REVIEW: Lust by Ker Dukey
Series: The Elite Seven
Author: Ker Dukey
Publication Date: February 11, 2019
I was born with wealth, athletic ability, and looks that could melt the panties off a nun. I had a clear path to success. Until fate dealt me a cruel blow, leaving me empty and in need of purpose. My only focus now is to become part of The Elite--a secret society in one of the most prestigious colleges in the world. But everything comes at a price, and with The Elite, you have to earn your place. Lucky for me, being sinful is in my DNA. The only obstacle to full initiation is my task: seduce the un-seducible, the forbidden, and lure her with the sins of the flesh. Easy for a man like me...in theory. She started as my task, but what happens when the lines between lust and love blur, and the need for power rages war with the need for her? Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak--they're for The Elite. This is my life, my chance, my legacy. I am Rhett Masters. I am Lust.
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A start to a series that reminds me of The Skulls, a movie that I loved when it came out. So Lust is book 1 in the series The Elite Seven. Each title in this series based on the seven deadly sins and Book 1 is Rhett’s story. This book is a quick read and somewhat fast paced. Rhett’s story is sad and heartbreaking, he’s definitely a hero who has had to deal with some harsh realities in life. This storyline is intriguing and definitely has me interested in the Elite. As far as Rhett and Chasitys they kind of went from 0 to 180 rather quickly and I didn’t quite get as invested in them as I would have liked. Individually they both intrigued me and their banter back and forth and me excited for the prospect of these two together. But when it happened it was almost as if they went from never going to happen to their committed and I feel like I missed the development of the relationship all together. That being said, this story does a great job of introducing and setting the tone for the rest of the series as far as the Elite seven go. I predict we will see our fair share of debauchery, scandal and drama in the books to come and I for one am excited for them.
Since 1942, The Elite Seven Society have created and guided influential leaders, molding the country into something better. This society was birthed by Malcom Benedict, II who wanted more for Americans. More wealth. More influence. More power. Some leaders have the skills, but not the influence, and that simply wasn’t fair according to Mr. Benedict. He invested his own money and time to construct a society that bred the best of the best, year after year.
But to be the best, you must be ruthless.
Good leaders make sacrifices. Sometimes the sacrifices are hard, but the rewards are plentiful. Mr. Benedict made sure to indulge these leaders with their utmost desires. A devout Catholic himself, he designed a society that rewarded his leaders with the sins that were frowned upon. If they were giving up love and happiness and joy for the betterment of the country, they deserved something in its stead.
Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust.
Choosing leaders for this society means that it takes intense focus. Only seven are to be selected, and the investments and time are showered upon the new seven chosen every four years. The predecessors of each group of seven choose people who fit the sin that will mold them into who they are needed to be in the future—what America needs them to be. This is after a detailed study of many potential candidates. The university’s acting dean behaves as a liaison for the society bringing the college applicants to the predecessors so that the selection may begin. The society members who are going out will bring forth a candidate that the society votes on and approves.
After they are chosen, the initiates are given a token and an invitation to initiation. The initiation will be a test to their character and ability to do what’s right for the betterment of the society. Once the initiates pass their test, they are discreetly branded with the mark of the society, and are groomed through challenges during the course of their elite education to breed them into the influential people they were meant to be.
Once in The Elite Seven, there is no getting out. The money and power are their reward. Should they choose to stray or break the rules, the society strips them of everything. Anything they once had will be removed. Opportunities will never arise. They will no longer have the support of the society. To this day, there have been no known occurrences of anyone from the society having to be banished. This elite group of people are what every young man and woman aspire to be a part of. While the group is a secret society, they are whispered about amongst the privileged folks in the country. Anyone who is anyone knows of the group and secretly hopes it’s their son or daughter who are selected, for good fortune is showered on the family for decades to come.
Ker Dukey, Is based in the UK, where she lives with her husband and small children and also their beloved Goldendoodle, Murphy (who has yet to discover he isn't, in fact, a human)
When she's not lost in the world of her characters or being Mum, Ker likes to read and catch up with her followers on social media.