The Duke by Kerrigan ByrneThe Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

The Duke

byKerrigan Byrne

Mass Market Paperback | February 7, 2017

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"This [is a] page-turning novel full of historical details and sensuous romance."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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 all costs, in The Duke, the next Victorian Rebels novel by Kerrigan Byrne.

Whether she's writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but ...
Title:The DukeFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.77 × 4.16 × 1.05 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250118247

ISBN - 13:9781250118240


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoy the heck out of this series! When you pick up a historical romance book you are usually prepared for certain, more or less guaranteed, elements to ensure your amusement. But if you're reading a Byrne book, you get those.. plus dark twisted broody antiheroes you can't help but root for. And if that wasn't enough you also get singular, strong, intrepid, ballsy, brilliant, women to bring those same men to their knees. And THE DUKE, book four in Byrne's Victorian Rebels series, was no exception. I loved how this story opened up, the circumstances under which we meet Cole, Duke of Trenwyth, and Imogen. Right from the getgo there is an intense, innocent, irresistible, attraction between them. And I honestly didn't quite expect that meet-cute (can a brothel be cute?) to go the way it did but it was so so satisfying and definitely set my expectations for their interactions for the rest of the book. Which, naturally, were not met because this is a Byrne book and we are meant to endure some pain before our lovers can rest easy. And man was this a bit of a trial.. in a good kind of way. Years pass after their one chance meeting and Cole and Imogen are no longer who they once were. The memory from so long ago is held dear to both of them and yet when they meet again.. well. Different kinds of sparks fly. But secrets aren't the only thing that keep them from being together. With a shocking killing spree happening under the nose of the local police and two mysteries to unravel, both of which reveal the same conclusion but for different reasons, THE DUKE still manages to be infused with paragraphs and paragraphs of Byrne's singularly stunning writing that is infused with wonderful self-reflection for her characters, socio-economic commentary and the challenges one faces when your soul is laden down with burdens and darkness. And how to let them go so that one might live for the future. "Life, with all its perils and torments, still belongs to the living. We have a responsibility to live it. You should not waste it by giving over to bleak despair." I enjoy the hell out of this series and with the exception of THE HIGHLANDER, which (for me) didn't manage to reach the heights of books one and two, this series is solid. Victorian Rebels showcases the dark and seedy elements of it's time and yet is chockful of compelling and wonderful individuals, even the occasionally vicious ones, and I can't get enough.
Date published: 2017-02-08

Editorial 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 Duke"This [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 HighlanderCaptured me from page one and never let go. Romantic, lush, and suspenseful. -Suzanne Enoch, New York Times bestselling author on The HighwaymanA passionate, lyrical romance that takes your breath away. From the first page, you'll fall in love. -Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times BestsellerByrne makes a stunning debut with a beautifully written, intensely suspenseful, and deliciously sensual love story. -Amelia Grey, New York Times BestsellerThe 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 HighwaymanThe romance is raw, edgy and explosive...the path they take through adversity makes the triumph of love deeply satisfying. -Publishers Weekly on The HighwaymanA truly mesmerizing series that highlights dangerous heroes who flout the law and the women who love them. -Library Journal Starred Review on The Hunter