“Romantic, lush, and suspenseful.”― Suzanne Enoch, New York Times bestselling author
How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, an all-new must read historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne, is available now!!
These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…
Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.
LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS
Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
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Redmayne turned to her, looming closer. Larger.
“Don’t,” he whispered. “Don’t what?” “Don’t try to make me a good man.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it, Your Grace.” When she should have retreated, she didn’t.
Instead, she finished her whisky, enjoying the warm languor spreading from her middle to her blood.
“Good.” He became very still, watching as she licked the last of the honeyed liquor from her lips. The cool of the night suddenly disappeared, the air turned heavy with salt, and moisture, and . . . something more illicit.
“Have you ever really been kissed, Alexandra Lane?”
She blinked. And froze. However, the usual paralyzing terror that would have cinched around her bones at such a predicament . . . didn’t. Fear was more of a faint shimmer through veins made sluggish with whisky. It was accompanied by another more curious emotion. Not excitement, but something adjacent to it. Why did he want to know? What did he hope her answer would be? Indeed, what should she say?
The truth, of course. A lie would not serve her here, and besides, she’d too many of those on her conscience to bother with a flippant fib in the dark.
“N-no.” She wished her voice were stronger. That she’d had a different, more worldly experience to share. But alas, she’d never allowed a man close enough to kiss her. As far as she was concerned, men had long ago ceased wanting to.
“I thought not,” he murmured, setting his glass next to hers on the banister.
Alexandra forced another swallow. “How—I mean— why thought you not?” And why was she suddenly speaking nonsense?
A faint hint of arrogance brushed at his lips. “Men like me can just tell.” Her heart kicked against her lungs, evoking shorter, shallower breaths.
“Men like you?”
“Hunters.” The vibration of the word spread down her spine and unfurled in the most alarming places. “Your lips, innocent as they are, beg to be kissed whenever I am near. Your tongue moistens them. Your teeth worry at them. And when I stare, as I am doing now, they soften and part, like an invitation . . .”
Stunned, Alexandra curled her lips around her teeth as if to hide them from him. Had he really gleaned all that from her mouth? Had her lips truly betrayed her so?
He paused, glancing up. “Your eyes are always afraid, though. I think it’s because you can sense I want to kiss you, too.”
He nodded, his own lips melting into a soft smile at the abject astonishment in her question.
“Since the moment we met on the train platform, I’ve dreamt of kissing you in more than a dozen ways.”
The sound she emitted was somewhere between a cough and a gasp. Were there more than a dozen ways to kiss? How many more?
“We . . . we shouldn’t be speaking of such things, Your Grace.” She turned away from him, suddenly trembling at the edge of an abyss, ready to leap into madness. He drew close, never once touching her. But the heat and strength of him stretched beyond his physical being, threading through the night toward her, endangering her composure.
“It’s wrong, I know it,” he murmured, his voice containing an agony that tugged at her racing heart. “I’m to announce my engagement to your friend this very night, and all I can think of is what you’d taste like. I’m more of a monster than any scars or scandals I claim. But I’ve not kissed a woman since before the jaguar. I’ve not particularly wanted to until your lips drove me to distraction.”
Unable to hear any more, she whirled around.
“Would you marry me?” The idea had sparked like a fever, an idea that could fix everything. An idea that would release them all from the clutches of their sins. All it would cost was her soul.
Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.
She lives in a little Victorian coast town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with her wonderful husband. When she’s not writing you can find her sailing, beach combing, kayaking, visiting wineries, breweries, and restaurants with friends, and hiking…okay…wandering aimlessly clenching bear spray in the mountains.
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*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. ***
Kerrigan Byrne is definitely one of my favorite history romance writer ever. This story about two scarred souls, Lady Alexandra Lane and Piers Gedrick Atherton, The Duke of Redmayne.
When the fierce and strong woman proposed marriage to save her family honor and making a deal with one of the healthiest man, someone who people were feared, with a reputatio
n of a devil, I knew things would be so much interesting.
From the moment these two met, damn my heart just melt, I felt this intense connection about this first meet (not so cute), holding so much intensity and something that I would be eager to feel throughout their story. I wasn’t disappointed at all. On paper these two would be such a mismatched couple but in real life it was definitely something else.
Lady Alexandra Lane was my kind of heroine, the one you couldn’t not fall in love with, a survivor and strong woman who didn’t need a man… until now. I appreciated her witty personality and passion about her work, how she wasn’t letting anyone ruling her life. A mix of assurance but at the same time so fragile.
Educated and owing it but it seemed that trouble suited her and following her shadow in every place. She was an intriguing and interesting character. With her two best friends, Cecilia and Francesca, they created a bound for life, united on the best and bad times.
The Duke of Redmayne, Piers was also a favorite character of mine. This complex man seeking revenge and trying to secure a wife didn’t know what hit him when he met her, a woman who would bring him down to his knees and bringing emotions he’s never felt before, probably his undoing for the worse but mostly for the best. I loved reading his thoughts about Alexandra and how she knew exactly push his button without even trying, it just clicked and so right. An honor man who knew how to hide his real self and protect from the world, letting them see the “monster” they wanted to see.
I adored watching these two getting to know each other, to learn how to trust and falling in love. Their banter was marvelous , from angst to lust and the sparks totally there and when it comes to the steamy parts… and oh my! So sensual, primal and feral but also tender and gentle.
I didn’t need ten days to fall in love with a Duke, just a few pages, that’s all! This story is definitely a top favorite and I can’t wait to read about Alexandra’s friends who are going to meet their match!! An emotional journey that took my breath away.
Enthralling, passionate, steamy and so freaking romantic!!
Right up my alley!