Series: Victorian Rebels #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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Can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?
They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent... in the game of love.
Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena—and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart... without surrendering his own?
Sometimes…the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man.
Man, oh, man! Kerrigan Byrne is right up there with Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn as a go-to when it comes to historical romance. I cannot recommend this series enough, especially because the quality of man she brings to the pages. I don’t know about you, but have the reason I find myself reading historical romance is because I want a rake or a villain or maybe a mix of both? With both The Highwayman and The Hunter, Kerrigan has given me exactly what I’m asking for. With the The Highlander, she give us Laird Hamish Mackenzie, Liam for short, Demon Highlander for most, and he was just the kind of hero I didn’t know I wanted.
Mena Lockhart. A name? A state of being? A woman with a locked heart.
Liam is as rough as they come and a little scary. Mena is a little broken and extremely brave despite the circumstances. Because of their pasts, a future between them seems so unlikely. But that’s where the magic in this story happens, because the chemistry and draw between them is undeniable. You can feel the tension ratch just a little higher with every page. I especially loved what a brute Liam was, especially with the whole Scottish brogue going on. This is one story that relied heavily on the sexual tension between these two. But I really enjoyed the moments Mena spent with Liam’s daughter Rhianna, and his son, Andrew. I’m a sucker for single dad’s and it was endearing to see Liam both flourish and struggle in the role. I also was drawn to how much Scotland and the customs and the land played a part in this story.
She made him want things. Dark things. Had him considering sins that not just condemn his soul, but hers as well.
The only real reason on why I didn’t rate this higher than 5 stars was just because of how much time it took for Mena and Liam to become something more. I think it was somewhere around View Spoiler »65% « Hide Spoiler before things between them physically started going somewhere. Also, while I was pleased as punch we got an epilogue, it was kind of short. I’m hoping that’s just because there is a fourth novel on the horizon. And as we saw the two previous couples in this novel it gives me hope that we haven’t seen the last of Mena and Liam. Overall, this was an excellent addition to the series and I’m eagerly anticipating The Duke!