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Empathy (Empathy #1) by Ker Dukey

Empathy Book Cover Empathy
Empathy #1
Ker Dukey
Fiction, Dark Romance
August 27th 2014

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

ARIANNA’s Review


“Where most people have activity, a hot area giving them feelings, emotions and enabling them to love, there are a rare few who have a cold spot, affecting their ability to feel emotions, empathy.”

Empathy is definitely a dark read. Gritty with some intense parts, this book is a great romantic psychological thriller.

Melody is a gorgeous college girl who has a beautiful, caring family. She doesn’t have any friends so when officially meets Ryan she is happy to have someone to talk.

Ryan is quiet, dark and mysterious. He also has an appetite for BDSM.

Blake is a police detective and he also is a contract killer. Blake is also Ryan’s brother. Like his brother he’s dark and he has no empathy. He’s messed up. He’s bewitched by Melody, she makes him feel.

Both Ryan and Blake will change Melody’s life forever – one will become her lover and the other who is a psycho will destroy her home.

“I don’t have feelings the way most people do. I may be one of those people /psychopaths. I don’t know.”
“I love pushing a person’s thresholds. I love to degrade them.

I like pain, and pushing someone to inflict it is the only thing I gain satisfaction from.”

This book kept me of the edge of my seat. The premise was fantastic and very original. It has many twists and turns and some of them I didn’t see them coming.The characters in this book are crazy…everybody is crazy here, everybody is intense, everybody is messed up.

I really wish it was longer!!