Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Duke (Victorian Rebels #4)
by Kerrigan Byrne

Mass Market Paperback384 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 1250118247

He is noble, notorious, and takes no prisoners...

They say that now His Grace, Collin Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth has only one hand, he might finally be a mere mortal, but no one seems willing to test the theory. Rich as Midas, big as a Viking, beautiful as Adonis, and lethal as a feral wolf, he is the English Empire’s golden son. But now he’s lost everything. Most of his family died in a terrible accident, his protégé and closest friend betrayed him on the battlefield, and his left hand was cut off while he was a prisoner of war. The only thing that’s kept him going until now is the memory of a night spent in the arms of a mysterious raven-haired woman almost a year ago…

Imogen Pritchard is a nurse by day, but a fallen woman—and a spy—by night. Seduced on the job years ago by a Duke who mourned for the loss of his family, Imogen has never shaken the memory of the man’s despair—or the fathomless depths of pleasure he brought to her. But as the threat of betrayals, blackmail, and secrets abound, Imogen and Collin are thrown back together in a dizzying swirl of dangerous games and earthshattering desire. But can their love overcome the everything that threatens to tear them apart?

The Duke was a suspenseful and intriguing novel. I thought the opening chapter of this book was extremely interesting, and it got me hooked right away. The romance was mixed with mystery and humor that made for an addicting read! I did think that this book was a little too angsty and melodramatic at times for my tastes, but it was still an enjoyable read. 

The main female character, Imogen, was easy to relate to and root for. Imogen was smart, determined, kind, forgiving, and loyal. I loved how she was always trying to do what was best for her family, even if it put her in less than ideal situations. One thing I disliked about Imogen was that I thought the secret that she was keeping throughout the book was dragged out way too long. I understood why she kept her secret, but it bothered me that it was left a secret for so long! 

Cole was the main male character and he was dark and cruel. He was extremely rude and almost haughty at times. It took a bit of time for me to warm up to him, mainly because of how much of a jerk he was at times. I wish he wouldn't have been as cruel as he was. However, he suffered a lot throughout this book, so I understood that he was dealing with a lot of different emotions and issues. 

The banter between Cole and Imogen was delicious. The author was great at weaving in humor and chemistry into the scenes were Cole and Imogen interacted. However, I do wish the romance would have had less angst. The secret that kept Imogen and Cole apart felt a bit ridiculous to me. I am totally fine with angst and drama in a book, but I would have liked to have had those elements of this book to dialed down a notch. The way the romance was wrapped up felt a bit rushed and slightly uncomfortable, so I do wish that would have had a different resolution. 

Overall, this was a dark, mysterious, and sexy book. If you are in the mood for an addictive historical romance, then I would recommend checking this book and series! I am very intrigued to see what book the author will come out with next! 

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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