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The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #1
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on September 1, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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Also by this author: The Hunter, The Highlander, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo
Also in this series: The Hunter, The Highlander, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo
They're rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards-dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster, in the stunning debut historical romance The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne.
Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him...and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands...
But Farah is no one's puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?
As soon as I read the prologue I knew that The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne was going to blow me away. Now that I’ve finished, my prediction was spot on, best historical romance story I’ve read in a long, long time.
While paranormal romance is an all-time favorite of mine, historical romance has been with me since the beginning of this reading journey of mine. Something about reading love stories that are set in time where’s what’s relevant now would be foreign then, is so interesting and intriguing that I find myself searching, most times hunting for those perfect stories. The time periods don’t matter, as long as its before the 1900’s I’m sold.
The Highwayman set the standard for the new generation historical romance, in my opinion, because I have yet to read one that has touch the level of writing and story telling that this story has.
This read was so amazing, that I didn’t want it to end. I couldn’t get enough of Dorian and Farah, with their back and forth witty banter that further sold me on the fact that they were meant for each other.
I have always loved Kerrigan Byrne. When I first read Unspoken I was hooked, reading those pages I fell in love with this author’s ability to tell a story so well that you felt transported to the time set in the book.
The Highwayman, had so many twists and turns that I honestly couldn’t tell what paths that this story was going to take. All I could do was hope and sometimes pray that it turned out the way I wanted it to. In actuality, I felt like my heart was a puppet and the author was the puppeteer.
The amazing and wonderful thing that I realized about this story was that Dorian was an true blue Alpha male. Rarely do I find dominant Alpha males in a historical romance who are able to hold the amount of power, more than the reigning monarch at the time, that Dorian Blackwell beheld, without sharing it with anyone else. Dorian took what was handed to him and made a life for himself that a lot of people didn’t approve of and some shunned, but did he care…heck no. He reveled in his uniqueness and the power that his anonymity afforded him. He played the society of this time period like a world renowned maestro. He held me captive as he went through the ups and downs of trying to achieve his goals, as mischievous as they appeared to be.
Farah, was so likable and relatable in this story, that as soon as I read her actions in the prologue, showing me the core of her character, I knew that she was going to be a heroine that would no only hold her own in any situation but be able to stand toe to toe with Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More.
The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne, houses all the feelings that you truly look for in a great, and I do mean great, historical read. Kerrigan Byrne really outdid herself with this one. A bestseller for sure, no doubt.