Series: Victorian Rebels series

Guest Review: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

Posted February 9, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: The Duke by Kerrigan ByrneReviewer: Tracy
The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels Series #4
Also in this series: The Highlander

Publication Date: February 7th 2017
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three-half-stars

He is noble, notorious, and takes no prisoners...

They say that now His Grace, Collin Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth has only one hand, he might finally be a mere mortal, but no one seems willing to test the theory. Rich as Midas, big as a Viking, beautiful as Adonis, and lethal as a feral wolf, he is the English Empire’s golden son. But now he’s lost everything. Most of his family died in a terrible accident, his protégé and closest friend betrayed him on the battlefield, and his left hand was cut off while he was a prisoner of war. The only thing that’s kept him going until now is the memory of a night spent in the arms of a mysterious raven-haired woman almost a year ago…

Imogen Pritchard is a nurse by day, but a fallen woman by night. Seduced on the job years ago by a Duke who mourned for the loss of his family, Imogen has never shaken the memory of the man’s despair—or the fathomless depths of pleasure he brought to her. But as the threat of betrayals, blackmail, and secrets abound, Imogen and Collin are thrown back together in a dizzying swirl of dangerous games and earth-shattering desire. But can their love overcome the everything that threatens to tear them apart?

Imogen is a nurse who works at a hospital by day and then by night works as a serving girl at the Bare Kitten trying to pay off the debts that her father left when he died.  She’s just a serving girl and worked out with the owner that she would never be required to prostitute herself out as he had plenty of girls for that.

On a night that Imogen in working she services a group of soldiers.  When one gets a bit rowdy she’s saved by the new Duke of Trenwyth.  After a long night of him drinking and her sitting on his lap he pays the proprietor 10 pounds to spend the night with “Ginny” as she’s known there.  As it will wipe out about a 1/3 of her debt she agrees. She’s intrigued by and attracted to the new duke whose family had just died in a train crash.  She wants to comfort him and they share a beautiful night together.

One year later Imogen is working when she’s told that the missing Duke of Trenwyth is in the hospital with typhus.  Since she had it at one point she was immune so was assigned to him.  She takes care of him and soon figures out that he doesn’t have typhus and correctly diagnoses him.  When he awakens, however he doesn’t recognize her as she had worn a black wig when she was Ginny but really has blonde hair.  After a series of events where Imogen is let go from the hospital and then attacked the same night she is desperate and almost ends up a thief but for a kind patient who offers his help.

Fast forward to two years later and Cole, the Duke of Trenwyth has recovered and is still looking for Ginny.  He can’t forget her but can’t find her anywhere. On top of his frustrations is the woman next door who seems to be opening her home to criminals and prostitutes that she is attempting to reform but according to him it’s bringing down the whole neighborhood. He also believes that since she is young and her deceased husband was quite old that she took advantage of him.  Despite his annoyance with Lady Anstruther, his neighbor, he finds himself attracted to her and unable to do anything about it.

I’ve really liked the Kerrigan Byrne books I’ve read so far.  They seem to have interesting premise’s and intriguing characters – The Duke was one that had both.  First Imogen’s circumstances when the book first opens.  Not so unusual to see a woman working off her father’s debts but I liked how the author kept her relatively innocent until the duke came along.  Imogen ended up being an incredibly strong character who could give as well as she got – especially with Cole – and I admired her and the work she was doing to help the less fortunate.  She knew what it was like to be in a desperate place and she wanted to help those that found themselves in like circumstances.

Cole was a hard man to like.  He had serious anger issues after his capture and captivity and they manifested in strange ways at strange times.  I liked his possessiveness of Imogen but not so much his condescension toward her.  Imogen never let him get away with it and that I was happy about.  He was so set on finding Ginny that he couldn’t see what was right in front of his face.  Because he had changed so much Imogen didn’t feel that he was the same person he was before so kept her identity to herself.  It was a good push and pull romance, that’s for sure.

Now, that being said I did think that the book, at times, tilted toward the side of melodramatic and that was something I didn’t care for at all.  There was a lot going on in the book and there was a lot of introspection as well.  With all of that the drama got to be too much at times and I admit I found myself rolling my eyes a bit.

Overall it was a good read, and a good romance that I just had a few issues with.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne

Posted August 11, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Highlander by Kerrigan ByrneReviewer: Tracy
The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels series #3

Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
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four-stars

They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent... in the game of love.

Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena—and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart... without surrendering his own?

Mena St. Vincent has lived a horrifying life for the past five years. She was raised in idyllic Hampshire by a father who loved and cared for her; educated her and only wanted the best for his daughter. He married her off to a new neighbor who seemed like a good man. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case at all. Mena’s husband beat her, used her body and then had her committed to an asylum when he didn’t want her around any longer. Mena is saved after writing to a friend. That friend helps dress her and prepares her to be a governess to a man in the highlands. This way Mena can hide from her husband and his family while her friends try to get her insanity judgment overturned by the courts.

Mena is definitely intimidated by her new employer – the man they call the Demon Highlander – but she also sees another side to him. She sees a man who would do anything for his two children, a man who has lived a hard life and a man who just wants what’s best for his clan. She starts to fall for him pretty quickly but obviously nothing can come of it as she’s already married – even though he doesn’t know that.

Liam MacKenzie has been off in battle for many years but is now back to keep his clan alive and thriving – as well as to be with his children. He knows that he’s not done right by them after being gone for so long but he wants to make amends. He knows almost immediately that it’s a bad idea to have Mena around as he’s incredibly attracted to her but he can’t make himself send her away. Liam’s children have also taken to her and that’s not happened with the last few governesses. He tries to deny his attraction but he soon can’t any longer. He knows Mena wants him too but he also knows she’s hiding something. He has no idea who huge the secret is but that won’t stop him from giving her his heart.

The Highlander is only the second book I’ve read by Kerrigan Byrne but I’m certain it won’t be my last. This author certainly knows how to write some intriguing highlanders and I loved reading about them. She also writes pretty great sexual tension and while things happened fast for the H/h it was all more than believable.

I really liked Liam and Mena together. Yes, they tried to keep away from each other but it was impossible. Mena knew that she shouldn’t let her heart fall for Liam but between what she saw underneath the gruff surface and how he treated his children she just couldn’t help it. Liam knew that Mena was in hiding but he thought it was just from someone who abused her – not from a husband. I have to say I was disappointed that he didn’t immediately believe Mena when he did find out the truth but with his dead wife’s background it was kind of understandable. He realized his mistake quickly and moved on and I liked that about him.

If you want a good highland romance then you should pick this one up. The first part of the book was a bit hard to stomach as it takes place in the asylum but after that it gets lighter so just keep that in mind. 🙂

Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5

four-stars


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