Title: The Highwayman
Genre: Historical Romance/ Victorian
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Sept. 1, 2015 (pre-order available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from Amazon.com:
STEALING BEAUTY Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London’s wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him…and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands…
COURTING DESIRE But Farah is no one’s puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he’d long thought dead?
I was totally mesmerized by this story. I have never, yes, I mean never, read a book so quickly because I just could not put it down. We often see heroes and heroines who have traumatic pasts that are in need of redemption but Farah and Dorian have pasts that we are not sure can be redeemed by love or by anything. Dorian has to win the “Most Tortured Hero” award if there is one being given this year.
Are these two lovers too damaged for redemption?
This is a tour de force for true love. We cry and ache for Farah’s loss and we cry and ache for Dorian’s suffering. That they have innumerable obstacles in their path only heightens the drama. This is a gritty, dark and sexy story that left me at times in tears. I have had to be very careful in this review to avoid spoilers for I want to shout them out to you. If you are a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series and stories of the seedier side of historical London, I can guarantee you will love this the first book in a new series by Ms. Byrne.
As a special surprise I get to offer my U.S. readers 5, yes, I said 5 Paperback Advanced Reader Copies of THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne, compliments of St. Martin’s Press and this blog.
Here is what you need to do to win:
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This giveaway is open to US residents only (apologies to my International readers). It will run from Thursday, August 20-Saturday, August 22, 2015. Five winners will be randomly chosen and notified by e-mail and on this blog on Sunday August 23, 2015, and have until Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to respond with their snail mail address or another winner will be chosen. This blog will not be responsible for misdirected or lost mail in regard to this giveaway.
Good Luck to all, if you win you are in for a treat.