Book Review #225: The Duke


Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: Victorian Rebels, Book 4

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: 7 February 2017

No. Of pages: 238

Synopsis: 

Collin ‘Cole’ Talmage, the Duke off Trenwyth, is the stuff that legends are made of – Handsome as a Greek God, Rick as Midas, strong as a Viking and sinful as all good things can be. Misfortunes may have left him gravely injured, but it’s not something that he will dwell too much upon. 

Imogen Pritchard lead a hard life. While she used to work in a hospital by day and as a serving maid by night. One of fateful night and an earth-shattering passion later, the entire course of life changed for the two. While now she is a wealthy widow who wants to protect the secrets of her past, the Duke is a hard man trying to understand his passion for the mysterious lady and his need to protect her. 

Review: 

It seems I have skipped out 2 in this series, but thankfully, there has been no lag for me to understand or follow the plotline. The mix of suspense, dramaand intrigue has been perfectly balanced out throughout the entirety of the story. Though the setting is of an Victorian era and the language and style keeps in pace with it, there were few moments throughout the plot where I didn’t feel that I was in a society ruled by propriety. The bits and pieces of modern elements somehow appealed to me. 

The characters can only be described as multi-dimensional and know how to improve the plot while balancing each other. Though the title and cover image is true to the genre of the book, I did feel that the cover image needs to reflect the characters more aptly than what it is currently. 

My opinion: Though I have missed out some of the books in the series, I did not feel any difference when it comes to the plot or the narration. Regency novels are one of my weaknesses, but when thrill and drama is added to it, I have no hesitation in recommending it further. 

My rating: 4 out of 5

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