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This sexy romp has it all--a mystery, a feminist heroine worth rooting for, and moments of heat so intense they might need a nurse. - Kirkus Starred Review on The DukeThis [is a] page-turning novel full of historical details and sensuous romance. Publishers Weekly Starred Review on The Duke Another hit from the phenomenal Byrne. - Library Journal Starred Review on The Highlander A rich, emotional love story. - The Washington Post on The Highlander Captured me from page one and never let go. Romantic, lush, and suspenseful. --Suzanne Enoch, New York Times bestselling author on The Highwayman A passionate, lyrical romance that takes your breath away. From the first page, you'll fall in love. --Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times Bestseller Byrne makes a stunning debut with a beautifully written, intensely suspenseful, and deliciously sensual love story. --Amelia Grey, New York Times Bestseller The dark, violent side of the Victorian era blazes to life as a caring, competent heroine living under the radar is abducted by a notorious crime lord with wonderfully gratifying results in this exceptional and compelling vengeance-driven romantic adventure. --Starred Library Journal Review on The Highwayman The romance is raw, edgy and explosive...the path they take through adversity makes the triumph of love deeply satisfying. --Publishers Weekly on The Highwayman A truly mesmerizing series that highlights dangerous heroes who flout the law and the women who love them. --Library Journal Starred Review on The Hunter --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Kerrigan Byrne has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she's finally able to have the career she'd decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to "grow up to be a romance novelist." Whether she's writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.
Kerrigan lives with her husband on the coast of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula in a Victorian-era town almost frozen in time. When she's not writing, you might find her on the beach with her dogs, lounging at a local vineyard or brewery, or buying things she doesn't need at antique stores.
Her novels with St. Martin's Press include the Victorian Rebels series (starting with The Highwayman) and Devil You Know series (which begins with How To Love A Duke in Ten Days).
- ASIN : B01IA6FN9S
- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 7, 2017)
- Publication date : February 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1824 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,254 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cole, the hero, met the heroine, Imogen/Ginny, at a tavern before he went off to war. She was working as a waitress (to pay off her father’s debt to the tavern owner) but he made arrangements with the tavern owner to have her for the night. So Ginny was forced to give up her virginity for one night ( although it she and Cole ended up forming an emotional bond as well as a physical one). He came home after a year wounded and was admitted in the hospital where Ginny works as a nurse. She saved his life although he just showed her anger and contempt upon waking from his illness. Imogen was fired because of her impulsive decision to save Cole’s life and went against another doctor’s orders. Then a series of unfortunate events happened and she had to go back to the hospital to steal from her favorite elderly/terminally ill patient who was an earl. Well, long story short the earl ended up offering her a marriage of convenience (in name only) to save her and she ended up being Cole’s neighbor. The earl died a few months after their marriage. Two years after Cole’s recovery from the hospital, he realizes Imogen is his neighbor but he neither recognizes her as Ginny or the nurse who saved his life. Imogen has her own charity work going on. She was providing refuge for prostitutes. And Cole was on a mission to discourage her to the point of publicly antagonizing her and humiliating her. Oh and there is a serial killer out to get Imogen. Okay so from here Cole and Imogen’s story unfolds. Through it all Imogen loved Cole (and being a former prisoner of war Cole had his issues and it made him treat her like a jerk). They do get their HEA in the end after the crime mystery was resolved.
So for my ranting part which accounts for the missing .5 star rating (warning: my inner frustrated wannabe author might become obvious in this rant)...
