The Highwayman Review
Title: The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1)
Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster…
Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of 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?
I have been a little obsessed with Kerrigan Byrne’s books for a while now. I read the 6th book in this series, The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo last fall, which kicked off my wee obsession with her writing. I had been meaning to get to the rest of the Victorian Rebels series since then but just never got around to it. And then I read How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, the first book in her new series The Devil You Know, and knew immediately that this was my chance go read the rest of her books. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately but Byrne’s books have completely cured that!
I just loved everything about this book!!! Dorian is that perfect alpha brooding male and Farah is the smart independent woman that doesn’t need a man. These two tortured souls are brought together and their love just simmers. This entire book has a depth that is so hard to capture but Byrne does it effortlessly. Dorian’s past is brutal and heartbreaking but it has made him into the man he is today and Farah has carried the burden of her childhood her entire life making her shelter herself from those around her. But the depth of their character development is truly amazing!
You may be wondering what made me love this story so much and let me just tell you, IT WAS EVERYTHING! I just couldn’t put this book down and now I’m on the second book in the series and I’m loving that one as well. Byrne has a way of making you feel for these characters as if they were real. I know I’m all over the place on this review and it’s because I'm still in book hangover mode and can barely wrap my head around how much I loved this book!
Go read it! Go read anything Byrne has written! Go! Go! Go!
However, do not be like me and read the last book first😬. Read them in order. Just trust me on this.