Review: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman - Kerrigan ByrnePublisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (September 1st 2015)
Paperback: 384 pages
Series: Victorian Rebel #1
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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…

STEALING BEAUTY
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…

COURTING DESIRE
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?

Review:

This is my first Kerrigan Byrne and I’m happy to report this was very enjoyable. It starts off with a sweet yet poignant introductions to young Farah Leigh meeting Dougan Mackenzie at an orphanage where they become each others family and first love.

“I was thinking,” he said some time later as she paused for a drowsy yawn. “Since you donna have any family to love anymore, ye could love me…”

Fast-forward seventeen years later, and we have widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie, with a powerful secret that Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More wants. And what Blackwell wants, he gets.

The Highwayman is definitely a story about revenge, and redemption, and a second chance at love. Blackwell is the dark, tortured, brooding hero to a T with a ton of secrets. His traumatic past has lead him to vow revenge on the people who ruined his life by becoming one of the most notorious highwayman and when he finally finds Farah, he kidnaps her to be his bride for notorious reasons. Or so you’d think. Instead we get an ‘villainous’ criminal that’s more akin to Robin Hood (though maybe slightly more violent).

Farah is an lovely heroine. She’s managed to make a life for herself working for Scotland Yard, she’s independent and kind and always tries to make the best of things. Oh and she loves food, what more would you want in a heroine?

“Most people need much stronger fortification than a strawberry tart before facing me,” he said wryly.

“Yes, well, I’ve found that a well-made dessert can do anyone a bit of a good bad situation.”

I liked the build up of Farah and Blackwell’s relationship. I like that Farah challenges Blackwell and that they’re able to bring comfort to each other. The romance overall ends up pretty corny, but it’s cute and I want them to be happy so it’s okay. The romance is balanced out by a some good ol’ action and mystery.

Oh and honourable mentions to the men that works with/for Blackwell. These are the men that forged a brotherhood with him in goal and I love the bond that they have. They’re all very interesting characters and I can’t wait to see more of them!

Overall, while it’s a somewhat predictable love story, it was still a very enjoyable read with characters you want to root for. The mystery/intrigue added a little more to the story and Byrne’s writing easily gets you caught up in the story.

“I’d never leave you, Fairy.”

“Truly? Not even to be a pirate?”

“I promise. I might be a highwayman though.”

“Will you try to love me, too?”

“I’ll try Fairy, but I havena done it before.”

“I’ll teach you.”

{Thanks to St. Martin’s Paperbacks & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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  1. I have yet to try this author Cyn, but this sounds like a wonderful book to start with. 🙂 Lovely review!

    1. Cyn says: Reply

      It was a very enjoyable read! I will definitely be checking out more of this author (:

  2. I haven’t read anything by this author but I’d definitely like to give this one a try. I’m okay with a corny romance if I like the characters enough and these sound like people I would really like. Great review! I’ll definitely have to add this to my TBR!

    1. Cyn says: Reply

      Agree! It was a bit corny, but I liked the characters enough so it wasn’t annoying, haha. Hope you enjoy this one!
      Thanks, Katherine!

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