems.

Ryan, withdrawn, He is bored with his life. Nineteen and already beginning to live in a world of darkness he loves the struggle, the pain. He doesn’t feel anything but hate.

This book is about pain, heartache. Redemption and love. We watch two people get torn down piece by piece. Only to be rebuild into something better, something more.

“We live in a moment that’s so quickly taken, it’s like it was never even ours. Time is borrowed; you need to capture everything you can before it’s just a fleeting memory of someone you used to be. You say you’ll never change; you promise nothing will change what you have but those aren’t our choices. The world changes, circumstances change.”

I enjoyed this tale of loss and love. Blake and Melody’s story confused me and excited me. The connection was there from the beginning and it only grew into something more.

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