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…
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?
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The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Highwayman by Kerrigan Bryne is a 2015 St. Martin's Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“I'd never leave you, Fairy.
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.”
Wow! Whoa! Is it really possible the dangerous, dark, brooding hero is back? Please, say it's true. This book blew me away! A real honest to goodness sweeping and epic love story!
Farah is a respectable widow whose husband died after a brief marriage. She now works for Scotland Yard and has perhaps decided to consider marrying again in hopes of having the children she has always wanted.
But, her plans are suddenly upended when the ruthless villain, Dorian Blackwell kidnaps her, then informs her that her birthright as been stolen by an impostor and her life is in danger. He promises he will keep her safe, but his protection comes with a high price.... she must agree to marry him and help him exact revenge on those who wronged him.
Farah knows she hasn't much choice in the matter, but there is still one stipulation she must insist upon before she agrees to this arrangement. Dorian must provide her the family she has always pined for.
Dorian is the quintessential tortured soul, scarred physically, mentally, and emotionally. Farah is the gentle soul whose strength and determination will break down the fortress Dorian has built around his heart.
“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.
This is much more than a classic beauty and the beast story. This story touched me on all cylinders, had me going through the gamut of emotions, starting with sadness, anger, frustration, and fear that led on to becoming one of the most heart warming, deeply emotional and touching, epic love stories I've read in a long time.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
If you're anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny highlander, a mysterious werewolf, a conflicted vampire, or a hot-headed Irishman. My stories span the spectrum of romantic fiction from historical, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. But I can always promise my readers one thing: memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart. Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles, you never know who, or what, will find you...