Title: The Hunter
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Feb. 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards-dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster…
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, so that he can claim her as 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…
Not one sweet simpering debutante on any page, but dark, dark goings-on abound. This is another truly fabulous dark Historical Romance from Kerrigan Byrne who whet our appetites with her dark romance THE HIGHWAYMAN just last year. This book follows that one and does include characters from the first book. This is a standalone novel.
Christopher Argent is a murderous thug, born and raised in Newgate prison and now the right hand man of the notorious Dorian Blackwell. He hires himself out as a high priced assassin and will take any job except children. (Although this is laudable, it hardly redeems him.) He is hired to kill beautiful, actress Millie LeCour but for the first time in his ignoble career he can’t complete the job. He kisses her instead and makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Really, he offers her death or submission to his lust and his protection from other murderers. Millie opts to live.
This plot is riveting, action packed and sometimes grossly violent. There is coercion in the initial sex scene which some may view as rape. There is always the question of Christopher’s redemption and can he and Millie have an HEA. There is no question as to their attraction to each other.
I can highly recommend this book with the qualification that the reader know it is very dark.