The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne is going to be available for purchase August 31st, 2018 and I had the pleasure of being one of the first to read it! This captivating historical romance held my interest until the very last page!
The very first chapter had me extremely conflicted on how I felt about what I was reading. It has an element of emotional and physical abuse. The main character is Lorelei. She is a young noble woman constantly tormented by her elder brother. This was particularly gut-wrenching from the first page and only seems to deepen the farther you read as the past is revealed in increments. As a reader, I felt for poor Lorelei but could not tell if I was going to enjoy the story; however, this quickly changed before long!
Lorelei meets Ash. This changes everything for both characters. Their love is strange, instant, and endearing beyond words. The two young kids absolutely love each other. This is just the kind of romance my heart eats up and seeks in the romance genre. Lorelei and Ash become separated shortly after meeting and do not see each other for the next thirty years. Neither person forgets the other and they both are holding on to it.
I felt very sympathetic to what all Ash endures during his life after Lorelei. He sold into slavery and then becomes a pirate. He is very changed and Lorelei has grown but is pretty much the same. She is a bit more confident. The book at this point is exciting until the very last word. A lot happens that just happens. What do you expect when a pirate kidnaps you from your wedding altar after murdering your brother right in front you? Then marries you himself! It is all rather complicated. The adventure this romance has often cannot be found in other books of its genre. I find this incredibly refreshing. It is worth reading! The book is pretty fast paced despite my initial first glance reactions.
The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…
He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…
A LEGENDARY LOVE
Lorelai will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?
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