Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne ~ Review

Title: The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels #1)
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: Library
Rating: 5
Heat Rating: 3
Reviewed by: Artemis

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…

Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of 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?
Kerrigan Byrne is a new author for me. I decided to give it a try based on a review or two I read, and yes, the awesomeness of the Jon Paul cover. I am so glad I took the chance. One of the best books I have read this year!

I enjoy reading a "modern" heroine, the widow, Farah Leigh Mackenize. She is a strong, willful woman, who knows her mind. And isn't afraid of the likes of the Blackheart of Ben More. Dorian Blackwell survived his childhood and adolescence, becoming the man he is today: brutal, scarred, ice. Dorian finds with his Fairy redemption may be possible.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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