ARC Review: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

Posted February 6, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
The Duke
by Kerrigan Byrne

4 Stars


Released: February 7th 2017
Series: Victorian Rebels #4
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 352
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“THE DUKE was total catnip for me.”
~ Under the Covers

I have been pleasantly surprised by this series.  Since I picked up the first book on a whim, it’s quickly become a go to historical romance series of mine and one I highly recommend you give a try.  Why, you may ask?  Because I love the unconventional characters and scenarios, how it blurs the good and bad preconceived lines, and the fact that it’s not scared to get a little dark when most historical romance is light and fluffy.

THE DUKE is no different.  Our heroine starts out dealing with a tough situation.  She makes the best of it while trying to maintain her dignity through it all.  And she survives it and flourishes in spite of it all.  I love strong heroines like this, so THE DUKE was total catnip for me.  The fact that as much as I loved the hero,  the heroine stands out on her own in this one makes me feel giddy.  And believe me at times he was too much of a jerk to love.

If you love your heroes imperfect, scarred or disfigured (I don’t want to give anything away), with a healthy dose of bad attitude and grumpiness, then you’ll love Collin.  The more I read about the things he went through and how they changed him, the more I developed a love/hate relationship with him.  And that’s the best thing about this author’s writing.  She has a way of involving me in the story that I’m along for the ride, whether it’s the ups or downs, good or bad decisions and actions.

Collin and Imogen didn’t have it easy, and there’s a lot they both had to overcome separately as well as together.  It’s not a cookie cutter love affair, the desperation at times is palpable, and your heart will go out to both of them.

In the end, this was another strong installment in this series and I honestly can’t wait for more from this author.  I love diving into this world and these words and enjoying it as a special treat.  Now if only she would write faster!




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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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Thanks for the review.


I do like my heroes as you described but I like a strong heroine as well. Thank you.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca


I can’t wait to start this series! I have it on Kindle and Audible. LOL. Now I just need more time, but this is up next. Gah!