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.
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Alex met the love of her life at only ten years old. When Dalton moved in across the street from her, her whole life changed and from that point on she imagined herself living happily ever after with him. But life had different plans for her and at sixteen she was devastated when she was taken away from the love of her life and he never followed.
Ten years later she's back to her old home to pack up her late fathers house. Coming back to town is the last thing she should have done, and she isn't met with a warm welcome. Especially not from Dalton, who throws her out of his bar and does nothing when she is attacked. He hates her for his own reasons and will never forgive her. But Alex doesn't want to give up on him and now that she's near him again she's determined to get to the bottom of why he hates her so much. Some things are better left buried though, and Alex only puts herself in more danger.
This was my first Ker Dukey book and I really wasn't expecting the dark parts of the book. I went into this thinking that it would be kind of sweet and with some brothers-best-friend drama. But, oh boy, was I wrong. The first day Alex was in town and saw Dalton she left scared and with bruises, and it only got worse from there. The book is filled with hatred and had so many secrets in it that I was dying to find out about.
I can't really say that I liked Dalton and he was actually the reason for my 3.5 rating. I hated that he was so mean to Alex for what seemed like no big issue, or at least not something that would result in him treating her like that. I like asshole Heroes and love when we get to see their struggle with being an ass but also having feelings for the heroine, but in this one he was just purely an ass and I didn't see any remorse for acting the way he did. Yes, he had his reasons, but his character, in the beginning, needed to be throat punched. And then when his character did change it was just too fast for me and wanted at least some discussion or fight or something.
Alex was only okay for me and I really wanted to see her stand up for herself earlier in the book. I still can't really say how I feel about her because my feelings kept changing based on what was happening in the book and how she was handling it. I can say that out of the main characters that I liked her the most.
Overall, I did like the story even with my problems with the Hero and I'm actually pretty excited for Six to get his story. I think this would be a good story for anyone that likes a little bit of a dark story and some forbidden love.
Warning: This book has dark elements, including sexual abuse, and is not for everyone. Read at your own risk.