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The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on February 7, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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Also by this author: The Highwayman, The Hunter, The Highlander, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo
Also in this series: The Highwayman, The Hunter, The Highlander, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo
He is 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 her...at all costs?
The beginning of The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne started off as something that I thought was going to be spectacular, but somewhere along the way it lost its luster.
On the heels of The Highlander I was chomping at the big to get my hands on the story of the Duke of Trenwyth. I was surprised when there wasn’t a heart breaking, gut wrenching prologue to give us the background to both Cole and Imogen, but I was pleased at the different direction the author wanted to go in. It was early on when my excitement and feel good feelings started to wane, and I believe it started when Cole didn’t recognize Imogen and turned mean, borderline cruel towards her.
From that moment on the story of The Duke just didn’t feel the same. I understood the misunderstanding that was practically another storyline in and of itself swimming below the main story, but his actions and words were so hard to get past. Sadly it ended up being the past character from this series (The Highlander, The Hunter, and The Highwayman), Imogen’s character, and the mystery surrounding the serial murders that captured and held my attention. I also felt that Morley received just a tad too much attention, it was like his name was being put in big flashing lights so that we knew that his story was going to be next.
Another saving grace was that even though the ending was somewhat predictable, though there was no way I saw the villain being who it ended up being, I thoroughly enjoyed how Kerrigan Byrne wrapped up the story.
Now that I’m thinking about it, I would’ve loved to have read more about Imogen’s sister and mother. We were only told about them from Imogen but when things took a turn for the better I was somewhat expecting more of their storyline to open up and we would get to know them better. The one glimpse we got of Isobel’s fragile and innocent state compared to Imogen was so brief I felt kind of robbed. I’m a sucker for familial stories and a secret hope I had while reading The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne was that Imogen’s family would play a role in softening up Cole’s heart towards Imogen helping him to get over his desire to find the ever illusive ‘Ginny.’
I am interested in the next story in the Victorian Rebels series, but I am also unsure of what more it could bring to this seemingly complete series.