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The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #6
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 28, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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Also by this author: The Highwayman, The Hunter, The Highlander, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife
Also in this series: The Highwayman, The Hunter, The Highlander, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife
Kerrigan Byrne returns to her captivating Victorian Rebels series with the USA Today bestselling The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo.
The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…
He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…
A LEGENDARY LOVE
Lorelai will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?
“Byrne is a force in the genre.”—RT Book Reviews
From the beginning up until the 75% mark I was loving The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne. The chemistry between The Rook and Lorelai was perfect and well timed, but things began to feel predictable and functional once as got closer to the end of their story.
For example, once it was made known the effect Lorelai would have on the Rook I already knew who the villain would turn out to be that would try to ruin whatever happiness they would possible have. The shocker was the appearance of Dorian Blackwell and co. showing up and showing out; this was a delicious treat that I wasn’t expecting.
Another issue that I found with The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne was to over saturated mystery of The Rook’s past and possible future. I’m all for a mysterious hero but things with The Rook at every turn constantly made me feel that I would never know him, and it didn’t help that he didn’t know himself outside of The Rook character he was forced to be and the fact that Lorelai couldn’t accept him as he was and not who he could be. Plus, by the time some of the puzzle pieces came together about his past I was no longer interested, if anything I wanted the man he was currently to have more page time and to leave who he was in the past.
I don’t know which character is next in this series, maybe the inspector, but I am definitely here to read it once it’s announced.