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Duke Paperback – 7 February 2017
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- Publisher : St. Martins Press-3PL (7 February 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 386 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250788811
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250788818
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.18 x 20.32 cm
- Customer Reviews:
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
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).
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I loved Cole ( Collin ) and Imogen. I couldn't wait to get to the part of the story where Cole finally remembers who Imogen is, and the author certainly made me wait. It was great though, I love a good slow burner romance. And whilst Cole fell quickly for "Ginny", it takes him much longer to appreciate what's next door with Imogen
I’m not going to do my usual ramblings for this review because I went into The Duke blind and I think the experience was better for it. I can confirm that the beginning had me a little surprised, completely sucked in and even a wee bit flushed and breathless. Kerrigan Byrne has given us an original storyline where you question how there could ever be a happy ever after for the couple.
The author has a brilliant way of taking you to do the dark side and counting your blessings that the ruthless giant by your side is there to protect you and eventually cherish you. Yes, I am the heroine every time, so that means I have already - worked at Scotland Yard, been a beautiful and famous actress, survived a mental asylum and now I’ve nursed a hero back to health.
Each instalment gives me an opportunity to step back in time and experience the highs and lows of living in the late 1800's. I admire the women I become and learn to love the men who stand beside me.
Again, I have to state that The Duke was bloody brilliant. The heroine was strong, resilient and generous. Her life is dedicated to helping others and I admired her strength in facing challenges. The hero we meet at the start is very different to the hero we end up with. Both are arrogant, strong and intelligent but the hero, in the end, can only see the light with his heroine by his side.
The Victorian Rebels does not shy away from the dark side of our history. We see “gentleman” use their positions to take advantage. The author does not hide the ugly side of London where prostitution isn’t a choice, debts are paid by whatever means and reputations can be tarnished in the blink of an eye. Each instalment has violence, foul language and abuse but for me, it’s never OTT or unnecessary. It’s just part of the whole picture.
As per usual, I have finished The Duke desperate for more Kerrigan Byrne.
I received at netgalley from the publisher. The opinion is my own.
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The Duke centres around Imogen and Collin, The Duke of Trewyth. Although both Cole and Imogen are put through the ringer a bit at the start of the book, it definitely doesn't have the same dark, tragic prologue that we've seen in the first three novels. In fact, up until around halfway through the book you could be forgiven for forgetting we're even in a Victorian Rebels novel.
Still, the romance between Imogen and Cole is still gripping and full of twists (Ms Byrne does enjoy a hidden identity!) and I loved the way the novel explores the societal differences in Victorian England and the different viewpoints people had back then.
Once we reach the halfway point, with the introduction of a serial killer as well as some familiar faces such as my persona favourite team of Avengers; Dorian, Argent, Liam and Morley , we are 100% back in peak Kerrigan Byrne territory.
I loved how the romance weaved around the murder mystery plot. As always, Byrne's characters are multi-dimensional and guide the audience through a range of emotions. Imogen is a wonderful advocate for women's rights and support throughout the novel, while also showing the fears and obstacles women faced in the 19th century. Cole ranges from the smooth, confident hero at the start of the book, to the sour, damaged character who returns after the war, clearly suffering from some form of PTSD from his experiences there.
I am a great lover of all Kerrigan Byrne's work and The Duke is certainly no exception to that. In fact, it's probably the one I'd recommend the most if you're a little wary of the darker subject material of the previous novels.
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.
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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!