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The Highwayman

Book 1, Victorian Rebels

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A Library Journal Best Book of 2015
A Library Journal Summer Spotlight Title

They're rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards-dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster, in the stunning debut historical romance The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne.

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...

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?

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 10, 2015 – Byrne's gritty first Victorian Rebels novel doesn't flinch from Victorian London's darker side. When Farah Mackenzie is unexpectedly abducted, the last thing she expects is a second chance at love especially with Dorian Blackwell, a shadowy figure in London's criminal underground. Dorian learned harsh lessons of survival from his youth in Newgate Prison alongside Farah's childhood sweetheart, Dougan. He knows all of Farah's secrets, even her true identity as an heiress, and he offers her the opportunity to reclaim her inheritance and to avenge Dougan's death. But all Farah wants is a child of her own. The romance is raw, edgy, and explosive. There are no flowers, soft words of poetry, or gentle strains of music. Farah alternates between fascination with and hatred for Dorian, simultaneously drawn to his ugly past and repelled by the violence and anger surrounding him. Dorian cannot deny Farah anything, but he also resorts to cruelty to keep her at a distance. Gradually they grow closer; Dorian offers her protection and all the resources at his disposal, and Farah reminds him of the softer, kinder, gentler side of human nature. Theirs is not a pretty tale, but the path they take through adversity makes the triumph of love deeply satisfying.

Customer Reviews

a wonderful story here that promises many good things for the future.

As children, Farah and Dougan were soon inseparable, Farah’s open and loving heart that brought Dougan into her life set them on a path to love, albeit childish. They had even declared themselves married, and life for them always included one another. But when Farah is nearly abused, and Dougan steps in to defend her, he is sent to prison and she is left to manoeuver life alone.

Fast forward several years, and Farah is posing as a widow, using Dougan’s surname, and working for Scotland Yard. She’s never forgotten Dougan, and while she wants a family of her own, her options are limited, and loveless. Soon, however, she is taken by Dorian, a man at the center of a manhunt, believed to run all things nefarious in London, best exemplified by his cold and calculating presence. But, all is not as it seems, and Dorian, enchanted by his former prison-mate Dougan’s tale of the wondrous “Fairy” had sought her out. She’s apparently the target of danger, and Dorian wouldn’t want anything happen to the woman he’d come to know through tales in prison.

The dark and brooding hero is back! Dorian is nothing but solicitous and kind to Farah, even as his remove is buried beneath layers of abuse and issues, from childhood and even in prison. Again, Farah’s heart and strength of character shine through. Still holding on to her memories of Dougan, she can’t help but see the same characteristics in Dorian: the protectiveness, the wary watchfulness, the care with which he approaches new situations, and the underlying doubts he has.

Wonderfully gripping, wholly emotional and beautifully described, these characters come alive on the page, set in a rather unforgiving landscape. Byrne has written a wonderful story here that promises many good things for the future. I certainly have the next in the series on my watch list and have several other titles from her in my library to read.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

The Highwayman

Fantastic,spellbinding,unable to put it down!!


I read this based on a review, and I'm very glad I did. Not only exciting, but a well developed and complex story. I really enjoyed tis, can't wait for the next in the series.

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The Highwayman
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Sep 01, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Victorian Rebels
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