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Series: Victorian Rebels #4
Title: The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Publisher: St Martin’s Press, St Martin’s Paperbacks
Published: February 7th, 2017
If you’re looking for an action packed Victorian romance with plenty of twists and turns, you’ll probably love this latest addition to the Victorian Rebels series! If you’re willing to suspend your views on reality. it will certainly help. This is the sort of story that I enjoy escaping into, a real page turner, but one that can have you questioning things, people and events when you’ve had time to think about what actually happens.
Imogen Pritchard is working as a serving maid to pay off her father’s gambling debts. She is also working as a nurse and has no intention of ever being like the other ladies who work at the bar and becoming a whore. (No idea why no one else in her family is trying to help!) The ‘hero’ is Collin Talmage, Duke of Trewyth. He visits a local bar with some of his men and pays the landlord the then very princely sum of £20 to have a room in which to take Imogen’s virginity. Personally, that doesn’t make him a hero in my eyes, but it is key to the rest of the story . . . . When he returns a year later, seriously injured, he’s hospitalised and put into Imogen’s care. She realises he’s being treated for the wrong thing and helps save his life – so he throws her out and gives the Doctor the excuse he needed to sack her. …. Actually the rest of it is much better. You’ll need to read it yourself to discover who volunteers to help her, her circumstances change considerably! There’s a serial killer on the loose and it looks like Imogen is to be the final victim even whilst she tries to help those less fortunate than herself now. As high society are now involved, together with Scotland Yard, it turns into more of a suspense filled thriller and there’s plenty of danger and dramatic action before the perpetrator will be revealed!
Many thanks to the publishers who gifted me a copy of this book through NetGalley without any obligations. This is my honest review after choosing to read it!
He’s noble. notorious. And takes no prisoners…
Strong as a Viking. Handsome as Adonis. Rich as Midas. Collin “Cole” Talmage, Duke of Trewyth, is the stuff that legends are made of. He’s the English Empire’s golden son–until fate has its way with him. Cole’s family is killed and his closest comrade betrays him on the battlefield, leaving him gravely injured. But Cole is not one to dwell on misfortune. He is a man of duty, honor–and desire. And now he’s ready for the fight of his lifetime…
Imogen Pritchard is a beautiful lass who works in a hospital by day and as a serving maid at night. Years ago, when she was young and penniless, she ended up spending a scandalous night with Cole, whose tormented soul was matched only by his earth-shattering passion. Imogen entered a marriage of convenience—one that left her a wealthy widow—but she never forgot Cole. Now that her long-lost lover has turned up in her hospital, injured and with no memory of her, Imogen is torn: Is it a blessing or a curse that their past remains a secret to Cole, even as his new passion for her leaves him wanting to protect and possess her…at all costs, in The Duke, the next Victorian Rebels novel by Kerrigan Byrne.