Title: The Duke (Victorian Rebels, book #4)
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Mystery
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Publisher: At. Martin’s Paperbacks, Feb. 7, 2017 (preorder available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
He is noble, notorious, and takes no prisoners… Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth, 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?
When it comes to Historical Romance, Kerrigan Byrne is right up at the top of the list of best of the best. This her fourth novel in the Victorian Rebels Series is as mesmerizing and filled with heart pounding action as the other gems in this series. We are treated to characters we cheer for, villains that make us hold our breath and love scenes that are filled with sizzling passion. In this book we also have the mystery of a serial killer who seems to be fixated on our heroine, Imogen. The Duke, Collen Talmage, is a shadow of the man Imogen once knew. He has suffered extreme torture but is bent on fighting back to his former strength. All of the other “Rebels” from the previous books in the series play important roles in this book. This is a standalone book but I feel you will enjoy it even more if you read the previous books in the series. This is what is now referred to as a “dark historical romance”; filled with violence and characters that are not always moral or even polite. There are scenes of sex that border on violence and I mention this since some may find this difficult to read. That said, this is a well written book filled with description that will have you underlining passages. You will not be able to put this book down until you reach the last page.
The Victorian Rebels Series:
- The Highwayman (Dorian and Farah)
- The Highlander (Liam and Mena)
- The Hunter (Christopher and Millie)
- The Duke (Collin [Cole] and Imogen)