Monday, August 1, 2016

The Highlander (Victorian Rebels #3) by Kerrigan Byrne

" Sometimes, when in a predicament like yours, the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man"

Kerrigan Byrne is one of my favorite Historical Romance writers, hands down. This exceptionally talented author dares to go where many would not and I love her all the more for it. Her story is gritty and exciting with such depth and emotion that it's hard to put the book down or power down the eReader. In THE HIGHLANDER, the third book in the Victorian Rebels series, Kerrigan Byrne turns darkness into light with a tenacious heroine and the Demon Highlander.

When Lady Philomena St. Vincent, the Viscountess Benchley was extricated from the asylum her husband and his family had her fraudulently committed to, her saviors are two very dangerous gentlemen. Luckily for Mena, former assassin, Christopher Argent and crime lord Dorian Blackwell arrive just in time to free her from the asylum's wicked employees. With the help of their wives, Mena is given a new identity and a position as a governess for a Scottish Laird in the Highlands. Fearing for her safety, Mena agrees that leaving London is her only option until she can be free of her malicious husband and his complicit family.

Meeting Miss Philomena Lockhart causes all sort of confusion and stir of emotion for Laird Liam MacKenzie. The former Lieutenant Colonel has survived every sort of mishap in his life so far, but Miss Lockhart's presence threatens to overturn the new life he has planned since leaving the military. The Demon Highlander sees a wariness in the English woman's demeanor and knows that she has been hurt both physically and emotionally as he has suffered through a similar situation growing up as Laird Hamish MacKenzie's offspring.

Mena takes to the MacKenzie keep with ease, showing Liam's children comportment and educating them to be successful out in public, but the more time she spends in the Laird's company the more the sparks begin to fly between the "governess" and the Laird. His lack of trust and her deep secrets promise to make their precarious yet interesting relationship ignite when not only her secrets, but Liam's past begins to catch up with the present.

THE HIGHLANDER by Kerrigan Bryne is not for the faint of heart. Liam MacKenzie has only known violence his entire life but the moment he sees Mena and listens to her philosophies about life, he wants to be more than the Demon Highlander. His protective instincts for his children and Mena are paramount and when push comes to shove those on his bad side best stay out of his way. Philomena's life has been a sad one after the death of her father. Her marriage to Viscount Benchley causes not only heartache but fear for her life. The fortitude this woman possesses makes her one of my favorite heroines to date. Liam MacKenzie is the height of alpha and therefore at the top of my list. THE HIGHLANDER is a brilliant addition to the Victorian Rebels series and Kerrigan Byrne is at the top of her game with this one. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the excellent review, Kim! I need to get started on this series!