The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels
Genres: Historical Romance
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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...
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?
You know that feeling when you pick up a book and it grabs you from the very first chapter? That’s what The Highwayman did to me. It didn’t waste any time getting into the story and I loved that. What started off with sweet and innocent childhood love between Farah and Dougan turned dark, quickly. I was shocked and my heart broke a bit for these kids.
Flash forward several years and the story just gets more interesting when Dorian Blackwell comes into Farah’s life. He’s a notorious villain who has quite a dark past. He was a hard man who wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to right the wrongs done to him. Yet, for some reason, he wanted to protect Farah from another darkness who was out there threatening to harm her.
The characters drove this novel. Farah was easy to connect with. She was a great, strong heroine. Dorian was darker and more complicated, but I still liked him. Despite his warnings of him posing a danger to Farah, it was clear he’d sooner hurt himself than hurt her in any way. I enjoyed watching both of these characters grow and connect. The chemistry was great and the emotions ran high (for me, too) as secrets began to come out.
The Highwayman was part romance, part mystery and entirely glorious. I even read it slowly to savor every word… which is rare for me. It was darker than the other historical romances I’ve read but it was gripping, sexy and emotional. This is the first time I’ve read one of Kerrigan Byrne’s books, but it certainly won’t be the last. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this standalone series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.