on February 7th 2017
Genres: Romance, Historical
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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, inThe Duke,the nextVictorian Rebelsnovel by Kerrigan Byrne.
Kerrigan Byrne is an author that I discovered in 2016 and is proof that each new year has the opportunity to present you with a new favorite author. Her writing is flawless and she is solely responsible for re-igniting my passion for historical romance.
The Victorian Rebel series is a dark and somber look at the atrocities of war and the darkness of humanity. These are somber and heavy books filled with tragedy and horrific circumstance. However, the love stories are so memorable, poignant, and hopeful that they balance out the darkness.
The Duke is the fourth book in the Victorian Rebel series and lives up to the high standard set by the previous books. It could technically be read as a stand-alone, although all these books are must-reads.
Collin and Imogen spend one night together after Collin sees her working as a barmaid at the local tavern and offers a large sum of money for her company. Imogen is NOT a prostitute and dons a disguise and a false name (Ginny) when she works as a barmaid. In actuality, she is a nurse who is desperate to pay off her father’s gambling debts.
The night that Collin and Imogen spend together is one that impacts them both greatly. Collin learns in the course of the evening that Imogen is a virgin and that brings many unanswered questions to light. When Collin wakes in the morning, Imogen is gone and Collin will spend the rest of the book searching for her.
The reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 is that Collin and Imogen come into contact with one again later and Collin doesn’t recognize her as “Ginny”. It was torture for me as a reader to know that Collin had finally found her and DIDN’T REALIZE IT!!
Despite this unfortunate fact, I enjoyed my time reading this story! Imogen’s character is truly inspirational. She works hard, never gives up despite her circumstance, and is exactly what Collin needs to emerge from the veil of anger and demons that surround him.