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The highwayman av Kerrigan Byrne
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The highwayman (utgåvan 2015)

av Kerrigan Byrne

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A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 A Library Journal Summer Spotlight Title 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, in the stunning debut historical romance The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne. STEALING BEAUTY Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian 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 consumesthem both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?… (mer)
Medlem:vonze
Titel:The highwayman
Författare:Kerrigan Byrne
Info:New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:romance, historical-romance, revisited

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Not that my review will matter amongst so many glowing 5-star reviews, but I rounded my rating up from 3.5 stars to 4 stars and that's where I'll leave it.

This was a compelling story that drove me to keep reading. I devoured it easily in less than a day. I love a dark, tortured hero and Dorian Blackwell certainly fits that description. I think this is the first time I've encountered a romantic hero who has an aversion to touch and it was such an unexpected, interesting thing that I wish had been explored in much greater detail. Likewise, Dorian is plagued by the belief that his flesh is unclean and that, too, could have been explored in much greater detail. I wanted a slow, painful unraveling for this man and it wasn't quite delivered.

My only complaints about this book are plot issues. Pacing was a bit strange. It started out slow, with a lot of detail about the heroine's pre-existing relationship and then continued at that slow pace for approximately half the book, and then suddenly the villainous subplot appeared, unfolded and was done much, much too quickly and easily. When a villain has been waiting 17 years to claim "his rightful due", there should be a bit more build-up and angst before the villain is summarily dispatched. Even the final villain scene was unimpressive, although I loved the way he was finally eliminated.

All in all, I would recommend the book, and I will keep reading the series. ( )
  hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
Loved it. Excellent anti-hero, with a strong, independent, sweet heroine to balance. Might write more later, might just bask in this feeling. ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
Can two children who meet in an orphanage find a love to last a lifetime? Dougan Mackenzie was trouble. The nuns told him so and he was punished for it - continually. Farah was a sweet little girl who found Dougal and befriended him. She saved food for him and taught him to read. Over a few short years they became closer than friends and while still children they handfasted and the two became one.
When Farah (or My Fairy as Dougal called her) was attacked by a priest, they decided to run away. Unfortunately, they were caught and while fighting to get away, Dougal killed the priest and was sent to prison.
Seventeen years later, the widow Farah Mackenzie works as a clerk at Scottland Yard. Dougal has been dead for years (killed in prison) but a prison mate of his - Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More is brought in to Scotland Yard for questioning. He is a notorious criminal but there's something about him makes Farah look closer. Once he is released, he kidnaps her. He knows all her secrets, her identity, who she is hiding from and everything about her time with Dougal,
The two marry to help her claim her inheritance. There's only one problem. Dorian can't stand to be touched by anyone. He assumes they will have a marriage of convenience but Farah wan't children. Even as they struggle with his issues there is something that keeps attracting them to each other.
This story goes beyond the standard historical romance. It delves into the psychology of how being a prisoner who has been tortured, raped and taken advantage of can affect the way you live. It shows that money and power can't solve every problem. It shows that even the strongest of men can suffer with feelings of unworthiness.
Kerrigan Byrne's character portrayals are intense. Can Dorian's dark feelings be wiped away by Farah's light? This book is a great read.
( )
  ddeluna1 | Mar 19, 2020 |
This book has EVERYTHING. Hot, dominating, alpha male with a dark past? Check. Strong female with a dark past? Check. Childhood romance? Check. Steamy sex scenes? Check. Gay best friend? Check. Seriously. I want more of these characters and this author. Off to read everything she's every written. ( )
  ladypembroke | May 17, 2019 |
Summary

Dorian Blackwell, is a villain, and rose up from the alleyways of the worst slums in London, to become the powerful man he is today. He does what needs to be done to survive and the horrors of his past made him into what he is today. Farah Leigh Mackenzie, hasn’t had an easy time in her life. When she was young, she got married and for a short while they were happy. Until he was taken away from her, and now she is a widow and for years she hasn’t even thought about another man, until she meets the dark and dangerous Dorian. Then Dorian kidnaps her and takes her up to Scotland, because her life is in grave danger and only by marrying Dorian will Farah be protected. Soon Dorian and Farah’s lives are intertwined and they discover a hidden passion and an abiding love that will surprise them both. Will the terrors of their pasts haunt their futures, or will embracing their new founded love be the healing balm they need?
The Hero

Dorian Blackwell, had a rough childhood and even a tougher adulthood. He spent most of his youth in prison, and befriended a few other that have his back. The only people in the world that he has ever trusted. Dorian is deadly and dangerous and no one dares cross him. Dorian has learned how to survive in the worst of places in London, and worked his way up the ladder to be the most feared and powerful man in England. He has power and wealth and no one can touch him. He has no weakness, until he comes across miss Farah Leigh and he is lost in what she offers him.