I feel as if a huge chunk of the book was dedicated to the part where Cole does not recognize Imogen and yet strangely is attracted to her and yet he antagonizes her. And Imogen longs for him to recognize her but at the same time she is undecided. It was like a plateau in their development and it was only made interesting (not to mention longer) by the mystery killer aspect. I felt so much pages were dedicated to the figuring out why Cole is pulled towards Imogen and yet still does not recognize her and so the last part of the book where he finally discovers who she is felt so rushed and cramped. Even the sex scenes were crammed into the final pages. I wish he found out about her by 60% of the book instead of towards the ending. Why? Because I would have liked to have read about him making up for the terrible treatment he subjected Imogen to. Because he was borderline a**hole towards her. To have him make up for it and accept the person Imogen has become would have been a romantic aspect of their love story. A real connection between them. Not just the brooding and dwelling on the burdens and baggages of the past. It would have been nice to go through the transition Cole and Imogen would have after discovering the truth about Imogen and Ginny being one and the same person. But, hey, I am just a spoiled romantic reader wanting all the fluff of romance.
Overall, I liked the book so much so that I aimed to finish it in one sitting. Off the the next book in this series (which I am not reading in order by the way).
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The Duke centres around Imogen and Collin, The Duke of Trewyth. Although both Cole and Imogen are put through the ringer a bit at the start of the book, it definitely doesn't have the same dark, tragic prologue that we've seen in the first three novels. In fact, up until around halfway through the book you could be forgiven for forgetting we're even in a Victorian Rebels novel.
Still, the romance between Imogen and Cole is still gripping and full of twists (Ms Byrne does enjoy a hidden identity!) and I loved the way the novel explores the societal differences in Victorian England and the different viewpoints people had back then.
Once we reach the halfway point, with the introduction of a serial killer as well as some familiar faces such as my persona favourite team of Avengers; Dorian, Argent, Liam and Morley , we are 100% back in peak Kerrigan Byrne territory.
I loved how the romance weaved around the murder mystery plot. As always, Byrne's characters are multi-dimensional and guide the audience through a range of emotions. Imogen is a wonderful advocate for women's rights and support throughout the novel, while also showing the fears and obstacles women faced in the 19th century. Cole ranges from the smooth, confident hero at the start of the book, to the sour, damaged character who returns after the war, clearly suffering from some form of PTSD from his experiences there.
I am a great lover of all Kerrigan Byrne's work and The Duke is certainly no exception to that. In fact, it's probably the one I'd recommend the most if you're a little wary of the darker subject material of the previous novels.
I really liked the main character Imogen (aka Ginny), despite her obsession with the ass of a Duke - Cole, she is a strong woman who has done what needs to be done to survive and truly live, without obliterating her soul and compassion.
This is the first book by the author where I have finished the book overall not caring for the hero, man oh man, at times he is a BIG ASS and IDIOT – his words frequently unjustly scathing and harsh, when it comes to the heroine. I know he has endured a lot, but he never truly apologies or acknowledges his epic jerkiness in a manner that is contrite. His treatment of the heroine throughout the book was more than a little disappointing. And I found myself wincing more than once.
3 stars and not less simply because of the heroine!
Potential Triggers: Attempted rape and murder occur and torture and being a POW is referred to.
£1.82 on Amazon 21st September 2019
Where it went a bit awry for me was Imogen's fixation that if the Duke recognised her, he had it within his power to destroy her - but that presupposes that not one single person from her former existence would know of her path from brothel to nurse to countess. By the same token, she seemed to give him several opportunities to see through to her real persona, when she demonstrably wanted to hide from him. I spotted the villain early on in the story but there was no hint of why he was the way he was - it was unexplained and therefore made little sense at the end of the book.
I enjoyed meeting again the three couples from the previous books, and their interractions, but whereas I felt the menace and the very genuine reasons why the three men had turned out so violent and vicious, except with their wives and families, I didn't really feel it about Cole, the Duke. Except that this author tells a good story, this was almost a rather bland repeat of several stories of this type in this genre. I would, however, like to see Morley in his own story.
An early carnal encounter between the heroine Imogen Pritchard is followed by years of separation when r e she is the beacon of light that help o s him survive.After a marriage of convenience her circumstances change dramatically and they meet again but he does not recognise her. She loves him and how they find their way back to each other is set against a serial killer backdrop. Very enjoyable!