Review: The Duke

The Duke

Kerrigan Byrne

Victorian Rebels #4

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication date: 7-Feb-2017
Date Finished: 31-Mar-2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Victorian Romance, Mystery
ISBN: 9781250118270
Source: Netgalley

Reading Challenges: Goodreads Challenge


“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.”



Despite my preference for Regency era romances, I decided to give this Victorian one a try, and it was worth it. More than a romance, this story included a rags-to-riches tale (in an unusual way) and a murder mystery as well.

This was an addicting tale, I was up until 3 am finishing it because of the cliffhangers at the end of every chapter. The character, while flawed, were very strong. Particularly the heroine. She starts out as an unrecognized heroine and is eventually able to be very philanthropic. The hero of the story is a brute in some instances, and gentle in others, but it fits into his PTSD.

This is the only one of this series I have read, so I am not sure how the rest of the series went, but this book is understandable as a standalone as well. I would definitely recommend it.

About the Author

“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…”


I received this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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