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Monday, January 11, 2016

5/5 Review: 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 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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Wow!! I started to read this book and couldn’t stop.  I was glued to the story from the moment I began to read, and not many can do that to me.  Dougan and Farah meet as young orphan children.  They instantly felt a bond that they knew meant that they were meant to be together.  The problem is that forces beyond their control have separated them for most of their adult lives.  The way that Dougan becomes Dorian is heart breaking and explains so much about who he is, that you see him in a completely different light.  I hate to give away details from the book, but it is amazing the way that the author was able to keep me guessing until she decided to confirm it.  In a way though, Dougan really did become Declan.  He needed to become him, to survive so that he could keep his promise to Farah.  Farah worked at Scotland Yard trying to find out who killed her parents.  When she went to the interrogation room, she saw the man known as the Blackheart of Ben More, and knew that he was going to be trouble.  She didn’t realize that he was the one that was taken from her.  He figured it out pretty quickly though and immediately began to plans on how to fulfill his promise.  What follows is a journey of finally living and being able to love.  This book for me is a must read and something I will be telling others about quite often.