By Kerrigan Byrne
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, in The Duke, the next Victorian Rebels novel by Kerrigan Byrne.
I have a hard time rating this book. The good: the story is different and I really like Imogen, she’s smart and feisty and keeps her head up no matter what. I wasn’t sure if I would like Cole but he was less horrible than I thought. I was able to understand some of his bitterness towards the world. I very much enjoyed meeting the happy couples from previous books again. The less good: sometimes the writing could have been tighten a bit, the pace was occasionally to slow and kind of repeating the same. Also, I feel that some background information would have been useful to better understand the characters (Imogen’s family or why she got a special treatment at the brothel). Overall, I might be more critical with this book because I know Kerrigan Bryne can write outstanding books, this one was just slightly less excellent than the first ones.