Review

THE HIGHWAYMAN—the first book in  Kerrigan Bryne’s new The Victorian Rebels series, is an emotionally intense story that embraces the passion, redemption and soul-deep healing of a beautifully epic romance–a romance tainted and strengthened by the tragedy, foul misdeeds and deadly secrets that conspire to keep them a part.

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, in the stunning debut historical romance The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne.

STEALING BEAUTY

Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian 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…

COURTING DESIRE

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?

…it completely blew me away!

Ms. Bryne is unafraid of taking her characters and their story down a tormented path that sometimes delves into the darkest of places, while at the same time, forges the promise of salvation through the undeniable strength of a love brighter than the sun.

If you are looking for a story that can best be described as a mesmerizing tapestry of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, WUTHERING HEIGHTS and a touch of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO woven into it a unique and powerful blend of romantic colors…then look no further. THE HIGHWAYMAN is all of those things and so much more.

This was my first time reading a novel by Kerrigan Byrne and I have to say that it completely blew me away!

(This review is based on an ARC copy provided by Netgalley.com)

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.