ARC Review: The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne

Posted August 3, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
The Highlander
by Kerrigan Byrne

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 2nd 2016
Series: Victorian Rebels #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
 

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Byrne has created a darkly sensual and gripping read with characters that I am not likely to forget.”
~ Under the Covers

This is my first book by Kerrigan Byrne and by golly it won’t be my last, which makes me glad that this is the third book in her Victorian Rebels series. I now have two other books that I can immediately get my hands on and devour. In The Highlander Byrne has created a darkly sensual and gripping read with characters that I am not likely to forget.
 
When I first started this book, I’m not too sure what I expected, I think in the back of my mind I was expecting a light hearted romance, maybe a little cute, after all it did involve the heroine looking after the hero’s children. So, when I started and the heroine is in an insane asylum and it looks like something truly awful is going to happen to her, after months and years of having truly awful things happening to her…well I was shocked. And intrigued. And couldn’t put the book down.
 
But, let’s move on to what will normally make or break a book for romance readers. The hero. And with Liam, the Demon Highlander we have a winner. I’m not normally a fan of the dark broody hero, yet something about Liam tugged on my heart strings. Perhaps it was the way he so earnestly wanted the best for his children without really knowing what to do. Maybe it was the way he tried to be so careful and tender with the heroine, Mina. Or was it even his big hard muscled body? More likely it was a combination of all those things, either way I was head over heels.
 
As much as I loved the hero, I also really like Mina, the heroine. She hasn’t had life easy recently and has suffered horrible abuse. Yet, I love how she strives to be strong, even when she is afraid. Together Liam and Mina generated enough sexual tension and heat to light up a castle. The feelings and the lust they provoke in one another is incredible, it’s like you could feel it radiating out of the page.
 
There was a bit of intrigue going on in the background of the book as well, which added to the air of danger and tension. This all lent to the gothic atmosphere in the book and for me made it stand out from other Historical Romances that I have read recently.
 
This was a fantastic book which I highly recommend you try, I am now going to go back and read the first two installments of this series and cannot wait to see what Kerrigan Byrne brings out next.

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About Kerrigan Byrne

If you're anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny highlander, a mysterious werewolf, a conflicted vampire, or a hot-headed Irishman. My stories span the spectrum of romantic fiction from historical, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. But I can always promise my readers one thing: memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart. Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles, you never know who, or what, will find you...

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I’m glad to see you liked this one. I had a bit of a hard time with the previous books in the series. I feel like the hero-angst could have been toned down and cut about 25 pages for a smoother read. But I have to check this one out on the cover alone.

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Thanks for the review, I like that this book can be read as a standalone.

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YES! I’m in the mood for a good historical. Thanks!

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Sharlene Wegner

Thanks for the review! I have heard a lot of good things about this author. Looking forward to reading all of he books!

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I’m looking forward to reading this series…thanks for the review Suzanne

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I just finished this one! Liam is a fabulous hero!