“My sweet Fairy.” He exhaled on a painful breath. “You can’t imagine darkness. You are the only light I’ve ever known.”

Dorian is one sexy alpha male you could never get enough of. He is the type of character you crave to read in historical romance. I just wanted more and more of him as the story progressed. I love his dangerous allure, his sensuality and all that emotional tortured feel his character gives off. Potent to the core!!
The Heroine

Farah Leigh has been hidden away most of her life. She lost her closest friend and her husband, a man she committed herself to when she was just too young but much in love. Farah is strong and sweet and kind. She works for Scotland Yard as a secretary, and loves her work. She lives to uphold the law and she still yearns for what she once had a lost years previous. Farah isn’t weak or naive, and she takes Dorian in full stride. I love that she stands up to him when no one else does; even though she fears him she doesn’t back down when she truly believes in what is right. I love how her character develops and the way she treats Dorian. She handles him in just the right way, stands up to him but she also compromises with him so they both stand on even ground. She is solid both emotionally and physically. Even though she has suffered a low blow in life, she doesn’t let that weaken her…it makes her even stronger.
Plot and Story Line

The Highwayman is one of the best romances I have read this year!! My goodness, I have found a new love in this author and she writes historical romance the way it should be written. Full of depth, complexities and true romance at its core. I just couldn’t get enough of this author. I just want more and more, thankfully, the second book will be coming out in a few months in Feb (CHEERS!!).

So what made this story so fantastic??? Well I will tell ya all. Everything about it made it simply wonderful. First off I want to set up the story a little. It starts off with Farah and Dugan as children. They are thick as thieves, both understand each other in different ways, then slowly as they get older, they decide to handfast to each other.

“Of course I’ll love you, Dougan Mackenzie,” she said easily. “Who else is going to?”
“Nobody,” he said earnestly.
“Will you try to love me, too?” she asked in a small voice.
He considered it. “I’ll try, Fairy, but I havena done it before.”

But when Farah is about to get molested, Dugan protects her and ends up killing the man responsible. He goes to prison, and Farah leaves him food and letters but then he is killed. This really sets up the story on an emotional angle in a vivid way that reaches out to the reader. Then it skips ahead to when Farah is full grown, in her late twenties (we are the same age yay—so I felt it easy to relate with her) and when she gets kidnapped, she meets Dugan’s closest friends. What are the odds right? Well in this book there are no such things as coincidences. We see her strike friendship with Dorian’s friends, who treat her like a sister. It was quite amusing that if Dorian went overboard—he was in the dog house with his buddies because they look at Farah as family.

Then we see the romance blossom between Dorian and Farrah in quite a poignant and powerful way. Dorian is bitter and cynical, and Farrah is sweet and good natured. Patient with him, and I love how she handles him in such a positive way. Firm but kind. It takes a turn when the truth comes out, and a secret is revealed. Now this secret is slowly built up through the story, so it didn’t come to a complete surprise because the author leads up to it, but the author slowly teases us until the truth is really revealed. I really couldn’t get enough of these two, seeing them form a strong bond to each other, meanwhile dealing with the danger to Farrah, and the friendships that she forms with Dorian’s friends. I am over the moon with this one, and its the type of story I could see myself re-reading in a couple of years. This is a story that touched me in every way. The emotion and the feelings that are poured into it are all consuming. So if you love a sexy romance full of passion, danger and mystery….pick this one up right NOW!!

“I make ye my heart
At the rising of the moon.
To love and honor,
Through all our lives.
May we be reborn,
May our souls meet and know.
And love again.
And remember.”

The Cover

Is there a better cover?? I mean really. One I love yellow on covers, especially this golden warm yellow. I love the sexy pose, almost kiss, her beautiful gown, and man his hair. I just want to run my fingers through it.
Overall View

The Highwayman is a stimulating ride that takes you all over the British Aisles. Its a story to cry over, to laugh in those silly moments, and to flip those pages as fast as you can read them.A sweeping romance that will take your breath away. A WILD SEXY ROMP!! ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 17, 2019 |
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A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 A Library Journal Summer Spotlight Title 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, in the stunning debut historical romance The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne. STEALING BEAUTY Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian 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 consumesthem both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?

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