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- Book 4 of 6 in Victorian Rebels
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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). --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : February 7, 2017
- File size : 1824 KB
- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 7, 2017)
- Print length : 385 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01IA6FN9S
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,531 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Imogen Pritchard is in dire straits. Her father has recently passed away leaving a mountain of debt. In order to support her mother and young sister, Imogen has agreed to work serving drinks at the Bare Kitten, a popular brothel. She disguises herself as Ginny, and continues with her respectable position as a nurse during the days.
The new Duke of Trenwyth, Cole to his friends, has recently acquired his title as a result of a carriage accident that killed his entire family. Cole is depressed, on the edge of suicide, until he unexpectedly finds himself attracted to Ginny. Unaware that she is not a prostitute, Cole offers the proprietor of the Bare Kitten a small fortune for an evening with Ginny and Imogen has no other option but to agree. Surprised at the sweetness of their night together, Imogen remembers Cole with affection and Cole finds himself enamored with Ginny.
About a year later, Imogen encounters a dying Cole in the hospital where she works. She helps to save his life but loses her position in the process. The same night Imogen runs into serious trouble at the Bare Kitten and is rescued by the Earl of Anstruther, another patient. More years pass and Imogen and Cole find themselves neighbors and finally (!) their romance begins in earnest.
Cole is angry, bitter, and a terrible snob by the time he and Imogen share a garden wall. He despises the upstart who lives next door and has no memory of knowing her previously. While Cole’s body has healed, his spirit is broken and he no longer resembles the tender man that Imogen encountered at the Bare Kitten years earlier. But when a woman is found murdered in Imogen’s garden, Cole becomes entangled in the mystery. Through his desire to protect her and solve the murder, Cole and Imogen become closer, their pasts are eventually revealed and a beautiful love story unfolds.
Kerrigan Byrne is absolutely one of the best historical romance writers out there, her Victorian Rebels series is unique, beautifully written, and so romantic. The Duke shines along with the other installments but offers even more depth. Byrne never relies on established characters to add flavor to or substance to her current story, instead she weaves an entirely new world with each book. While previous characters make an appearance in The Duke, they simply provide a little color, Imogen and Cole and their love story dominate and it is gorgeous.
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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!