I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 2, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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Also by this author: The Highwayman, The Hunter, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo
Also in this series: The Highwayman, The Hunter, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo
In The Highlander, a stunning, gorgeous Victorian romance from Kerrigan Byrne, can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?
They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent. . . in the game of love.
Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena—and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart . . . without surrendering his own?
Before I get into my review I just have to let it be known that The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne was everything! Looking back, I don’t know why I hesitated in reading this as soon as it hit my kindle, but now that I’ve taken the plunge my standards for a great read has just been established, the rest of my 2016 has been changed.
I will admit that it took me until our hero, Liam, and our heroine, Mena, traveled to London, closer to the end of the The Highlander, for me to remember who Mena was. Remembering her from The Hunter and all that she did to ensure the end game of Argent and Millie having their HEA, I feel ashamed now because the love and respect I have for her in The Highlander would’ve been taken to a whole other level (if that’s possible).
Now that I’ve finished The Highlander – oh how I wanted to cry when it ended – I feel so full for 2 reasons;
(1) After being a fan of Kerrigan Byrne since he first berserker story (BTW I saw how the berserkers were included in The Highlander, nice touch lol) it makes my heart glad to see how far she’s come, and
(2) The Highlander exceeded all possible expectations I could’ve had for it’s story, and with all confidence I can say that it is one of the best stories I’ve read this year.
I love to look back on previous books from the same series just to compare and contrast the writing style and the direction each story takes the series, and in doing the same for the Victorian Rebels I noticed that the heroes are so different from each other that there’s no way you can rely on one to prepare you for the ones that come after. I don’t know about you but this was a huge plus for me, one thing I can’t stand in a series is for characters to in the slightest way resemble to the ones before them. The badass-ness of Dorian Blackwell in The Highwayman was taken to a whole other level with Christopher Argent in The Hunter, but between Argent and Liam I couldn’t tell you who’s more badass because to me their evenly matched.
The love between Mena and Liam was so pure and well-matched that it was impossible for not to fall in love with the idea of them and later the reality of them. Mena might’ve been dealt a really crappy hand, but the inner strength she showed in The Hunter surfaced when she needed it most in her struggles in The Highlander and I loved her character more for it. Liam, on the other hand, was unlike any highlander I’ve read before and again I am grateful for that. With his rough edges and uncompromising nature the interaction and attraction between Mena and Liam held me hostage to my kindle(s), their chargers, and a soft and comfortable surface.
The inclusion of Andrew, Rihanna, Jani, and Gavin made The Highlander something that I know will stay with me, probably, until the next story in the Victorian Rebel series, The Duke.
I don’t know about y’all but for every book that’s opened to my eyes or ears, my greatest wish is for it to be a story that knocks me off my feet and engages my heart, mind, and spirit. With The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne, this series, and other books by Kerrigan Byrne I have been blessed to experience this very thing every single time; I’ll forever be grateful for her ability to provide me with outstanding historical romance stories (and hopefully stories from other genres).