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The Duke

The Duke (The Victorian Rebels Series) by Kerrigan Byrne


Overview by Publisher:

He’s noble. notorious. And takes no prisoners…

Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He’s the English Empire’s golden son–until fate has its way with him. Cole’s family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor–and desire. And now he’s ready for the fight of his lifetime…
Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience—one that left her a wealthy widow—but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn: Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess her…at all costs, in The Duke, the next Victorian Rebels novel by Kerrigan Byrne.

I have found it so hard to read lately.  The news is just captivating and horrifying.  It makes me grateful for authors like Kerrigan Byrne.  This series and book have been a welcome distraction to the horrors of what is happening around the world.

What I liked about this book was the evolution of the main characters.  Cole becomes a duke and must adapt to his new life.  Instead he continues to work for the foreign service and is imprisoned in the Ottoman empire and comes home a changed man.  The life he has lived is brutal and yet privileged.  He has one magical night with a prostitute and she becomes his talisman and his reason for living.

Imogen has had a very challenging life.  She had to work off her father’s debt at a whore house as a servant.  She supports her mother and sister working at a hospital.  The weight of responsibility on her shoulders is overwhelming.  Things come to a head and her life changes.  Throughout her evolution, she never forgot the man she spent one night with and never gave up hope for his safety and life.

Cole and Imogen meet throughout the story.  At times,  it was frustrating because Cole didn’t know who Imogen was, but it was also delicious anticipation for when her identity would be revealed to him.  Cole has been searching for ‘Ginny’ for years, believing that she is the only one who will make him happy.  Never did he imagine that he was already acquainted with her.

The relationship between the two is full of sparks.  Cole is abrasive and mean, as he is hurting and damaged.  He battles with Imogen and struggles with his attraction when he is still searching for his Ginny.  The new Imogen is so strong and I loved her strength and values.  She takes on Cole and doesn’t back down from what she believes.  I wish all books I read feature strong women like Imogen.

The romance between the two can be so hot and feral at times it scorched the pages.  Cole and Imogen share a passion that is rewarding to watch unfold.  I found this book to have a level of reality that made it so enjoyable and believable.

The Hunter

the hunter

The Hunter (Victorian Rebels Series) by Kerrigan Byrne

Overview by Amazon:

A scandalous proposal…

Christopher Argent lives in the shadows as the empire’s most elite assassin. Emotion is something he tossed away years ago, making him one of the most clear-eyed, cold-hearted, wealthiest, and therefore untouchable men in London. But when his latest target turns out to be London’s own darling, Millicent LeCour, Christopher’s whole world is turned upside down. Overwhelmed by her stunning combination of seduction and innocence, Christopher cannot complete the mission. She has made him feel again. Now, he will do anything to save her life, even if it means risking his own…

A perilous passion…

When Millie learns what Christopher was hired to do, she is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this notorious hunter’s arms may be her only path to safety–even if doing so could be the deadliest mistake she’s ever made. But how can she resist him? As the heat between her and Christopher burns out of control, danger lurks in the shadows. Is their desire worth the risk? Only the enemy knows what fate has in store…

I have recently discovered Kerrigan Byrne and it has been such a pleasure reading her books.  There is a depth and soul to her characters.  The inner dialogue and torment could be trite and repetitive in the hands of a less skilled author.  Her stories have everything in them that you want – a great story, steamy love and action.

Millie is a consummate actress, the belle of Covent Gardens.  She also has a price on her head and Christopher is the man who is about to collect. The evolution of Christopher is the foundation of this story and it is a great part of the book.  I truly enjoyed reading about how one small woman’s presence turns his world upside down.

We know Christopher intimately by the time he meets Millie. The story opens with a horrid glimpse into his childhood and the terror he was subjected to.  I think this was an extremely clever plot device by the author as it truly helps the reader understand why the emotions Christopher feels are so revolutionary for him.  The fact that he feels anything is remarkable, as the premiere assassin of England, he doesn’t ever feel the pain he inflicts.

There is nothing stronger in this world than the love a mother has for their child.  I would do anything for my son.  I want to fight every battle for him, swaddle him in bubble wrap and keep him with me forever.  Obviously that isn’t going to happen as we want children to be resilient, experience success and failure and to be compassionate.  Millie is that kind of mother.  She loves Jakub with all her heart and the threat against them is real and terrifying.  She makes a deal with Christopher to keep them safe and while Christopher is convinced he is the very devil, Millie gets the protection and the man she is interested in.

From the start the chemistry between Millie and Christopher is electric.  The sparks almost seem to fly off the page.  Whether he is being coarse or rude or cool, Christopher is an enigma to Millie, but one that she wants to get to know.  They are both novices at relationships.  This creates some interesting situations, but as the reader you truly knew that this was a life changing relationship and that it just had to develop into more.

What I admire about Kerrigan Byrne’s writing is how she takes deep and heavy issues and weaves them into the plot so seamlessly.  Abandonment, despair, depravity and love are all explored in this book, yet I never felt like the inclusion strayed from the plot or the development of the characters.  I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more about this world that she has created!