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    Historical Romance

    5 Stars…all the way…wish I could find book one of the series but where I live…probably won’t happen. So…with books 2-4 now read I want…book 5…and any other books that will appear in the future. Okay…I saw a review that made me question why I rate this series so highly and the star points the reviewer gave made me rethink BUT come away believing this author gives more than an easy read to those that find her work. Will she give you romance? Yes Will she give you hearts and flowers? Not in this book but perhaps in others…perhaps. Will she make you think and question and feel? Definitely Will you come away feeling you have read something worth reading? I did – hope you will, too. So…this book… There is a woman trying to provide for her sister and mother after her father gambles away whatever they might have had if he had not been so feckless. She works to pay back his debt - as a nurse by day and a serving wench in a brothel at night. One night a Duke walks in and her life changes…for the better? Maybe but … perhaps not. Can she question or refuse? More than likely…not The fact that the man who deflowers her is gentle and kind lingers in her mind and a year later when he appears in her patient lineup she saves him but it does not save her…it is another of her patients that changes her life…a perhaps once young and swainish type that helps her overcome her horrors and leave her better off than she was before…except…there is a murderer on the loose and her neighbor is someone she remembers warmly but…he is no longer that man…and she is not the woman he remembers… This is a book that intrigued me, caught me and kept me to the end. I liked the characters, the plot and a lot more. Was the hero perfect? NO Was the heroine perfect? NO Did they grow? Yes Did they suit one another? YES Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. NOTE: I can hardly wait to find book one in the series and am looking forward to book #5…as I ponder WHO will star in it when it appears ;)
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    Dark journey to love

    I found this book hard to put down. It is the fourth in the series, but I felt it stood alone. Ms. Byrne's style of writing is not the usual historical romance. There are a lot of incidents of despair, violence, grit, but hope grows and shows the way to love. This is Cole's story, and he is battle-hardened with scars inside and out. The only thing keeping him going is the one night he spent with a woman who made him feel. Imogen did not forget that night either, but the outlook for her future became bleak so she took the option to help her step out of the filth. As they come together again, the secrets stay front and center until danger is knocking on Imogen's door. I highly recommend this book and the series, but be prepared for a darker journey toward the light. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and it is a Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review selection. This is my unsolicited review.
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    I loved every page

    Imogen Pritchard is working two jobs to pay off her dead father's debts. Her day job is as a nurse at the hospital. If they found out where else she worked she would be sacked. She works as a barmaid at a brothel, only because that is who her father owed the money to. Even with both jobs it's almost impossible to pay the rent and keep food on the table for her mother, sister and herself. Collin Talmage the new Duke of Trenwyth is a spy in Queen Victoria's service. He is on his way to a very dangerous mission. This is a marvellously complex story. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, our author twisted it around. Our severely damaged hero and heroine change beyond all recognition during the course of the book. It is part of a series, but you can read each one on it's own. However if you are going to read them all this one could give away some secrets. An incredibly good story line. I loved every page.
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    Loved It!

    'The Duke' by Kerrigan Byrne is book four in the "Victorian Rebels". This is the story of Collin Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth and Imogen Pritchard. I have read the other book in this series but I feel this is easily a standalone book. I have truly loved this series and this book just added to the enjoyment. Collin has lost his family and now he has inherited the Title of Duke of Trenwyth. Collin happens to meet Imogen 'Ginny' when she is trying to keep her mother and sister from the poor house. Imogen has taken to working as a nurse by day and working at at bar/brothel at night to pay off her fathers debt. Imogen noticed a sadness in Collin that first night at the bar. Collin too noticed Imogen and paid for her for the night. Imogen tried to talk her boss out of taking the money and turning her into a prostitute. But the money would pay a large part of her fathers debit. So Collin and Imogen spent the night together with Imogen sneaking out before morning. Collin and Imogen didn't see each other for a few more years after that night. We learn that Collin was taken as a prisoner of war and was hurt badly during that time. Imogen is still working both jobs so when Collin is brought in she is the nurse assigned to him. It seems Collin hasn't forgotten 'Ginny" but he doesn't realize that who Imogen is. Imogen doesn't get the chance to tell him nor is she sure she wants too. Collin and Imogen story does have some drama in it when there appears to be a stalker after Imogen. This was just and exciting read that I could not put down and read it until the end. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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    Superbly written romance

    To repay her father’s gambling debts, and to provide for her mother and younger sister, Imogen Pritchard had to take a second job. Besides working as a nurse, Imogen is a server at the Bare Kitten Gin and Dance, and not a prostitute. Until the most gorgeous man she had ever seen walks in one evening and steals her breath: he is Collin – Cole – Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth, he is very drunk, and wants to forget his sorrows. Imogen strikes his fancy, and he demands that she be is for twenty pounds, and the proprietor of the Bare Kitten agrees wholeheartedly. Imogen is distraught: she’s a virgin, she will lose all hope of a respectable marriage, but it’s either her or her younger sister. If one must be ruined, might as well be by a man of unearthly beauty. It was my first time reading a book by Kerrigan Byrne, so maybe I was unprepared for what awaited me. From what I have heard, THE DUKE sounds like an old skool historical romance novel. I must say I struggled right from the beginning, as never grasped why either Imogen became so obsessed with Cole, apart from his blindingly, dazzling good looks. Or Cole, who was very drunk, found solace in the arms of whom he thought a prostitute, then searched high and low for her, to marry her. Cole was a much more complex character than Imogen, but I didn’t like him one bit: I found him beastly, rude, vengeful, and his fixation on Imogen did not appear quite convincing. As for Imogen, I felt she came across as just too perfect. About halfway, a hint of suspense was introduced, and I thought I might enjoy it better, but not really. I thought THE DUKE was way too melodramatic and over the top, and this is a matter of taste of course, although it does fit with the tone of much of the late nineteenth century literature. A couple of characters also became a mere footnote, unless one of them pops up in a forthcoming book. I did adore a very minor character, the wonderful Lord Anstruther, and I would have liked a bit more story with him. I honestly did not care much for either Imogen or Cole, I didn’t feel the romance, and I didn’t enjoy the sex scenes. On the other hand the dialogues are brilliant, and the prose luminous, descriptive and elegant. This just was not a book for me. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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