I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on February 2, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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Also by this author: The Highwayman, The Highlander, The Duke, The Scot Beds His Wife, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo
Also in this series: The Highwayman, 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...
A scandalous proposal.
Christopher Argent lives in the shadows as the empire's most elite assassin. Emotion is something he tossed away years ago, making him one of the most clear-eyed, cold-hearted, wealthiest, and therefore untouchable men in London. But when his latest target turns out to be London's own darling, Millicent LeCour, Christopher's whole world is turned upside down. Overwhelmed by her stunning combination of seduction and innocence, Christopher cannot complete the mission. She has made him feel again. Now, he will do anything to save her life, so that he can claim her as his own...
A perilous passion...
When Millie learns what Christopher was hired to do, she is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this notorious hunter's arms may be her only path to safety-even if doing so could be the deadliest mistake she's ever made. But how can she resist him? As the heat between her and Christopher burns out of control, danger lurks in the shadows. Is their desire worth the risk? Only the enemy knows what fate has in store...
Just finished, literally just finished, and I am bursting at the seems to talk about The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne.
When I first read the synopsis I was unsure of whether this read would blow me away as The Highwayman did because I thought the heroine, Millie – who’s an actress, wouldn’t be strong enough for the world these heroes lived in. As I started reading I remember chanting to myself, “Please don’t be silly, please don’t be silly,” because it’s a stereotype (a sometimes accurate one) that the women in the same profession, during this time, played dumb but at the core self-absorbed since the power of being the best actress or best loved one was a power trip that would go to their head, especially during a time where women were just a step better than the servants.
Did it turn out like I feared?
No, it did not, thank goodness! Millie was an amazing beauty to Christopher’s beast, and little Jakob was the glue that bonded them together. Knowing the elements that created the man Christopher turned out to be and then learning about the journey that Millie and Jakob took to get where they’re presently at in the story creates a foundation for a drama-filled, heart-wrenching, and magnetic story that’s sure to stay with you long after the pages of this book are closed.
One thing that stayed with me throughout this book was how unfamiliar I was with Christopher’s character. From all the references Farah and Dorian made about events in The Highwayman, I can’t seem to remember him. While I know that his character wasn’t made up for the purpose of this book and that he was featured somewhere in the previous book, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery that surrounded his character. The best part, though, was how he was able to embody that a cloak of mystery all the way to the end. After everything that was learned about him through the probings of Millie and Jakob, and sometime Dorian, the fact that his character was able to achieve this means that only the barest amount of what makes Argent, Argent was revealed.
I’ve never quoted myself before, but something I said in The Highwayman‘s review pertains to The Hunter and I can’t think of a better way to say what I want than when I said it then.
“The Highwayman set the standard for the new generation historical romance…because I have yet to read one that has touched the level of writing and story-telling that this story has.”
Never have I read a current historical author that could match, and possibly rival, Beatrice Small and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’ writing, but Kerrigan Byrne is doing it almost effortlessly!
It’s almost funny, that while I was reading I couldn’t help but to play the comparison game between Dorian and Christopher, especially when they were placed in the same room with each other. Before reading The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne, I loved me some Dorian, but now that I’ve finished I think Argent has him beat (my hierarchy of love of these men might change once I read The Highlander).
” “I claimed the woman.” “The…you…what?” Dorian gaped. He couldn’t remember a time he’s been struck dumb in the last two decades. And he remembered everything. “I think I want her to be mine…I’m taking her.” The somber veracity on Argent’ face caused Dorian to wonder if he were perhaps hallucinating. “But..you gave her a choice, yes?” “Did you give Farah a choice?” “Of course – eventually – after a fashion. See here, we’re not discussing Farah and me, the situation was completely different from this. She’s mine. She’s always been mine. And you – well…” “I kill people for a living.”
The world this author has created allows for alpha males to work, fight, and survive close together and not want to rip each other’s throat out, nor feel the need to mark their territory, but at the same are able to retain their predatory instincts and still remain as dangerous to those outside of their shadow of protection. Alpha’s such as Dorian and Argent, are just as the author described them, the wolf and the viper, and I’ve always wondered how two alpha males could work so closely together.
” “You may rule the underworld, Blackwell, but you were never my king,” Argent seethed. Red began to crawl from beneath his white collar and climb into his face, blood rushing beneath the skin with long-suppressed emotion. “I’ve worked, suffered, fought, and killed beside you for many years,” Argent ranted on. “I kept your secrets and I came when you called me to your side. But you never owned me.”
The answer is, through loyalty, blood, and/or respect.
With all honesty I can say that The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne has become another favorite of mine for 2016. This read had everything! I am on the verge of going insane with want of The Highlander now that I’ve read and learned a little about the hero, as well as the unquenchable desire for the heroine of get her happy ending.
I declared it with the first one, I’m going to declare it again…”bestseller for sure, not doubt.”