Review: The Highlander (Victorian Rebels, #3) by Kerrigan Byrne

Posted September 22, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Highlander (Victorian Rebels, #3) by Kerrigan ByrneThe Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Romance, Historical, Scottish
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In The Highlander, a stunning, gorgeous Victorian romance from Kerrigan Byrne, can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?

They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent. . . in the game of love.

Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena—and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart . . . without surrendering his own?



Dorsey says:

4.5 Demon Highlander Stars!!

The Highlander is the third book in the Victorian Rebels series and it was just as fantastic as the first two books in the series!!

MacKenzie is known as the “Demon Highlander”. He earned his reputation because of his deadly fighting skills and imposing appearance and suddenly finds his life is changed forever when his children’s new governess arrives.

“Sometimes……when in a predicament like yours, the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man.”

Philomena “Mena” St. Vincent is on the run from her horrid abusive husband, the things he subjected her to broke my heart. Mena escaped her prison with a little help from an unexpected friend. Now in hiding, she is desperate to stay in hiding so she leaves London for the Scottish Highlands to take on a position as governess to Laird MacKenzie’s children. She certainly does not expect to find herself attracted to the Laird of the MacKenzie clan and is terrified of what will happen when all her secrets are revealed.

“Nothing else need be said between them. No words or platitudes uttered. No fears or sins confessed. He saw absolution in her eyes. Understanding. Acceptance. And still he gave her a moment. A warning. A chance to escape. Because once he got his hands on her, there would be no stopping him.”

Liam’s life has been very hard and it is not just the horror and ravishes of war that haunts him but also his past. His father was an abusive tyrant and he himself committed atrocities during wartime and lives with the guilt of his crimes. He’s ill-tempered, jealous, and quick to draw assumptions and he doesn’t trust women due to his deceased wife’s deceptions. He is a huge brute of a man, he ignites fear in everyone but his children, who are in need of a little polishing before they reach adulthood, thus he hires a governess to install proper manners into his beloved daughter and son.

Mena and Liam had a comical introduction and a bit of a rocky start, but things get even more complicated when Liam finds himself fighting long buried emotions, throwing temper tantrums one minute, then turning soft and mushy the next. Meanwhile, Mena finds her voice, becomes stronger and starts to stand up for herself while standing firm against the formidable Highlander all while falling hopelessly in love with him. As her troubles catch up to Mena, Liam must make a decision….trust his heart or lose Mena forever.

“Liam somehow knew that seeing her blood would turn him into the monster he’d spent forty years trying not to become”.

Great addition to this wonderful series, my only complaint is that the ending seemed a bit rushed, but it didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying this book. I’m definitely looking forward to more Victorian Rebels!!




Crista says:

4 Stars!

I am a sucker for stories about governesses.  I think it’s because I grew up watching the movie The Sound of Music.  I remember cheering when the Captain VonTrap fell in love with Maria, his children’s governess, and this book made me do the same.

The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne is set in a completely different time era than my beloved musical, but the idea is the same.  Lady Philomena Blenchley has led a very traumatizing life at the hands of an abusive husband.  Her husband and his family are truly despicable people who have committed countless crimes.  Finally Philomena can take no more, and gives the Scotland Yard information about her husband and his family.

In a revenge move, Philomena is sent by her husband to live in a horrific place.  The first few chapters describe her life in that setting, which is just as bad as life with her abusive husband was.  At this point in the story, Philomena is in a very dark place physically and emotionally.

Thankfully, Philomena is rescued by friends and is sent with a new name and identity to work as the governess for the widow Lieutenant Colonel Liam McKenzie’s children.  Liam is a fierce warrior who is war-torn and battle weary.  He has seen countless atrocities, has killed many, and bears the emotional scars to prove it.  In addition to that, Liam has spent most of his life separated from his children and really doesn’t know them.

The attraction between Philomena and Liam is obvious from the first moment they meet, and I just knew it was going to be a wonderful union.  They were both in need of the same thing: love and family. Watching Philomena and Liam begin to trust, respect, and eventually love one another was breathtaking.  Although a wounded person herself, Philomena comes into Liam’s house, gives her heart to this family, and makes Liam’s house a “home”.  Experiencing this transformation took this book from a good read to a magical read.

It was clear that there were characters in this book from the previous books in the series.  I had not read those books prior to reading this one, and it did not affect my enjoyment of the book.  Now knowing the writing power of this author, I will definitely be reading the previous two books and am also eagerly anticipating the fourth book of the series, The Duke, which will release in February of 2017!


About Kerrigan Byrne

Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.

Her first novel with St. Martin’s Press, THE HIGHWAYMAN, is available now, followed by THE HUNTER. Her newest Victorian Rebel’s Release of THE HIGHLANDER is available August 2nd, 2016.

She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast.

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