This book was another super fantastic entry to the Victorian Rebels series. Kerrigan Byrne delivered an entertaining story that had my attention from the first page.
This story had a darker edge than I had expected, which didn't bother me at all, and only made it even more interesting to read. Cole was the absolute best anti-hero. He seriously needed to unpack all that baggage he was carrying around and quit taking his spitefulness out on poor Imogene. These two had played an important part of each other’s lives and had never forgotten their one and only night together. Imogen grew stronger and more confident, whereas Cole became more bitter and tortured. He kept searching for a woman from his past and acting despicable to Imogen all the while. Yet, interestingly, he couldn't seem to recognize Imogen as the Ginny from his memory. They tenaciously went after one another and not always in a good way. He tried to deny their strong connection as hard as he could but then the minute that Imogen was in danger Cole rushed to her defense and his protective instincts were triggered. He learned a lot about her as the more time they spent together and stolen kisses kept leading to more possessive feelings. I loved how he couldn't help himself and had to set aside all of his preconceptions about Imogen. In the end Cole was able to redeem himself to Imogen and to this reader as well.
Cole and Imogen made the perfect anguished couple. They had a lot to overcome with lies, secrets and pride being the most foremost in my opinion. Then there was also suspense, a mystery and a serial killer thrown into the mix. The writing was superb as Kerrigan Byrne beautifully revealed how they had both changed physically, emotionally and socially, and then reunite at just the right times to help each other. That was the romantic part for me.
THE DUKE is historical romance at its best. I loved this one and can't wait to read the next book.
He is 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?