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    Fantastic Read!

    Kerrigan Byrne’s second book in her Victorian Rebel’s series, The Hunter, speaks to the heart as well as the head. Reaching deeply into the inner recesses of the human condition this was a powerful read that was exquisitely and compassionately illustrated by the immense writing talent of Ms. Byrne. Drawn from horrific circumstances this story exemplified that no matter how cut off from humanity someone has become there is always hope that whatever remnants of long buried feelings can be revived. Watching the hero and heroine of this work rise above abominable circumstances and fill in the fractures of their broken hearts with love was an incredible reading experience. The Hunter will leave you contemplating it far beyond its last page. *I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* *While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*
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    Wonderful Historical Romance

    Powerful, provocative and potent – this wonderful story captured me from the first page. I felt sorry for young Christopher Argent and then was sucked in again by who and what he had become as an adult. He was strong, resilient, intelligent and lethal…but, was he more than just a cold blooded killer? And, Millie…lovely Millie…she was a beautiful and charming actress who was also scrapper, defender, giver, mother and lover…but would she stay safe and find her happily ever after? Into the mix add a nine year old boy, another evil assassin, someone out to kill women and steal children, and some of the gang that must have appeared in the previous book – the one I hope to find on the bookshelves where I live – though that is doubtful here in Lebanon – I might have to wait till I return to the States to find it. The writing was tight, the suspense taut, the love scenes steamy, the characters multi-faceted and the story…a whole lot of fun…it kept me reading on a very cold day and never let me go or let me down. This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be my last one! Thank you to NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Paperbacks for the copy of this book to read and review.
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    Very emotional touching read

    This is one author that knows how to grab your attention pulling you in with a compelling read and hooking you with a wonderful plot with great characters. She pull on your emotions that you feel you have become part of the story. You just want to jump right into the pages giving a hug to this character or that. My heart really broke for Christopher with a childhood like he had it is amazing he turned out as good as he did. His mother was in prison for prostitution and some other things, this is where his was born. Your heart really has to go out to her and the things she did to make sure he was feed and taken care of. He had to watch terrible things happen to her and then watch her die it really is a sad emotional read. When he became of age he left the prison he and his friends become men for hire as they took on the role of assassins. Life goes on with him taking a person life and getting paid he feels and shows no emotion until the day when he was hired to kill Millie. He tried he really did he even had his hands around her throat but there is a powerful attraction and he just can’t bring his self to do it. Things just are not adding up. He decides to help and protect her it will only cost her one night with him. Millie doesn’t know what to think she is scared and alone but for her son. She doesn’t know who to trust and at what cost will it be. She is hiding secrets she will keep hidden at all cost knowing these could give him an idea of why there is a price on her head. She does agree to his terms of protection just like his mother there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her son, in doing so she comes to understand why he does what he does. The author writes in a way that you have no trouble picturing the scenes in your mind as they unfold. I doubt you can read this without your emotions being pulled in as your heart breaks a little. From Christopher watching his mother die from abuse in prison to the abuse he went through all the way to being released not knowing what to do with his self. He has made money hand over fist but doesn’t have anything to spend it on. He is angry and who could blame him as he takes his anger out on the world. I enjoyed how the build up between these two you can feel the power of their chemistry. The struggle as he works out his feelings is very emotional for him and the reader. I had a few small issues with the story but nothing major and am rating it a 4.5 a rounding it up to a 5 star. The writing was compelling as was the story you have no trouble being pulled in from the start. The characters are great as you watch them grow and learn understanding they can have a good life and learning to believe in their selves giving back as much as they get. This was well worth the read and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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    Stunningly Brilliant

    There are times you read books and they evoke feelings , for the characters or their lives . I’ve never had my heart ripped apart by a series as much as this one . The Hunter is one of those thatstu is an emotional rollercoaster, from beginning to end . Do they award Oscars for writing ? Because I have a candidate 💕
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    When the villain becomes the hero...

    Kerrigan Byrne's debut novel, The Highwayman, was one of my favourite historical romances of 2015. In that story, the hero Dorian is friends with Christopher Argent, whom he met while in Newgate Prison. I was intrigued by Christopher's character and when I found out his story would be next, I was quite excited, and fortunately the wait wasn't too long for his story. Christopher is an assassin - a cold blooded, merciless killer. (well, at least that's his reputation, which, truth be told, is well earned). He takes contracts and fulfills them, not caring particularly whether the intended victim is deserving of their fate. He doesn't kill children, and he doesn't abuse women. He is quick and efficient. When he's tasked with killing Millie, a stage actress with a young son, he does what he always does for a mark - scopes them out, finds their weaknesses, and moves in for the kill. Millie believes him to be a fan when she first meets Christopher at the after party of one of her performances, and when he sequesters her away in a private room, she's not averse to exploring the attraction she feels for him. And suddenly, Christopher finds that he can't do it. He can't kill her - with his hands on her throat, he ends up kissing her instead. Shaken by the experience, he retreats, gathers his courage and strikes again in her home - and again, he is unable to kill her, especially when her young son calls out for her in the night. Realizing that Christopher means her harm, Millie pleads only that he will not hurt her son. That plea is a strike to Christopher's heart, memories of his own childhood, and his own pleas to protect his mother, stifling any urge to wreak any more havoc on this woman. Instead he becomes her protector. Someone wants to kill her, someone who has hired the best, and who won't be pleased that the job hasn't been accomplished. Christopher's attraction to Millie is something he can't deny, feelings he's never had for any other woman, and he'll be damned if he'll let her be killed before he gets to explore them further. What follows then is a game of cat and mouse, as Millie and Christopher draw closer together, all while others are on the hunt. Will the best hunter in London, be bested by another or will love prevail? Christopher was such an intriguing and complex character! On the surface he is an emotionless machine. In fact he prides himself on this, as it's evidence that he has survived a horrible childhood and made something of himself, even if that something is a reputation for murder. It's hard to be empathetic towards him until you find out all the details of his life. As those come to light, his actions, while not excusable, are at least understandable. His relationship with Millie is what saves him of course. She cracks his armor, first by reminding him of his mother and her willingness to do anything to protect her son, then by showing her strength and fortitude no matter the circumstances. He makes a deal with her to share her bed in return for his protection. The result is some steamy love scenes between the couple. While at first this is only for sexual satisfaction (on Christopher's part), it becomes clear early on that there is an abundance of feelings between them that won't be denied, and soon Christopher experiences what it's like to love someone. This is problematic for him as it is a weakness that his enemies can exploit. The only solution therefore is to track these enemies and make sure they are no longer a threat. The plot moves swiftly, with lots of action and suspense as the mystery of who wants Millie dead is slowly revealed. I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at Millie's stage work, as well as how she copes with the suddenness of her life turning upside down. I loved how the story played out, and how Christopher's character changed over time. It's hard to turn a villain into a hero, and perhaps a hero is too strong a word to describe Christopher based on all that he's done with his life. But he will protect Millie and her son at any cost, and surely that counts for something. 4.5 stars for this highly entertaining and thought provoking story.
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